Once I Was A Teenager: Growing Up In The 50s And 60s In Australia And Beyond by Jonquil Graham

Front-Cover-for-Once-I-was-a-Teenager-001A funny nostalgic memoir of how it felt to be a teenager in the 60s whether you lived in America, Australia or the UK. Recall your mother’s pithy sayings, societal changes, food, fashions, schooling, teenage rebellion, boys, sex, 21st birthdays, surfing, the impact of rock ‘n roll and Beatlemania, job opportunities, sea voyages, hitch-hiking, doing the hippie trail and much much more. A fun flashback to an era that doesn’t exist now.

Targeted Age Group:: baby boomers

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted the younger generation to know values we baby boomers had. A life without home computers, cellphones, credit cards and why older people generally saved. A time when children were children and fathers ruled the roost, and the impact of new technology.

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Free Book: Mad Dogs and Aussies by Noel Coward

This book is free on these days only – 08/28/2014 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 09/01/2014. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.

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‘Mad Dogs and Aussies’ is about a person whose life was invaded by the fame of his namesake. In order to escape the consequences of that name he created ‘Droc’ to explore and express those early – somewhat lawless and rebellious – years growing up in Australian institutions defending the honor of Noel Coward against the slur of being a homosexual, and being admonished unreasonably for failing to compliment his talents and frequently bringing dishonor to the name. This book takes the reader on a diverse and exciting journey through those years revealing how it shaped his attitude on the spectrum of life. The stage was pre- set for this journey in 1949 before he took his first breath.

About the Author
Noel Coward was born in Tasmania and has lived in Australia all of his life. He has traveled the country extensively with his loyal dog, She, who is part dingo part cattle dog (Western Bluey). His writing will make you think and have you laughing and crying at the same time.

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Free Book: How Did I Get Here? Out of the Old Country and Into The New World by George Shetuni

This book is free on these days only – 08/27/2014 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 08/31/2014. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.

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This essay is a memoir in which the writer, George Shetuni, describes his youth, in Albania and first year in America. You will learn things about the Albania of the 1980′s and early ’90s prior to the fall of communism. The author also gives a personal picture of his own life, in Albania, as well as in Los Angeles, where his family spent their first year in America.

About the Author
George Shetuni was born in Albania. Today, he is a writer living and working in Columbus, Ohio. He would best be classified as an independent author. His style has traits of simplicity, clarity, and vernacular speech and his themes are those of modern life. His other interests include metaphysics and gravity, which he has written an essay on. He is always working at improving his craft.

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Lesbian Crushes at School: A Diary on Growing Up Gay in the Eighties by Natasha Holme @lescrushdiaries

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
I wrote this memoir from diaries that I kept as a child. It is the ‘prequel’ to my already published diary on how I became bulimic. I have always wanted to see my diaries in book form.

About your Book:
In 1983 thirteen-year-old Natasha is in love with her French teacher, Miss Williams. When Natasha is cruelly banished from Miss Williams’s class forever, the love develops into obsession … stalking … unhealthy behaviour … and painfully misguided cries for attention.

This uncomfortable yet light-hearted memoir in diary form is primarily a record of obsession.

Natasha is a love-sick lesbian teenager in an all-girls school in the eighties, juggling her Latin homework, Bible study, a crush on Elaine Paige, and her suppressed sexuality. How can she make sense of it all?

But more importantly … tormented by unrequited love … how can Natasha make Miss Williams love her back? Take a sneaky peek inside …

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Trying to go the traditional route takes too long, so I have published on Amazon as both paperback and ebook. It is also available at B&N, iTunes, and Smashwords.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
I’m loving the experience of creating books that tell the story of my life.

Author Bio:
Probably the most prolific diary writer in the history of the world, I have been obsessively recording my crushes on females since the age of fourteen. I clock up half a million words per year, but never let on to the woman I’m dating that I jot down everything she says and does.

I LOVED my all-girls public school. Apart from mercilessly hounding Miss Williams, with whom I fell in love at first sight at the age of twelve, I was a model pupil. In my early twenties I swapped my Latin homework for drug-taking and squatting.

Having sported an ‘I LOVE MISS WILLIAMS’ tattoo on my left wrist for eleven years, I finally tired of the inane questions it encouraged and got a cover-up in 1999.

I’m a list-writing geek and a drummer. I play table tennis and make my own beer. I am not a stalker anymore.

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31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction by Marcia Gloster @marciagloster

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
An experience from long ago that changed my life.

About your Book:
Marcia Gloster was a college student traveling through Europe in the summer of 1963. When she arrived in Salzburg, Austria to study at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision, she envisioned a month of intensive painting, never expecting to find herself swept into a passionate affair. Nor did she imagine her lover to be a married instructor with a long history of indiscretions. Even at a young age, Marcia knew how to protect her heart. But it had never been taken by a man as overwhelming and sensual as Bill Thomson.

31 Days gives the reader a glimpse into Kokoschka’s famous, and infamous, school and paints an intimate portrait of the artists with whom she shared the seductive Salzburg nights. Two decades after WWII, she observes the tensions and mysteries of an era in flux. Above all, she exposes the naïve curiosity of a young art student willing to take chances and discover a new world of love and sensuality.

31 Days is the story of Marcia and Bill in Salzburg; 31 days that would redefine love, sex, passion, and permanence for a woman of twenty; and a month that would resonate in her life forever.

Deeply sensual, intensely vivid, and achingly beautiful 31 Days is a memoir that lives in all of us.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I wanted it to be a “book” I could hold in my hands. Now it is and it will also be an e-book. Published through The Story Plant, an independent publisher.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It’s more personal. You’re exposing your “inner self.” You can write the same story as a novel but in a memoir you can’t mask the reality.

Author Bio:
Marcia Gloster has lived most of her life in New York City. Born in Los Angeles, she began drawing as a young child, believing even then that she would pursue a career in art.

While in college, she spent a summer studying painting at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision in Salzburg, Austria. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, she hoped to continue painting while working as an assistant art director in publishing. When that proved impossible, she put aside her brushes for many years and built her career as an award-winning book designer and art director. After working for two years in London, she returned to New York, becoming a founding partner of Peartree Advertising, a boutique agency specializing in fashion.

Marcia continues to consult on marketing and graphic design for select clients. But more importantly she has returned to her first love, painting. A member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York City and Studio Montclair in New Jersey, she has exhibited her paintings in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her first book, 31 Days: a Memoir of Seduction, is the story of her summer at Kokoschka’s school in Salzburg and will be published by the Story Plant in September 2014.

She has one daughter and lives in New York City and Verona, NJ with her husband, James Ammeen.

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Free Book: Sacred Road by Todd Maxwell Preston

This book is free on these days only – 08/23/2014 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 08/27/2014. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.

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Sacred Road is a deeply personal journey. The tale expressed is often tense, and yet the story is still surrounded in heartwarming and uplifting moments. Todd Preston is a master of crafting his all too real tale into something entertaining, suspenseful, and incredibly moving. The notion of spirituality versus religion is touched upon as one of the main themes, and opens doors for readers to take new things into perspective and really delve into their own thoughts of their personal senses of spirituality. Sacred Road can be heavy in this way, and so is best suited for adults or young adults who may be interested in this type of material.

Todd Preston’s Sacred Road shows the audience the darker side of a Mormon life, coupled with an honest perspective not often seen in such literature. Even beyond that, Sacred Road is a story about moving on and finding who we really are, and what we believe in. It is a story about survival and what it takes in order to break free and learn from a terrible situation. The author eloquently shows the audience that there can be a life after suffering, and that the road to happiness is different for everyone. Sacred Road is gripping non-fiction at its finest as the reader learns all about Todd Preston, his father, and so many more people who affected his life in both negative and positive ways. Intense in its honesty, this story is meant to be read and given time to process on an emotional level with the audience. Because Sacred Road is an autobiography, there is the opportunity to feel as though Todd Preston is speaking directly and frankly with the reader. It is not in a diary format, and almost reads like a conversation. Preston does not ramble though. He sticks to matter-of-fact moments and hopeful anecdotes all within the truth of his complicated and incredibly interesting tale. This is what makes Sacred Road so very worth the purchase in order to add this book to any reader’s library. – GoodbooksToday.com Reviews

About the Author
Todd Preston is the happy father of five daughters, with another child on the way. He resides in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand with his wife Dana and their little girl Raven. After taking three years to write and begin a new life, Todd has returned to his career as a chiropractor. Writing is still a very important aspect of his life; the creative heartbeat and color of words will always stir his soul. In his spare time, sitting close to nature with his sweetheart, a glass of red wine and a good cigar stills puts a smile on his face.
Sacred Road – placed in the top ten of the 2011 Ashton Wylie awards in Auckland New Zealand.

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Hearts On The Line by Marla Martenson

Hearts-for-emailWhat inspired you to write your memoir?
I have a very unique job. As a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, people always seemed to be fascinated by my work and countless stories. Hearts on the Line is the sequel to my first memoir, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker. I was inspired by Jen Lancaster, a New York Times best selling author who writes memoirs about her life. I loved her wit and honesty and decided to write my own adventures.

About your Book:
Marla’s day might begin with an email like this: Marla, I hope you don’t plan on charging me for the last two setups—Penny and Lydia. Let me make it crystal clear for you, even 5 pounds overweight is a deal killer.… I won’t waste any more time on another date with a plump gal. Clarence Penny and Lydia are both under 110 pounds—including implants. Marla facetiously refers to the dating service as the Double D—which doesn’t stand for dream date—and often finds herself introducing SHBRs (short fat bald rich guys) to GDGDs (gosh darn gold-diggers) and, despite the odds, countless couples find that Marla has linked their hearts. The exasperating clients stand out, but many are terrific people, and you’ll follow their dating stories with interest, as Marla struggles to work for a boss who requires her to cross ethical lines, pushing Marla to her limits. A tiny spark is all it takes, and Marla goes from being vice-president of a multi-city enterprise to being unemployed—which takes her career in matchmaking to a whole new level, all while staying true to her most authentic self.

Author Bio:
MARLA MARTENSON After a decade of matchmaking, two books on dating, a memoir, and hundreds of interviews on national media, Marla kept getting requests for a memoir sequel, revealing the next stage in her own challenging, zany, and loving relationship, pitted against the even zanier world of elite matchmaking in Southern California. For a woman who had given up on finding her soul mate and accepted her fate of remaining single, having an open heart and mind has proven to be golden. Marla and her husband reside in harmony with their dog, Macie in Los Angeles, where she continues to bring her matchmaking expertise to the singles’ population of Southern California. Visit her blog at www.marlamartenson.com Other books by Marla Martenson: “Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting” “Good Date, Bad Date” “Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker”

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
After having three books traditionally published, I decided to self publish Hearts on the Line with Create Space. I have had a great experience and am thrilled to have total control and to be earning royalties from the get go.

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Memoirs of a Caddie: Life and Times of a Misguided Youth by Patrick Burke @pmichaelburke

MOAC-Cover3Located just outside the City of Chicago, Fairview Country Club functioned as an adult playground for some of the City’s most wealthy and influential politicians, business owners and investment bankers. Fairview became their escape from the everyday, the one place where they didn’t have to worry about putting on airs. For caddies, Fairview became a sort of rite of passage, a place where you entered as a naïve child and left as a man, armed with the bizarre and wonderful knowledge that will shape your life for years to come.

MEMOIRS OF A CADDIE: LIFE AND TIMES OF A MISGUIDED YOUTH explores the 8-year stint that I served as a country club caddie in near-suburban Chicago, focusing on such critical events such as:
• The Caddie Masters: “Unwilling to leave the country club grounds, Rob had taken to sleeping in his car; his two poodles huddled up against in an attempt to keep warm at night. Every morning, he would wake up and wash himself in the bathroom sink before heading down to his desk to begin his “work” day, pretending as if he had never been informed that his employment at Fairview had been terminated. It was his final act of rebellion against the people that he despised.”
• The Belt Game: “The Belt Game brought something out of its contestants that few other life events, short of war, could ever have. For five to ten minutes, those young men were battling for their lives, rapidly adapting to this newfound “Kill or Be Killed” world.”
• The Summer Heat: “As they moved around the altar, I could capture glimpses of their eyes, wild and ancient, completely lost in the moment, dedicated to giving all energy towards their ceremonial dance.”

Targeted Age Group:: 14+

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It has been my lifelong dream to write a book. I chose to base my inaugural book on a significant chapter on my life, as it gives me ample material to draw from (which I hope is also entertaining).

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31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction by Marcia Gloster @marciagloster

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
An experience from long ago that changed my life.

About your Book:
Marcia Gloster was a college student traveling through Europe in the summer of 1963. When she arrived in Salzburg, Austria to study at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision, she envisioned a month of intensive painting, never expecting to find herself swept into a passionate affair. Nor did she imagine her lover to be a married instructor with a long history of indiscretions. Even at a young age, Marcia knew how to protect her heart. But it had never been taken by a man as overwhelming and sensual as Bill Thomson.

31 Days gives the reader a glimpse into Kokoschka’s famous, and infamous, school and paints an intimate portrait of the artists with whom she shared the seductive Salzburg nights. Two decades after WWII, she observes the tensions and mysteries of an era in flux. Above all, she exposes the naïve curiosity of a young art student willing to take chances and discover a new world of love and sensuality.

31 Days is the story of Marcia and Bill in Salzburg; 31 days that would redefine love, sex, passion, and permanence for a woman of twenty; and a month that would resonate in her life forever.

Deeply sensual, intensely vivid, and achingly beautiful 31 Days is a memoir that lives in all of us.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I wanted it to be a “book” I could hold in my hands. Now it is and it will also be an e-book. Published through The Story Plant, an independent publisher.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It’s more personal. You’re exposing your “inner self.” You can write the same story as a novel but in a memoir you can’t mask the reality.

Author Bio:
Marcia Gloster has lived most of her life in New York City. Born in Los Angeles, she began drawing as a young child, believing even then that she would pursue a career in art.

While in college, she spent a summer studying painting at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision in Salzburg, Austria. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, she hoped to continue painting while working as an assistant art director in publishing. When that proved impossible, she put aside her brushes for many years and built her career as an award-winning book designer and art director. After working for two years in London, she returned to New York, becoming a founding partner of Peartree Advertising, a boutique agency specializing in fashion.

Marcia continues to consult on marketing and graphic design for select clients. But more importantly she has returned to her first love, painting. A member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York City and Studio Montclair in New Jersey, she has exhibited her paintings in New York City, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Her first book, 31 Days: a Memoir of Seduction, is the story of her summer at Kokoschka’s school in Salzburg and will be published by the Story Plant in September 2014.

She has one daughter and lives in New York City and Verona, NJ with her husband, James Ammeen.

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http://www.facebook.com/marcia.glosterammeen
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It’s Not Weird Anymore: An Extraordinary True Tale by Laura Legere

Front-cover-finalWhat inspired you to write your memoir?
I should have died from a scooter accident in Mexico from a massive head injury in January of 2007. Resulting in 7 steel plates and 34 screws surgically placed in my face. Because of my healing and mental skills as well as my spiritual connections I never lost consciousness, nor did I experience any pain; not even a headache. I have very little scaring and no head injury symptoms to speak of. The magical way everything lined up, it was shown to me that it was a planned event for several important reasons. Sharing my story has entertained and helped many of my readers contemplate their own circumstances and choices and how we choose to think about our current path can make a situation better or much worse.

About your Book:
Winner of the “2011 Readers favorite Award.” “It’s Not Weird Anymore: An Extraordinary True Tale” is an eclectic soup of a love story, Match dot com, relationship, sacred sex, natural healing methods, essential oils, sound health advice, personal growth, metaphysical magick, archetypes, art, belly dancing, feng shui, spirit, wisdom, politics, and conspiracy spun together as an entertaining self-help teaching tool. www.ItsNotWeirdAnymore.com

Author Bio:
Laura Legere grew up in Virginia, left home at 18 and moved straight to the west coast where she still resides. She explored several interesting occupations, commercial fishing in Alaska, a deckhand on a cruise ship as well as tugboats. She traveled by sailboat from Hawaii to Samoa and back to Alaska before becoming a high voltage cable-splicer for a power company. Laura has led an adventurous life as you will read in her extraordinary true tale. Currently Laura’s focus of service and purpose is assisting people with healthy living, personal growth and spiritual exploration through her private practice as a massage therapist and teacher of natural healing in essential oils. She has always been a gifted networker as well as a great storyteller and loves to point people in a purposeful positive direction.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
After researching and contemplating which way to go during my writing process. Self publishing was much faster, less expensive and I stayed in control of the content and my right to my work. I had friends read it for honest feedback and I had it professionally edited before I submitted it to a self publisher. It is up to me to promote my work whether I go with a big publisher or not. I chose “OutSkirts Press” because they offered lots of marketing help, tips, etc after my book was published. I felt that they’re print books were very professional looking and I had a personal coach to talk with during the formatting, spelling and editing process.

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I Will Meet You On The Other Side by Thami

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What inspired you to write your memoir?
My tutor at seminary inspired me to write a book after he read many of my assignments. He advised me that I should start to write books.

About your Book:
It is about a boy born in South Africa and raised by a grandmother and experienced a lot of tough life during an early years of growing. He survived most of dangerous and awful situations. He used his bad experiences to survive other bad situations. The only way he knew to defeat any kind of attacks was to fight.
He lost many close people who were meaningful in his life that made his situation tougher. However, eventually he was a blessing to many individuals because he went out there to assist many who were in need and in disadvantage situations.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
I did not have any publisher in mind. I therefore had to use Google to look for a publisher and it is published through Partridge Africa.

How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
A Memoir is a true story about the writer compared to other genres of books.

Author Bio:
I am Christian and inspirational speaker. During my free time I spend time in the gym and jogging or reading books. My favorite sport is boxing I will be doing my Honors degree next year.

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The Untimely Loss of Robin Williams by Merber Books

The_Untimely_loss_of_Robin_Williams_2One of the most loved American actors and comedians of all time, Robin Williams had the unique ability to bring laughter and tears to people at the same time.

This book contains a short biography about his life and in more detail – his recent years. As well as some life lessons that Robin Williams left us before he past away.

Get your copy now!

Targeted Age Group:: general adults

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am a passionate writer from a small country in north Europe – Latvia. Enjoying life writing books. I could live my entire life writing what people enjoy! I work for myself and others.

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