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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mother of a Millionaire by Raoji Patel Book Feature - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Mother of a MillionaireTitle: Mother of a Millionaire
Author: Raoji Patel
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 238
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Format: Ebook/Paperback
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 Children of Indian descent often move to the United States in search of a better life. Other Indian children, born in America, are often materially successful, but they lose touch with the values of traditional Indian culture, including a deep love and respect for parents and gratitude for the parents loving sacrifices to aid them on their life’s path. In Mother of a Millionaire, author Raoji (Ray) M. Patel provides insight into the issues, both Indian children and their parents face, as they make their home in a new country with different customs and ways of living through eleven short stories. In some stories, a spouse’s selfishness creates a rift within the family. In a few cases, the sons rebel against the parents’ interfering ways, and they grow apart from their parents, or they simply banish the parents from their lives. In other stories, a father slips from his patriarchal responsibilities, creating family discord and a loss of respect. This collection of short stories shows how Indian parents strongly believe forgiveness—one of the most difficult challenges to face—makes one happier and healthier and frees one from sin. But as an ancient Indian scripture says, forgiveness is “the greatness of the great” because it creates unprecedented greatness in the forgiver.

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Raoji (Ray) M. Patel earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from MS University of Baroda, India, and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Patel is a retired small businessman cum engineer, and lives in Northern California with his wife Sushila and two adult children.

Raoji is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

First Chapter Reveal: ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch

Title: ITGIRL4LIFE
Author: Tamara Branch
Publisher: Heart Project Publishing
Pages: 98
Genre: YA/Self-Esteem
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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Writer, artist and speaker, Tamara Branch serves up 40 bite-sized chapters on how to build unshakable self-confidence, honor your life, and shine bright in the world, in ITGIRL4LIFE: How to bring out your special something and so much more. Packed with sage advice, life-changing insights and affirmations to help you soar, ITGIRL4LIFE offers ideas, tools and principles that you can reference and build upon, supporting you in becoming your best. Get ready to fall in love with your own wisdom, beauty and strength.

First Chapter:

KNOW WHO YOU REALLY ARE

Y OU ARE MAGNIFICENT. You are important. You matter.

You are special. You are a powerful presence on this Earth.

You are loved. You are worthy. You are good. You are a person of value. You have been blessed with wisdom, intelligence, grace, beauty, strength, peace, joy, love and creativity. You have talents and gifts beyond what you can imagine. You possess within you everything you need to thrive. You live in an abundant universe.

There are no limits to what you can accomplish. You are complete as you are. Start with that and keep building.

Power Statement
I KNOW WHO I AM.
"Your treasure is within."

Power Statement
I HAVE SO MUCH GOING FOR ME.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Interview with Andra Watkins, author of Not Without My Father



Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina. A non-practicing CPA, she has a degree in accounting from Francis Marion University. She’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films. In addition to her writing talent, Andra is an accomplished public speaker. Her acclaimed debut novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press in 2014.

Her latest book is the memoir, NotWithout My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace.

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Title: Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace
Author: Andra Watkins
Publisher: Word Hermit Press
Pages: 240
Genre: Memoir
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Can an epic adventure succeed without a hero?

Andra Watkins needed a wingman to help her become the first living person to walk the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. She planned to walk fifteen miles a day. For thirty-four days.

After striking out with everyone in her life, she was left with her disinterested eighty-year-old father. And his gas. The sleep apnea machine and self-scratching. Sharing a bathroom with a man whose gut obliterated his aim.

As Watkins trudged America’s forgotten highway, she lost herself in despair and pain. Nothing happened according to plan, and her tenuous connection to her father started to unravel. Through arguments and laughter, tears and fried chicken, they fought to rebuild their relationship before it was too late. In Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Watkins invites readers to join her dysfunctional family adventure in a humorous and heartbreaking memoir that asks if one can really turn I wish I had into I’m glad I did.

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  • Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444 Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Q: Why did you decide to write a book about your 444-mile journey through the Natchez Trace?

Andra: I undertook the Natchez Trace walk to launch To Live Forever. It was a unique way to launch a book, plus I thought it might be fun, which shows how stupid I am. I never wanted to write a memoir. But the tension and travails of walking for a month while living with my 80-year-old father became a compelling reason to pen this memoir.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this?  I understand you had your father with you.  Is he a writer, too?

Andra: The required honesty, the personal revelations and the admission of struggles make this book the hardest thing I've ever written. With fiction, a reader can pan the book, and I don't take it personally. But with memoir? If people don't like the book, they don't like me.

Yes! My 80-year-old father accompanied me, which contributed much to the experience. He's a natural storyteller, but if his stories get written, I do the writing.

Q: I know you had so many new experiences during your hike that it would fill a book (and it did, lol), but can you give us a glimpse of what it was like?

Andra: I walked 15 miles a day for 34 days, with one rest day each week. Dad dropped me at my first milepost and picked me up 15 miles later......when he remembered. Not only did I battle my lack of preparation and pathetic excuse for athleticism, but I also confronted the maddening, dysfunctional relationship I've had with my dad. We argued and struggled while I crawled and cried. I wondered whether we'd kill each other before we finished. It was absolutely the hardest thing I've ever done, but I'm really glad I did it. 

Q: Could you tell us a little about Word Hermit Press?  How did you find out about them?

Andra: Word Hermit Press has been around for over a year now. I was looking for a way to get my books to market and still have some say in creative direction, and I found them at the perfect time. It helped that they're in my hometown. They're small, and I still take responsibility for selling my books. But they set up my books on all platforms. They distribute through Ingram's Lightning program, giving my books entree into any bookstore or library out there.

Q: What can you say you learned about publishing your first book that helped with the second book?  Any surprises?

Andra: I'm more organized with the second book. We pitched advance copies to numerous national outlets and got some takers, which will be huge. I'm better at crafting marketing materials, and I'm slowly getting comfortable with selling myself. It's so awkward to talk about my books, but the experience of making Not Without My Father gave me a platform to talk about US, about the things we can all learn from my experience.

The five weeks I spent walking became less about me and my book and more about rediscovering my father and working to rebuild our relationship. We made such a treasure of memories that I'll have forever. When he's gone, I won't be left with I wish I had. I'll smile through tears and know I'm glad I did.

I hope to encourage readers to Make a Memory with someone they love while they still can. In our busy, overwhelmed world, everyone needs that message.

Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

Andra: Readers, turn I wish I had into I'm glad I did in 2015. Participate in the Not Without My Father Make a Memory campaign and make a memory with someone while you still can.

Here's how Make a Memory works.

Take to social media and invite someone to Make a Memory with you - by picture, video or gif. Tag your invite #NWMFMakeaMemory, because we'll be featuring your invites at andrawatkins.com. Your public invitation will hold you accountable, and it will give us a way to follow up and find out about your Memory. An hour. A day. A weekend. Make a Memory that will last a lifetime.