Author Gabrielle Williams Brings In High Ratings on Goodreads for “The Guy, The Girl, the Artist and His Ex”

Gabrielle WilliamsGabrielle Williams has been receiving tons of praise for her latest novel, “The Guy, The Girl, the Artist and His Ex,” a stylish, sharp and sassy take on love, life, and fine art. Released in April of 2015, the story has been receiving widespread acclaim from its readers and book critics, as it offers an interesting perspective from each of its imperfect characters, and is described as a “must-read” by a five-star rater on Goodreads.com.

More about “The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex” from Goodreads:

A rock chick.

An artist with attitude.

A girl with a past.

A party animal.

Four lives collide when one of the world’s most famous paintings is stolen. It’s a mystery that has the nation talking, but while Picasso’s Weeping Woman might be absent from the walls of the National Gallery, in other parts of Melbourne the controversial painting’s presence is being felt by Guy, Rafi, Luke and Penny for four very different reasons.

Life, love, art and one giant party intersect in this offbeat comedy about good intentions, unexpected consequences and the irresistible force of true love.

Gabrielle Williams BookAlthough Ms. Williams didn’t complete her education at school, her career is proof that an academic path isn’t the only route to success. She has an impatience about her, which has helped to spark an innovative flame and inspired her to write some of her most pioneering works. She is more interested in getting out there and pursuing her dreams than learning about someone else pursuing theirs. Her personality type is incredibly individualistic, and she doesn’t like doing things the way everyone else does them– she is a firm advocate of taking the road less traveled. Her latest book, ‘The Guy The Girl The Artist & His Ex’, was inspired by the real life theft of one of Picasso’s most famous paintings – The Weeping Woman. In order to achieve an authentic tone throughout the novel, Ms. Williams spent a great deal of time researching the 1980s, art fraud, art forgers and Picasso. She is grateful to have a fantastically supportive husband, as well as excellent friends. When Ms. Williams is writing a book, she goes the extra mile to ensure that the information she includes in the book is accurate for the setting. Her last two books were set in the 1980s, and she did a lot of research to understand current events and incorporate them into the overall tone of the novels. After completing her research, she sits down to write, type her ideas and work on the finished publication.

Ms. Williams has been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards in Australia, and is interested in increasing her connections. She is also interested in traveling for her work and speaking publicly about how to use humour to hook teenagers in to reading, a subject she is quite passionate about. Her novel, “Beatle Meets Destiny,” was shortlisted for two literary awards in 2010. Her second book was shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award. “Beatle Meets Destiny” was voted as one of the top 50 reads of 2010.

To learn more about Gabrielle Williams, please visit her LinkedIn page.

Sue J. Clark Blazes New Paths for Dreamers and Achievers, Fulfilling Multiple Capacities including Memoirist and Book Doctor

Sue J. ClarkSue J. Clark is an accomplished literary professional who received the national award for her book entitled, “Is Anybody Listening: The True Story About the POW/MIAs in the Vietnam War.” She wrote a monthly travel column, “From Here to There,” for the Lincoln News Messenger from 2004 until 2010. In addition, she is the co-publisher of ShortReads Press; its third book, “Ghosts We Have Known,” was published in late 2008. More recently, she finished ghostwriting a nonfiction book, “Broken in II: A Soldier’s Story of Surviving World War II and PTSD.” Also, the second edition of her 2005 book, “Is Anybody Listening?” is now in bookstores.

Sue J. Clark "Is Anybody Listening?"Ms. Clark formed the Poets Club of Lincoln in 2003 and began Lincoln’s first annual poetry contest, Voices of Lincoln, now in its eighth year. She also started Lincoln’s monthly open mic for poets in 2004, which is presented by The Poets Club and sponsored by the Friends of the Lincoln Public Library. Her dedication to personal expression has opened doors for aspiring artists and enabled her to garner a strong reputation in the publishing industry.

Learn more about writer, editor, ghostwriter, poet, memoirist, writing instructor, tutor, agent, consultant and book doctor Sue J. Clark by visiting her website.

Ian Prattis Releases “Redemption”

“The Lost Manuscript”

Second Blockbuster Book of 2014

“Redemption” is a story of Awakening and has its own story of emergence. It was a “lost” manuscript, first written in 1975, forgotten until spring 2011. The narrative was vivified and refined with hindsight forty years later. It reads like an extended prose poem reflecting the primal forces of nature and of human nature. Check out the book video:

REDEMPTION by IAN PRATTIS

Callum Mor, the epic main character, takes the reader on a deep Hero’s Journey. It opens with his childhood in the Hebrides, islands off the NW coast of Scotland. He draws wonderful mentors to him; his schoolteacher, who lights the spark of a bard in him, animal friends such as an otter, a brutal fisherman who shields his darkness from the boy as he matures. Callum Mor thrives despite the poverty of his home in an island nurturing with gentle humor and adventure. This novel moves from the rhapsody of Callum Mor’s idyllic childhood through tragedies to the derelict zone of his alcoholic drowning out of pain and suffering…

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Testimonials for Redemption:

Redemption by Ian Prattis“What marks a great work of art is that it touches the heart and soul. Redemption touched mine very deeply. It is so vividly descriptive of both scenery and people, drawing you into the life of Callum Mor, making you cry for him, cheer for him, and wishing you could continue on his journey with him. It is a book to be read over and over again, from which to take away life lessons and inspiration for our own personal journey. This is a book to share with those who touch your life.”

Lucille Hildesheim, International Harp Artiste

“I loved this book, captivating on so many levels, as the story reinforced my resolve. I have three criteria for a good book… I don’t want it to end, I love the end, and I do not wish to speak to anyone for several hours after I finish it. So, this met my criteria on all these levels!”

Mary Helen Dean, Management Professional, Ottawa, Canada

“‘Redemption’ is a riveting novel chronicling one man’s journey through the stages of innocence, darkness, destruction and transformation. The narrative may be applied both individually and universally. Individuals are suffering all over the world from the chaos that life brings, be it violence, abuse of power, cheating, torture or the destruction that comes with war. What is so exquisite about this novel is the tenderness and honesty with which the author deals with the human condition. Callum Mor draws us in as he demonstrates an intuitive understanding and respect for nature. We are intrigued by his innocence and purity which contrast so strongly with the tragic failings that surround him. When Callum Mor’s journey moves him even closer to the abyss, the author refuses to ‘sanitize’ his experiences. Rather, they are put out there as graphically and tragically as they occur. The story pulls you in and before you know it, the reader is seduced and becomes Callum Mor. As he is redeemed, so are we. ‘Redemption’ is so beautifully written, exploring the human condition in its entirety, even the darkest elements. The author does this with grace, elegance, compassion and without judgment.”

Anita Rizvi, Consultant, Ottawa, Canada

“A magical journey of the struggle towards hope, inspiration and love.”

Tina Fedeski, Executive Director of Orkidstra Canada and founder of The Leading Note Foundation.

“Thank you for the gift of your book, Redemption. It is a lovely read. Elegantly sad. We all have a piece of Callum Mor in us. I certainly identified with many aspects of his journey. So thank you for the enjoyable hours reading about this fine human being.”

Jo Anne Denis, retired federal public servant from the Government of Canada.

Press Release for Redemption:

Triumph of the Human Spirit

Inner strength and resilience conquer mental illness and alcoholism

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – According to the Anxiety and Depression Association, nearly 15 million adults suffer from some form of depression. Professor, author, and distinguished scholar, Ian Prattis believes that the power of inner strength can help these wounded souls overcome their worldly crutches.

“The greatest gift one can be given is that of finding one’s true nature,” Prattis said. “The human spirit is resilient and can triumph over tragedy and psychological dependence.”

Prattis’ new novel, “Redemption” is an allegory for depression and life difficulties that he himself once experienced. The novel, which is set off the northwest coast of Scotland, illuminates startling cycles of maturing and downfall experienced by the book’s main character – Callum Mor – a gifted child, master mariner, derelict drunk, who finally gains wisdom from a hard life’s journey. Callum Mor’s character is epic and takes the reader on a deep Hero’s Journey. His failings and misery are ultimately conquered when he saves the life of a young girl and comprehends the fragility and beauty of human existence.

Redemption is a companion to “Trailing Sky Six Feathers: One Man’s Journey with His Muse,” which was also published in 2014.

Please visit IanPrattis.com for more information on either book.

“Redemption”

By Ian Prattis
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-1-4990-1234-7
Available at: Amazon, Xlibris and Barnes & Noble online bookstores

About the Author
Ian Prattis is a poet, Professor Emeritus, founder of Friends for Peace and a spiritual warrior for planetary care and social justice. Ian now lives with his wife Carolyn in the west end of Ottawa where the Pine Gate Meditation Hall is located in the lower level of their home. Since retiring from Carleton University in 2007, he has authored four books on dharma, two on the environment, a legend/autobiographical combo and this novel. He enjoys the freedom to create at his own pace and has yet to discern the ordinary meaning of retirement.

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EDITORS: For review copies or interview requests, contact:
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Purchase Options for Redemption:

You can buy my new book, Redemption in any of the following ways:

An Autographed Softcover Version is available by visiting my website’s Redemption Page. On that page, scroll down and click on the ORDER BOOK tab.

Located on the ORDER BOOK tab are also options for ordering Hardcover, Softcover and E-Book versions of Redemption from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the publsiher, Xlibris! To make things simpler here are the links:

Xlibris
XLIBRIS: Hardcover, Softcover and E-Book

Amazon
AMAZON: Hardcover
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On the website you can also find more information about the book
and the author, Ian Prattis.


Press Releases, Awards and Recognition:

Ian Prattis Failsafe

The Silver Medal was awarded to Failsafe: Saving the Earth from Ourselves in the Nature Conservation category of the Evergreen Medals in the 2014 Living Now Awards.

See the Press Release on IndependentPublisher.com

The book is now out of print but I have several boxes of paperback copies of the book. If you wish to obtain one, please use the secure ordering links on the books website at: FailsafeBook.ca

You can also purchase an ebook version from Amazon.


Pine Gate Mindfulness Community

Ian Prattis Pine Gate Mindfulness CommunityPine Gate is a Zen Buddhist community practicing Engaged Buddhism inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama and Sulak Sivaraksa. It has created an engaged expression for peace, social justice and planetary care in the community.

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Ian Prattis Friends for Peace

Friends for Peace

Friends for Peace Canada is a coalition of groups working for peace, planetary care and social justice by promoting these ideas within our communities and around the globe.

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Ian Prattis is an Author, Poet, Professor Emeritus, Founder of Friends for Peace and Spiritual Warrior for Planetary Care, Peace and Social Justice.

Zen teacher since 1997, he offers retreats and public talks all over the world. Ian encourages people to find their true nature, so that humanity and the planet may be renewed.

Kevin O’Donnell Brings Passion and Perspective to the Legal Field with “Tales from the Oldest Profession”

Kevin O'DonnellAs a practicing lawyer, Kevin O’Donnell had 43 years of law experience in the commercial transactions legal field. In his new, current writing role of a year, he has developed extensive knowledge in published works about people in comical situations. His work now is spending two to three days a week catching up with friends, writing a novel and articles for a newspaper, and developing plots for three or four books.

"Tales from the Oldest Profession" by Kevin O'DonnellMr. O’Donnell just finished writing “Tales from the Oldest Profession,” which is a novel about the law. He believes that law is, in fact, the oldest profession. Even in the most primitive society, there were rules, so people had to administer them and comply with contracts and agreements. His writing is about incidents, stories and characters that have derived from his years in the legal field. He is working on several more articles and books.

Lilian White’s Book “In Love’s Time” Garners Critical Acclaim

Lilian WhiteLilian White has 10 years of authorship experience. She has expertise in creative writing, marketing and writing reviews on other works. Her writing resulted in the documentary “Leathers from Hell.” Her published novels “Emmanuel” and “In Love’s Time” have digital versions that are being offered to publishers in India. She is continuing to write contemporary and historical romance, and also published a sci-fi/fantasy book last year. She intends to further her global presence. Ms. White separates herself from other novelists through her ability to write captivating stories in any genre.

“When I write, I always think of my readers and try to take them on the adventure of their life,” Ms. White explains. “Passion just oozes through me for my craft because I want to bring to readers a unique and entertaining experience, a great escape from their normal routines. I wish to thank them for their support, and I hope they continue reading my novels. I also wish to thank everyone associated with my career. People such as David Mayne, Robert Fletcher of SBPRA and his staff, the literary agent that told him about me, and my family, and Gary. Each in their own way, these people have supported me through the highs and the lows of my career. At times, they gave me the courage to continue writing when I thought I’d never succeed. They are very special to me!”

Lilian White BookMs. White was raised in Queensland, and has also lived in Penang and New Zealand. In the 1990s, she worked through a recruiting agency for the health department, the education department, the cancer research department, and the statistician’s office in Brisbane. She also worked in other areas; she was a nurse and an English tutor.

She has been successful because of hard work, application, discipline, pushing herself the extra mile, her literary agent, strategic work, and being good at marketing; she was once invited by a group of writers in London to help promote her work. She became involved in her profession because she had been writing a novel while living in Penang. When she moved back to Australia, she attended a playwriting class with Chris Van Roy, who offered to look at her work. She gave it to him, he liked it and said she should finish and publish it. Ms. White believes in treating other people the way that she would like to be treated herself. She feels that family is a critical component to a person’s well-being, and she feels strongly about lending support to orphans.

Ms. White’s passion for writing took her to college and to university seeking more knowledge. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Creative Writing) from QUT, having also earned a Certificate of Achievement from IML, JCU, and a Diploma from The Writing School at Mona Vale. She was also educated at Our Lady of Good Counsel College.

She has won numerous awards and honors, among them: a Letter from Lady-in-Waiting to H.R.H. from The Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace (1986); a Certificate of Achievement from the Institute of Modern Languages at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland; Merit Award Certificates; and two honorable mentions in the News Digest International.

In recognition of all her achievements, she was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding. She also maintains affiliations with the Book Publishers’ Association of America and LinkedIn Writers’ Groups. She supports Feed the Homeless.

Ms. White’s novels can be viewed at http://www.1stmist.com, http://www.amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and bookstores throughout the United States, and http://sbpra.com/lilianwhite. Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing Co., now wants to introduce Lilian’s novels into bookstores throughout Australia. He hopes book buyers will contact Andrew Bayer at Andrew@PublishOnDemandGlobal.com.

Sue Boatright Provides Comfort and Guidance for Readers Suffering from Romantic Breakups with “Yours Truly”

Sue BoatrightSue Boatright has been enjoying an exciting career in the publishing industry. The author of Yours Truly, which was released in 2009 by Tate Publishing, has spent five years as a published author, and is proud to have embarked on a professional journey as a writer which has led her down a path of success after making a decision to pursue her longstanding love of writing.

Ms. Boatright was inspired to become an author by the encouragement she received from her college professors, who often remarked upon the quality of her work. Today, Ms. Boatright’s writing falls into the Christian romance fiction genre, and she feels her success in the profession is due to her strong faith in God, as well as the support of her family. Yours Truly explores the decisions that one woman must make after the untimely demise of a relationship with a man in whom she fully invested, emotionally and spiritually.

'Yours Truly' by Sue BoatrightFrom her website:

“In ‘Yours Truly,’ the inspiring novel by new author Sue Boatright, Patricia Covington must deal with this very situation. Unable to face family and friends after her fiance suddenly marries someone else, she heads for her deceased grandparents’ cottage beside a secluded lake in Wyoming. There she finds an anonymous note signed Yours Truly. At first, the mysterious notes and the letters that follow from Yours Truly seem threatening, but they eventually bring comfort and guidance to her life. Completely caught off guard, Patricia, although wanting to turn her back on God and her Christian upbringing, finds it impossible to run from Him. Homesick and with no friends her own age, will Patricia find the strength to turn back to God? Can she submit to God’s will and find He has much more in store for her than she ever planned for herself.”

Ms. Boatright’s book is available on tatepublishing.com, amazon.com and abebooks.com.

Wendy Blanchard, M.S. Contributes to New Collaborative Tome Titled “SPARKS of Passions”

Wendy Blanchard - RX DiaryWendy Blanchard, M.S., is an author, teacher, speaker, and radio host, who shares her story of “Recovery, Rebirth, and Release,” from prescription drug addiction of 40 years. Ms. Blanchard hopes to guide, and inspire people by sharing her “Clean and Green Living, One Day at a Time” philosophy, and “Gl-Airy Free” (gluten/dairy free) recipes. She will also be sharing her resources, and successes, on how to manage pain without using addictive substances, through Functional, and Integrative Medicine.

Ms. Blanchard is also a contributor to the rousing and motivating upcoming tome, “SPARKS of Passions!” which is set to be released later this month. In this compilation of inspirational stories, written by a group of authors who have faced immense challenges in their lives, Ms. Blanchard discusses how she overcame her struggle with addiction, and shares encouraging advice for others who are looking for ways to cope with and overcome their own battles.

Wendy Blanchard, M.S.Ms. Blanchard has been recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who “for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in blogging and outreach.” She is also a member of BNI (Business Networking International) with the title of Motivational Speaker. Ms. Blanchard is a member of many professional women’s organizations including Professional Women’s Network, National Association of Professional Women, CEO Women’s Club, National Women’s In Network, Inc., and other professional organizations such as Fortune 100 Coaches Network, Addiction Recovery Professionals, and Shatterproof.org, where she writes a guest blog.

Ms. Blanchard shares her “Gl-Airy Free” recipes on The Rx Diaries, and on her new website, Blissfully Gl-Airy Free, at blissfullyglairyfree.com. You can tune in to Ms. Blanchard’s radio show on intentionradio.com/rx on Thursday evenings, at 8pm, EST.

Contact Ms. Blanchard at therxdiaries@gmail.com to learn more about her “whole healthiness” philosophy for Body, Mind, and Spirit!

Author Karen J. Roberts Champions Causes for Animals in Need

Karen Roberts and LouieKaren Roberts, head of the humane education program The Little Blue Dog, has published seven books and a blog, all of which are designed to inspire leadership and advocacy in younger generations. Her age-appropriate animal advocacy topics aid children aged 3 to 18 in appreciating the importance of respecting nature, animal kindness, and how their daily choices can impact society in a positive way.

Her written work has earned her a number of recognitions in the publishing world. This year, she won the Feathered Quill Book Award. She has also been named as the winner of the eBooks2go Children’s Book Contest, and she was a Children’s Fiction Finalist for the International Book Awards. In 2013, Ms. Roberts received the Indie Excellence Award in Children’s Fiction. Though she is proud of the honors her work has earned, she feels that her true recognition is the positive feedback she receives from readers of her books.

Karen Roberts helps animals and is a publisher of seven booksIn addition to her work as an author, Ms. Roberts devotes her time to volunteering with animal rescues, and raising awareness and acquiring funding for these organizations. As an animal advocate, she sits on local committees, assisting in changing legislature and laws, and she participates in a strategic initiative to make Palm Beach County “No Kill” with regards to its animal shelters.

Ms. Roberts also leads a successful career in marketing, business development, and software license agreement management in the health care information technology sector. Her experience with go-to market strategy, vendor relationship management, and contract negotiation has informed her confidence and made the creation of her own humane education program possible. This, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for animal advocacy, has led Ms. Roberts to great success with The Little Blue Dog.

Karen Roberts advocates for animals and teaches children to make positive choices

Karen Roberts advocates for animals and teaches children to make positive choices

Ms. Roberts has two new children’s books being released this fall. Her recently rescued Rat Terrier named Tucker inspired “A Terrier’s Tale,” and “Pretty Paisley Parrot” was written to advocate parrot conservation and the discontinuation of the sale of birds as pets. As the winner of the eBooks2go contest, her first book, “The Little Blue Dog” is now available in digital format through all major eBook retail channels, and The Little Blue Dog app will soon be available as well.

Ainsley as Rosie the Riveter, and Louie in a retro-style image by artist Melissa McDaniel

1) Ainsley as Rosie the Riveter, and 2) Louie in a retro-style image by artist Melissa McDaniel

Books Authored by Karen J. Roberts

Rebecca Scott Young Releases ‘Rich Tips for a Lifetime’

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