Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Matt Espeut


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the month! (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

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What will you read in this book? You will read about advice that is straight from the hip – he tells it as it is – recognizing that life pulls on us, this way and that, but that you cannot allow excuses to stand in the way of your goals.

Matt’s dedication to educating people starts with his nephew and his Boy Scout troop and extends to Arthur, his octogenarian client who comes to work with him in street shoes and khakis. Never hesitating to help others, Matt shares his advice with people in a local online blog, on the radio, by speaking, writing for publications, and each day in his very active social media presence. Going to where the people are, rather than waiting for them to come to him makes him unique in this world where so many are only concerned with making a buck as their ultimate goal – not making people happy and healthy – which is Matt’s ultimate goal.

When you hear someone say – hey, you’re the real deal – you might wonder what that means. As you read this book, think about that phrase, because that is what you are getting – not a weight-loss gimmick or a funky plan of some sort to give you temporary success or a looking-good fix. What you will get is a lifetime plan – one that will give you the knowledge and the motivation to not only look good, but to stay healthy. Who are you doing that for? Well, first, for yourself, Matt would say. But he’d also say, do this for those who love you – and those you are responsible for – your family, parents, and children. They deserve to have you around for a very long time. In doing so, you will be a role model for them, too. And that’s how we change the world.

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Matt had a dream. His dream wasn’t to own a gym or become successful in business. It was to restore people to good health.
For over 25 years, clients from fourteen to eighty-six have benefited by life changes under Matt’s direction. These changes go way beyond the technical part of exercise. Matt works with the whole person and his advice and counsel include nutrition and a healthy mindset. Overall health, strength and functional conditioning has always been his focus and today, as a successful owner of a Fit Body Boot Camp franchise in Providence, Rhode Island, his dream has allowed other people to have their dreams come true, too.
On a personal basis, Matt walks the walk, and talks the talk, that’s for sure. His own fitness as a late-40s man stands as an example to those he instructs. The occasional modeling gig further demonstrates all life can be when you have your health and proper mindset.
To learn more about Matt Espeut, visit his website here.
Matt is giving away a print copy of Unleash Your Full Potential – to be eligible, just leave a comment on this blog post.
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the RI Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Michael A. Battey


Leave a comment on this blog post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway the end of the month! (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

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The Parent Trap Columns Volume I is the first in a two-volume collection of humorous and insightful observations on contemporary teen parenting by Michael A. Battey, an East Greenwich, Rhode Island based doctor. Published in community newspapers within Rhode Island over several years, the columns reflect the author’s personal experience along with commentary on parenting trends, and public education.  Each book comes with a reading rubber ducky!

From the editor of the East Greenwich Pendulum, who published his columns for many years: Sometimes you get lucky and such material falls into your lap. Michael Battey was such a case. I got a letter in the mail one day with an opinion piece on child-rearing from him and recognized that there was a place in our paper for this sort of editorial copy. Michael and I talked and we agreed to run a regularly occurring column on the difficulties of raising children in the 21st century, especially in an affluent, competitive town such as East Greenwich, RI. Michael filled the bill dependably and admirably for nearly a decade with his column “The Parent Trap,” helping parents raise their children and us raise our circulation. With the release of a collection of his columns, it is good to see that his timeless parental wisdom will be reserved in print form. 

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Michael A. Battey, D.P.M. was born and raised in Rhode Island. He received degrees from the University of Rhode Island, and the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He maintains a private practice in foot and ankle care with a specialty in hospital based residency training, and is a faculty member at the Brown University Alpert Medical School.

He was the author of The Parent Trap column, published from 2005 – 2012 in the East Greenwich Pendulum and sister newspapers in the Southern Rhode Island Newspaper Group. His interests include local education, squash racquets, and time at the beach with family and friends.

The author is giving away a print copy of his book – just leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible! Drawing is a week from today.

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Vanessa Paniccia


Leave a comment on today’s blog post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you leave a comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month. (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

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I’m very excited about publishing the Princess Bing Bong books. These books have been in the making for years. I love to tell her stories. Three years ago, I left my job in hospitality sales and marketing to raise my four beautiful children. I decided to pursue the dream I have had, ever since I could write a single word, of becoming an author. I’ve raised three avid readers who are always looking for funny books to read and I really just love when we can all laugh together. It’s what makes reading really fun. As for me, when I’m not writing, and keeping busy with my children, I love training in Muay Thai, or Thai kickboxing, enjoying the beaches in Rhode Island, and reading the scariest, most suspenseful novels I can find.
Vanessa Paniccia
Find all of the author’s books here.
Vanessa is giving away a copy of Princess Bing Bong and the Birthday Party Blunders. Just leave a comment on this post and you could win!
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!

 

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Michael Hartigan


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Stone Angels Michael Hartigan

Traveling on the Page for a New Perspective

Travel and literature go together like Hemingway and Key West. Some of history’s most beloved books are journey tales that send protagonists adventuring from one destination to another, across lands real or imagined. In the travel tale there is always a physical destination, but it is about more than just that – characters embark on internal voyages of growth, be they spiritual, emotional or otherwise. The main character may be seeking treasure or fame but underneath they are seeking love, redemption, revenge or peace. Shakespeare, Tolkien, Hemingway, Steinbeck – the list goes on and on of writers utilizing the journey and rich depictions of a place to drive home their thematic purpose and bring a story to life.

As a journalist – travel writer to be exact – I put great value on these types of stories. And my travel writing influences my fiction writing a great deal, in style and substance. My novel, Stone Angels, is about a young man struggling with an extremely guilty conscience. The setting places him on a road trip, up and down the Atlantic Coast, to and from Spring Break. But the reader is placed inside his head, following his introspective journey from denial to acceptance to possible confession of his many sins and ultimately redemption.

In many ways, Stone Angels is a quintessential journey story, one that embraces the power of travel and the need to get out of one’s comfort zone, shrug off the warm fuzzy sweater that is our daily lives and let the unknown provide a new perspective. Stone Angels does this for the main character and for the reader. My goal was to send readers on their own journey, allowing them to explore their emotional response to this very intimate story and maybe gain a new perspective, like all good travel should do.

Michael Hartigan

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Harris N. Rosen


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This is not just a collection of where your life insurance policy is or the deed to the house.  It’s much more than that – it’s the details of your life that only you know – like the home safe in the way-back of the closet, or the keys to the storage facility (and where the facility is) that has some old antiques you’ve wanted to keep for the grandchildren.

For the entrepreneur and the business executive it can include records on where vital documents are stored at work.

When you finish with My Family Record Book, you will have created your very OWN Family Record Book.  It will be fun (yes, fun!), and it will enable you to have a conversation with your family that will be less painful – and more peaceful.

And – listen to this – you will be able to put your hands on any piece of paper or document in your house within 15 minutes.  I know – because that is what so many people tell me they are now able to do.  And THAT, my friends, is peace of mind.

I wrote this book to allow me to have peace of mind. And to help you have that, too.

When I retired some years ago, I had newly-found time. When people asked, “So how do you keep busy these days?” I told them of my project: writing an informational guide for my wife. For the past few decades, my wife and I have done our best to protect each other and provide a good life for ourselves, our family, and our community. As it turns out, she is the social director, cook extraordinaire, arbiter of good taste, and, of course, my best friend.

My roles? The keeper of the records, the one who handles our finances, and the one who maintains our house, including its appliances. And a happy and rewarding relationship it is.

But I started thinking, who will handle all these things if I weren’t around? How would my wife and children know about the health insurance, service contracts for household things, unpaid and paid bills, and right on down the line to what items I want my children to have, the treasures we may have in art and collectibles.

From the sublime to the critically important – we can have peace of mind in knowing a completed Record Book will give that peace of mind to those we love, too.

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Harris “Hershey” Rosen, a graduate of Harvard, has focused on controlling chaos since 1954. He was a Financial Control Officer in the U.S. Army, where he received a Letter of Commendation for improvement to its worldwide accounting system. Next, on to satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth, he ran a candy company for 40 years, developing a system for locating ANY item housed in five factories, covering 600,000 square feet.
Following “retirement,” Hershey went on to become a mediator and settled over 200 disputes for the state of Rhode Island and The Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He was also asked to team-teach management courses at the University of Rhode Island, where he enthusiastically challenged the textbook with real-life experiences, to the delight and edification of the students.
Always passionate about assisting others, Hershey has been a director or trustee of numerous boards and organizations. He has most recently written My Family Record Book to help others protect their spouses  (and families) from the intense stress that will occur if one does not share financial information and knowledge critical to a functioning home.
Hershey, who lives in Providence, Rhode Island, can now relax (ha!) with his beloved wife, Myrna, and enjoy visits with their combined five children and ten grandchildren.
The author is giving away a print copy of My Family Record Book – just leave a comment on this blog post and you’re entered to win! Drawing is a week from today.
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!Rhode Island Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Hilary Salk


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

Eavesdropping Salk

In 2020 the town of Oberammergau, Germany, will once again be the setting for its famous Passion Play, performed every ten years since 1634. Perhaps you are planning to experience the power of this dramatization of the last days of Jesus.

As in the 2010 production, you will likely see a somewhat different play from the traditional performances of the many decades since 1634.  As you read further in this post about the background of the Passion Play, you will discover the significant changes made as a result of the work done since the Holocaust to purge the anti-Semitism that has been part of its earlier pageantry.

I lived in the village from 1949 to 1952, the only child of a Jewish-American army officer, just as the villagers were taking on the roles of the Biblical figures. I was enchanted by the make-believe and taken to the play by my parents.

Fifty years later, I was confronted with the anti-Semitism inherent in the play and the recognition of the part this Bible story played in the mindset of the many who participated in the crimes of the Holocaust. I felt compelled to write of the truth I now faced, which evolved into my novel, Eavesdropping in Oberammergau.

To make the story accessible to young people as well as adults, I wrote in the voice of a young girl, similar to the girl I was in 1950. Unlike me, this girl learns by eavesdropping what has happened so recently in Germany and the part that the Biblical story has contributed to the hate for the Jewish people.

In the years I have worked on this novel, I learned from many survivors and historians of the Holocaust, from Catholic friends and writers who have been sensitive to the responsibility that the Church carries for the centuries of anti-Judaism, and from talking to and reading the work of rabbis and scholars.

I am aware that my slant on the story is painful for many, as it is to me. As the novel brings to life the history of the growth of Nazism, it seems essential to warn that even the most seemingly advanced civilizations can fall for demagoguery and hate.

Hilary Salk

Hilary Salk earned a BA and MAT in English from Brown University, and an MSW from Rhode Island College. She contributed to an early edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and has published a short story in The Jewish Women’s Literary Annual 2011. She is a founder of the RI Women’s Health Collective, ran for governor of Rhode Island in 1982, and served as a real estate broker at Salk Real Estate in Providence, Rhode Island, for 25 years.
You can request her book from your local bookstore and also find it at Amazon.
Hilary is giving away a copy of Eavesdropping in Oberammergau along with a bookmark. Just leave a comment on this blog to be eligible.
Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Donna McCarthy


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of this book.)

Donna McCarthy is a semi-retired Art teacher, currently teaching HS art part-time in Rhode Island, which allows her the time to create her picture books. Donna is both author and illustrator with a BFA in illustrations and an MA in education.

At the age of 50, Donna had some big life changes and moved across the country, leaving every part of her former life other than her daughter and her dog, ready to take a chance on her dream. Her books are the result of the last three years of effort.

Donna has self-published five picture books, with three more in the works. She writes for primary level readers and intermediate level readers. Her books are great for the tiny ones as well since the pictures are large, colorful, and whimsical and the rhyming helps with phonemic awareness. She is also aware of being inclusive since we live in such a beautiful world filled with a blessed variety of beautiful people. She has a blast making them and she thinks she is more entertained sometimes than her readers. Donna also offers a free school assembly or reading/drawing tutorial for a business or organization that caters to kids.

Donna McCarthy

Donna’s online store can be found at www.missmacbooks.com.

The book she’s giving away is “Some People’s Grandpas,” a whimsical look at all the unique and silly types of grandpas out there.

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!