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MSI Press Author Earns Award from New York Book Festival

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  Congratulations to Nanette Hucknall, whose book, How to Live from Your Heart , earned an honorable mention in the New York Book Festival.

Kindle Book Promotion (Discount) on Lamentations of the Heart (Wells-Smith)

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  Beginning today and continuing through July 31, we will be offering a discount on Lamentations of the Heart through the Kindle Countdown program.  Find it HERE . Read more about Marti Wells-Smith and Lamentations of the Heart HERE .

Introducing Candace Sjogren, MSI Press Author

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Candace Sjogren is a corporate executive, entrepreneur, trainer and coach.   She is the Head of Emerging Sales at Marqeta and CEO at Boston Breakthrough Academy, a leadership development academy for adults looking to level up in life. Prior to this, Sjogren was the founder and CEO of two fintech companies and chief strategy officer at a number of lending platforms nationwide, and continues to serve as an angel investor.   She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, Andrew, son, Ivar and dog, Pan. Candance co-authored  Typhoon Honey: The Only Way Out Is Through , which is currently available on pre-order.

Author in the News: MSI Press Author Julie Potter Interviewed on Grief Dreams Podcast

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From the site: Julie Potter is a certified social worker who has experience in home care, hospice, nursing homes and hospitals. For 20 years, she turned her expertise toward coordinating a spousal bereavement program, as well as a hospital-based wellness program for people 60 and over. She has recently released the book “Harnessing the Power of Grief”. In this podcast we talk about being a social worker, burnout in the field, starting a spousal bereavement program, the death of her parents, her book, and grief dreams of her parents. Click HERE to listen to the podcast. For more posts about Julie and her book, Harnessing the Power of Grief , click HERE .  

From Deep Down Inside - blog post by MSI Press Author, Marti Wells Smith

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  I wonder how many of us question our purpose, and wonder if we're fulfilling the will of God in our daily lives. When these thoughts enter my mind, I turn to specific scriptures to meditate upon their deeper meanings. Ecclesiastes 12:13 states: ...here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. The word fear often translates to love or revere, which takes me to Revelation 4:11.Thou are worthy O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. To read the rest of Marti's post, click HERE . For more posts about Marti and her book, Lamentations of the Heart, click HERE . To subscribe to the MSI Press newsletter-bulletin, visit our home page: www.msipress.com .

A Cat Like Few Others Asks for Others' Prayers

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  (Sula in the arms of Fr. Ed at her godparents' house in Hollister, godparents on the left, friend on the right, and another MSI Press author, CB Leaver , in red in the front) Sula has been the parish cat at Old Mission San Juan Bautista for 13 years and through four bouts of cancer (fourth just starting/reappearing). With Covid-19 and the shutdown of the Mission, along with the rest of the state of California, Sula retired to live with her godparents in Hollister, where she can be watched after and can even have a visit occasionally frnom a retired priest from the parish who lives neaby. She still works on Sundays, though -- and visitors are always delighted to find her in the pews at Mass, where she goes on her own and sits with whomever seems to need her at the moment even though she does have her own pew with her name on it, and between Masses at the Mimssion gift shop. Here is her bio: Sula is a very unusual cat. She is the parish cat for Old Mission San Juan Bautista and, b

What It Means to Heal Yourself - Post by Julia Aziz, MSI Press Author

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  Have you ever sat by a waterfall in the forest, relaxed in a hammock on the beach, or watched an impressively colorful sunset and felt... nothing? Beauty and peace surround you, yet you're lost in your own troubles. Maybe you've even had that experience with helping professionals, going to therapists and bodyworkers and life coaches and doctors and still, you remain caught in the same struggle that brought you there. It's an awful feeling, like being handed a beautiful gift made just for you, only you can't reach out your hands to accept it. You might decide the gift is not right for you and continue your search for more and new and better gifts. But what will help you to receive them? As many of you know, I am a huge proponent of what I call “self-healing.” This phrase wasn’t super popular long ago, but much like “mindfulness" and "energy work," it’s becoming so commonplace, it’s losing all meaning. So let me clarify the essence and the hype, as I see

Book Alert: Typhoon Honey Available on Pre-order As of Today

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  Typhoon Honey: The Only Way Out Is Through is now available for pre-order. Release date is November 15, 2021. Complimentary copies are available for a guaranteed review. Inquire from editor@msipress.com. Short description of the book: Starting with a foundation of understanding how we, as physical and psychological beings actually function, Typhoon Honey lays out a path toward becoming the sole and undisputed author of one’s life – called “being the source.” The authors explain, with ample case examples and exercises, how to ·         release limiting self-concepts; ·         understand what reality is and isn’t; and ·         become totally and powerfully accountable in determining your future. A tour de force in transformational technologies, pulling back the curtain on how those techniques actually work, Typhoon Honey is a must read for anyone who desires to step up to a new level of life and living. And endorsements: Typhoon Honey blows your mind with gale force win

Introducing Kris Girrell, MSI Press Author

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Kris Girrell is an author, speaker, and executive leadership coach on a global level. His education spans the disciplines of psychology, theology and coaching. Kris has lectured, presented and coached clients in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia/Pacific.  A father of three and grandfather of four, he lives with his wife Sarah and son Jesse in Andover MA. Kris co-authored Typhoon Honey: The Only Way Out Is Through , which is currently available on pre-order.

A Publisher's Conversation with Authors: How Your Book Competes with Itself and Restrains Your Earnings

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  (photo by Frank Perez) It is Tuesday. Time to tall turkey. Monday's madness is over, and Wednesday will take us over the hump, so Tuesday it is--for some serious discussion with authors. Tuesday talks mean to address authors in waiting and self-published authors who would like to go a more traditional route or who would at least like to take their steps with a publisher by their side. Today's topic responds to a comment often made by authors:  "Many people tell me that they know my book and have bought copies of my book, but my royalties do not show it." What is happening? The purchase did not happen - there are some situations where this could happen: Some friends and family members do not want to hurt the feelings of their relatives but cannot buy the book or do not want to buy the book. One person bought the book (another friend or another relative) and then shared it with the person who claims to have read it. The book was gifted or loaned to them by a friend or

Author in the News: Podcasts on Self-Care with Julie Gentile

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  Julie Gentile, author of 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas and How to Stay Calm in Chaos was recently interviewed about her books and issues of self by the following: Relentless Pursuit Podcast "Everyday Self-Care" an Interview with Julie Gentile  (February 17, 2021) The Teaching and Learning  Podcast Self-Care for Teachers  (March 29, 2021)  To read more  posts about Julie and her books, click HERE .

Review of Harnessing the Power of Grief (Potter) by US Review of Books

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  RECOMMENDED BY US REVIEW OF BOOKS With fresh, highly informative material on every page, Potter offers intelligent, sensitive guidelines meriting thoughtful study, along with pragmatic, readily accessible approaches from which anyone can benefit at any stage of the grief experience . -- so says Barbaara Bamberger Scott, reviewer for the US Review of Books. Read the entire review HERE . For more posts on Julie and her book, click HERE .

Excerpt from Surviving Cancer, Healing People: One Cat's Story (Sula): Preface - Letter from Deacon Van

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  (Sula and Deacon Van) Sula is sick again; her tumor has come back. In honor of her heroic struggles and in honor of Caturday, we are posting an exceprt from one of her many books, the one about cancer. Here we have the preface, written by Deacon Van.  Preface Letter to Sula from Deacon Van Dear Sula, I love your book. It rings so true—your stories, your humility, most of all your love of God and of the people of God here at Old Mission San Juan Bautista. The people who love you (there are hundreds, I’m sure) will cherish this book and love you all the more for your plainspoken faith and your mission of service at the Mission. Tell your amanuensis that she did a wonderful job of capturing your voice and incorporating the moving stories of Loryn and Cody. Thanks to her efforts, the book is not only an excellent fund-raising vehicle, it’s an inspirational call to Catholic faith and worship. She served you well, just as you have served all of us so well. Love, Deacon Van Read

Excerpt from The Optimistic Food Addict (Fisanick): I'd Die(t) for You

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  THIS EXCERPT FROM THE OPTIMISTIC FOOD ADDICT SEEMS APPROPRIATE FOR WHAT MANY PEOPLE ARE EXPERIENCING FROM THE "QUARANTINE FIFTEEN" COUNTRY-WIDE AVERAGE POUNDS GAINED OVER THE PAST YEAR.              For a good half an hour before falling asleep, I would try to force my mind to coerce my body to burn itself alive. I hated my fat so much that I would imagine it sizzling like bacon in a skillet, dripping like hot wax off my bones and into the ether. I was determined to will my fat to melt away.              The next morning I would wake up, disappointed to find my thighs and ass still too big to fit comfortably in my third-hand Jordache jeans. And later that night, I’d lay prone in my bed, visually imagining my flesh liquefying in my skin once again.              This dour wishful thinking would go on night after night from the time I was 11 until well into my 20s. And yet many people asked me, nearly as often as I asked myself, if being fat bothered me so much, why couldn’

Author in the News: Arthur Yavelberg Pens Article for Tikkun - "Ancient Religious Wisdom for Modern Challenges"

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  Recent polls indicate that, for the first time since such records have been kept, less than 50% of Americans are affiliated with religious institutions. Just when the challenges are more daunting than ever-- pollution...terrorism... wars...pandemics... political polarization--the question for most people is not so much “Does God exist?” as it is “Is religion relevant anymore?” That is not to say that Americans are not interested.  Similar polls consistently show that the vast majority of Americans believe in, well... “something.” However, access to that “something” for too many people amounts to seeing a couple of lines about “all is love” on some idyllic poster.  Man may not live by bread alone, but spiritual life cannot survive on Facebook memes alone, either. Read the full article on Tikkun HERE . For more blog posts about Arthur and his book, click HERE .

Author in the News: Dr. TL Brink Recognized at Crafton Hills College for 30 Years of Teaching

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  Crafton Hills College published a very nice profile of Dr. Brink on his 30th anniversary of teaching psychology at the college. In part, the profile reads " Psychology itself is a tough course to tackle, but Brink said he enjoys the subject because it is “at the center of everything” and opens a lot of doors to students thinking about entering the fields of social work, nursing or, perhaps, politics." You can read the whole profile HERE . For more posts about Dr. Birnk and his book, How To Argue with an Atheist, click HERE .

A Publisher's Conversation with Authors: Among the Reasons for Turning Down a Book -- Arrogance

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  (photo by Frank Perez) It is Tuesday. Time to tall turkey. Monday's madness is over, and Wednesday will take us over the hump, so Tuesday it is--for some serious discussion with authors. Tuesday talks mean to address authors in waiting and self-published authors who would like to go a more traditional route or who would at least like to take their steps with a publisher by their side. Today's topic shares an important reason for a book being turned down by an acquisitions editor. While there are almost as many reasons for turning down a manuscript as there are manuscripts submitted, there is one reason that has nothing (or very little) to do with the manusciprt. It has to do with the author, and it comes across in the proposal, the cover letter, or the enote (if emailed), or in all of them. That trait is arrogance, and it will turn off an editor before the editor even reads the manuscript. After all, a publisher has to work with an author, and if they dynamics are poor, it wi

Author in the News: Julie Gentile Recommends Ways to Journal through a Pandemic

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  In " Pages, Prompts and Poses: Journaling Through a Pandemic ," published by Yoga Chicago , MSI Press author Julie Gentile makes the following recommendations: Choose a journal that speaks to you.   Write about what inspires you or recent observations you’ve made.   Make up your own journaling rules.   Get into a groove.   Read your words.   Read the full article to get all the helps, tips, and prompts that Julie generously offers. To read more posts about Julie and her books, click HERE .

Just in Time for the Fourth -- Life, Liberty, and COVID-19 on pre-order SALE!

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  As the subject line says, Life, Liberty, and COVID-19 is on pre-order sale at our webstore. Check it out HERE . And, as a follower of this blog, take an additional 25% off the sale price by using the coupon code FF25. (This discount code can be used on any book in our inventory.) For more posts about Dr. Dennis Ortman and his books, click HERE .

Memorializing Your Pet -- On Either Side of the Rainbow Bridge

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Cats -- especially unique cats that contribute in special ways to their families' lives -- deserve to be mnemorialized. MSI Press can help you put together and publish a pet memoir of your pet.  And, for fun, just because it is Saturday, here are pictures of the five cats of one of our staff.  Goodness, they are able to form a play circle better than some children, Aw, the Turkish van alpha cat was coming to groom the others, not to play. Wonder if they really are not circling to play but lining up to be groomed? These are the kinds of pictures that cat parents will love to have preserved in a book -- we can help. Contact editor@msipress.com.  

Book Review of Healing from Incest by Henderson and Emerton

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  "Overall, this is a book that packs a massive punch and I have no doubt it will be helpful to survivors who are still hiding in the shadows," says Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite. Want the details? Read the whole review HERE . For more posts about this award-winning book and its authors, click HERE .

Guest Post by Marti Wells-Smith: Memories of Tomorrow

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  In her blog post this week, Marti writes: I know that some are afraid to die while others are excited at the very thought of leaving this troubled flesh life and arriving in Paradise. Personally, I want to know that I've completed my mission in this life first, and then I can return to my heavenly home with open arms. Read the rest of the post HERE . For more posts about Marti and her book, Lamentations of the Heart , click HERE . For posts about death and dying, click HERE .