Friday, December 19, 2014

#ASOT2015 - Other Article - Troops, Authors, Supporting - Booksie

This is a wonderful cause that collects new, author-signed books for sending to troops deployed in remote areas of the world. Please share this with everyone you know, you never know who you might reach! I myself will be sending three books to them. The major event starts January 1, 2015 and ends April 30, 2015. They'll also be collecting donations via PayPal to cover shipping costs.

#ASOT2015 - Other Article - Troops, Authors, Supporting - Booksie

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Featured Author Doug Puryear and Book Your Life Can be Better

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Meet author Doug Puryear, a retired psychiatrist who does prison ministry as well as writing books. He and his wife have three grown children and eight grandchildren [my goodness, I can imagine holidays at his house!], and a dog, and currently live in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When he’s not writing, he likes to play guitar, learn Spanish, and fly fish [That’s like where you take the fishing line and flick it in and out of the water? Is there a place near Santa Fe to do this or do you have to drive a ways?]

Living Daily with Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips Of the Day is an e-book not intended to be read through like a novel, but more as a daily devotional or one of those page-a-day calendars. Doug was 64 when he was diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. He wanted to find a book to give to his patients, but discovered that none of them were quite what he was looking for. So he wrote his first book, Your Life Can Be Better: Using Strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD. When that book became successful, he began to blog. Eventually, he took the best posts and put them together to make Living Daily.

You can find Living Daily, released in 2013, at Amazon or Smashwords. Your Life Can Be Better is available in print on Amazon, and digitally at Amazon or Smashwords. Both books are written in simple language with short chapters, and rather than being a dry, textbook-style book, is more personal in that he uses examples from his own life lessons to give the reader a richer experience. Living Daily is a page-a-day approach full of coping strategies.

Doug hopes to teach others with this condition to use strategies that can make their life easier. Also, he shows patients how to make it better for the loved ones and friends in their life. [ADD/ADHD or not, I think we could all use extra coping strategies, and I think this would be most excellent for those suffering from cancer or other life-altering illnesses.]

Doug tells me that, even though these books were meant specifically for people with ADD, he’s gotten lots of comments that they would be useful to anyone who would benefit from getting their life a little bit more organized. [Maybe I need to get one! After chemotherapy, my brain doesn’t work in the same way that it used to.]

At the moment, Doug is working on his autobiography, something he wishes his ancestors had done the same. He hopes some of his descendants will be interested in his life. Down the line, he may write another book on ADD and possibly one on bullying [It’s sad, but this is becoming more and more prevalent in our schools these days.].

Doug is looking for marketing ideas, and ways to get his books into the hands of more people who can benefit from them. He’s completed a short pamphlet called Six Basic Strategies for Coping with Adult ADD/ADHD through CreateSpace, as a test to see if he could learn to use their site. He was successful, however he wishes to give this to people for free, and hasn’t been able to figure out how to do this. [I’m in the same boat; I wish I could give Keeping a Backyard Horse away for free. I’d rather people learn how to take care of horses, and not neglect them through ignorance, than to make money on this book.]

He’s also at Smashwords: and, and you can find him on Pinterest and Facebook as well.


**Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of these books, as I’ve not read them and can’t vouch for their contents.**

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Featured Geetha Patel and Book Song of the Koel

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Give a warm welcome to author Geetha Patel, who calls herself an Indo-Canadian. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada, and is a retired school administrator.

Song of the Koel is a romantic fiction using her own life experiences, plus those of women in general, intertwined with historical facts (a side effect of being a History major). Song of the Koel was released through Friesen Press in Canada in December, 2013, and can be found at Amazon, Friesen Press, Flip Kart, Amazon India, and the online store of Indigo/Chapters. It’s filled with interesting and intriguing facts that Geetha hopes will touch reader’s hearts, move their spirits, and enlighten their minds. [Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it?]

Geetha is currently working on another book. While not really a sequel, she’s used some of the characters and the new book will start off where Song of the Koel ended. This one will be called Embers Within the Ashes. She has also authored the book Do You Have Canadian Experience?

Generally, Geetha uses social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to market her book. She also does review exchanges [I may contact her myself for just this reason!], and she’s also a member of three book clubs. You can find out more about her at her website:


**Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of these books, as I’ve not read them and can’t vouch for their contents.**