Saturday, December 31, 2016

Authors Learn To Meditate




Authors you put a lot of energy into creating the books you allow us to enjoy.  Many of you authors fail to see how much of a spiritual practice creating a book becomes.  Mediation is something you can put into your process that will benefit every stage of your book production.  

From the start Mediation can help you draw the right book to you to create.  During the process mediation will help you avoid writers block, connect with your characters, and craft an amazing plot.  Mediation will also allow you to connect with your finished book in ways that many that few others do.  Filling your book with energy and life.  Put Mediation for Authors doesn't stop there, now it helps you in your marketing efforts so that you can connect your book to the readers that desire it.  

This class will help you learn to use mediation in all these ways and more.  This metaphysical/spiritual power will give your book a leg up on the competition.  It is one advantage that is fair and simple yet powerful beyond belief.  Using Meditation in your book process is something that can give your book life for as long as you wish it to.  

Maybe your a little skeptical right now, and maybe you think this is unbelievable.  The key word is "Maybe" and while that word might make you think it won't work, it leaves you wondering what if it does work?  Believe me my friends it does work and once you see it work it and trust it, this power of meditation becomes stronger and stronger and stronger.  

So the journey is now open to you my friend.  Take this class and put meditation into your book creation and marketing process and see the magic for yourself. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

To Blind A Sniper



The only way to escape is through Purgatory …

Mac is the best sniper ever recruited by Purgatory, with an eye like a hawk and an instinct for opportunity. She never misses her target … until one fateful mission where the tables are turned in a brutal way. Now the predator has become the prey and she has to hide. All she has to do is lay low for a while, but it may not be easy, especially not above a BDSM Club with so many flamboyant and distracting characters close by.

Despite her best intentions, one man draws her like no other; the brother of the club owner, Wesley Sorenson. The Navy SEAL is on leave, broken and wounded, shutting down everybody attempting to approach him. Mac is way over her head in trouble, but finds it impossible to abandon him drowning in darkness. Unfortunately, she should have guessed that once tempted back into the light, the warrior wouldn’t easily let her push him away. And there is no way she is bringing him into her mess. Until she has no other choice. Forced to protect the family that shunned her a long time ago, Mac and Wes will have to drop their masks, both to survive and stay together. The most dangerous man in the world is out for blood, and they will need more than courage and skills to see it through. Sometimes, winning a fight requires the greatest sacrifice of all.

***This book is part of a trilogy but can be read as a standalone and offers HEA. I love HEA ;-)***

"...showcased women that are tough, intelligent, humorous, and can hold their own against and with the alpha males in the story."
- Originally critiqued by Authors Talk About It




Thursday, December 29, 2016

After The Rain



Welcome to the NFL.
The Seattle Knights have the hottest players in the game. On and off the field.

SECOND CHANCES

Logan Price is getting a second chance.
Claire Thornton is going to make sure it counts.

Logan Price was living his dream. After years of hard work he finally made it. Starting running back for the Knights.
After only a few games, he was a fan favorite. There were whispers of a rookie of the year award.
It all ended with a devastating injury to his leg that sent him back to Oklahoma. A failed attempt at a comeback sent him into a deep depression.
His life became about two things. Working at his father's bar, and running. One filled his days. The other made getting through the endless nights a little easier.
When an old friend offers Logan a lifeline, he's reluctant to grab hold. He could live without football--barely. But he didn't think he could survive getting his hopes up only to lose it all again.
Claire Thornton's dreams are just as big as Logan's. She left the small town where she was born, to make something of herself. It hasn't been easy. A woman with no money and no connections. Everything she has, she's earned. Helping Logan Price get back to the NFL will prove to her detractors that she can be a trainer. She is determined to make it in a male-dominated world.
The attraction is instantaneous.
The reasons not to get involved too numerous to list.
It only takes one kiss--one touch--for them to realize if they want their dreams to come true they need more than luck. They need each other.



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Most Amazing Thing For Your Business



Yes the simple task of mediation can help your financial statements, the atmosphere of your business, employee relations and the list goes on and on.  However, many business just seem to ignore these facts.   This FREE Class on how to incorporate Mediation into your business might be the most valuable thing you have ever learned. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

UnQuiet - 5 Star Romance Novel




A Resilient Love Story

Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life. During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn’t always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren’s deep loneliness and accept him. When Eliot’s increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at seventeen, Loren is devastated.

Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability. In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression. Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.

Loren has issues of his own he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy. They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match. But as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.



Monday, December 26, 2016

Run Away To The Keys - 5 Star Sweet Romance




When marine biologist Garrett Holmes first meets the boat captain on the vessel he has chartered for research, he’s skeptical of the abilities of the pretty, young woman.
Despite his initial misgivings, once Garrett gets to know Skylar Cartwright, it doesn’t take him long to fall for her. Even with her privileged background as the daughter of a wealthy Miami family, Skylar is spirited and independent—set on earning her own living chartering scuba and snorkeling tours with her boat.
With Garrett falling for Skylar—and Skylar returning his affection—it seems like the couple might just get to live happily ever after in paradise…until Garrett’s jealous assistant tries to break them up, and Skylar’s parents voice their disapproval.
As more and more roadblocks spring up in opposition to their relationship, Garrett and Skylar must decide if their fledging romance has what it takes to withstand the heat.
Vividly imagined and bursting with romantic tension, this delightful story provides hours of entertainment, making it a delectable beach novel.





Sunday, December 25, 2016

2016 ATAI Holiday Book Contest Winner

2016 ATAI
HOLIDAY BOOK AWARD CONTEST WINNER




A touching Christmas story with glowing illustrations, Ornaments of Love is a story to cherish for years to come. A beautiful tale of Ayana, an endearing ten-year-old who excitedly anticipates that special time of year when the entire family joins together to decorate and admire the Christmas tree. But sadly this year is different. Ayana realizes that her mom and dad are far too busy with everything else to enjoy the tree with Ayana. Then, something unexpected happens and the family is brought together with tenderness and joy. Filled to the brim and overflowing with charming moments, gentle humor, and timeless illustrations, this beautiful story is a wonderful reminder of what’s important not only during the Christmas season, but every day of our lives. Ornaments of Love is destined to become one of your favorite holiday stories. One that will remain in your heart forever.






Authors Talk About It Review of Ornaments of Love

Sharlin Craig’s Ornaments of Love is a heartwarming children’s book about one family’s Christmas, illustrated by Helen Monwuba. Ayana is a young girl who is very excited about decorating the Christmas tree with her parents, but they seem to be too busy to help her. Disheartened, she is left to put the ornaments on the tree herself. Ayana then watches from afar over the next few weeks as her parents rush to do everything to prepare for Christmas, except spend time with her. Then, the family dog knocks the tree over and breaks all of their precious ornaments, leaving Ayana and her parents to piece together their fond memories and experience true Christmas joy together. 
Despite being a bit sad at first, Ornaments of Love is an adorable book for children. Sharlin Craig’s story is simple and straightforward, but still manages to tug on the heartstrings. It exhibits the importance of spending time with family around the holidays, and also includes some touching memories that any family or child could relate to. Helen Monwuba’s illustrations are very nice as well; they are simple and not overdone, but are still expressive and have a very classic look to them. Paired together, the story and illustrations are just delightful. 
Ornaments of Love is a great book to read together as a family, whether it is Christmastime or not. It is a charming little story with a great moral behind it, and may even inspire the readers and their families to take their own little strolls down memory lane together, too.
Originally critiqued by the Authors Talk About It team.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Facebook Groups Made Easy for Authors



Facebook Groups are a great souse of connection for those wanting to spread their message.  However, you need to know some basics before you start posting away in a large amount of Facebook Group. 
In this class you will learn.
  • How to market in Facebook Groups
  • Stay out of Facebook Jail
  • Create a list of links to post in Facebook Groups
  • Create a list of messages to post in Facebook Groups
  • Rotate your Facebook Groups
  • Put your Facebook Group Posting Plan into Action
  • Share your Class Project (Maybe the easiest project you have ever done)
With all the information in this class you will be able to confidently post in a large amount of Facebook groups in a short amount of time. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Stitches - 4 Stars with a Powerful Message




Jen Conrad always did things exactly as expected. Raised by an imperious mother and a superior court father, she found comfort in her marriage to a brilliant lawyer and became an admired woman for her hostessing and fundraising skills. When she is widowed, she has to shed her skin and learn to fight for herself, find financial resources to start a new venture, support her dying mother, and overcome a devastating event that occurred forty years ago. She has choices to make, choices that a year ago would have been unthinkable.



Thursday, December 22, 2016

Truls and Trine - A Christmas Story 4 Star Holiday Book




This story talks about the adventure of the two Trolls, Truls and Trine, and their human friend Jenny on Christmas eve.
Truls thought the idea of Santa Claus was ridiculous but what happens when Santa's Sleigh crashes and Truls and Trine has to help Santa deliver gifts?
This book is an excellent read for the season and it teaches children to always help others in need.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Twelve Days To Save Christmas



Magical Mary arrives in Berryfield with with two missions. The first is to bring Christmas back to the town, and the second is to help Esme, a Foundling and a child who does not speak, to achieve her destiny and save Christmas for the town. Mary has to enlist the help of the mysterious Jane and convince her of the role she needs to play to ensure Mary’s missions are fulfilled. The town Mayor has nothing but bad memories of Christmas and has kept the Christmas spirit from the town for so long that the people of Berryfield have forgotten what Christmas is all about. Can Mary and Imi the elf convince Jane to change the mind of the mean-minded Mayor, help the struggling family, and bring Christmas back to the town? Readers Favorite Five Star Review: Grange Solicitors has never decorated its office for Christmas - no tree, no lights, no trimmings. In fact, the entire town of Berryfield has banned Christmas. You see, the mayor of Berryfield is a non-believer, a miserable old Scrooge who doesn't believe in celebrating anything, let alone Christmas. So when Jane, who works at Grange Solicitors, and Mary, the cleaning lady, team up to decorate the office...s, the mayor notices too much happiness and sets about making everyone's life miserable. How? He bans pets of any kind from family homes. The town's inhabitants are unhappy and very angry, but not as much as Jane, who sets about making things right for not only the town, but also the miserable old mayor. You see, Jane is on a special mission, and Mary, who is a Finder, helps her. Their ultimate goal is to save Christmas and there's little time left to do so. Jane Finch's young people's story, Twelve Days to Save Christmas, is a wonderful fable, a charming story for young readers about Christmas and the power of love and faith. She takes on the classic theme of a Scrooge-type character and expounds on the true meaning of the season. Each character has its place in the story, its place in life itself, and they all blossom with the unveiling of the magic of Christmas. This is more than a tale of Christmas miracles; it's a story with the power to change and make things right in the world, starting with making Christmas right. Very well done!





Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mistletoe & Horseshoes



Her five year prison sentence was reduced to two years for good behavior for the killing of her boss and sometimes lover, Rance Girard. Jolene King had set out to rebuild her life, if that was possible.

Arriving in Trace Crossings during a blizzard, Jolene was just glad to have a place to hole up from the ferocious wind and snow...even if it was a stable.

Emmett Foster wasn’t sure about his visitor...but it was Christmas and he wasn’t about to let human or beast die out in this weather if he could help it.

Two lost souls seek to leave their past behind and find new beginnings…after all miracles do happen during Christmas...Don’t they?

Monday, December 19, 2016

Ornamental Graces - 4 Star of Holiday Sweetness




After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend.

Emily's the kind of girl he'd always dreamed of--sweet, smart, and sincere. But he's made a mess of his life and ruined his chances for earning the love and trust of a woman like her.

 Could Dan be the man Emily's been waiting for? How could he be when every time they get close he pulls away? And will he ever be free from his shady past and the ex-girlfriend who refuses to stay there?

An inspirational Christmas romance that spans every season.



Sunday, December 18, 2016

Camping In High Heels - 5 Star Hilarious Love Travels




Kate Palmer loves her job. Why wouldn’t she? As a travel blogger, she gets paid to take five-star vacations. Then one of her loyal readers asks her to travel “like the rest of us.” 
After dining, relaxing, and enjoying only the best of every city in the most luxurious fashion, Kate isn’t sure that she or her high heels can manage the camping life. Learning to drive and to set up a motor home was only the beginning. As she travels to New Orleans to Texas to New Mexico, Kate experiences a brand-new kind of adventure. Who knew that she’d ever tackle the campground bathhouse (bring Raid with you), tarantulas (unwelcome dinner guests), and bats (best observed while holding an umbrella)? 
But things become brighter when she bumps into fellow camper, Brandon. Seeming to run into one another at each campground, it gets harder for Kate to ignore the sparks between them. 
As Kate’s journey teaches her to appreciate the great outdoors, she also makes friendships along the way. And she just might have found love, too.



Saturday, December 17, 2016

2017 ATAI Book Award Contest Is Open For Submissions


2017 Authors Talk About It 
Book Award Contest

Authors get into the the 2017 ATAI Book Contest now and get some huge benefits

Anyone entering in December gets double the promotion on 3 different blogs

Plus the first 25 people that enter get a book specific Headtalker campaign run by Authors Talk About It specifically for their book

Plus you still could win the contest

All this for $35

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Friday, December 16, 2016

The Great Christmas Hunt


Looking for something fun to do this holiday season?

The Great Christmas Hunt is just what you need.  

This adventure can be downloaded for free on Skillshare.   Creating amazing fun for family gatherings, friend filled parties, even work events during the holidays.  You can also just take your family out to create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Click the free link below or if you are a member of Skillshare use the premium link.  

 Premium Class Link : http://skl.sh/2h5ernh
Free Link :  http://skl.sh/2h54GFQ

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Gift For The Authors In Your Life



Get your favorite Author a Gift Certificate from
 Authors Talk About It!

It is the gift that keeps on giving!

Authors are regularly looking for different contests, but entry fees can add up.  So, give the author(s) in your life a gift certificate to enter.  They get a marketing boost and a chance to become an award winning author.

Gift certificates can be applied to any of ATAI’s contests or services.  However, we’ve set them up to easily help your favorite author submit one or two contest entries or apply a larger amount toward a beta read/critique or a 2017 Author Planner VIP Day.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Twelve Spirits of Christmas - 4 Star Holiday Bizarre Story




Two amazing men. A serial killer. A Christmas to remember.

Tessa Lamar is dreading her first Christmas without her beloved grandfather. They say the holiday season brings out the best and the worst in people. This year, it's brought out a serial killer, who chooses his victims based on the carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

As Tessa comes to terms with her life as a Nunnehi, the Cherokee equivalent to a fairy, she finds herself in cahoots with a ghost to stop the Christmas Killer before he strikes again. She must wrangle her magic, manage family responsibilities, juggle the men in her life, and discover the person she was meant to be, in order to save...

Seven Swans a Swimming - Eight Maids a Milking - Nine Ladies Dancing - Ten Lords a Leaping - Eleven Pipers Piping - Twelve Drummers Drumming.

Twelve Spirits of Christmas is the second of the Tessa Lamar Novels, Paranormal Romances with a Southern twist. If you like Southern humor, supernatural creatures, and a healthy dose of romance, then you'll love this series. Be sure to check out Kindle Scout winner, The Spirit Tree, to read the beginning of Tessa's journey.



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Campy Christmas



A holiday novella. The Shoemakers and Ferraros plan to spend Christmas in Texas with Larry and Jane Ann’s brother and then take a camping trip through the Southwest. But those plans are stopped cold when they hit a rogue ice storm in Missouri and they end up snowbound in a campground. And that’s just the beginning. Includes recipes and winter camping tips



Monday, December 12, 2016

Outside the Box Marketing For Authors



Marketing is one of authors' biggest struggles.  It is absolutely vital that your book stand out amongst the hundreds of thousands of other books being published every year.  This course will help you discover new ways to do that by sharing five outside-the-box ideas to kick-start your creative marketing plan.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Send Someone In Need A Help Angel


Do you know someone that is going through a tough time?

We have all been there and it is not easy.  However, now you can send these people a Help Angel.

A Help Angel is a simple anonymous statement letting the person know they are loved.  Why do we send it anonymously?  Because these people know that love is all around them and that it will come into their life when they need it. 

So if you know someone that needs a hug from a Help Angel.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Run Away To The Keys - 5 Shining Romantic Stars




When marine biologist Garrett Holmes first meets the boat captain on the vessel he has chartered for research, he’s skeptical of the abilities of the pretty, young woman.
Despite his initial misgivings, once Garrett gets to know Skylar Cartwright, it doesn’t take him long to fall for her. Even with her privileged background as the daughter of a wealthy Miami family, Skylar is spirited and independent—set on earning her own living chartering scuba and snorkeling tours with her boat.
With Garrett falling for Skylar—and Skylar returning his affection—it seems like the couple might just get to live happily ever after in paradise…until Garrett’s jealous assistant tries to break them up, and Skylar’s parents voice their disapproval.
As more and more roadblocks spring up in opposition to their relationship, Garrett and Skylar must decide if their fledging romance has what it takes to withstand the heat.
Vividly imagined and bursting with romantic tension, this delightful story provides hours of entertainment, making it a delectable beach novel.





Friday, December 9, 2016

Treasury of Bizarre Christmas Stories



This collection brings together a variety of bizarre Christmas stories never heard before. From creepy dark catacombs to a haunted winter wonderland, this treasury brings with it, a mystical side to Christmas and the birth of a legendary baby. Whether deep in a forest of India or back in time in Bethlehem, 'Treasury Of Bizarre Christmas Stories' brings to its readers the holy, the Almighty, the haunted, the obsessed, the innocent, the magical and the reason to celebrate.




Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ornaments of Love - 4 Star Holiday Book




A touching Christmas story with glowing illustrations, Ornaments of Love is a story to cherish for years to come. A beautiful tale of Ayana, an endearing ten-year-old who excitedly anticipates that special time of year when the entire family joins together to decorate and admire the Christmas tree. But sadly this year is different. Ayana realizes that her mom and dad are far too busy with everything else to enjoy the tree with Ayana. Then, something unexpected happens and the family is brought together with tenderness and joy. Filled to the brim and overflowing with charming moments, gentle humor, and timeless illustrations, this beautiful story is a wonderful reminder of what’s important not only during the Christmas season, but every day of our lives. Ornaments of Love is destined to become one of your favorite holiday stories. One that will remain in your heart forever.



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I Promise Not To Tell - 4 Stars, About a Secret




A must read for a parent, relative or friend of a gender questioning or transgender person. I Promised Not to Tell is a deeply personal and emotional parenting memoir told by the mother of a transgender child. This book will benefit anyone who would like to learn more about transgenderism. Honest, moving and well written, you will not be disappointed! 

"I Promised Not to Tell is quite possibly one of the most important books to date on a very controversial and little understood social issue: transgenderism. If you are facing such a situation with your child, I urge you to read this book. Both you and your child need what Cheryl has so kindly shared with readers and parents. And when you do, I’m sure you will come away impressed not just by the courage shown by Jordan in this book, but by the love Cheryl and her husband have for their children and their compassion for all people. I loved I Promised Not to Tell. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommended reading." ~ Viga Boland

Together, Mom and her husband raised their children telling them: "You can be anything and do anything you want in life." They just never expected that what their youngest daughter would desire most in the world, was to be a boy.  

What is unique about this story is that it follows one transgender child from birth through age eighteen. You get a real sense of what this family went through. Their son's desperate effort to comply to societal gender norms, a suicide attempt, a family members struggle with God and transgerderism, a heart breaking death and much more. Every step of their son's transition from female to male (FTM) is discussed in detail, including hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgeries. This book shares it all in the hopes of making a difference in what seems like a harsh and cruel world for transgender people. 

In the beginning, transgender was not even on this mother's radar. There was so much to learn. She went from knowing nothing at all about the subject to becoming significantly more knowledgeable. She partook in a journey of learning that evolved into one of self discovery for her as much as for her transgender child. There were valuable lessons and gifted blessings along the way. There were also times of great heartache and pain. Mom was strengthened, she was tested, she wept and she prayed and in the end, she survived as did her transgender child.  

The journey this family took is spelled out in the pages of this book in the hope that it offers encouragement, support and wisdom to others who may have found themselves on a similar path. Mom shares many of the resources she used along her own family’s journey and extends to you a friendship that goes far beyond the pages of this book.  

This is a uniquely written and thought provoking true story which transitions beautifully between the family’s personal journey and some of the larger societal issues that face the transgender community today.

Even if you don't know a transgender person, this book will make you feel as if you do. Maybe you have been curious about this topic and looking for a book that can share honest and intimate details on the subject. If so, this book will certainly do that for you.  

Coming out as a transgender person can be challenging. This book could be an excellent way to introduce the topic to parents and loved ones. Perhaps helping to pave the way to acceptance and understanding.



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

In Lieu of Therapy - 4 Stars of Motivation




In Lieu of Therapy is a quick and easy read to uplift the spirit and motivate people in their lives. In today’s accelerated and busy world, it is important to find niches of time that one can use to calm the inner soul, find pathways to reflect on our lives, and help us overcome adversity. We all need to pause and regroup our thoughts, energies, and emotions at some point, and this book will do it.




Monday, December 5, 2016

Gift Certificates For Authors



Get your favorite Author a Gift Certificate from
 Authors Talk About It!

It is the gift that keeps on giving!

Authors are regularly looking for different contests, but entry fees can add up.  So, give the author(s) in your life a gift certificate to enter.  They get a marketing boost and a chance to become an award winning author.

Gift certificates can be applied to any of ATAI’s contests or services.  However, we’ve set them up to easily help your favorite author submit one or two contest entries or apply a larger amount toward a beta read/critique or a 2017 Author Planner VIP Day.