Book Promo ~ Journey of the Self: Memoir of an Artist

Ruth Poniarski set out to find the ideal friend and the perfect mate,
but what she encountered were spells of paranoia, extreme anxiety, and hallucinations.

Long Island native Ruth Poniarski’s first book, Journey of the Self: Memoir of an Artist, published by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Warren Publishing, is a stunning and unflinchingly honest memoir that challenges the stigma placed on mental illness. The book has received glowing reviews, including a Kirkus Star review.

It started as a college prank; a friend offered Ruth Poniarski a brownie that, unbeknownst to her, was laced with angel dust. What resulted was a debilitating accident, and the first of many mental breakdowns that spiraled into diagnoses of psychosis, schizophrenia, severe anxiety and bipolar disorder.
 
For years, Poniarski struggled to cope with her new reality as she undertook a rigorous architectural program, sought out new friends (and the perfect mate) and battled through the depths of mental illness. Her journey led her in all directions as she sought comfort, solace, stability and love.
 
Now an accomplished artist, Poniarski considers her memoir to be a portrait of sorts.

“This book, like many of my paintings, is about introspection,” she says. “So many of us, particularly when we’re young, seek definition through labels or through what others think of us. It’s so easy to say, ‘I have bipolar disorder, therefore, X,’ or, ‘So and so doesn’t love me the way I love him, therefore, Y.’ But none of that is who we truly are.”
 
The release of Poniarski’s memoir is particularly timely in light of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing orders.

“People were stuck at home for months or a year––or more. This kind of isolation forces a person to examine themselves; what makes them unique beyond who they are to society,” says Poniarski. “That kind of self-reflection allows us to become more available to others. You have to know yourself first.
 
“So, who am I?” Poniarski laughs. “Well … you’ll just have to read the book!”

For more information about Ruth Poniarski or her book, please visit: ruthponiarski.com.

Journey of the Self: Memoir of an Artist
ISBN: 978-1734707557

Available at 
warrenpublishing.net
amazon.com,
Amazon Kindle 
barnesandnoble.com
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REVIEW:

After Poniarski inadvertently consumed PCP at a college party, she found herself consumed by the notion of an incoherent conspiracy involving socialists and alien craft-which she continued to have after the drug wore off. “My brain fed me lies,” she says of the experience, which caused her parents to put her under the care of a psychiatrist for the first time. Her memoir continues from this moment, recounting her tumultuous 20s during the late 1970s and early ’80s in New York City. Poniarski struggled to finish an architecture degree as she bounced from one program to another, unable to successfully finish courses and fearful that her peers might learn of her “psychotic side.” In a similar manner, she shuttled between her parents’ home on Long Island and apartments in Manhattan, her independence constantly jeopardized by paranoid thoughts and mistrust of roommates and friends. Most poignant, however, is Poniarski’s account of search for a suitable romantic partner. As she struggles with shame about her sexual feelings, she finds herself drawn to various lovers who each reject her, which only fuels her desire to break out of a lonely existence. Poniarski tells a story with heavy themes, but her prose remains graceful throughout. As she recounts outrageous thoughts and actions, she does so in a manner that not only gets across her distorted view of reality, but also the very real emotions she felt; at one point, for instance, she tells of slapping a man on an airplane after falsely thinking that he was making fun of her. In her fractured accounts of exchanges with colleagues, friends, and lovers, Poniarski also offers clever insights into sexism, the high expectations of her affluent Jewish community, and changing attitudes toward mental health. Kirkus Reviews 

Book Promo ~ Inside Amazon: My Story

Gisela Hausmann’s experiences as a small publisher,
a top reviewer, an indie author, and a warehouse associate

Inside Amazon: My Story by [Gisela Hausmann]

Her story begins in 1997 when she decides to self-publish a book. As Hausmann takes a closer look at Jeff Bezos’ new online bookstore the mass media expert begins to suspect that Jeff Bezos has loftier goals than selling books.

Having the opportunity to take advantage of Amazon’s fantastic PR tools for self-published authors in the late nineties Hausmann becomes a fan. She sees Bezos as “the new Gutenberg” and the “most powerful defender of the First Amendment.”

But tragedy strikes and Hausmann must switch gears. She embarks on a career in the transportation industry, first at Fedex and then at a NVOCC and freight forwarder. A few years later she begins writing books again, on the side.

She earns an excellent reputation as an author of “naked,” no-fluff, no-nonsense non-fiction books and some of her books get featured in major publications. But eventually, the Kindle self-publishing platform loses its appeal for Hausmann. Fake review writers, scammers, questionable “book marketers,” and authors who are mostly motivated by the idea to publish books as a “means of building a passive income” have done their damage.

By 2019, Hausmann is irritated with U.S. politics and the economy; she still remembers living through the Great Recession all too well. Hence, when by chance, she finds out that Amazon opened a warehouse in her hometown she decides to apply for a job. She wants to work her way up at her favorite company.

Though, in the months to come, Hausmann cannot discover any “Amazon Day-1 thinking” at the warehouse she stays optimistic and tries her best to embody Amazon’s leadership principles.

Then, the Covid crisis strikes.

Inside Amazon is compelling because, for the longest time, Hausmann keeps rooting for the company. She does not look at what is going on at the warehouse through the eyes of a labor activist but as a transportation and marketing professional and actively searches for applications of Jeff Bezos’ “Day 1”-philosophy and the company’s leadership principles.

Alas, at the warehouse where she works for 468 days, the transportation professional sees only one of Jeff Bezos’ leadership principles in action – uninspiring (instead of clever) “frugality.”

Gisela Hausmann
About Gisela Hausmann

Gisela Hausmann is a 29 yr. self-publishing industry veteran, an email evangelist and a top reviewer.

Her work has been featured in regional, national, and international publications including Success magazine (print) and Entrepreneur, on Bloomberg, The Innovation Show – a show for Square Pegs in Round Holes, “The Brutal Truth about Sales & Selling”-podcast, and Austria’s Der Standard and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. Gisela is a graduate of the University of Vienna, Austria.

A unique mixture of wild risk-taker and careful planner, she globe-trotted almost 100,000 kilometers on three continents, including to the locations of her favorite books: Doctor Zhivago’s Russia, Heinrich Harrer’s Tibet, and Genghis Khan’s Mongolia.

Her motto:
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”-Napoleon Hill


ASIN : B094H7YNHL

Publisher : Educ-Easy Books (May 8, 2021)

Publication date : May 8, 2021

Available on AMAZON KINDLE

Book Promo: Dancing To The Darkest Light

Inspiring Others Who Are Navigating Challenging Times

Dancing To The Darkest Light

Soheila Adelipour

Soheila Adelipour hopes you never look at life the same way after reading her memoir of survival, Dancing to the Darkest Light. Her story begins in Iran, where her family, desperate to escape the Islamic revolution, fled to New York. Her family found solid footing in the Big Apple, living the epitome of the American dream, until one day, all they had were nightmares. In a relatively short period of time, Adelipour lost a son and two siblings. Her book offers a riveting account of her healing process, and through her example of extraordinary resilience, she hopes to inspire others who are facing tragedy and heartbreak.

Chronicling their experiences in Dancing to the Darkest LightAdelipour recounts how her only brother became a neurosurgeon while others followed different paths. But their successful relocation and the joy they felt over each triumph was soon shattered when Adelipour’s second son, Stefan, was killed in a dorm room fire before his scheduled graduation from Boston University.

Adelipour channeled her grief into the foundation she established in his name. Soon after, her older sister had to undergo five brain surgeries that left her blind and deaf before ultimately claiming her life. The same week, their only brother who was supervising her care was diagnosed with leukemia. Adelipour gave him her bone marrow and 60 percent of her liver when his liver stopped functioning. Doctors ultimately announced he was cancer-free with a perfectly functioning liver, but the week he was to come home, he died from pneumonia.

How one perseveres under the weight of all this loss is at the core of Dancing to the Darkest Light“When life plays different music, we have to be fluid and dance to the new tune,” Adelipour said.

Adelipour received her bachelor’s degree in business and her master’s degree in Art Gallery Management while her first two children were in diapers. She was involved with the World of Arts and Antiques in New York City and followed that by operating high-end gift stores.

For more information visit www.soheilaadelipour.com.

Dancing to the Darkest Light
ISBN-10: 173371264X
ISBN-13: 978-1733712644
Available from Amazon.com

Amazon Review:

5 starsA powerful message about finding happiness and fulfillment in the face of loss
A profoundly moving memoir of life’s unexpected moments and painful losses. Soheila is a remarkably strong and courageous woman who teaches us the value of cherishing our happiness and our family bonds despite the hardships we may endure. Her book is an inspiration on living our lives to the fullest and on finding meaning even in the face of tragedy. Congratulations Soheila on a beautifully written tribute to those you have lost! Nirit R

 

Book Promo: No More Dodging Bullets

Survivor Of Personal And Professional Adversity
Shares Remarkable Story Of Perseverance
No More Dodging Bullets: A Memoir about Faith, Love, Lessons, and Growth by Amy Herrig

Amy Herrig is the epitome of ‘beating the odds.’ Today, her life is great; she’s happily married, enjoys football, reading, and cooking gourmet meals for her family. But it wasn’t always this way. Since her teens, Amy has battled addictions, fought a 4-year lawsuit with the government that threatened to take everything she had–including her freedom–and triumphed over breast cancer. Amy emerged with a new outlook of gratitude and humility that has transformed her life.

In her memoir No More Dodging Bullets, Herrig recounts her struggle with heroin addiction during her teenage years and, as an adult, an addiction to money. She and her father were the successful owners of a number of businesses, raking in the profits and enjoying all that it could buy when the government slapped them with a lawsuit that threatened to strip them of everything, including their freedom. During that four-year battle, she was served with another notice: she had breast cancer.

Her struggles, she says, have served to provide her with a new perspective and have deepened her faith. “All the bullets I’ve dodged and all the things that have happened made me realize how lucky I am to be alive,” she says.

Today, Herrig volunteers regularly and has founded the nonprofit, Hopeful Tuesdays, to assist the homeless in her community. She and her family enjoy spending time in Alaska, helping to run the family business there and spending time hiking and fishing. A self-professed foodie, she’s frequently hosting dinner parties and delving into meaningful conversations with her close circle of friends.

No More Dodging Bullets
Publisher: Inspired Forever Book Publishing
Available from Amazon.com
ISBN-13:978-1-948903-17-2
ISBN-10:1-948903-17-2
Paperback
Kindle

Review
“The details of a federal jury selection and trial, the government’s rather suspect practices, and what constitutes a legal substance as opposed to an illegal one are well laid-out and fascinating….Amy Herrig’s memoir of a life managing a “head shop” and the high-profile legal and moral battles that ensue, is by turns intriguing, infuriating, and inspiring” – IndieReader

read an excerpt

About Amy Herrig

Author Amy HerrigAmy Herrig is a mother, wife, business owner, and lifelong Texan. She currently resides in Dallas with her family, but she also enjoys spending time in remote Alaska, helping run the family business there. She loves spending time in the outdoors, hiking and fishing, and she is a self-professed “foodie” who enjoys cooking with her family and hosting dinner parties for friends. Amy’s family and friends are her top priority–her teenage twins are her world, and since she is an only child, many of her friends are like family. Amy is married to the love of her life, Dan, and they enjoy family time, traveling, and having date nights in their kitchen cooking together.

 

Book Promo: SKY by William Dale West

Sky: Immensely Compelling and Highly
Emotional Story of Love, Faith and Hope

Early in the decade of 2000, the Department of Human Services of Ellsworth, Maine, Child Protective Division, along with other municipalities, came under scrutiny for their questionable policies and immoderate tactics. Discover how a toothache led to a two-year nightmare for this quiet and law-abiding family. (Well… kinda quiet and law-abiding) SKY is a multi-emotion provoking love story about a mismatched couple and their struggle to save their marriage amidst their valiant battle for custody of their child against this powerful but once highly criticized state agency. An essential read for any parent who has picked up a drink or a drug. Interspersed with actual documents from the case, including brief news clippings, highly-personal letters and court decisions, Mr. West offers in chronological exposé, a passionate exploration and stark contrast to the realities of substance abuse and parenting, with mental illness and morals and with his occasional awareness of a presence of God. Written with wry humor, seemingly at times to mask his own heartbreak, West lays out his perspective with blunt, piercing honesty while allowing the reader to be the ultimate judge.

About the Author

William West is a laid-back, easy-going, family-oriented gentleman from the carefree times of the sixties, coping with Asperger’s Syndrome in today’s fast-paced, often nonsensical world of confusion. He resides in Bucksport, Maine, a ritzy little town, located halfway up the Maine Coast. He has two adult daughters from a previous marriage to Janet. In 1996, after their daughters had come of age, Bill and Janet divorced after twenty-two years. In 1998, at the age of forty-six, and after twenty-plus tiresome years of tediously painting wealthy people’s million dollar homes for a meager living, Bill attended Hesser Community College in Nashua, New Hampshire.  There, he took many courses in psychology and sociology in hopes of perhaps becoming a substance abuse counselor. However, he found himself receiving far better grades in the many writing courses they offered; achieving nearly all A’s and making the President’s Lists and Dean’s Lists on numerous occasions. Through the college curriculum, he began an internship at Keystone Rehab in Nashua. After about a week into his internship, and during his less than half-hearted attempt at becoming a substance abuse counselor, he met and fell in love with an inpatient of the rehab; a former NYC erotic dancer with anger issues named Rinska. The next five years of their lives play out in Bill’s emotion-packed love story about a family’s struggle with Child Protective Services to regain custody of their little girl caught up in a system of corruption, entitled SKY : CHILD, INTERRUPTED.

Customer Review

5 stars Emotional, with clever wit and sarcasm and an original and refreshing style of narration  by Jill Wagner


OH MY GOD! I love this book! This is an amazingly beautiful and thought-provoking book and everything it’s hyped up to be and much, much more! I was so moved by reading this true and endearing family story. The nightmare this family went through in battling this particularly cold and heartless Child Protective Services for custody of their little daughter has stayed with me since I finished the book. It made me cry, it made me laugh and it made me get angry, sometimes all at the same time.

Although a very serious topic, the author manages in keeping the reader amused with clever wit and sarcasm and with a very appealing and refreshing style of humor and narration. The story is so enticing and intriguing to the point where you’ll almost want to skip ahead to see what happens next. But what happens next is rarely what you might expect.

I totally fell in love with the characters. Bill, the father of SKY is sweet, lovable and totally wimpy, but I particularly loved Rinska. Rinska is Sky’s mom. She’s a streetwise, former NYC erotic dancer who takes crap from no one, especially these power-hungry caseworkers that the family has to deal with. It’s not likely they’ve ever met the likes of her, which makes her even more captivating to the reader.

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Book Review: Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and a Cerebral Aneurysm

Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and a Cerebral Aneurysm

by Robert Wintner

Brainstorm narrates a cerebral aneurysm in the immediate family and the onslaught of trauma, non-communication and overwhelming legality. Brainstorm follows a conscientious couple seeking participation in the process, to no avail.

Writing from experience, Wintner combines decades on the high seas and below the surface with a literary style honed to efficiency. “Sometimes events in our lives bear striking similarities, like banking into a curve at eighty, or kissing my wife minutes before brain surgery,” says Wintner.  “I wonder if I’m over my head, hope I’m not, and proceed as if I can get through this.”

Robert Wintner is Snorkel Bob, Hawaii’s largest reef outfitter, and has written fifteen books, including Pulitzer-nominated In Sweet Magnolia Time and two movie-optioned novels, The Modern Outlaws and Whirlaway.

About the Author:

Robert Wintner’s fiction tends to be led by characters seeking reason in nature. Two of his novels were optioned for movie production in Los Angeles (The Modern Outlaws and Whirlaway).Whirlaway was a Maui County hot book listing for 15 years. One recent novel In a Sweet Magnolia Time (Permanent Press, 2007), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and a recent story collection–Wintner’s Reserve–was a Book ‘n a Beach Chair of the Month Main Selection. Wintner is a focused reef recovery against the saltwater aquarium trade.

For more information, see:  www.robertwintner.com.

Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and Cerebral Aneurysm
By Robert Wintner
Yucca Publishing
ISBN-10: 1631580205
ISBN-13: 978-1-63158208
Available at Amazon.com

JointForcesJournal.com: “This touching, humorous memoir is the true story of a late ’60s grand tour of Europe—a life-defining parable… an incredible time of self-discovery, of love, and of finding oneself.”

Amazon Customer Review

This is not your typical medical book – instead this is the book for all of us who have felt terrified and guilty when the one we love is suddenly terribly sick. This is the Heart of Darkness that is inside all of us, waiting to be released because emotions are just too hard to contain. This is a story of hope, reconciliation with modern medicine and – above all – of love.

Book Promo: Two New Books by Robert Wintner

Robert Wintner has two new memoirs reflecting common values and lingering influence. 

His novels and reef photography books are widely reviewed, and he is also Hawaii’s largest reef outfitter.    

1969 & Then Some is a Grand Tour of a Golden Age: Motorcycles, Romance gave Vision to the Meaning of War

Brainstorm is a Memoir of Cerebral Aneurysm—and a Crash Course in Coping with Non-communication in today’s Medical Complex  

Robert Wintner’s new memoirs are 1969 and Then Some: A Memoir of Romance, Motorcycles, and Lingering Flashbacks of the Golden Age and Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and Cerebral Aneurysm (Yucca Publishing).

1969 and Then Some is a Grand Tour for youth who became decision makers of today. Wintner puts perspective on a dynamic era, as the decades unfold with lingering influence—and continuing romance, motorcycles and the values that define us.

Brainstorm narrates a cerebral aneurysm in the immediate family and the onslaught of trauma, non-communication and overwhelming legality. Brainstorm follows a conscientious couple seeking participation in the process, to no avail.

Writing from experience, Wintner combines decades on the high seas and below the surface with a literary style honed to efficiency. “Sometimes events in our lives bear striking similarities, like banking into a curve at eighty, or kissing my wife minutes before brain surgery,” says Wintner.  “I wonder if I’m over my head, hope I’m not, and proceed as if I can get through this.”

Robert Wintner is Snorkel Bob, Hawaii’s largest reef outfitter, and has written fifteen books, including Pulitzer-nominated In Sweet Magnolia Time and two movie-optioned novels, The Modern Outlaws and Whirlaway.

For more information, see:  www.robertwintner.com.

1969 and Then Some: A Memoir of Romance, Motorcycles, and Lingering Flashbacks of the Golden Age
By Robert Wintner
Yucca Publishing
ISBN-10: 1631580191
ISBN-13: 978-1-631580192

Brainstorm: A Memoir of Love, Devotion, and Cerebral Aneurysm
By Robert Wintner
Yucca Publishing
ISBN-10: 1631580205
ISBN-13: 978-1-63158208

Available at Amazon.com

About the Author:

Robert Wintner’s fiction tends to be led by characters seeking reason in nature. Two of his novels were optioned for movie production in Los Angeles (The Modern Outlaws and Whirlaway).Whirlaway was a Maui County hot book listing for 15 years. One recent novel In a Sweet Magnolia Time (Permanent Press, 2007), was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and a recent story collection–Wintner’s Reserve–was a Book ‘n a Beach Chair of the Month Main Selection. Wintner is a focused reef recovery against the saltwater aquarium trade.

Recent titles include the novel, Flame Angels, 2 memoirs, 1969 and Then Some + Brainstorm, and a 4th reef photography book with a compelling political narrative, Reef Libre, An In-Depth Look at Cuban Exceptionalism & the Last, Best Reefs in the World.