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Six Simple Truths to Fat Release, Nealon Hightower

A Candid Conversation with Nealon Hightower

SIX SIMPLE TRUTHS TO FAT RELEASE;
How I Let Go of More than 100 Pounds the Easy Way

Six Simple Truths

Carrie:  What inspired you to write Six Simple Truths to Fat Release?
Nealon:
Well, Inspired is definitely the right word. After years of fighting with my weight, winning sometimes only to end up losing even bigger, I came to a place of quiet desperation and I finally surrendered to the battle and let my heart guide me to find a permanent solution to my lifelong problem. I vowed to teach the gift to others if I could find the path.  I did and I am.

Carrie:  What are you reading right now?
Nealon:
I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Marianne Williamson’s new book,  A Course in Weight Loss. I feel as though she is going to hit on a lot of very relevant information, though I am still a little disappointed that she is still referring to the term “Weight Loss”.

Carrie:  What’s wrong with weight loss, didn’t you lose over 100lbs?
Nealon:
This is the major differentiation between my book and most others out there. I very strongly feel, no…I know that weight loss is not the most effective approach. You lose your keys, your job, your home, your dog but you

The Piano Teacher, Janice Y. K. Lee

The Piano Teacher

by Janice Y. K. Lee

Piano

In 1942, Will Truesdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese, with terrible consequences for both of them, and for members of their fragile community who will betray each other in the darkest days of the war.

Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong and is hired by the wealthy Chen family as their daughter’s piano teacher. A provincial English newlywed, Claire is seduced by the colony’s heady social life. She soon begins an affair, only to discover that her lover’s enigmatic demeanor hides a devastating past. As the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine and converge, a landscape of impossible choices emerges—between love and safety, courage and survival, the present and, above all, the past.

Carrie’s Conversation with Janice:

Carrie:  In general, how does an idea for a book come to you ~ does it perk slowly in your mind or does it come in a flash?

Janice: Percolation is definitely my process.  Sometimes, I feel like I am waiting for the story to rise up from the depths of my subconscious.  It can be very frustrating because I don’t feel like there’s a lot I can do to hurry the process along, that I’m not the driver of the process—that it is my subconscious.  I hear of writers who have their books mapped out before they start writing, and I cannot imagine being able to do that.  I wish I could.  It would make my life a lot easier. So I wait, and when something comes along, a sentence, an image, a particular word, and it resonates with me, I know that it has come to drive the story forward.  In this way, I accumulate the story.

Carrie:  Give us an idea of the plot/subject without giving too much away.

Janice: The Piano Teacher is a historical novel set in WWII Hong Kong about an Englishman and the affairs he has with two very different women before and after the war.

Carrie:  What is the primary message you’d like your readers to take away from this book?

Janice: I don’t write with a message in mind, when I’m in process but, upon reflection (and having been asked this question many times), I think that the book might make you think about the decisions one makes in excruciating times and how those decisions may come to define you in a way that is not at all characteristic with who one is in more normal times.

Macmillan Audio 3-Book Give-away (THE LAST CHILD, SWORN TO SILENCE, MAFIA SON)

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THREE-Book Giveaway from Macmillan Audio

You listen to the Words To Mouth podcast, so my guess is you’ll love this opportunity from Macmillan Audio for THREE great audio books. Actually THREE winners get THREE books, each! So, after you check out the book descriptions, read the contest details and ENTER TO WIN!!

Across Carrie’s Desk (Legs, The UltraMind Solution, and Rose House)

PaidbuttonLegs-angela-lam-turpin-paperback-cover-artLEGS by Angela Lam Turpin: Trina Kay knows she has it all: a smart, sexy boyfriend and business partner, a closet full of designer clothes, and a multimillion dollar mansion overlooking Silicon Valley. But things spiral out of control once her boyfriend, Tom, puts up a billboard of her legs to advertise their real estate business. Furious with Tom’s decision to exploit her body, Trina flees to Sonoma County where her best friend, Val, lives. She plunges into her new life with a fierce determination to succeed by opening her own real estate brokerage and starting to date. Things don’t work out exactly as planned. Trina’s living in a luxury apartment she can’t afford with bills she can’t pay. And the one nice man she’s met has driven away before she could get his number. On the brink of bankruptcy, Trina gets a job. But working for Ms. Lashay at Smart Loans turns out to be more of a challenge than she expected. Just when things couldn’t get worse, the past threatens to collide with the present, and Trina is forced to make difficult decisions that will change her life and those around her forever. For More…visit Angela Lam Turpin’s WEBSITE 

Ultramind

The UltraMind Solution by Mark Hyman, M.D.: “Do you have a broken brain?” According to Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D. a hidden epidemic races around the globe–we can’t see it or touch it, which makes it so dangerous–an epidemic of broken brains. Dr. Hyman reveals that problems in the brain don’t start there, and explains how detoxifying and fortifying the body can maximize brain function, alleviate depression, and improve memory–without drugs. Dr. Mark Hyman is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

For More…Visit Dr. Hyman’s Websites: Ultramind and Ultrawellness

Rose house

Rose House by Tina Forkner: Still mourning the loss of her family in a tragic accident, Lillian Diamon finds herself drawn back to the Rose House, a quiet cottage where four years earlier she had poured out her anguish among its fragrant blossoms. She returns to the rolling hills and lush vineyards of the Sonoma Valley in search of something she can’t quite name. But then Lillain stumbles onto an unexpected discovery: displayed in the la Rosaleda Gallery is a painting that captures every detail of her most private moment of misery, form the sorrow etched across her face to the sandals on her feet. What kind of artist would dare to intrude on such a personal scene, and how did he happen to witness Lillian’s pain? As the mystery surrounding the portrait becomes entagled with the accident that claimed the lives of her husband and children, Lillian is forced to rethink her assumptions about what really happend that day. For More…Visit Tina Forkner’s WEBSITE

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Deadline: May 15th, 2009 ~ midnight, EST


 

Spring Cleaning, Spring Forward – Another Great Hachette Book Contest

Spring Cleaning Book ContestIs it…could it be…Spring? Let’s keep our fingers crossed…both for better weather and this chance to win a fantastic set of books from Hachette Books! With Spring comes spring cleaning and a chance for a new start, and you’ll want these books to help you on your way.

Spring Cleaning, Spring Foward

  1. Throw Out Fifty Things By Gail Blanke
  1. No Matter What! By Lisa Nichols
  2. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home By Thelma Meyer
  3. The Power to Change Today By Gregory Dickow
  4. Work in Progress By Kristin Armstrong

Enter to Win by:

  • Commenting Below

As always…

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  • U.S. & Canada mailing addresses only ~ No P.O. Boxes, Please

  • Deadline: March 31st 2009, midnight, EST

!!  Best of Luck to You !!

Women’s History Book Contest – Win 8 Great Books!!

Hachette Books has a new contest for you wonderful readers interested in Women’s History. Check out these fabulous picks:

  1. My Little Red Book By Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
  2. See Jane Lead By Lois Frankel
  3. Galway Bay By Mary Kelly
  4. Mistress Bradstreet By Charlotte Gordon
  5. Dream in Color By Linda Sánchez , Loretta Sánchez , Richard Buskin , Nancy Pelosi
  6. Kiss Off By Mary Esselman , Elizabeth Velez
  7. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven By Susan Gilman
  8. Put Your Dreams First By Thembisa S. , Vanessa Williams

Enter to win by:

  • Commenting Below ~ That’s it!

As always…

  • You must be subscribed to the Words To Mouth e-newsletter to be informed of winners

  • U.S. & Canada mailing addresses only ~ No P.O. Boxes, Please

  • Deadline: March 31st 2009, midnight, EST

!!  Best of Luck to You !!

Happy New Year from Hachette ~ Win EIGHT “New You” Books

New Year

  1. Love in 90 Days  by Diana Kirschner
  2. Walking in Your Own Shoes by Robert Schuller
  3. The Power of Who by Bob Beaudine
  4. God Is My Coach by Larry Julian
  5. Do-It-Yourself Hedge Funds by Wayne Weddington 
  6. 8 Steps to Create the Life You Want by Creflo A. Dollar 
  7. Going Gray by Anne Kreamer 
  8. This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley 

Enter to win by:

  • Commenting Below ~ That’s it!

As always…

  • You must be subscribed to the Words To Mouth e-newsletter to be informed of winners

  • U.S. & Canada mailing addresses only ~ No P.O. Boxes, Please

  • Deadline: January 30th 2009, midnight, EST

!!  Best of Luck to You & HAPPY New Year  !!

The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum, Micheal Lane

Micheal has been so very gracious to offer FIVE copies of his wonderful book, The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum for our giveaway contest.

 To Enter to WIN:

  • Simply Leave a Comment Below

  • Deadline January 30th, 2009 midnight, EST

  • US and Canada addresses only, please

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The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum ~ An old New Orleans jazz musician and a secret that will harmonize your life, The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum blends memoirs and inspirational writing with a spicy mix of New Orleans jazz, cuisine, and history. It is a story about relationships, self-discovery, finding balance, setting priorities, and finding the courage to change.

Perfect for Starting a New Year!

Yawdy Rum

YAWDY’S WISDOM (excerpt) ~ The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum shares concepts from easy-to-understand music theory and common-sense thinking to illustrate seven basic principles that can teach anyone, in any situation, how to harness the power of paying attention.

I.    LARGO ~ Slow down so you can pay attention.
II.   D.C. AL FINE ~ Go back to the beginning. Play it through in your mind. THINK.
III.  DYNAMICS & TEMPO ~ Pay attention to your senses.
IV.  THE SCORE ~  Write out a description of a successful outcome.
V.   REPEAT ~ Repeat goal centered actions and behaviors.
VI.  REST ~  Take time to rest.
VII. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF ~ and don’t hesitate to ask the Band-leader for help.

Carrie’s Conversation with Micheal Lane:

Carrie: Why did you write The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum?
Micheal:
 I’ve had a goal for many years to write and speak professionally. And I simply came to a point in my life where I realized if I was going to achieve that goal, I needed to take action. For years I’ve been a great fan of authors like Og Mandino, Richard Bach, and Mitch Albom. I think simple, motivational stories move us at a deep level; staying with us and providing critical guidance. I decided to write a story in that same fashion. 

Carrie: What is The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum about?
Micheal:
  The Wisdom of Yawdy Rum is about traditional New Orleans jazz, corporate politics, and hurricanes — both real and emotional. A senior marketing executive meets Yawdy Rum, an old New Orleans jazzman who turns out to be a sage. The story focuses on their friendship and the wisdom Yawdy has acquired through his life as a musician, and on the danger facing New Orleans from the threat of a gulf hurricane. The story offers insights into the life of a successful executive wrestling with the demands of corporate politics, an exhausting travel schedule, and the challenge of balancing work with the needs of a family trying to raise an autistic child.Lane

Carrie: Where did you find your inspiration?
Micheal:
 In Feb. 2005, I was walking back to my hotel in New Orleans after a late-night business meeting. I stopped under the awning of Reverend Zombie’s Voodoo shop on Saint Peter Street in the French Quarter. Historic Preservation Hall stood directly across the street from me. I could hear the beat of the traditional New Orleans jazz radiating from the building. Standing there, staring through the drizzle at the weathered old facade, I suddenly felt the presence of an old jazzman. His energy, his grace, and his wisdom were almost palpable and I instantly felt a connection between my personal situation and the lessons that I could potentially learn from someone who had the kind of life experience as this imaginary jazzman. Out of this, I created the fictional character Yawdy Rum to convey a message of wisdom and hope in the face of change. 

Knit Two, Kate Jacobs ~ Win a free copy of FIVE!

Win One of FIVE Copies of Knit Two

Knit_Two_by_Kate_JacobsWarning: This is a pretty huge post on Knit Two with a Q&A with Kate Jacobs and a wonderful guest book review from Bonnie from Red Lady’s Reading Room.  

TO ENTER TO WIN KNIT TWO:

  • Subscribe to my e-newsletter for one ballot AND

  • Leave a Comment Below to be counted with 2 ballots, AND

  • Call 206–309–7318 and leave a voice mail message I can play on air and be counted with 3 ballots

As some of you may know, Kate Jacob does call-ins to bookclubs all across the country, so if you’re in a bookclub (or know of friends who are), you can sign up to invite Kate to your meeting HERE.

And Kate’s running a contest where she’ll visit your bookclub in person. Sign up HERE

A Conversation with Kate Jacobs

Carrie:  Did you think you’d write a sequel as soon as you finished The Friday Night Knitting Club, or did that decision come later?

Kate:  I was exhausted right after finishing The Friday Night Knitting Club! It was my first novel and I was ready for a good, long nap after all that writing! Though, in all seriousness, I had some other characters rumbling around in my brain and their stories deserved telling. So I wrote Comfort Food. That said, I always had a future mapped out for the members of the knitting club, and, after hearing from so many fans who were eager to know what happens, it didn’t seem fair to just keep it all to myself. Writing this sequel was truly a joy, and I’m excited to share the new book with readers.

Carrie:  Without giving too much away, are there things that will surprise readers in KNIT TWO?Kate Jacobs

Kate:  KNIT TWO is set about five years after the first book, and all of the characters are older and, in some cases, more mature. Dakota is in college now. Though just because we get older doesn’t always make us wiser! There are new friendships between the characters, folks who didn’t know each other as well in the original, and overall the sequel is much more upbeat than the ending of the first book.

Carrie:  Which character do you identify with most strongly? How much of yourself did you put into

Hachette’s Halloween Book Giveaway ~ Another TEN Books!

Halloween

Hachette has out-done themselves again offering 10 Spooktacular Books in the spirit of Halloween. Check out these titles and if you’re interested in winning these tasty treats, leave a comment below and/or call 206–309–7318 and leave a voice mail message I can play on air.

As an added Bonus:  I’ll enter your name in the drawing TWICE if you leave me a review on iTunes for Words To Mouth. Hey! A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get her needs met, right? And I need some more favorable reviews on iTunes 😉 Pop me an email at Carrie@WordsToMouth.com to clue me in on your customer review name, so I can be sure to count you twice.

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