Book Promo ~ COURAGE: Powerful Lessons in Leadership, Strength, and the Will to Succeed

Heart Transplant Recipient and Sepsis Survivor
Shares Inspirational Journey and Keys to Recovery

Three years ago, John Sperzel’s heart, and his world, were on the brink of stopping. While vacationing in Aruba, he was found unconscious and unresponsive in the wee hours of the night. He was medflighted to Miami, where he spent a week in the cardiac ICU, before he was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Sperzel’s prognosis was grim: He had a very rare and progressively fatal condition that had been diagnosed fewer than 300 times in medical history — most during autopsies. He was officially in the fight of his life and needed a heart transplant to survive.

Courage: Powerful Lessons in Leadership, Strength, and the Will to Succeed is Sperzel’s gripping account of his extraordinary battle to survive, his agonizing wait for a donor heart and the “kiss of death” that almost ended it all. 

Throughout his emotional journey, he grappled with knowing that his life depended on someone else’s loss. He promised that if given a second chance, he would pay it forward any way he could.

Courage — part captivating memoir, part inspirational call to action — gives readers a rare glimpse inside the mind of someone who has survived the seemingly unsurvivable. But that’s only part of the story.

Sperzel writes, “It’s not about what happens to you that’s important … it’s who you choose to become as a result of what happens to you that really matters.”

Following a period of deep introspection, Sperzel identified the factors that contributed to his miraculous survival and recovery (and other successes in life): Hard Work, Excellence, Attitude, Resilience and Teamwork. Courage compellingly explores the positive impacts of cultivating and embodying these traits, and offers a duplicatable method to guide readers along their own paths toward fulfillment.

Sperzel’s career evolved into his calling, and he hopes that by sharing his H.E.A.R.T., he can inspire others to follow their passions to their true purposes, and live life as the incredible gift it truly is.

Courage author John Sperzel is President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors at T2 Biosystems (NASDAQ: TTOO). As a healthcare executive, he has built and led high-performance teams at all levels around the world, and acquired companies in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Following his heart transplant in 2017, Sperzel returned to his role as a public company CEO and continues to pursue his lifelong passion to advance life-saving technologies. As a speaker, he shares his amazing story of courage in the face of adversity, along with powerful lessons in leadership, strength and the will to succeed. He plans to donate all proceeds from his book sales to Sepsis Alliance ( and Donate Life America (

Follow the author on Instagram at and on Facebook at

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COURAGE: Powerful Lessons in Leadership, Strength,
and the Will to Succeed

Publisher: Merack Publishing
ISBN-10: 1949635627
ISBN-13: 978-1949635621 

To watch Sperzel’s feature video for the American Heart Association,
please visit

About MY Books – Author Chelle Cordero

As I recently informed my readers a few months ago, my former publisher, Vanilla Heart Publishing, went out of business — the Editor/Owner unfortunately suffered a serious health problem and is unable to keep her small press company going and representing her group of authors. (She is STILL one of my closest friends and I wish her well and speedy recovery)

Meanwhile I have been attempting to regain control of my books and begin promoting – also, I am working on new stories! Kimberlee has generously done what she can to help with this transfer. SMASHWORDS has been great and easy to work with… however Amazon has not been quite as speedy in complying.

In the interim, since I have been asked by a few readers for links to my current books, I wanted to remind all that my books are available in e-book formats from SMASHWORDS (I do need to update a few…)

Here are my “Series Books”

EMS Novels by Chelle Cordero by Chelle Cordero Two EMS thriller novels; Final Sin and Hyphema, in one volume.
Final Sin ~ Hyphema ~ EMS Novels Bundle Pack

Chelle Cordero’s Cousins Suspenses by Chelle Cordero
His Lucky Charm ~ Within the Law

Survivors by Chelle Cordero by Chelle Cordero
Bartlett’s Rule
~ Courage of the Heart

Please visit my SMASHWORDS page for more info and more books!

Twitter: @ChelleCordero
Facebook: Facebook profile

Divas on the Bima – Virtual Concert!

The 2021 Concert, at 7:00 PM on April 25, is Neve Shalom’s 30th Anniversary spectacular
and will be a virtual event featuring the acclaimed vocal ensemble “Divas on the Bima.”

to download a .pdf of this flyer click HERE

For over 70 years, Neve Shalom has been a dynamic Jewish center offering religious services,
shared life cycle events, diverse programming, and education for congregants from toddlers to seniors.

Passport To Israel Program

The Passport to Israel program (aka the Susy Schwartz Memorial Scholarship Fund) is primarily sustained by
an annual concert open to all, generally in the spring, that brings first rate Jewish entertainment to Neve Shalom.
An impressive roster of performers has graced the Neve Shalom stage since the first Susy Schwartz Concert in 1991.

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250 Grove Avenue
Metuchen, NJ  08840

Book Promo: The Dog Days of August

Two thousand miles apart, crimes are
committed targeting a famous geologist


Unfortunately, people venture where they should not,
and their good intentions turn into bad results.


Charlie Guest is visiting the Grand Canyon with his wife, Sophia. As a geologist, he competes throughout the year with other scientists for grant money from the government and various charitable foundations. Charlie needs to expand his research by hiring more people and exploring new terrain. To do that, he needs to obtain a substantial part of the funding at this year’s conference in Las Vegas. In past years he’d done well at this conference. He had garnered seconds or thirds with the appropriate funding attached. His goal, of course, is a first-place award. It would get him the money he needs, along with prestige. On the way to Vegas, however, things happen that threaten his attendance and his life. What is happening, and why? What secrets are being kept, and who is keeping them? Hapless reasoning can end up getting people hurt, and good intentions can turn out poorly. On one of those hot, humid, and rainy days in August, events occur two thousand miles apart that threaten the lives of two families.

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Book Promo: Fool’s Errand

Fool’s Errand from Jeffrey S. Stephens is a clever,
upbeat story about long buried family secrets,

the complex relationship between a young man and his father,
and an adventurous hunt for both hidden treasure and difficult truths.

Years after the death of his gangster father, a young man
discovers a letter that sends him reluctantly defying the
mob as he races to locate a hidden treasure.

The love between a father and a son can be both complicated and compelling, especially when the father is a charming rogue. “Blackie” Rinaldi had ties to the mob, and his only son has done all he can to avoid the pitfalls of his father’s chosen path. But when an enigmatic letter hinting at a cache of stolen money surfaces six years after Blackie’s untimely death, the younger Rinaldi is forced to confront his father’s colorful past.

An international treasure hunt ensues, with surprising twists and engaging characters. Fool’s Errand from Jeffrey S. Stephens, author of the popular Jordan Sandor series, is an entertaining story of family ties and a parent’s never-ending influence.

Blackie’s son follows a series of clues from the mean streets of New York to the Las Vegas Strip, and ultimately to the South of France. Along the way, he is confronted by dangerous mobsters, dishonest relatives, suspicious friends, a mysterious woman and the risks of a journey his father may or may not have planned for him.

With the ideal balance of humor and heart, adventure and romance, Fool’s Errand features compelling, relatable characters and a fast-paced narrative that will keep readers guessing as each new secret is revealed.

Author Jeffrey S. Stephens lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is also the author of the Jordan Sandor espionage thrillers, beginning with Targets of Deception and, most recently, Rogue Mission. He is also the author of the recent thriller, Crimes and Passion, the first in a planned series featuring Lieutenant Robbie Whyte.

Amazon Reviews

“While Fool’s Errand brings elements of The Maltese Falcon (one of my all-time favorite films), Goodfellas, and even a dash of old-school detective thrillers and serial films, this tale is fully current. It’s a great read and a worthy weekend escape from real life. It doesn’t insult anyone’s beliefs or intelligence. It’s smart, it’s sharp, and it will make a strong movie in the right creative hands. I picked up Fool’s Errand and read it through, cover to cover, in a day. Stephens’ prose is brisk and clean, to the point, and entertaining as it keeps you turning pages. Fool’s Errand is a fun, satisfying read, full of heart and surprises.”  — PJ Media

“Told in the first person, this engaging mystery is both plot-and character-driven. Moving from past to present is deftly handled, and the mystery presented seems both plausible and intriguing. Love of family, albeit a flawed one, is key.”  — Kirkus Reviews

For more information, please visit

Fool’s Errand
Publisher: Post Hill Press
ISBN-13: 978-1642937381
ISBN-10: 164293738X
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Book Promo: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Measure Twice, Cut Once:
Navigating Negativity in Toxic Relationships


Are you are tired of taking the blame for OPP (other people’s problems)? Are you are always the responsible party, always doing more than you should? Do you feel used, unloved, unheard, or unwanted? Are you are weary of feeling like a doormat or being dumped on? Are your relationships leaving you feeling exhausted, angry, or hurt? Are you always there to support and help others but left wondering where everyone is when you need the same?

There is an insidious and destructive force in each of our lives that we rarely investigate. Oftentimes we accept it because it comes with people, situations and circumstances that are familiar. It’s what we’ve become accustomed to and accept as the status quo. It is a blueprint that brings pain, often unbearable at times; along with self-defeating patterns that over time can become difficult to recognize or acknowledge. It strips us of our internal balance and peace of mind, devastating the mind, body, and spirit. It’s the thing that goes bump in the night, that keeps us awake as we ruminate over events, words, and actions. It’s the boogey man in our bed, in the meeting, in the marriage, in the friendship, in the family. It is something ONLY YOU have the power to change, yet many times you choose to stay in its grip, almost seeking it out, even as it causes great damage to your personhood. It is a self-made, self-destructive affliction, created by your own willingness to stay locked into the lure of it, even as it works against your health and well-being. It is TOXIC relationships!

Allison Kelly Jones’ passion is people and she opens up her life to help others gain clarity and focus of the behaviors we all exhibit with openness and honesty. Delivering a dual punch to the reality of how we are both co-creators of toxic behavior as well as targets of such behavior, she provides a no nonsense approach to dealing with situations, environments and relationships that require further examination to live authentically and boldly. Asking the hard questions is the key to a more rewarding and fulfilling life and those questions need to be asked and answered if you are not being true to yourself and need to find clarity and closure in relationships. Measure Twice, Cut Once, Navigating Negativity in Toxic Relationships is a quick, powerful and easy read that helps identify toxic behaviors and how to self-correct while teaching others how you want to be treated.


Allison Jones is a Military Veteran, HR Exec, Relationship Expert, and Author. She is a southside Chicago native who joined the military after high school and traveled the country as a federal contractor and subject matter expert in human resources, business development, and federal personnel programs. She was the on-air talent for her eponymous business show on CBS AM, “The Big Talker” in Washington D.C. Allison spent a vast amount of her career mentoring and coaching many people to personal and business success and has been sought after to deliver powerful and contemporary lectures on topics that engage, empower and inspire people to live their most genuine and happy lives.

Her book, “Measure Twice, Cut Once” is a quick simple guide to nurturing friendships, romantic relationships, and work relationships, which is much needed in the context of our time.

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“In a world where technology has increased global connectivity the world is increasingly disconnected. Measure Twice, Cut Once: Navigating Negativity in Toxic Relationships helps readers understand the dynamics of the relationships closest to them at work and home and how those relationships thrive or perish based on co-behaviors. Measure Twice, Cut Once: Navigating Negativity in Toxic Relationships is a great, easy read that helps us see ourselves and see ourselves in others.”
– Rachel Morrison, Sr. Business Analyst, American Airlines

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Book Promo: Journaling Power by Mari L. McCarthy


Can the simple act of putting pen to paper lead to healing? Author and musical artist Mari L. McCarthy used her own journaling power to relieve her symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Now, it’s time to access the power of journaling for yourself.

Inside of Journaling Power, Mari L. McCarthy, founder of, shares her personal tips on how to use journaling that will lead to self-growth and life-changing transformation. You will also read about scientific medical studies that discuss the healing abilities of journaling while learning step-by-step guidance on how to:

  •     Reduce physical pain and overcome illness
  •     Heal emotional wounds from past traumas
  •     Resolve inner conflicts and create self-compassion
  •     Conquer limiting beliefs and fears
  •     Reconnect with your inner healer
  •     Reduce stress and find inspiration
  •     Set realistic goals–and discover the motivation to make them happen

Whether you need to heal from stressful life events or learn how to put yourself first, Mari L. McCarthy guides you on a journey of well-being and self-care. With Journaling Power, you unlock the powers of this self-healing tool to lead a life of joy, compassion, creativity, and growth. So, grab a notebook, a pen, and a quiet space, and reveal the strength of your unconscious mind.

Print Length: 146 Pages
Genre: Self-Improvement
Publisher: Hasmark Publishing
ISBN-10: 1988071216
ISBN-13: 978-1988071213

Journaling Power is available in print and e-book on AmazonCreate Write Now, and Barnes and Noble. You can also add it to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, Mari L. McCarthy

Mari L. McCarthy, Founder and Inner Work Tour Guide of shows curious health-conscious people how to use Journaling For The Health Of It®️ to heal the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual issues in their tissues and to know and grow their True Self. She’s the multi-award-winning author of Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live and Heal Your Self With Journaling Power. She’s also created 20+ Journaling For The Health Of It® Inner Journey Workbooks that include Who Am I?, Declutter Your Life In 28 Days, and Take Control Of Your Health In 24 Days.

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Book Promo ~ How to Get Your Sh*t Together

How to Get Your Sh*t Together:
Informal, Practical New Book
Whips Readers’ Lives into Shape
– Finally!

Written by renowned coach, Sue Wright, ‘How to Get Your Sh*t Together: The no-nonsense, easy-to-follow brain training guide’ reaches out to readers in an actionable yet informal way, to help them dramatically improve almost all areas of life. From self-esteem and confidence to emotional resilience and everything in between, Wright’s years of experience now produce what is likely the most accessible and fun self-help book on the market. One critic wrote, “This book has literally changed my life and the way I deal with problems. I have learnt to be more positive and to give myself a break. I would highly recommend!”

 If lockdown has proven something, it’s how much the average person has a desire to change. But with motivation and mental health at an all-time low, people need an unconventional, friendly yet wildly realistic kick in the pants.

It’s now here, thanks to coach Sue Wright and her new book, ‘How to Get Your Sh*t Together: The no-nonsense, easy-to-follow brain training guide’.

Prepare for a friendly helping hand that calls on the latest techniques and classic proven methods to set anyone’s life on a positive new course.


Have you ever found yourself thinking you really need to sort your life out, but have no idea where to start? Perhaps all the ‘stuff’ going on in your head is making you feel like your brain is about to implode? Maybe you find yourself getting in a grump with yourself, other people, and/or inanimate objects for no reason. All clear signs that you need to get your sh*t together!

In this book I help you – with no frills, flounce or fancy-pants terminology – figure out where you are right now, where you want to be and how you are going to get there. We explore brain training methods along the way that are simple, yet effective. We need to understand how our minds work so we can train them to behave when life gets tricky.

Throughout the book I use a whole range of effective and popular brain training methods. They include:
Life coaching
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Positive Psychology
Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Resilience
Law of Attraction
Life Purpose Coaching
Vision Boards
Mantras & Affirmations
Energy Anatomy
Chakras & Meridians
and a whole load more!

So, although the title may be flippant and fun, the contents of this book will profoundly change your life (for the better obviously). I help you to go from wallowing around in a confused funk to setting you off on an exciting new adventure, armed with the skills you need to enjoy the journey and deal with the bumps along the way.

“I take confused readers, wherever they are in life, and help them craft a clear-cut path toward achieving their goals sustainably, without sacrificing what currently makes their life great,” explains the author. “I call on the latest information and on-trend methodologies, and only focus on what’s proven to work. There’s no pseudo-science or fads, here!”

Continuing, “It’s vital I crafted something informal, while also making sure I get across the sheer breadth and diversity of experience I have as a coach. This volume is the culmination of a career spent changing the lives of thousands, and I’m so proud to now be offering it in a format so accessible and easy to deploy.”

Reviews have been extremely positive. CW writes, “I found this to be a really accessible book. I was drawn in by the welcoming, encouraging and approachable style that made me feel like she’s in the room with me. I found the tasks clear and easy to follow and implement. Being honest with myself wasn’t easy, but I felt that the author was there supporting me throughout. The techniques I’ve learned in this book will stick with me for life.”

Another reader adds, “I found this book gave you the tools to evaluate your life and change it for the better. You don’t have to bumble through life or take the straight path. You do have control.”

‘How to Get Your Sh*t Together: The no-nonsense, easy-to-follow brain training guide’ is available now:

Copies can also be ordered from the author’s official website:

About the author, in her own words:

AvatarI am a coach, a pretty good one too according to my lovely clients. What makes me really happy is to help you to become the best version of yourself, and to sustain it. I do that either with my brain training or with my biomechanics and Pilates coaching or often with a bit of both. I am not a normal coach, I can’t be faffed sitting in an office so I work with clients outside or remotely. I don’t do ‘wafty’ either, something probably very obvious from the title of one of my books!

So, how did I become a Life Coach? I’d spent years developing Equestrian Pilates and although it is a physical activity, it became clear that the brain can have a huge impact on the body. Also, for a long time I was not a very happy, nor confident, person. Not being confident made me miserable so I set off on a mission to change that. I dabbled in Sports Psychology but the focus was often on things that had happened in the past. You cannot go back and change things so I decided to focus more on the here and now, and the future too.

As a serial studier, I added a huge range of qualifications to my already extensive list including:
Life Coach
Positive Psychology
Law of Attraction
Emotional Intelligence
Life Purpose Coach
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

My books are easy to read, I stay away from fancy-pants language and terminology – for goodness sakes, you want to read a book not have to stop and google what something means every five minutes.

In my personal life I am an animal lover and have horses and dogs…which is probably why I do a lot of remote work with clients so that they don’t have to see/smell how filthy I am 99% of the day! But, it makes me happy and that is what life is all about.

Hope that was helpful, look forward to sharing more of my work with you soon.

Book Promo: Happy Vet Happy Pet: Caring for Your Pet’s Caregiver

This book will give you insights into the complicated stressors veterinarians manage on a daily basis.

Your veterinarian chose to dedicate his or her life to the altruistic pursuit of tending to the health and lives of pets. What you may not have considered is that the health and life of your veterinarian also needs protecting: he or she is nearly four times more likely to die by suicide than someone among the general population. But there are ways you can help.

Sandy Weaver, author of the groundbreaking new book Happy Vet Happy Pet: Caring for Your Pet’s Caregiveris on a mission to ease the lives of veterinarians, one client’s heart at a time.

“I’ve known for years, as have those in the veterinary field, that there was an issue with suicide and veterinarians,” Sandy says. “Then in early 2019, the CDC report on veterinary suicide was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and what had been anecdotal became data: male veterinarians are 2.1 times more likely, and female veterinarians are 3.5 times more likely, to complete suicide than their non-veterinarian peers.”

Happy Vet Happy Pet is a distillation of Sandy’s research into neuroscience, neuroplasticity and positive psychology mixed with data from the CDC report. The result is an impactful approach that weaves easy-to-understand science with stories that touch the minds and the hearts of pet owners — empowering them to be part of the solution.

Chapters dive deep into topics all pet owners should understand, including:

1. The heart, mind and life of a person who decides to become a veterinarian;
2. The very human, very vulnerable person behind the scrubs;
3. The ways clients unknowingly mistreat their pets’ caregivers;
4. Three simple rules to follow to help your veterinary team; and
5. What to do if you feel that someone near you is facing suicidal desperation.

Happy Vet Happy Pet shares Sandy’s unique point of view that it takes a village to save a veterinarian. “Making pet owners mindful of how their behavior impacts their veterinarian mobilizes the village to help solve the problem,” she adds.

This book will change your relationship with your veterinarian and their team forever. And what you learn in this book could save your veterinarian’s life.

Author Sandy Weaver is an expert speaker, trainer, mastermind facilitator and lover of all things dog.

As the Program Director of the Center for Workplace Happiness, Sandy creates the training programs, workshops, mastermind groups and keynotes that help people lead happier, more successful lives. She is also a citizen-scientist in the fields of neuroscience, neuroplasticity and positive psychology. In 2019, she took the resilience tools and strategies she’d been teaching to general audiences and crafted programs specifically for veterinary teams. Her goal is to touch the life of every veterinarian and technician in a way that helps them avoid the pain and despair that comes with an inability to manage stress.

Now in her 40th year of Siberian Husky ownership, Sandy is a passionate advocate for veterinarians and their teams and an ongoing donor to Not One More Vet.

For more information, please visit  www.centerforworkplacehappiness.com, or connect with the author on social media at

Happy Vet Happy Pet: Caring for Your Pet’s Caregiver
Publisher: Panoma Press
Release Date: January 29, 2021
ISBN-10: 1784529311
ISBN-13: 978-1784529314

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Book Promo: Freeda the Frog and Her New Blue Family

Perfect for Black History Month, New Kid’s Book Teaches Diversity, Equality and Blended Families

In a culture that is divided, the subjects of diversity and inclusion have become vital to build a more unified tomorrow. Although discussing these topics with children may be difficult, books have always served as bridges of communication to help pave the way to acceptance. Gold Mom’s Choice Award-winner book and series author Nadine Haruni specializes in making awkward conversations, such as racial equality, fun and approachable. Nadine’s book, Freeda the Frog & Her New Blue Family (Mascot Books; ISBN: 978-1-68401-132-2; $14.95; Hardcover), teaches children and parents alike to welcome people of differing ethnic, religious and gender backgrounds. Being the proud mom of a blended family, Nadine has a personal perspective on the subject.

The book follows green tadpoles Frannie and Frank, who learn two blue frogs, Samson and his son Jack, will be joining the family. They wonder if they will all get along and if Samson will replace their green biological father. However, spending time with their new blue friends teaches the green tadpoles a valuable lesson: a frog is who they are on the inside and shouldn’t be judged by the color of their skin. Nadine is no stranger to subjects like this, or others addressed in previous books such as divorce and losing a loved one.

To that end, the Freeda the Frog series helps educators, school counselors and parents discuss difficult topics in a positive, non-threatening way with children. Each book reinforces Nadine Haruni’s mission of “helping families of all species, one tadpole at a time.” The entire series has even been leveled for schools to align with National Education standards, and all five books in the series have a Readers’ Favorite 5-star review and the Gold Mom’s Choice Award for excellence in the family-friendly picture book category.

“Freeda the Frog and Her New Blue Family will help to foster a young child’s understanding that blended families with mixed ethnicities, religions, and races are all a family just the same…” – Midwest Book Review

Author Nadine Haruni has gone through a divorce herself and is now the mother of five kids in a blended family. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, an attorney and a certified yoga instructor. Haruni has also created a lesson plan inspired by her books for Garden State Equality in New Jersey, her home state. For more information, please visit

Freeda the Frog and Her New Blue Family

Publisher: Mascot Books
Hardcover / $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-68401-132-2

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