Optimistic Author Julie Vincent Acknowledges Light at the End of the Tunnel in “Travels Within”

Julie VincentThe art and poetry presented in “Travels Within” was inspired in a time when Julie Vincent had been enduring her own personal trials and tribulations, and she was extremely distressed. After having escaped domestic violence, and being embroiled in a battle over housing and her children, she felt isolated, pessimistic and even suicidal. Through it all, she was still fervently committed to and excited by the research she was conducting and the opportunity it presented. It was through this that the art and poetry she was able to create came to be.

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“Travels Within” (published by Xlibris AU) explores Vincent’s intimate journey of completing her doctoral degree while escaping domestic violence. This involved a monumental struggle for her existence. She considered it as a very dark time, but as Vincent was researching the journeys of people who were in or who had been through their own dark times, it was also a time of exploration of her own and others’ internal turmoil.

This book captures the effect of domestic violence and a history of child sexual abuse on mental health. It travels through the emotional pain of grief, loss, depression, suicide, despair and hopelessness to discover in the face of these difficulties, treasures like strength, hope and light.

“What I hope people find in “Travels Within” is inspiration for their own journey; to not be afraid of the dark times. Even in the dark times, though you may not yet see it, there is a hope, and a future,” says the author.

Julie Vincent - Travels WithinJulie Vincent is an artist, poet, singer, song writer, academic and given the opportunity, a performer. She finished her PhD in Social Theory on mental health service delivery at the University of Melbourne and travelled the world creating art and poetry as she went. She came back and travelled across the top end, camping and creating songs, poems and art works en route. She lectured at Newcastle University for a couple of years and volunteered in orphanages in India and a health project in Uganda and attended the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2008 she was in an accident that nearly killed her and changed her life. She had a spiritual experience and married an Aboriginal man. She has found herself in Alice Springs volunteering with indigenous kids.

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.

Worldwide Branding Member Pens Novel, Helps Raise $6 Million for Charity in Spare Time

Nancy WeeksWith nearly five years of practiced language and writing experience, Nancy Weeks has found professional success as an author under the pseudonym Elizabeth Washburn. She recently published her first book titled “Scream for Me,” which is the start of a series. She especially enjoys writing thrillers and mysteries involving the FBI and local police forces. In addition to writing novels, Ms. Weeks volunteers for several organizations, including the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Center and Susan G. Komen, for which she helped raise $6 million.

"Scream for Me" by Elizabeth WashburnMs. Weeks shines in her field due to a combination of her prior industry experiences and her educational background. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and early childhood education. Just recently, she was inducted into Worldwide Branding and also maintains affiliation with the Paper Mill Playhouse and Integrity House. Looking ahead, Ms. Weeks hopes to have published at least 10 books in her series.

In “Scream for Me,” a female detective finds herself in a horrific situation when she is assigned to the case of a serial killer, who is also a local resident. Click here to read more!

“Scream for Me” is also available for purchase on Xilibris.com.

Heather Mesaric Consoles Victims of Abuse with “It’s Time to H.E.A.L.”

Heather MesaricFor more than three decades, Heather Mesaric has committed herself to aiding sexually abused and troubled individuals overcome hardship and find empowerment. The author of “It’s Time to H.E.A.L.,” she uses strategies outlined in this book to work with children, adolescents, and adults in need of healing and survival guidance. Her book is now used by many other professionals as well.

A survivor of physical and sexual abuse herself, Ms. Mesaric is acutely aware of the needs of children and adolescents suffering this kind of mistreatment. Her insight into these matters makes her a valuable counselor and confidant, and it has allowed her to run the successful online organization Time to HEAL.

“HEAL” is an acronym for “helping, education, answering, learning,” the areas in which Ms. Mesaric focuses her work.

Heather Mesaric - Its Time to HEALAt the moment, she works in a school system for troubled youth, writes books that encourage empowerment and healing, and assists specialized agencies in providing the best possible services to those seeking them. Ms. Mesaric’s goals are to expand her private business as an author and begin doing motivational speaking. There is nothing more gratifying to her than when s he sees herself bringing empowerment and change to an individual, and helping them rediscover their potential and go after their dreams.

For more information, visit the Time to HEAL website: http://www.time-to-heal.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!

Michael Sichel Discloses Ways to Reverse Learning and Behavioral Disorders without Drugs in “Good News for the Alphabet Kids”

Michael Sichel, DO, NDWorldwide Branding member Michael Sichel, DO, ND is the author of a revolutionary and perceptive book which takes a discerning look at the range of childhood problems associated with behaviour, development and learning issues – ADD, ADHD, ODD, OCD PDD, NOS, as well as Aspergers, Autism and Retts, which have collectively become known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Kids with ASD have been given the moniker “Alphabet Kids.”

“Modern medicine endeavours to help people who suffer from ADD ADHD & Autism with drugs like Ritalin, often in combination with psychiatric counselling. Neither of these reaches the core of the problem—internal physical dysfunction,” says Dr. Sichel.

“Good News for the Alphabet Kids” - by Michael Sichel, DO, ND

“Good News for the Alphabet Kids” – by Michael Sichel, DO, ND

In his book, “Good News for the Alphabet Kids,” Dr. Sichel takes an advanced glimpse into the influence that outside forces have on the group of special cells, proteins, tissues and organs that defend kids against germs and microorganisms on a daily basis, which, in turn, can lead to or hinder the prevention of ASD. According to Dr Archie Kalokerinos MB BS AOM, author of the foreword in “Good News for the Alphabet Kids,” the book “provides an overview of the many issues surrounding….all autistic spectrum disorders… This book encourages us to take a fresh look at the potential cumulative impact of diet, antibiotics and vaccination on the immune systems of our children…I find this book to be a balanced and educated consideration of issues that are vital to our children…” ASDs are not necessarily incurable. To learn more about how your child’s health can be restored naturally, please click here, visit www.addkidsdrugfree.com, or read this blog.

Christopher J. Holcroft Releases Moving Tome To Challenge Us On The Afterlife

'One Last Concert' by Christopher HolcroftA boys and youth choir is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. The choir heads  to the airport on their way to Australia from a village in the United Kingdom when their trip turns into a national disaster – leaving the boys trapped in a spiritual limbo on Earth.

Christopher J. HolcroftOver time, the church where the choir used to sing and practice is sold after a number of boys’ parents and other parishioners stop attending services and move out of the district.

A young couple buy the defunct church and turn it into a work space for a record company. The choir teams up with the young couple to hold one last concert for the boys’ parents before they move on in their spiritual journey.

One Last Concert  explores life after death and how those still on Earth can help others spiritually trapped here to find the light and move on.

Mr. Holcoft is the author of the following books:

1. Only The Brave Dare
2. Canyon
3. A Rite Of Passage
4. Finding Thomas
5. One Last Concert

Mr. Holcroft’s books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Angus and Robertson, Fishpond and good book stores in both paperback and e-book formats.

Books Authored by Christopher Holcroft

Christine Brown Helps Readers Triumph Over Tragedy with ‘In Just a Split Second’

'It Could Happen to You' by Christine BrownChristine Brown is the author of “In Just a Split Second,” a book that helps people to cope with the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one.

“In Just a Split Second” begins with the excited anticipation of a long-awaited dream. With their three boys and other self-selected parental obligations finally behind them, Tom and Chris Brown were looking forward to a comfortable retirement—enjoying a wonderful southern California home to themselves, entertaining adult friends and acquaintances, which they loved to do, traveling to exotic destinations, and deciding what to pursue by choice, not by commitment.

After drawn into the dream early in the book, the reader is suddenly plunged into Chris Brown’s shock, disbelief, and confusion caused by an instantaneous turn of fate. In the blink of an eye, her husband died unexpectedly prior to a simple 45-minute outpatient procedure. Chris’s life plummeted instantly from dream to nightmare.

After weeks, months, even years of confusion, all the time harboring the feeling that something was terribly wrong, Chris relentlessly investigated Tom’s death to uncover the truth. Her husband never should have died but was the victim of negligent medical malpractice.

Over the next five years, Chris persisted and prevailed through a high-profile lawsuit. More importantly, she endured the morass of discovering and locating the legal documents needed in the case of a lost loved one. As a result, she offers a book that identifies the mountain of documents that one needs in such a case to help those in similar circumstances or to help prepare people for the inevitable trauma that everyone faces.*

Worldwide Branding Member Christine Brown

Worldwide Branding Member Christine Brown

Ms. Brown also does public speaking on the subject of traumatic death. Her workshops cover preparation and document preparation, and dealing with the loss and bereavement process. Previously, Ms. Brown endured the hardship of a sudden, tragic death of someone close to her. She authored “In Just A Split Second” in order to assist any woman or man who is faced with legal and end-of-life issues. The book is designed to help individuals to identify with others, minimize the confusion during a very chaotic time, and take concrete steps to move their lives forward — particularly when they are confronted with the feeling that there is no reason to go on. Ms. Brown endeavors to provide insight, and hopefully prevent the devastating turmoil that results from tragic loss.

*Excerpt taken from http://www.injustasplitsecond.com.

Ian Prattis Releases “Trailing Sky Six Feathers”

Ian Prattis - Trailing Sky Six Feathers Book


My 2008 book Failsafe: Saving the Earth from Ourselves was dedicated to Trailing Sky Six Feathers, a South West Native American medicine woman from the 18th century. My new book is her story and how her life and mine interconnect in the 21st century through a journey that spans four centuries. The collision of past with present lives creates a radical new compass to guide me through the difficult times we live in.I am grateful to the many hearts and minds that helped me complete this lifework. Trailing Sky Six Feathers illuminates issues that will affect our world for generations to come. This hero’s journey is like Indiana Jones meets the Buddha with a dash of Celestine Prophecy; shining light on the darkest elements of the human condition, including my own.

Worldwide Branding Member Ian PrattisOverview of Trailing Sky Six Feathers from the
Publisher, Xlibris

The author is a Zen teacher, Poet, Professor Emeritus, Founder of Friends for Peace, Spiritual Warrior for Planetary Care and Social Justice. In this book he navigates past and present life experiences from brutal raids on Indian settlements in 18th century Arizona, insane sea voyages off the Scottish Hebrides in the 20th century to surrender to The Muse in the 21st century. These screenplay epics weave together to create inspiration for a wide range of spiritual seekers, environmentalists, educators, Generation X and Y, feminists, students and academics alike.

We are staring into the abyss: climate change, ecosystem and financial collapse, nuclear breakdown, terrorism and anarchy. Instead of being eaten up by the abyss “Awaken Spiritually” for that transforms everything. Our world has become an unpredictable beast. We fail to work with it intelligently. We must take back control of ourselves and this is a spiritual matter.

An exciting Hero’s Journey, as we follow his journey to accept The Muse capable of transforming his karma. The story has the author stumbling through the first part of life, then standing strong in his own sovereignty in the latter part. In India, Arizona, France and Canada’s wilderness, he goes to extraordinary lengths to transform four centuries of karma.

Readers will travel the pages with Ian as he learns to embrace The Muse — Trailing Sky Six Feathers — his South Western Native American wife and medicine woman in whose arms he died in 1777. Trailing Sky Six Feathers vows to find Ian (then known as Eagle Speaker) in a future time, to help him complete his purpose despite resistance from Ian’s intellectual and logical mind to remember that pledge in this lifetime.

Over a period of thirty years, four extraordinary medicine people enhance his process of remembering, while Trailing Sky waits patiently from the distant past. Ian learns how to reconfigure his understanding of time, place, consciousness and even Carl Jung’s psychology, where he chose to listen to the feminine voice of Earth Wisdom rather than to the multitude of competing voices in his deep unconscious.

Readers will be inspired as they watch Ian’s intention and strength of purpose transcend the patterns he had carried since childhood. Past life memories finally collide head on with the present, all thanks to the persistence of Trailing Sky Six Feathers, who refused to give up. Karma is reversed and the internal battles are over, as Ian begins to live his life as a Meditation for Gaia. The relentless shadowing of this engaging Muse brings understanding not only to Ian, but to anyone engaged in overcoming the darkness of their past.

Trailing Sky Six Feathers caps the author’s long-term fascination with consciousness. As a Professor of Anthropology and Religion he has taught courses on Ecology, Symbols, Engaged Buddhism and Meditation Systems. He is a healer, mentor and educator, able to encourage people through example to find their true nature so that humanity and the world may be renewed. Ian’s story is offered as a gift to our planet, as his purpose in life is to share his wealth of experience on how to live in harmony not just with ourselves but with the place we call home… earth.

In 2010, after an intense internal dialogue with his Muse, Trailing Sky Six Feathers, Ian asked her if he should write her story. There was a long silence that stretched into infinity until he finally heard her affirmation. Ian stood up and reached for his backpack and took out a writing pad. There was a gold plated fountain pen in the pack, though he used it rarely. This story had to be hand written. He inserted an ink cartridge into the pen and sat in a chair overlooking the sea and mountains on the west coast of British Columbia. Putting his pen to paper he started to write the first line of this book:

“Put down your weapons, my husband,” she said quietly with steely insistence.

Purchase Options for Trailing Sky Six Feathers You can buy my new book, Trailing Sky Six Feathers in any of the following ways:An Autographed Softcover Version is available by visiting my website’s Trailing Sky Six Feathers 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 Trailing Sky Six Feathers from Amazon, Barnes < Noble and the publsiher, Xlibris! To make things simpler here are the links:

XLIBRIS: Hardcover, Softcover and E-Book

AMAZON: Hardcover and Softcover

Barnes & Noble
BARNES & NOBLE: Hardcover and Softcover

On the website you can also find more information about the book and the author, Ian Prattis. Please contact Ian on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Author and Artist Sophie Mill Demonstrates the Triumph of the Human Spirit in “The Woman in the Distance”

Worldwide Branding member Sophie MillSophie Mill is an Artist and Author who, at mid-life, has finally found freedom from within. She feels that the necessary journey for her to find herself has been colossal over the years, and although she has been given a second opportunity, her life would be lived exactly the same way. As for her artwork, each original work has evolved from emotional struggles, but the process was glorious and the end product has been much more than the making of a career.

The condition of a mental illness is often traumatic for many people, but whilst writing ‘The Woman in the Distance’ reflections of un-settled seasons, Ms. Mill experienced a tremendous amount of enjoyment to stroll back through the many rambling thoughts, ideas and creativity. This inaugural story is not about defeatism—instead it is about the triumph of the human spirit. It is Ms. Mill’s hope that her honesty will entice one more person to create their own imagination, daydreams, whimsical ideas, and with that also understand that a mental illness can be a hidden treasure rather than something to fear. However, although her creative mind attempts to speak with insight, it is done with shameless emotions attached.

“Art here to can help, for it is an imaginative force that goes ahead of the present and prepares our rational and sensory selves for where nature will eventually lead us” Art as Therapy. Alain de Bottom and John Armstrong. Phaidon Press limited. London (2013).

“To be honest is a difficult feat, however without it, the making of Art would not evolve,” says Ms. Mill. “Art is about being honest, and to hang an art work in a home or office space speaks a language that many recognize but rarely experience. An art work softens the soul and extends its hand of friendship.” De Bottom said, “We often hear that art is meant to be very important, but we’re seldom told exactly why. Art can help us with our most intimate and ordinary dilemmas: why is my work not more satisfying? Why do other people seem to have a more glamorous life? How can I improve my relationship? Why is politics so depressing?” Ms. Mill believes a painting should bring beauty into our lives and that it should enhance and evoke the best of emotions within us. She feels that simplicity today needs to be taught in the information age. For her, it’s a great shame that people are led to believe that day dreaming is somewhat ‘uncool.’ She thinks that to view a painting is the start of learning how to be simply and happily connected to beauty.

Sophie MillMs. Mill does not separate herself from her peers and other professionals, she simply enjoys the act of painting and writing. She enjoys the purity of first languages, both these languages easefully cross every culture, religion and country boarder. For her, that inclusive quality is what every human on earth craves- to be included, to be understood, and to be recognized.

To learn more about Sophie Mill and ‘Woman in the Distance,’ please visit http://www.sophiemill.com.au.