Monthly Archives: February 2009

KEYS TO LIVING JOYFULLY by Life Coach Sheri Kaye Hoff

keys-to-living-joyfullyAuthor: Sheri Kaye Hoff
Title: Keys to Living Joyfully
Hardcover: 158 pages
Publisher: Createspace (Aug. 2008)
Genre: Nonfiction; Spiritual; Inspirational
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1440403945
ISBN-13: 978-1440403941

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First Sentence: Friends, I am writing this book for you; every one of us has a tragic moment, event, or deep sadness that changes our lives forever. .

Keys to Living Joyfully is an inspirational book on experiencing joy, peace, passion, and energy in daily life. It is designed to demonstrate the powerful roles of thoughts, action, and faith. The book is a merging of Sheri Kaye Hoff’s spiritual life and lifelong interests in leadership and motivation. The ideas presented in the book are techniques and processes that have worked for the author and clients. Foreword is written by Michele Caron, creator of MyLifeCoach.com.

The book, Keys to Living Joyfully, was born out of a heartfelt desire to share the keys that lead to living a transformational life. Ms. Hoff is a personal and executive coach working with individuals, small businesses, and corporations. Her words on faith are derived from her own Christian walk and spiritual self-discoveries. Her action steps are a mix of faith. love, leadership skills, and management experience. Chapters include topics such as: Is your heart thinking right? And how to tap into intrinsic motivation. This book, Keys to Living Joyfully, offers the techniques and insights that move people towards more peace, joy, energy, and passion in everyday life.

sheri-kaye-hoffSheri Kaye Hoff resides in Parker, CO with her husband and three children. She is a Life Coach and owner of the Sheri K Hoff International Coaching Company. She teaches college classes as an adjunct faculty member and has earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Management. Her new book, Keys to Living Joyfully ,offers a way of living a meaningful, successful and joy filled life.

Ms. Hoff is a personal and executive life coach. Spirituality is a vital part of her life’s work. Prayer and meditation are integral pieces of her daily ritual, which enables her to pursue her life’s passions and live a truly joyful life.

Her words on faith are derived from her own Christian walk and spiritual self-discoveries. Her action steps mix faith and years of leadership training, mentoring, and management. Sheri Kaye Hoff suffered the tragic death of her younger brother when she was a teenager and struggled for years to rediscover the capacity to feel joy and to enjoy her successes. She has a heart felt desire to pass on her knowledge and discoveries that have led to a truly transformational life.

Ms. Hoff publishes a free weekly inspiration newsletter, Coach Sheri’s Weekly Inspiration Tips. The Sheri K Hoff International Coaching Company also offers:

* Teleclasses.
* Webinars
* In person small and large group Coaching
* Corporate Training
* Keynote speaking
* Seminars
* Individual Career and Life

Coaching (For a limited time- receive a free introductory one hour life coaching session)

You can visit her website at www.lifeisjoyful.org.

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AXE OF IRON by J.A. Hunsinger

axe-of-ironAuthor: J.A. Hunsinger
Title: Axe of Iron: The Settlers
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Vinland Publishing (Aug. 2008)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0980160103
ISBN-13: 978-0980160109

First Sentence: The sun appeared as a dull orange orb through the haze and sea mist as it began to rise above the horizon..

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The first novel of a continuing character-driven tale of a medieval people whose wanderlust and yearning for adventure cause them to leave the two established settlements on Greenland and sail west, to the unexplored land later referred to as Vinland.

Eirik the Red established Eiriksfjord in 986 and later Lysufjord, 400-miles to the north. Just 22-years later, new settlers from the homelands found all the best land already occupied, the fragile Arctic environment strained by too many people and animals on too little arable land.

Under the capable leadership of Halfdan Ingolfsson and his lieutenant, Gudbjartur Einarsson, 315 men, women, and children set sail from Greenland in the spring of 1008, bound for the unexplored continent across the western ocean.

Standing in their way are uncounted numbers of indigenous people, the pre-historical ancestors of the Cree (Naskapi), Ojibwa (Anishinabeg), and Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Indians. From the outset, these native people strenuously resist the incursion of these tall, pale-skinned invaders.

Two calamitous events occur that pave the way for the hostile beginnings of an assimilation process to occur between these disparate peoples. The way is rocky and fraught with danger at every turn, but the acceptance and friendship that develops between the Northmen and the Naskapi over an affair of honor, the eventual acceptance of a young boy of the Northmen by his Haudenosaunee captors, and a scenario that seems ordained by the will of the gods, makes it all begin to fall into place, as it must for the Northmen to survive.

See the saga unfold, in this first book of the Axe of Iron series, through the eyes of the characters as each day brings a continuation of the toil, love, hardship, and danger that they come to expect in this unforgiving new land.

ja-hunsingerJ. A. Hunsinger lives in Colorado, USA, with his wife Phyllis. The first novel of his character-driven, historical fiction series, Axe of Iron: The Settlers, represents his first serious effort to craft the story of a lifelong interest in the Viking Age—especially as it pertains to Norse exploration west of Iceland—and extensive research and archaeological site visitations as an amateur historian. He has tied the discovery of many of the Norse artifacts found on this continent to places and events portrayed in his novels.

Much of his adult life has been associated with commercial aviation, both in and out of the cockpit. As an Engineering Technical Writer for Honeywell Commercial Flight Systems Group, Phoenix, AZ, he authored two comprehensive pilots’ manuals on aircraft computer guidance systems and several supplemental aircraft radar manuals. His manuals were published and distributed worldwide to airline operators by Honeywell Engineering, Phoenix, AZ. He also published an article, Flight Into Danger, in Flying Magazine, (August 2002).

Historical Novel Society, American Institute of Archaeology, Canadian Archaeology Association, and IBPA-Independent Book Publishers Association, are among the fraternal and trade organizations in which he holds membership.

You can visit his website at www.vinlandpublishing.com.

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THE SAGA OF BEOWULF by R. Scot Johns

the-saga-of-beowulfAuthor: R. Scot Johns
Title: The Saga of Beowulf
Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: Fantasy Castle Books (Oct. 2008)
Genre: Heroic Fantasy
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0982153805
ISBN-13: 978-0982153802

First Sentence: Flames rose in the darkness, illuminating the scarred face of a grim warrior.

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The Saga of Beowulf is the first complete and accurate novelization of the epic Old English poem Beowulf, chronicling the tragic wars of the rising Nordic nations, the endless blood-feuds of their clans, battles with mythic creatures in an ancient heroic age, and the final, futile struggle of one man against the will of Fate that made of him a Legend.

The story follows the young Norse warrior Beowulf as he embarks upon a fateful quest for vengeance against the creature that slew his father, setting in motion a sequence of events that will bring about the downfall of a nation, all the while fleeing from the woman he has sworn to love. Based on extensive historical research and steeped in Nordic myth and lore, the saga unfolds across the frozen fields of Sweden and the fetid fens of Denmark, ranging from the rocky heights of Geatland to the sprawling battlefields of ancient France, as our hero battles men and demons in a quest to conquer his own fears.

“An epic adventure 1500 years in the making,” this classic tale now comes to life once more in a bold new retelling for a modern audience.

r-scot-johns-2R. Scot Johns is a life-long student of ancient and medieval literature, with an enduring fascination for Norse mythology and epic fantasy. He first came to Beowulf through his love of J. R. R. Tolkien, a leading scholar on the subject. As an Honors Medieval Literature major he has given lectures on such topics as the historical King Arthur and the construction of Stonehenge. He owns and operates Fantasy Castle Books, his own publishing imprint, and writes the blog Adventures of an Independent Author, where you can follow his progress as he writes The Jester’s Quest, his second novel.

You can visit his website at www.fantasycastlebooks.com.

Where did you get inspiration for your book?

Being a fan of Tolkien, as most fantasy authors are, I was interested to learn more about the stories that inspired the professor’s epic work. Foremost of these was Beowulf and the mythologies of the north. I immediately fell in love with Beowulf. It captivated me. Something about this ancient folk tale from the cold northlands called out to me, and so I followed. Not content merely to read the work in someone else’s words, I studied Old English and undertook my own translation, that I might read it in its original language. Throughout that process, while enjoying the work immensely myself, I became consciously aware of how negative the experience of reading this ancient tale was for the average college student, a multitude of whom would groan beneath its weight each midterm, and how few speakers of the modern language could appreciate this oldest of English epics. So it was that I decided to bring the story to a modern audience, in as accurate and entertaining a way I could manage. I had devoured Gardner’s Grendel, and plodded my weary way through Crichton’s mess, but no one had yet attempted to tell the entire story as it lurked within those lines of ancient verse. From the fog-bound fenlands of the Danish isles to the battlefields of ancient France, The Saga of Beowulf is the result of ten years’ effort, the first complete novelization of that earliest of English tales.

How did you get your book published?

I started my own publishing company. While waiting for months and months to hear back from trade publishers I began to look into print-on-demand technology and learn about the changing face of the publishing industry. Never one to sit around and wait for others to do what I could do myself, I was quite excited to learn that I could now publish my own book – not in the vanity press sense of bygone days, but by producing and promoting my own work using newest technology. Having always been a hands-on, do-it-yourself type – I wrote, edited, typeset, illustrated, and did the cover art and layout for my book before ever sending it out -, this was my ideal solution, akin in many ways to those earliest days of printing when pamphlets were hand-printed and peddled on the corner.

Of course, publishing my own book meant I also had to market it, and this has been a very steep learning curve: from building a rich website to creating promotional videos and ebook editions, things I’d never thought to be a part of becoming a writer. But I likely would have had to do all that myself anyway, even had I gained a trade contract (I stopped bothering after only the third rejection), given the low budget a genre novel like mine generally receives. Owning my work has allowed me to control every aspect of its production, from page layout and artwork, to the price and discount retailers are given. But the best part is the pride of ownership my effort nets.

Any words of wisdom for aspiring authors?

Read. Read all the time. But most of all, read what’s good. Read the classics. “Good stuff in, good stuff out,” I like to say. Sort of a “you are what you eat” philosophy for the mind. We are all very much the products of our environment, and if you read crap that’s what you’ll think good writing is. Be critical of everything your read, and especially your own work. Develop your ability to discern what is good writing, and adhere to it at all cost.

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