Guest Post: RRBC “Spotlight Author” SARA HATHAWAY on Day After Disaster

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

This post is worthwhile sharing!!

Originally posted on Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes:

Today I am honored to have Sara Hathaway, author of The Day After Disasterand fellow RRBC member, as a guest on my blog. Sara is here to tell us a bit about the philosphy behind her book.

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Day After Disaster Philosophy
One day, as a teenager, I was hanging out at the Middle Fork of the American River. I asked my girlfriends that I was with, what would happen if we lost all power tomorrow? I was absolutely horrified when they replied, “we wouldn’t have our curling irons or blow dryers.”

I have never been your typical “girl”. I just wasn’t raised that way. My mother was the middle child in a group of five girls and quickly became my grandfather’s masculine counterpart. She helped him with all the chores a boy would have and eventually became a very skilled upholsterer, working with her hands. She was as big…

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WELCOME GWENDOLYN M. PLANO – SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR!

Gwen I’m really glad to have you as we have a thing or two in common. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and I am so grateful to have your support. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce you to my followers. Everyone please give Gwen a great big welcome by leaving a comment and supporting her on this fabulous Spotlight Tour.

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There is a reason writers write. For some of us, there is a message lodged in our heart that longs for expression. In my case, I wanted to share my journey in the hope that others might better understand their own.
When I began writing my book, I expected to simply tell my story. As the pages unfolded though, I realized that my story was everyone’s story. The details of my journey are unique to me of course, but the emotions accompanying those details are universal. We all know sorrow, fear, or regret; and, we all travel through life trying to make sense of it all.
Writing Letting Go Into Perfect Love was an integrative process for me. At times it tore open my heart, such that I could barely breathe. However, my tears and gasps came and went, because they could. As I accepted and honored these emotions, compassion emerged; and, it was this development that redirected my writing, and quite frankly, my life.
When we are not free to be ourselves, a vital part of us disappears under layers of numbness. It is this shell of a person that others see—not who we ultimately are. As I disentangled myself from an abusive marriage, I re-discovered who I am–and why I had hidden for so many years. I also realized that I needed to bridge the chasm separating past and present—for me and for others.
I wrote Letting Go into Perfect Love to help others realize that they can open the door behind which they hide, and when they take this action, an amazing life awaits them.

Author Bio:

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Gwendolyn M Plano spent her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in New York, Connecticut and California. She has multiple academic degrees, including one in Theology and one in Counseling. Recently Gwen retired, and she now devotes herself to writing, travel, volunteer work, and her beautiful grandchildren.

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SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY – #RRBC STYLE “Posting The (Almost) Perfect Review” A Book Review Lesson

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

This is worth reblogging. lol

Originally posted on Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules:

Are you new to book reviewing?  Did you read something that was so incredibly good that you want to share it with the world?  Then, today I’m going to tell you how to post the (almost) perfect review.  Now, I am in no way saying that every review you post should be a 4 or 5 star one.  BUT, I am saying that even in the not-so-great reviews, there is still a process.  Below you will find 6 little tips on how to post reviews.  You all know I always like to interject my little two-cents in the most constructive of ways, so here goes:

1)  When you review a book, PLEASE don’t give any SPOILERS.  And don’t give any “SPOILER ALERTS” either, because just as soon as you type the words, the reader’s eyes have already moved across the line and read the SPOIL.  Don’t do that again.

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Amazon… A virtual marketplace, or Big Brother?

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

Nonnie, I certainly will share this and reblogging is one way to do it. Thanks for the timely message.

Originally posted on imy santiago:

A couple of weeks ago I read the third installment of a series I really loved. I will refrain from sharing the name of the novel and its author.

Like any reader, as soon as I finished reading, I wrote my review. When I tried posting it on Amazon (I did buy the eBook, just like any normal and decent human being would), I received a rather concerning email.

I will not share the screenshot of the email as it does contain the title of the book and name of the author. In its place I have copied the body of the email below.

Dear Amazon Customer,

Thanks for submitting a customer review on Amazon. Your review could not be posted to the website in its current form. While we appreciate your time and comments, reviews must adhere to the following guidelines:
http://www.amazon.com/review-guidelines

Here I was, thinking I had included an…

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What In The World Are You Retweeting?!!!

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

This is something worth sharing. Thank you.

Originally posted on Watch Nonnie Write!:

Hello all!  Today is your lucky day! (again).  You get to hear me “rant” (albeit just a little)  about what you guys retweet.  Although this thought had been in my head for quite some time, two people popped up last week and said to ME: @nonniejules It’s nice that people RT and all, but these guys need to RT stuff regarding our books. That’s why we’re here, right? I mean, does the world really need to know that my other Twitter friend said “Good morning?”   (These two tweets were combined).

I often speak about SUPPORT and how important it is to show support of your peers/colleagues/friends, whatever you want to call them, but, it’s also very important that you show that support in a mindful manner.  To me, that means a couple of things:

1)  When one of your Twitter friends has shared a link, or has posted something…

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These Two Are Deserving of So Much More #RRBC

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

I just had to reblog this to spread the word. Its so exciting.

Originally posted on Watch Nonnie Write!:

This post is dedicated to two awesomely supportive members of the Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC)!

Twice a year, RRBC gifts one lucky person with an Amazon gift card for their recruiting efforts.  Since I won this awesome prize last December, I promised that if I won this year, I would donate my winnings (a $50 Amazon gift card), to the RRBC member of my choice.  But, the member had to be hard-working and dedicated to the club’s success as well as its members.

After careful thought and conference with my new Vice President, John Fioravanti, I decided that in the midst of all the supportive members that we have, there were two who really stood out at this time, so, I decided to split the $50 award into two $25 Amazon Gift Cards!  Now, these members weren’t expecting to win, I’m sure, and they are so…

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Pay It Forward, June – Day 1

Shirley Harris-Slaughter:

I’m going to reblog this post for maximum exposure.

Originally posted on Life As I Know It:

Hello, bloggers!!

It’s another awesomely special week at Rave Reviews Book Club!! It’s the BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” Week!!!

Today is Day 1 and I am so excited to be promoting this incredible lady. I’ve had the pleasure of supporting her before, but I am even more excited to get another opportunity to do so!

REBECCA REILLY

REBECCA REILLY

Rebecca is a wonderful member of RRBC. She’s so supportive and quite the talented writer. I was fortunate enough to win a contest and received an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of her book, HAUNTING MEGAN!! Well, fellow book nerds, you KNOW how awesome that is!! And you know how excited I was to receive that special little package in the mail.  :)

 

Want to know more about Rebecca? Well…

Rebecca loves to laugh, dream, ponder, and write. She doesn’t often say “no” to a challenge; consequently, Rebecca works as…

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MY BROTHER THE MARINE

Here is an update on what has happened regarding my brother
Lance Corporal Ronald Louis Powell

The government finally sent me the papers on what happened to my brother and here is what the military records postmarked February 24, 2015, have to say:

Died 24Aug65 Hong Kong China when the US Military Transport on which he was a passenger en route to Danang Republic of Vietnam from Hong Kong China crashed into the Harbor immediately after take-off. PREVIOUSLY REPORTED MISSING

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THE WALL IN D.C.

Lance Corporal Ronald Louis Powell
Killed in Action August 24, 1965
Cause: Plane Crash over Hong Kong River
Assigned: 3rd Service Battalion, 3rd Marine Division
Name is listed on Wall in Washington DC
Detroit News ran the story August 27, 1965

So there it is – the information I have been waiting for and what do I find out? That he died an accidental death. It’s bad enough that the Vietnam war was so unpopular that they won’t even remember these men who died that day, but it’s even more horrific that his death was an accident – pilot error while returning from active duty for rest & relaxation (R&R).

I found out a couple of weeks ago that the men and women who died and were from the State of Michigan will be remembered at the Vietnam Veteran Traveling Memorial to be held on June 6, 2015 at the Ferndale Public Library. Hours are from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

I learned about it in the Oakland Press the daily paper in my hometown.
I paid the library a visit and was re-directed to Garry Taylor at the Ferndale Historical Museum. After I explained to him who I was and what my mission is, he was very happy to get all the information I had on my brother; and he confirmed that he is listed among the Michigan vets. So I should possibly see him on the Vietnam display coming up.

When Mr. Taylor discovered that I am an author and saw my books, he immediately purchased 2 copies of Our Lady of Victory, the Saga… and 1 copy of Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!! to put on display at the museum. They are planning on doing a write-up of me and my brother in their newsletter. They are always looking for people to tell their stories and hearing mine was just the “icing on the cake” for them.
I went over to the Royal Oak Public Library and the only thing they offered was to try and see if they can find any stories in their newspaper archives.

So that was a start in my quest to get recognition for my brother. The next step will be to try and get the print and media on board to do a long overdue story about all of it.

Keep watching to find out more about this issue.

Thank you for stopping by!

Shirley Harris-Slaughter

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WELCOME JEFFREY VON GLAHN!

BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK!

It is an honor and a privilege to have you, Jeffery Von Glahn, grace my site today because I have been mesmerized by your book topic. I was introduced to your work when you were featured in a blog tour promoted by 4WillsPublishing. I have been intrigued ever since.

But I missed the fact that you are from Michigan! Ann Arbor at that…the place that spawns artist and intellectuals. Jeffrey I’m from Michigan too. You are the third person in this club that I know of who is a Michigan native. So we have something in common.
I stopped at some of your tours and now that you are my selection for the BT Pay It Forward Week, I purchased my very own copy of “Jessica.”  So Jeffery today is devoted to you and all things about you!!

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Jeffrey Von Glahn is a Psychotherapist, Ph.D. He wrote a mind blowing book called Jessica, The Autobiography of an Infant. The sessions were like listening to an infant who could talk and describe her experience as it was happening.

 Jessica by Jeffrey Von Glahn

 Book Excerpt:

“A few minutes before, Jessica had said, “”I now know all that I feel and why.”” Now, in a decidedly different tone of voice, she said, “”But I still don’t know me or even if a me really exists….I’m trying to find her, and I can’t!””
She dug her fingertips into my back. “”I can’t find my me. She’s been lost! Are you sure she’s there?””
“”Sure.””
My reassurance had no effect. The secret terror that had haunted her before she had had words for it, came gushing out.
“”I’m not even sure she exists anymore, or if she didn’t just die, or if she didn’t just leave somewhere. Will you help me find her? I can’t. I can’t find her anywhere. She’s gone! Ow! No! No!””
“”My me never had a chance. As soon as I got my hands on it, somebody ripped it away from me!”” “

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 Jessica had always been haunted by the fear that the unthinkable had happened when she had been “made-up.” For as far back as she could remember, she had no sense of a Self. Her mother thought of her as the “perfect infant” because “she never wanted anything and she never needed anything.” As a child, just thinking of saying “I need” or “I want” left her feeling like an empty shell and that her mind was about to spin out of control. Terrified of who––or what––she was, she lived in constant dread over being found guilty of impersonating a human being.

Jeffrey Von Glahn, Ph.D., an experienced therapist with an unshakable belief in the healing powers of the human spirit, and Jessica, blaze a trail into this unexplored territory. As if she has, in fact, become an infant again, Jessica remembers in extraordinary detail events from the earliest days of her life––events that threatened to twist her embryonic humanness from its natural course of development. Her recollections are like listening to an infant who could talk describe every psychologically dramatic moment of its life as it was happening.
When Dr. Von Glahn met Jessica, she was 23. Everyone regarded her as a responsible, caring person – except that she never drove and she stayed at her mother’s when her husband worked nights.
For many months, Jessica’s therapy was stuck in an impasse. Dr. Von Glahn had absolutely no idea that she was so terrified over simply talking about herself. In hopes of breakthrough, she boldly asked for four hours of therapy a day, for three days a week, for six weeks. The mystery that was Jessica cracked open in dramatic fashion, and in a way that Dr. Von Glahn could never have imagined. Then she asked for four days a week – and for however long it took. In the following months, her electrifying journey into her mystifying past brought her ever closer to a final confrontation with the events that had threatened to forever strip her of her basic humanness…
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Author Q & A

*What do you hope the world will learn from your book?​

That emotional/psychological development starts at birth – and perhaps even sooner. What can possibly be more important than knowing the optimal conditions for an infant’s physical and psychological development? From my point of view, all of the social/economic/political issues in the world are actually people problems; ones that people who are more psychologically healthy than not would never allow to happen. The well-known humanistic psychologist from the The Sixties, Abraham Maslow, wrote that what we think of as psychologically healthy is really a mild psychopathology of the average that’s so commonplace that we don’t recognize it as such. I agree 100%. Also, the overall field of mental health and the practice of psychotherapy in particular will be far more effective than it is if crying is viewed as a powerful healing experience.
*What was so profound about your patient Jessica that compelled you to write this story?

Her remembering and recovering from psychologically hurtful events from the earliest days of her life is, by far, the most astounding human experience I know of. I am so fortunate that Jessica didn’t give up on me as her therapist and made her bold request for multiple-hour sessions for several days a week. If she hadn’t, this book would never have been written.

*Is this your first book?

It’s my first published book. I spent three years writing a novel before I started writing Jessica. The time frame was 35 years in the future, actually 2015! In 1980, a Ph.D. psychologist, aged 85, was the presidential candidate of the People’s party. With a month to go before the election and tied for the lead in the polls, he mysteriously disappeared. In 2015, a young Ph.D. psychologist is writing a book about him. He gets too close to finding out why that happened when he meets his new girlfriend’s grandfather, and then he also suddenly disappears. It had an agency-wide review by a top literary agent because he couldn’t make up his mind, but he declined to take it. He said the idea of dual-protagonists wasn’t viable. I thought it was quite clever. I immediately started writing Jessica. Since the 1990s, I’ve had 6 professional articles in psychotherapy journals, all on the method of treatment I used with Jessica.

*How long have you been writing?

Seriously, since 1977. Started with a few short stories. Wrote several over a year or two, never had one published, although a few people I knew who were able to have an objective opinion thought I showed “some talent.” One said that what most impressed her was how the next sentence picked up on what was implied in the previous one, and the writing just flowed. That knack of paying attention subtle cues is a direct result of being a therapist.

*What can we expect from you next?

Two possibilities. A small book for the public, tentatively titled: Saving psychotherapy from itself. Very briefly, the mental health system doesn’t believe in emotional release, such as crying, as having any long term benefit. From my view, the MH system is in the same state that medicine was in before the discovery of microorganisms and antibiotics; i.e., there’s no clear understanding of what causes problems and what cures them. The MH system thinks too much in terms of physical causes and medications. The other idea is tentatively titled: Cooperation or competition: Which would you choose? In short, what would a society be like if the purpose of government was to promote the physical and social welfare of its citizens compared to one that based on competition?

*Since Jessica, have you explored with other patients their recounts of memories from infancy?

No. That’s never happened again. I don’t ask; it has to come up in a spontaneous way. It’s actually quite rare. There’s just a few books and articles about remembering being born, and there’s a professional association: The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. The book about Jessica stands alone. There’s nothing that even comes close.

*Since this is a topic new to most, how do you think your findings about Jessica’s recounts of her infancy are being received by the general public?

I haven’t received sufficient feedback from enough people. Until very recently, it’s only spread by word of mouth. I’ve been too involved in academic writing. Undoubtedly, women will be more interested and supportive than men. It has received a strong recommendation from an entertainment company as a potential movie for the theater or TV, but as yet no contract. I always imagined a TV movie; never entertained the idea of a film – still don’t.

*Have you encountered those who didn’t “believe” that this story was in fact based on true events?

Not yet, but I’m 100% certain it will happen. I’m ready with a response: What would convince you that it is or isn’t true? After the person answers, I’ll give mine. I was there. I saw the very positive effect it had on her life.

*Have you encountered those who said “There is no way an infant can remember anything about its birth?”

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone in person who adamantly said so. There have been several who found it hard to believe. I immediately agree with them. There are plenty of my professional colleagues who don’t think it’s possible. The first known article about it appeared in a medical journal in France in the 1890s!

*What is Jessica’s relationship with her mom today?

Her mother passed away at age 58 in 1990 (Jessica and I met in 1977). She had a very, very difficult childhood, which Jessica was very aware of. Jessica had great respect for her dedication to raising five children as a single parent, starting when the oldest was 8. When I interviewed Dorothy, the only question I asked her was: “I wonder if you tell me whatever you remember about what Jessica was like as an infant.” For various reasons, I didn’t mention any of Jessica’s other recalls. Jessica had already told her about remembering her birth, to which Dorothy’s immediate response was, “I never told you any of that!”

*How is Jessica doing/coping today?

She has completely recovered from her various fears/phobias/etc. Despite all that,   she always found a way to cope, though no one ever knew what was going on inside of her. Her various fears were just tolerated by those few who actually knew about them. After graduating from college with honors in her early 30s, while working part-time and raising a daughter, she’s had a very successful twenty-five year career where she interacted in an engaging and ongoing way with many people of varying ages and backgrounds. She also obtained two graduate degrees in her field. She is very active in her community, and has won awards/recognition for her activities. She has developed many deeply satisfying relationships with others, including a number from different backgrounds. They are all quite envious of her ability to understand human behavior, especially infants. They are all also envious of her ability to have a quick, deep cry, 15-20 seconds, and look so refreshed and immediately get back to what she had been doing. Married for a second time at 42. Lost her husband to cancer seven years later. Didn’t have any more children. My fervent wish is that someday a book will be published about her life and her therapy from her perspective.

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Jeffrey Von Glahn is a client of 4WillsPublishing and was featured in a week long blog tour in December, 2014 and January, 2015. That is how I got to know him. At his facebook party he was the guest along with two other authors. And his event was featured at Goodreads and other social venues. He is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.

Jeffrey Von Glahn wrote his Dissertation in 1994 along with several publications including Jessica. He went to Valley Stream Central High School and studied at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

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Where to Buy…

JESSICA: The Autobiography of an Infant –On sale at AMAZON

Twitter Handle: @JeffreyVonGlahn
Facebook Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/793591574010565/
Facebook Page: http://on.fb.me/1KMiLeN
Blog: http://newideasinpsychotherapy.wordpress.com
Website: jeffreyvonglahn.com

I hope you’ve gotten to know Dr. Jeffrey Von Glahn a little bit more and will support him by picking up a copy of his book and sharing this blog to your friends and followers.

Thank you so much for taking the time to pay it forward.

Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Author & Speaker
Rave Reviews Book Club Honorary Board Member

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WELCOME LINDA MIMS!!

BETHANY TURNER “PAY IT FORWARD” WEEK!

 

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Today you got selected!

And so I am dedicating this day to you! I am pulling out all the stops.

So Enjoy!

Linda Mims

LINDA MIMS!

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This notice epitomizes what Linda is all about, bringing recognition to issues that are near and dear to her heart. She tweets about everything. She is all about promoting baby boomers and women in particular. She even has a name for it – Boomacious! That’s going to be the new word in the English dictionary I betcha!. Her website, Boomacious says it all. Lifestyle’s For Today’s Baby Boomer Woman.

Here is an excerpt:

About Boomacious

Who is the Boomacious woman! It’s a woman who is so fabulously happy to transition into the second phase of her life that even God is excited for her. A Boomacious woman embraces her age, weight, marital status, and any perceived shortcomings and never allows them to stop her show. She doesn’t care what people think, or what they do. She has learned to live and let live. That is Boomacious!

“Boomacious”, the blog, is dedicated to this woman!

Boomacious women lead businesses! Are entrepreneurs! Care for elderly parents! Process decisions daily about housing, food, clothing, automobiles, investments, etc. for multi-generational families…

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Anything that is important to Linda– she will try to keep up with it as she informs her followers. She pushes features that showcase the late Gilda Radner while telling us to take our Hats Off to Mom on Mother’s Day. She re-posted a piece for Grammy Nominated “Trust Me” by Richard Smallwood.

I was scanning a facebook page when I stumbled across a post by Linda –
Short Hair don’t care!

It’s a drawing of a beautiful brown woman with what else? Short hair!

Linda is a retired diva who lives in the Midwest Region of the USA. She is a motivational speaker, a tweeter and a blogger. And she is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club.

Please take a moment to leave a comment, or share this page with your followers. I’m sure Linda will get a boom out of this!

Blog: http://Boomacious.com
Twitter Handle: @boom_lyn

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Thank you so much for visiting my site today to support Linda Mims. This is called Paying It Forward. This is what we do at Rave Reviews Book Club.

Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Author
Rave Reviews Book Club, Honorary Board Member

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