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Interview with Author Robert Moment

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get into writing? 

I am a Mental Strength Life Coach  and Entrepreneur who specializes in coaching women entrepreneurs on how to overcome imposter syndrome by becoming mentally strong to out think, out position, and out strategize their competition for profitable results , success and happiness in their business and personal lives.  Writing gives me the opportunity to share my business ideas to a worldwide audience. My goal in life has always been to uplift and help people become the best version of themselves. We all are a work in progress. 

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2) What inspired you to write your book?

I was inspired to write this book because being an entrepreneur isn’t for the faint at heart. You have to develop a mentally strong mindset to become an entrepreneur.  This book  has given me the opportunity to share my ideas and experiences being an entrepreneur for over 20 years. Life as an entrepreneur is a life time of continuous learning and growth.

3) What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

The two most important messages that I want the reader to take away from this book is to (A) Always believe in yourself no matter what  (B) Never give up on yourself or your dreams.

4) What drew you into this particular genre?

I have always been an entrepreneur all of my life.  It started with grass cutting, selling Christmas cards,  designing custom t-shirts just to name a few entrepreneur ventures I started and had success with.  And I have had my share of failures along the way as well. Even when I worked in Corporate America for Fortune 500 companies I never lost the entrepreneur drive or desire .

5) If you could sit down with any character in your book, what would you ask them and why?

The number one habit for first time entrepreneurs is to develop the right mindset for startup success. And the number one skill is to master the art of marketing to sell your product or service to your target audience and market successfully.

6) What social media site has been the most helpful in developing your readership?

The most helpful social media site to help develop my readership has been LinkedIn Entrepreneur Groups and entrepreneur blog sites.

7) What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

Starting out as an entrepreneur it is essential to clearly define your target market and research as much information you can to know what they want and need. There are two types of successful businesses (A) Solve a Problem  (B) Serve a Need .

8) What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

I am thinking about hosting a Podcast Show for Entrepreneurs and writing a book of being kind.

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About the Author

My Story

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a real passion for personal growth, development and renewal. It’s a journey that’s allowed me to enjoy some amazing experiences, meet many inspirational people, and visit places I never thought possible. But more than that I want to use my own experiences to offer you the chance to live in exactly the same free and open way.

My Goal

As a Spiritual Life Coach I believe that anyone, from any walk of life, can go out there and change the world in their own unique way. It may not always be easy, but it does only become possible when you invest in your inner self and believe that it’s possible. The only problem is knowing how to make it happen so that freedom and spiritual awakening manifest themselves in your life.

My Approach

I specialize in offering Spiritual Life Coaching that’s designed to set you free in a whole host of ways that you could have never imagined. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been connected with your spiritual side your entire life, are a complete skeptic, or you’re anywhere else in between, I want to connect with you and show you what can become possible.

Your Future

Living a spiritual life means different things to different people, and some see that as a problem. I’m different in that I see it as a solution to every potential problem out there as it allows you to define your life in your own terms as you find your voice amongst the noise.

Together we can connect, get to know the real you, and reconnect your authentic self with the inner you. Through my combination of coaching and writing I love nothing more than showing people just like you what becomes possible when you open your eyes to the spiritual side of life.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lifecoachrobertmoment

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Roller Rink Starlight: A Memoir by William Hart

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Author William Hart takes a look back at an important time in his life when he joins a male and female led team of roller skaters, and in the process learns the pitfalls of romance, love and life in general in this coming of age style sports memoir, “Roller Rink Starlight”. 

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The Synopsis

William Hart’s true coming of age memoir begins when at fourteen he joins an amateur roller racing team comprised of both sexes and loaded with RSROA national champions. A varsity sprinter in track, he soon excels at speed skating.

Insiders know roller rinks are conspiracies to turn singles into couples.

The main storyline follows Hart’s early education in romance—piquant, humorous, harrowing, and laced with major life lessons. The setting: Wichita, Kansas, early 1960s, when the sexual repression of the 50s still prevails, except in rare zones of marked liberation. Adults have their watering holes, teens the rink, where they can experiment with their budding sexualities. Immersed in powerful mood music they glide in pairs through darkness under stars and make out in the bleachers. Falling in love is ridiculously easy, as we see in the adventures of teammates, parents, and certainly the author. Hart fell hard for a gifted racer, his kindred spirit, costar of many of his most indelible memories.

This sports memoir about love and roller skating chronicles poignantly the ecstasies and perils of 60s high school romance against a backdrop of flat-out athletic competition.

Roller Rink Starlight is nostalgic nonfiction for seniors and educational nonfiction for young adults interested in love and sex in another time.

The Review

A fantastic and in-depth look into the life of a young man coming into his own and discovering life one step at a time, the author does a wonderful job of drawing the reader in with insightful looks into his own life and creative writing that makes the book feel like both a memoir and an original story all at once. The ease in which the author writes paints a visual image in the reader’s mind, transporting us all back to that era in the 1960s and watching the young man’s life unfolding before our eyes.

What really sets this memoir apart however was the way the author wrote the book itself. It seemed at multiple times that the author was not just retelling the story, but almost conversing with his younger self, reflecting on the important moments of his life and how he’s learned from them since. It immediately clear when he begins retelling his interaction with a young classmate named Gretchen, and how her actions during her high school years led to some major changes in her life and impacted the author as well second-hand. This was a brief glimpse into the rest of this narrative, and yet it felt like it set the tone immediately for the coming-of-age aspect of this book.

The Verdict

An insightful, engaging, and wildly descriptive yet narrative memoir, author William Hart’s “Roller Rink Starlight: A Memoir” is a must-read nonfiction story. The author’s discovery of life, love, and romance, and everything in between is so beautifully written, and the author masterfully engages the reader on both a nostalgic and thought-provoking level. Whether the author’s words reflected a similar time in the reader’s life or spoke to the road not taken, this was a read that shouldn’t be missed, so be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

William Hart is a novelist and poet living in Los Angeles. After earning a doctorate in English from the University of Southern California, he taught college writing courses in LA and wrote. Now he writes–fiction mostly–while helping produce the documentaries of filmmaker Jayasri Majumdar, his wife. Hart’s work has appeared in several hundred literary journals, commercial magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, and fourteen books. A pair of one-hour documentaries from Hartfilms aired nationally on PBS, the latest receiving Emmy nominations.

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The RICH Method: The Definitive Guide to Getting Money and Success by Richard Gracia (Translated by Diego Gracia) Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

In author Richard Gracia’s “The RICH Method”, the author explores a series of techniques and knowledge used by many wealthy individuals around the world to not only accumulate wealth by maintain their financial freedom while doing what they love.

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The Synopsis 

Have you ever wondered what rich people did to get where they are?

What would your life be like with around $5000 a month in passive income? Would you quit your job and go traveling?

Can you imagine how happy you’d be if you could spend your time doing the things you love?

In this book, we’ll show you all the tricks and secrets rich people use to generate money and keep their bank balances growing. All the things we should be taught at school about how to manage our money, but that rich people, banks and the government don’t want us to know!

The old “study hard and get a good job” is outdated. You can never be free working over eight hours a day, in a job that doesn’t motivate you, for peanuts.

With The RICH Method, you can achieve financial freedom in 4 simple steps!

With this book, you’ll learn to:

●Get assets that generate over $5000 a month in passive income.

●Increase your income, even starting with nothing.

●Reduce your costs up to 50% without losing quality of life.

●Pay off your debts faster, savings thousands of dollars in interest and fees, thanks to the P.A.I.D. Method®.

●Save at least 35% of your income using the most effective methods of saving.

●Create your own assets and invest in financial and real estate assets using some of the investment strategies rich people use to make their fortunes.

●Invest to reach retirement with $1,000,000 in your pension plan.

●Manage your personal finances more effectively.

●Avoid paying thousands of dollars in taxes.

●Reach your full potential and become the best version of yourself.

●…and much more.

We can’t promise you’ll get rich within the month. Nobody can. And anyone who does is lying! But we will equip you with the tools you need to reach financial freedom in a short space of time. All you have to do is follow the steps of our method!

Once you’ve learned to invest and generate your own assets, getting rich is just a matter of time!

We’ll show you the way to choosing your own destiny. It will be you and you alone who chooses your life’s direction, what you want to do, and what you want your future to look like.

How much longer are you going to wait to take the first step? Are you brave enough to fight for what you’ve always wanted? It’s time to achieve your dreams. Your only limit is you. Now is your moment!

You decide! You can close the tab and get on with your life… Or you can buy this book and get on the path to financial freedom today!

The Review

Informative and engaging, the author delivers an inspiring and practical approach to personal finances and financial freedom. Exploring things like reducing a person’s spending each month and the definition of cash flow, to clearing one’s bad debt and the types of assets that one can utilize when building up wealth through investments, this book covers it all.

What stood out from this book from other self-help style financial books was how important the focus on doing the work yourself was. Speaking to anyone and whatever level of knowledge a person has about finances and whatever income level a person is at, this book focuses early on on the practice of having the right mindset when beginning the journey to gaining control of one’s financial state and then increasing its value. Aside from delving into the basics of financial independence, the author also reveals several methods of implementing wealth creation, making this an invaluable tool for readers.

The Verdict

A brilliant, informative, and easy-to-understand guide for personal finances and wealth creation, author Richard Gracia’s “The RICH Method” is a must-read non-fiction book on finances. Thoughtful in its approach and emphasizing hard work for the reader to implement the goals of wealth creation, this book makes itself invaluable as a tool for those interested in taking control of their financial future. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Richard studied engineering, investment, finance and business management. He graduated receiving an Extraordinary Prize and the Lamb Prize from the prestigious University of Glasgow. He worked advising executives of large multinationals. He created companies that have sold millions of euros, having as partners some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Spain, including Juan Roig (owner of largest supermarket chain in Spain). He managed his own investments and that of multiple investors in real estate. Currently, he is focused, along with his brother and co-author of the book “El Método RICO”, on his mission: to expand the knowledge of personal finances to improve people’s quality of life through his books, courses and conferences.

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Cross That Bridge: The Effective Guide to Achieving Your Goals and Living a Purposeful Life by Samuel Jeremy Lucas Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

In author Samuel Jeremy Lucas’s book, “Cross That Bridge”, the author gives readers a fresh take on the self-help genre by examining the power of our thoughts and the impact it has on us as we seek to achieve our goals. 

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The Synopsis

Do you sometimes envy high-achievers? Have you ever wondered what they did to attain that level of success?

What if I tell you that you could also become successful and achieving your goals fasters than you’ve imagined? What would be your reaction if you get an effective template that will lead you to achieve your goals? Awesome! Right?

It is for these specific reasons that Cross That Bridge was written! This book offers you an effective approach and a series of best practices, methodologies, tips, and recommendations that will push and inspire you to achieve your desired goals, as it draws inspiration from the habits and lifestyle of successful people.

Here are some of the learning points you will come across while reading this book:

Tools You Need to Set Your Goals Right

How Self-Awareness Contribute to Building Positive Habits

Develop a Success-Friendly Mindset

Overcoming Your Fear Of Failure

Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs

Having a Positive Attitude to Problem-solving

Dealing With Procrastination

The Important Tips to Living Without Limits

Achieving Success in Life with the Pareto Rule

Balancing Your Private And Professional Life

…and lots more!

If you are diligent with the recommendations in this book, it’s just a matter of weeks before you start seeing changes in your life and achieving your goals.

The Review

This was a motivational read to be sure. The author does an excellent job of reaching out to readers on a personal level, showcasing a level of commitment to those reading his work that speaks to his extensive knowledge and personable approach to his writing. The book is short yet makes a major impact on those reading this work, examining the balance between action and thought in the pursuit of success. 

What really struck me as interesting was the way the author was able to back up his sentiments and thoughtful wording with action. Rather than focusing solely on thinking about what we want to achieve in our lives, the author proposes deliberate actions to help manifest those desires physically in our world, showcasing how we can take control of our own destinies rather than relying on the universe to help us out all the time. It helps to showcase the balance of happiness and hard work that goes into any given profession and the journey to find professional success. 

The Verdict

A quick, memorable and informative read, author Samuel Jeremy Lucas’s “Cross That Bridge” is a must-read, self-help book. The book is very thought-provoking and goal-oriented and puts the reader in charge of their own destiny. The author really does put the self in self-help, so if you haven’t yet be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Samuel J. Lucas is a serial entrepreneur, high-performance coach, professional advisor, and associate professor at several business schools.

Samuel has dedicated most of his professional career to creating, advising, and directing companies. However, over the past 12 years he carried out a comprehensive study of the 145 most important books on self-development, happiness, and success.

Over these 12 years, he has also interviewed with hundreds of colleagues, top-notch experts in fields such as personal transformation, leadership, productivity, time management, problem solving, stress management or decision making.

After this life-changing process, he decided to distill all this knowledge, combine it with his extended personal and professional experience, and share it with the world.

Thus, the book series “The secrets to a beautiful life” was born.

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Appreciation and Meaning Journal by Andrew Eltes Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author Andrew Eltes takes readers on an emotional and mental journey to find appreciation and meaning in their life in the book “Appreciation and Meaning Journal”.

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The Synopsis

Is there something missing in your life? Are you seeking to live a more appreciative and meaningful life? In Appreciation and Meaning Journal, author Andrew Eltes guides you to feeling gratitude while focusing on what matters most every single day. Through a series of ten empowering questions, this journal is designed to help you: ? deliberately feel positive; ? focus on and feel gratitude for what is going well in your life; ? concentrate on how you can better yourself while growing and giving to others; ? be centered and prioritize what matters most each day while feeling the core reasons for these actions; and ? connect to the essence and enjoy the feeling of accomplishing a goal before it is physically completed. The Appreciation and Meaning Journal helps you ask yourself empowering questions, feel the benefit of empowering and meaningful answers, and have the best start to the day possible while also being centered and focused on what matters most that day. It should be a day that feels and looks how you want it to.

The Review

What a profoundly simple yet moving and impactful read. The author expertly brings readers into the message of this book right away, leaning into the self-help genre enough to educate readers while remaining personable and relatable enough to feel like the author is speaking to you and not “at” you. 10 Simple questions drive this message home, asking the reader to examine not what we don’t have in our lives but what we do have and the gratitude and content that brings us. 

What really makes this book unique however is the fact that it serves as both an educational tool for self-improvement and as a tool in general, with the majority of the book’s pages filled with journal entry pages for the reader to fill in themselves. With a memorable quote to draw the reader into each new day, the author encourages readers to practice the lessons they taught at the beginning of the book and utilizes these 10 questions each day to help the reader track and improve on their daily quest for meaning in their lives. It’s the kind of self-help book that so many others lack because it actually leaves room for readers to do the work after being encouraged by the author as the book draws onward. 

The Verdict

A fantastic, expertly crafted, and highly educational and thoughtful read, author Andrew Eltes’s “Appreciation and Meaning Journal” is a must-read and must-use tool for self-improvement in our daily lives. A soul-searching and thought-provoking read, the balance of reading and working the author puts into the structure and tone of the book is felt throughout its entirety. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Over the years I have learned coaching strategies and techniques from Professional Life coaches. I am a graduate from Robbins-Madanes training. A course taught by teachers including Tony Robbins, Cloe Madanes, Mark and Magali Peisha.

https://www.andreweltes.com/

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Winning Streak: Tales and Trivia of the 40 Most Popular Board Games by John-Michael Gariepy Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

How did some of our worlds most popular board games come to exist? And how do they continue to earn their legendary status? Find out in author John-Michael Gariepy’s “Winning Streak: Tales and Trivia of the 40 Most Popular Board Games”. 

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The Synopsis

Did you ever wonder:

♞ What makes Clue the best movie based on a game franchise?

♝ What does the doubling cube in backgammon do?

♜ How trains are even supposed to operate in Ticket to Ride: Antarctica?

♛ How the designer of the board game Pandemic feels now that he’s lived through an actual global pandemic?

♚ Whatever happened to the Monopoly game show from the 90s?

Based on Ranker’s poll of almost 400,000 votes, these games define us. From multiple-award winning masterpieces of the past decade, to indestructible classics still going strong after 5,000 years of play, these are the games you must play before you die. Well, except for Sorry!. That game is a blight upon this list and mankind as a whole.

Excuse me. What I’m trying to say is that I wrote this book about games, and I thought you might like it.

The Review

This is one of the more unique and fascinating non-fiction reads you will find out in the world right now. So many of us take for granted the power that a really good board game can have on us. The feelings of nostalgia or the power of diversion they can cause in our lives as we escape into made-up realms like Candy Land or the fun yet the cutthroat world of real estate in Monopoly, all-cause us to turn to board games at one point or another in our lives.

What really stood out to me was how it became so clear that the author not only had done extensive research into the games listed here but had evoked a sense of passion in the writing itself. The book flows naturally and yet hits readers with a zeal for life and a touch of humor that keeps the reader planted firmly in the book. The history and purpose behind some of these games are incredibly neat to dive into and give off a sense of history as well, at least the history of these games and as a result the culture of the times. As a fan of history, this speaks to me immensely. 

The Verdict

An entertaining, engaging and evenly-paced read for fans of board games and history, author John-Michael Gariepy’s “Winning Streak” is a must-read nonfiction title. The concept of board games and gaming, in general, is not only a passion of mine and clearly the authors, but the book is well written and easily captures the raw essence and power behind the history of these iconic games. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Hi!  I’m John-Michael Gariepy.  Over the past decade I played and reviewed over four hundred board games for three podcasts: The Myriad Games Session Impressions, Power to the Meeple, and the Nerd Fountain.  On occasion, I also put together a game review for my blog, DialD4DM.  I also produce the movie/media conversation show, Popcorn Roulette.

I also just edited a jewelry and photography art book/memoirdesign fake Magic: the Gathering cards, and am the director of a medical audio drama called Say Hello to Black Jack.  I have a wide range of interests, a tremendous love of learning, a goofy sense of humor, and attack problems from multiple angles.  It shows in my writing.

https://winningstreakbook.com/

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Civility at Work: How People Treatment Is a Critical Success Driver for Business by Lewena Bayer Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author Lewena Bayer returns to highlight the growing crisis levels of incivility that polls in Canada and The United States showcase and the belief that it has led to an increase in violence and unwanted working conditions within the workforce in the book “Civility at Work: How People Treatment Is A Critical Success Driver for Business”. 

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The Synopsis

In case you were not aware, research focusing on both Canadian and U.S. companies shows that a whopping 98% of people polled have experienced uncivil behavior on the job. And, according to the fourth annual study on Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey, conducted by global public relations firm Weber Shandwick and public affairs firm Powell Tate in partnership with KRC Research, civility in America continues to erode. This year’s study found that 70% of the Americans believe incivility has reached crisis proportions. Alarmingly, 81% of the Americans think that incivility is leading to an increase in violence at work. Notably, 80% of the people are dissatisfied with their jobs. Increasingly, people are choosing employers who understand that civility is good business. In Civility at Work, Lew Bayer describes the business case for civility and explains how organizations can increase employee retention, performance, and overall revenue by creating a workplace culture of human kindness and civility.

The Review

This is the perfect read for entrepreneurs, workplace trainers, business consultants, and customer service experts. It was fascinating to see how uncivil workplace environments can impact not only how a person feels and interacts with others within the workplace, but the impact it has on the family, on pubic forums, and everyday interactions. 

The author does an excellent job of not only outlining the underlying causes of incivility within the workplace but gives readers the tools and even assignments the reader can take with them and implement themselves. This book serves not as a casual guide but a comprehensive and in-depth guide to help drive home the need for civility within the workplace, which will not only increase production but help build better relationships within your workplace environments overall.

The Verdict

A detailed, thoughtful, and enlightening read, author Lewena Brayer’s “Civility at Work: How People Treatment is a Critical Success Driver for Business” is a must-read for anyone interested in business and improving one’s place of work. The author’s writing showcases the amount of research and knowledge that went into this book, and does an amazing job of giving readers an in-depth look into the impact civility has both on a personal and larger scale overall. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Lew believes that Civility is its own reward . She suggests that In choosing civility, people find their best self, and in doing so, they experience the grace, courage, generosity, humanity and the humility that civility engenders. For 17 years Lew Bayer has been internationally recognized as North America s leading expert on Civility at WorkTM with focus on social intelligence and culturally-competent communication. She is CEO of multinational civility training group Civility Experts Worldwide, President of the International Civility Trainers Consortium, Executive Director of The Center for Cultural Competence, and Founder of the In Good Company Etiquette Academy Franchise Group. With the release of her new book slated for late 2015, Lew will be a 9-time published author. She is on the board for the National Civility Center, a proud Mentor for The Etiquette House, a member of the Advisory Board for A Civil Tongue, a national magazine columnist, and a frequent expert commentary contributor to over 60 online, print, and television publications. Lew is a distance faculty member at Georgetown University Center for Cultural Competence, has trained for the American Management Center in New York and is a long-term facilitator at the Canadian Management Center in Toronto Canada. Lew is a Master trainer for the Canadian School of Service, and a certified Culture Coach who also holds credentials in Intercultural Communications, Essential Skills, and Occupational Language Assessment. Lew is a 6-time nominee for the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the year. She was previously awarded Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur in International Business and she was the first Canadian to receive the prestigious AICI International Civility Star Award.

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Who’s Your Daddy by Arisa White Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author and Poet Arisa White uses poetry and creative nonfiction to tackle important topics such as paternal absences and toxic masculinity in her book, “Who’s Your Daddy”.

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The Synopsis 

Who’s Your Daddy?, a hybrid memoir combining poetry and creative nonfiction, is a meditation on paternal absences, intergenerational trauma, and toxic masculinity. Who’s Your Daddy? asks us to consider how the relationships we are born into can govern us, even through absence, and shape the dynamics we find and forge as we grow. White lyrically moves across distance and time, from Brooklyn to California to Guyana. Her book enacts rituals that plumb the interior reaches of the heart to assemble disconnected and estranged parts into something whole, tender, and strong.

The Review

This was a truly powerful and moving read. The author takes readers on an emotional journey through her life, yet captures the important moments through some incredibly captivating prose and poetry. The journey for the author to learn more about her father and subsequently herself was felt in every passage and every page of this book.

The author’s way of writing is not only inviting and engaging with the reader but feels like a natural conversation throughout a lot of this book. Readers can really get a sense of the author’s life as a young, queer, black-Guyanese/American woman through some intimate and personal passages that speak of many hardships the author and so many others have had to endure. From the childhood, the author lived in the United States to the journey to find an absent father and even having to hide who she is while in a nation that condemns those who don’t love the people that the nation says they should love, this book packs a lot of important topics and themes into such a short read, yet still makes for a powerful impact. 

The Verdict

A must-read memoir and poetry book, author Arisa White’s “Who’s Your Daddy” is memorable, impactful, and heartfelt all at once. An insightful look into the journey to discover the author’s past, their parentage, and who they are, readers will not be able to put this book down and will be returning to it long after they have finished reading it. Be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

ARISA WHITE is a Cave Canem fellow, Sarah Lawrence College alumna, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the poetry chapbooks Disposition for Shininess, Post Pardon, Black Pearl, Perfect on Accident, and “Fish Walking” & Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife won the inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. Published by Virtual Artists Collective, her debut full-length collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was a finalist for the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards, 82nd California Book Awards, and nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Awards. Her second collection, A Penny Saved, inspired by the true-life story of Polly Mitchell, was published by Willow Books, an imprint of Aquarius Press in 2012. Her latest full-length collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, was published by Augury Books and nominated for the 29th Lambda Literary Awards. Most recently, Arisa co-authored, with Laura Atkins, Biddy Mason Speaks Up, a middle-grade biography in verse on the midwife and philanthropist Bridget “Biddy” Mason, which is the second book in the Fighting for Justice series. She is currently co-editing, with Miah Jeffra and Monique Mero, the anthology Home is Where You Queer Your Heart, which will be published by Foglifter Press in 2021. And forthcoming in February 2021, from Augury Books, her poetic memoir Who’s Your Daddy.

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Guns and Gods In My Genes: A 15,000-Mile North American Search Through Four Centuries, to the Mayflower by Neil McKee Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Readers are treated to a journey through time as author Neil McKee highlights his family history and both the heroes and villains who comprised his family’s legacy in Canada and America in the book “Guns and Gods In My Genes”. 

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The Synopsis 

Neill McKee, author of the award-winning travel memoir Finding Myself in Borneo, takes the reader through 400 years and 15,000 miles of an on-the-road adventure, discovering stories of his Scots-Irish ancestors in Canada, while uncovering their attitudes towards religion and guns. 

His adventure turns south and west as he follows the trail of his maternal grandfather, a Canadian preacher who married an American woman in Wisconsin, and braved the American Wild West from 1904 to 1907, finding a two-story brothel across from one of his churches and a sheriff who owned a saloon and dance hall, while carrying a gun with 20 notches, one for each man he had killed. 

Much to his surprise, McKee finds his American ancestors were involved in every major conflict on North American soil: the Civil War, the American Revolution, and the French and Indian War. In the last chapters, McKee discovers and documents his Pilgrim ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower, landing at Plymouth in 1620, and their Puritan descendants who fought in the early Indian Wars of New England. 

With the help of professional genealogical research, he tracks down and tells the stories of the heroes, villains, rascals, as well as, the godly and ordinary folk in his genes, discovering many facts and exposing myths. He also lets readers in on a personal struggle: whether to apply for Canadian-United States dual citizenship or remain only a Canadian.

The Review

The author has really crafted an amazing book. What immediately stands out is how unlike the typical memoir or biography style of writing this book takes. A great portion of this read encompasses a personal take on some of history’s greatest and most memorable moments through the lens of one man’s family, from the American Civil War to the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. The amount of detail and research the author poured into his family’s history was incredible to read, especially for a fan of history such as myself.

Yet what really stood out was how so much of this book also incorporated meditative, reflective moments in which the author seemed to speak to the reader, to his ancestors as he explored moments in history, and to himself. It allows the reader to really get a sense of the connection the author had to this journey and his family as he delved deeper and deeper into their history, allowing the reader to also feel more connected as well.

The Verdict

A remarkable, thoughtful, and lengthy yet engaging read, author Neil McKee’s “Guns and Gods In My Genes” is must-read non-fiction read. The amount of research, history, and personal reflection that the author shares in this journey make for a truly memorable read. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy of this amazing book today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

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Neill McKee is a creative nonfiction writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His first travel memoir, Finding Myself in Borneo, won a bronze medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, 2020, as well as other awards. McKee holds a Bachelor’s Degree, from the University of Calgary and a Master’s Degree in Communication from Florida State University. He worked internationally for 45 years, becoming an expert in the field of communication for social change. He directed and produced a number of award-winning documentary films/videos and multimedia initiatives, and has written numerous articles and books in the field of development communication. During his international career, McKee worked for Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO); Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC); UNICEF; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland; Academy for Educational Development and FHI 360, Washington, DC. He worked and lived in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, and Russia for a total of 18 years and traveled to over 80 countries on short-term assignments. In 2015, he settled in New Mexico, using his varied experiences, memories, and imagination in creative writing.

Find him online at:

Author’s website: www.neillmckeeauthor.com/

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/neill-mckee-b9971b65/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/McKeeNeill/

Twitter: twitter.com/MckeeNeill

NBFS: www.northborneofrodotolkien.org

– Blog Tour Dates

February 15th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and join us as we talk to author Neill McKee and celebrate the launch of his blog tour for his travel memoir, Guns and Gods in My Genes. You can also enter to win a copy of the book yourself!

https://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

February 17th @ Choices

Join Madeline today as she spotlights Neill McKee’s travel memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

http://madelinesharples.com/

February 20th @ Bring on Lemons

Turn lemons into lemonade by visiting Crystal’s blog today, where you can read her honest review of Neill McKees insightful memoir, Guns and Gods in My Genes.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

February 22nd @ CloudsGirls27 Reads Books

Join Melissa as she reads Neill McKee’s memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

https://bookreviewsbycloudsgirl27.home.blog/

February 24th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Come by Anthony’s blog today where he interviews author Neill McKee about his memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes

February 25th @ What is That Book About

Michelle spotlights Neill McKee’s book Guns and Gods in My Genes.

https://www.whatisthatbookabout.com/

February 26th @ Lisa Haselton’s Book Reviews & Interviews

Visit Lisa’s blog today where she interviews author Neill McKee about his book Guns and Gods in My Genes.

https://lisahaselton.com/blog/

February 27th @ Boots, Shoes, and Fashion

Join Linda as she treats us to an interview with author Neill McKee and chats with him about his memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes. She also shares some insights about the book! 

http://bootsshoesandfashion.com/

February 28th @ Lilly’s Book Wonderland

Join Lilly as she shares her insights into Neill McKee’s fascinating travel memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

https://www.lillysbookwonderland.com/

March 1st @ World of My Imagination

Light up your imagination when you visit Nicole’s blog today! She shares her insights into Neill McKee’s memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

https://worldofmyimagination.com

March 3rd @ Joy Neal Kidney’s Blog

Make sure you stop by Joy’s blog today and read her review of Neill McKee’s memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

https://joynealkidney.com/

March 3rd @ Memoir Memoir

Visit John’s blog today and you can read his review of Nell McKee’s memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

https://memoir-memoir.com/

March 5th @ A Storybook World

Deirdra spotlights Neill McKee’s profound memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/

March 8th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Join Kathy as she reviews Neill McKee’s memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

https://www.krpooler.com/

March 11th @ The Frugalista Mom

Join Rozelyn as she reviews Neill McKee’s fascinating memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes. You can also win a copy of the book too!

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

March 12th @ Memoir Revolution

https://memorywritersnetwork.com/blog/

March 14th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Join Anthony again when he reviews Neill McKee’s memorable memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

March 15th @ My Writer Blog

Join Carole as she reviews Neill McKee’s memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes.

http://carolemertz.com/

March 16th @ Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

Set your reading list on fire with Mindy McGinnis as she spotlights Neil McKee’s memoir Guns and Gods in My Genes. You also have the chance to win a copy of this fascinating book!

https://www.mindymcginnis.com/blog/