Stroke Recovery (Author Interview)

Stroke Recovery looks like a fantastic book on the aftermath of a stroke.  What type of readers are you targeting with the book?
I wrote the book to target two types of readers. One, specifically to help stroke survivors and their families/caregivers gain more knowledge about the body as well as covering as many challenges with recovery that they may face. After speaking to, training and being contacted by survivors from all over the world asking for help and guidance, it has been made clear to me that thousands of stroke survivors are trying to gain better recovery after their therapy has ended, but they don’t know where to or what to do. They have experience fitness professionals that have no knowledge or experience with stroke survivors. Two, I want to reach fitness professionals as well, so they can gain knowledge from my book to help them better help guide a survivor into a stronger recovery. I feel if professional limit their knowledge, they limit the outcome of a survivor’s recovery. I don’t feel that is fair.

What do you think makes a great educational book? I think great education book brings basic and advanced knowledge of the subject the book is about as well as having a human connection to who will be reading the books, especially in an educational book such as this.

What inspired you when writing Stroke Recovery? I worked with a special stroke survivor a few years ago. It was an inspiring journey. He was not my first stroke survivor to train, but he was the first one beginning his training with me in such a fragile state. It was such a wonderful and educational experience. He understood that he had a unique case and he wanted his story shared to help other survivors to a better recovery and to give them hope. This led to my first book, “The Stroke of An Artist, The Journey of A Fitness Trainer and a Stroke Survivor”. This book has reached stroke survivors worldwide. I have been contacted by people from all over the world for help. I even had this couple travel to my city and live for a month to train with me almost every day with her 82-year-old male stroke survivor husband. They came from the New Jersey coast to the Oregon coast where I am. It was literally 3000 miles the traveled. She had had some very disappointing experiences with physical therapy and reaching out for help from fitness professionals. I was so honored they came, but if there were more professionals with knowledge and experience to help as I do, she would not have had to make such a big trip. I was also asked by to be on their Fitness Education Advisory Board and to write a CEC course on Stroke Recovery and Exercise.  As I finished this course, I thought to myself, “This education will get to those professionals who reach out to learn, leaving the knowledge still limited to getting out.” I then decided to bring much of what I teach in the course (minus the video lectures and exercise teaching videos) to those who have had a stroke, loved ones and or their caregivers.

Faces of Foster Care: Messages of Hope, Hurt and Truth (Author Interview)

Faces of Foster Care looks like it has great messages and information about foster care.  What type of reader or market would you recommend the book to? I recommend the book generally to anyone who likes to read memoirs. I also recommend it to those who would like to learn more about foster kids or who may want to volunteer, foster or adopt. It may be especially interesting to social workers, adoptive parents and others who already interact in some way with kids in foster care, but it will be interesting to anyone who likes to read about the lives of others.

What do you think makes a great educational book? To me, a great educational book makes learning fun and interesting, almost effortless. I enjoy reading memoirs as a way to learn about the lives of specific people and to learn about relationships, specifically the psychology behind things. Faces of Foster Care has messages from twenty people around the country, told in their own words – like mini-memoirs. It provides a unique and interesting way to learn different perspectives of foster care in the United States.

What inspired you when writing Faces of Foster Care? I had been volunteering for a few years as a mentor to older kids in foster care through a small non-profit organization in Washington, DC – the Family and Youth Initiative. Volunteering with this organization was my first experience interacting with foster kids. I had no idea of the hardships they have or how great they are. I wanted to do something to bring more attention to them and raise awareness. The kids I volunteer with and mentor inspired me to work on this book.

The Silence Between the Sighs (Author Interview)

The Silence Between the Sighs looks like a great self-help/motivational guide. You have a few other books and albums in the genre, any plans for more?

Yes there are a couple more books in the pipeline for early next year, as well as two more meditation albums.
I’m always working on new projects and collaborating with like minded artists, therapists, writers, motivational speakers and musicians.

What do you think motivates people?

When we believe in ourselves anything is possible.
We have to try to forgive our past mistakes and understand that everyone has a story to tell and that we are all struggling in our own private way.
The key to our life is the love for our own being and essence and knowing that we all have a role to play on this earth.
We are all needed here at this time to make a difference.

What inspired you when writing The Silence Between the Sighs?

Love inspires me. People inspire me. Life inspires me.
All around us there is so much that is inspiring and the power of the human spirit is profoundly uplifting.
Everything that I write comes from observing and feeling the depths of the heart and accepting and believing in the beauty of souls.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

I have been writing since I was a child from stories to poetry.
It has been a great passion of mine since early on and something I knew would one day become a major part in my life.
I find writing relaxing and exhilarating at the same and a real bridge to getting to know people.

How did you come up with the ideas and inspirations in 'The Silence Between the Sighs?

It was a work in progress for many years and I was constantly being asked to put all my inspirational writing that I shared with clients into a book.
I had also been encouraged by self help experts, great spiritual masters, healers, who I had the pleasure to meet while travelling around the world, to reach out to as many people as possible as they all believed it would bring some benefit to all searching souls.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

They can visit my website and my pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube.

My books, music, cards, all products can be found on Amazon and all good bookshops as well as iTunes and other music download sites.

Socialism Exposed: Which Door Will You Choose? (Author Interview)

Socialism Exposed, looks like a great look into socialism and the political philosophy behind it. Any plans to make this into a series or write similar books?


What do you think makes a great political book?

Political truth and timeliness both make a good political book, in my opinion.

What inspired you when writing Socialism Exposed?

My observations through the years of the political process and the direction of the country inspired me to write this. I have a solid belief about the direction we should be going, and watching the nation slide into a backward position inspired me to get this word out.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? Full time? Part time?

At age 92, I will write about what I am led to write about, but have no specific ambitions as far as time. I don’t regret a moment I’ve spent bringing this book together in the hopes that it will help my country now and in the future.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I didn’t decide to become a writer – I just wrote some articles and then they just kept flowing on! A family member did encourage me to write this book. My desire was to expose what has been going on in our country and attempt to try to make things better. I especially felt that the writings on freedom by our Founding Fathers were not very often referenced or well understood.

When writing Socialism Exposed did anything stand out as particularly challenging?

The challenge always has been to present a clear picture of what has been going on politically. Putting lofty concepts into “front porch” common-sense language so that people can easily grasp it is crucial.

How did you come up with the ideas in Socialism Exposed?

The ideas have developed through years of political and behavioral observation and then seeing the subsequent results of the decisions made. My passion is to take long-term observations and put them into simplified terms so that the American people can grasp them – and make much needed corrections.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Enhancing my musical programs for performance is ever ongoing. Creating themes and various programs to encourage my listeners is a primary goal of mine. Hearing the responses makes it all worthwhile!
I want to make life a little brighter for folks than it was before they heard the music.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

You can read more about faith, freedom and the future of America at 

The 7 Steps to Making a Difference by Finding Joe (Your) Purpose     

Many people wander through life with no idea of why they were created. It is amazing that most aren't even looking for the answer. That's why I wrote this "HOW TO" book. In it you will discover the seven steps you must follow to make a difference that lasts. The 7 steps will help you is discover your GIFT, so you can find your Purpose, and make the Difference you have always wanted. To help make the idea of purpose more fun and less of the heavy subject that people think it is, I created the Joe (Your) Purpose character. Joe is here to help you on your quest to make a difference. The key is to discover your special and unique GIFT because... Your Purpose is to Employ Your GIFT. In this book you will find out how to do that.

Your Mind Is What Matters: How to Think Your Way to Your Full Potential    


In her book Your Mind Is What Matters, Ivy Chin details the challenges she faced as a young Asian woman learning to thrive on American soil.

She reveals her struggles with assimilation, vividly depicts her transformation from IT Engineer to business executive, and offers valuable insights for those looking to succeed in all aspects of their professional and personal life.

In discussing her achievements, Ivy asks readers to re-examine their own tradition-rooted approach to life. Could embracing your heritage hinder you from reaching your goals? Her advice is to appreciate positive aspects of your family’s cultural background, while trusting the power of your mind to determine what, if any, attitudes, practices, and/or beliefs might be getting in the way of your future success.

Among other work-related and life-skill topics, Ivy shines a light on:

• cultivating interests -- your own and your kids
• letting go of baggage
• prioritizing time
• networking inside and outside your circles
• getting out of your comfort zone
• negotiating pay and benefits
• coping with rejection and with loss

Ivy’s story proves that any obstacle can be overcome if you’re willing to think it through, seek help from family and friends, and open yourself to belief in a balanced universe.

Anyone looking to start, enhance, or change course in their career will find Ivy’s observations invaluable, especially those who seek to bridge the East-West divide in our increasingly global business world.

“Having been part of Ivy’s team in the past, I’ve experienced her mentoring firsthand. If you are starting out your career or simply just need to recalibrate yourself, this book is an essential guidepost.”
— Heather Teasley, Director of eCommerce, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

“A must read for those of us in the pursuit of happiness in our personal and professional lives.”
— Steve Hamlin, Retired CEO - Commerce Hub

About the Author
Ivy Chin is an award-winning senior executive with more than twenty-five years of experience in the retail industry. She began her career at CertainTeed Corporation and later served as a vice president for, Senior Vice President for Belk, Inc. and PetSmart. She has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Women in Retail Tech” from Chain Store Age, “Top 50 Women” from Multi-Channel Retailing, and “Premier 100 IT Leaders” from Computerworld.

A Decade: Rethinking the Meaning of Life (Author Interview)

A Decade: Rethinking the Meaning of Life, looks like a great motivational/life experience book.  Any plans to make this into a series or write similar books? 

We are currently working on a series of kids’ books and adult comic books, both revolving around the life and adventures of Chris Sheeply.  Chris Sheeply is the character on the cover of the book; sitting on the tree stump with the light bulb over his head. We are very excited with what we have in the pipeline for the kids’ book series and the comics. There is also a plan to create a few more poem books that will be entirely different from the content and theme of this book.

What do you think makes a great motivational book?

A book that is unapologetic. Something that makes you consider new ways of thinking and gets you to question the way you've been doing things. Life is all about the experience. As Morpheus says to Neo, "There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path." I think it is important to encourage people to think outside the box. You may not like what someone has to say, but when you consider new possibilities, there are no limits to what you can accomplish. One reason I wrote and published this book was to reach not only others with thoughts and feelings similar to my own, but also to people who are questioning the meaning of life. I know not everyone has a great support system to help get them to where they want and need to be, but I hope this book can serve as a guide for those that need it most. Even though change can only happen from within each one of us, it's always nice to know that you aren't alone in the world.

The Influence of Military Strategies to Business (Publication Review)

The Influence of Military Strategies to Business
M.D. White
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The Influence of Military Strategies to Business is a good read on how to apply the philosophies of the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (ca. 500 BCE) to modern day business ‘warfare’. Anyone in business today, whether with a corporation, small business, or an entrepreneur can understand that concept. You have to strategize and fight for growth and progress for your business to get ahead of the competition and thrive.
The determination by a firm as to how it assesses its competitive position relative to the industry it competes in, its competition, forces in the industry, and future trends are generic considerations for both military and civilian applications.
Author M. D. White compares sections of Sun Tzu’s Art of War to specific business strategies in an understandable and logical way. He also gives plenty of examples and experiences of well-known companies including FedEx, car makers, major airlines, Home Depot and many more.
The conventional concept of defense is closely related to the reinforcement of the fort. Almost all forts in history have failed in war situations. This strategy is one of the riskiest military strategies. The best counterpart to this concept in the business world is marketing myopia. According to this view, the biggest mistake that a powerful brand can make is to believe that growth and profitability will continue.
The author also discusses concepts of marketing, innovation, systems and business models, and plenty more.  There is also a chapter that specifically addresses the comparisons of each principle of Sun Tzu’s Art of War with business strategies, one by one.
To engage in business model warfare, managers cannot be internally focused on products, services, or administration to excluding the critical relationships between these elements and the even more crucial interactions between a company and its customers.

This book is interesting for those looking for success in the business world, there are helpful tips and suggestions. For those just interested in the concept of war and business, it’s a fun read in itself. 

Time Concentration: More LIFE in the Time You Have (The Life Balance Hacks Series Book 1)

Time Concentration
Daniel Gentry
HUGEOrange Publication Review

Time Concentration is a short overview of Daniel Gentry’s Life Triad system, on which he gives seminars and has a full-length book. The Life Triad system was created when the author needed to change his out of control life to a balanced and successful one. He wanted to write a synopsis for people who have not been through one of his programs before.
This eBook covers one of his tools for enabling life balance called Time Concentration.
The base idea of time concentration is not so much about adding tasks to our day, but in concentrating the life we put into those tasks. In other words, one key to achieving life balance is doing multiple things at the same time!
He also explains his concept of life balance. This is the foundation of his life transformation program. The Life Balance Triad concept breaks life balance into 3 parts: self-mastery, interpersonal, and material prosperity. He further breaks those down into subsections.
Take multiple parts of life and combine it into one activity.
He gives plenty of examples from his own life of how he used these philosophies and life-changing steps to achieve a fulfilling life. He covers exercise, the ‘Pomodoro’ technique for when and how to take a break in your life from work, how to cut down your possessions, and how to create family time.
For each of us there are a number of ways in which we can enhance our lives through time-concentration.  Think of all the activities that you have in your life and how can you add more dimensions to those tasks. What pieces could you pull together? What parts can you combine? How can you pull family, friends, your health, and all of the different parts of life balance together into the activities that you're already doing?
While this is basically an introduction to his full system, it’s still worth a read. Most people struggle with the five problems he offers solutions to and whether or not you’re ready to proceed to his full seminar, you just might learn something. 

Supportive Accountability: How to Inspire People and Improve Performance

HUGEOrange Publication Review
Supportive Accountability, by Sylvia Melena

Author Sylvia Melena is the founder and CEO of Melena Consulting Group which specializes in leadership and management consulting and training. In her 14-year career, she has taught leaders how to supervise employees with the goal of success, not getting rid of people. She created a simple yet powerful model, “Supportive Accountability Leadership TM,” to spark employee performance.
As a leader, an essential part of your job is to get work done through others. You’re responsible for holding yourself and employees accountable for meeting performance goals and objectives. The 4 P’s of Accountability is the accountability framework I developed as part of the Supportive Accountability Leadership Model. This framework consists of four principles—people, purpose, performance, and progression.
The book covers different leadership styles and delves deeply into supervisor-employee relationships. For someone new to a supervisory role, experienced and looking for a refresher, or a supervisor frustrated and losing their passion for the job, this book covers every problem and every solution.
 Helping employees understand the humanity of what they do every day makes the goals
established for them much more meaningful.
What makes it easy to understand and digest is the way it was written: lots of anecdotal stories (based on true experiences) to make it relatable to most supervisors’ dilemmas and problems. There’s also a free Performance Documentation Toolkit you can download and customize to your own company or needs.
For every type of employee and every variety of supervisor, this book covers what to expect and what to do. There’s a wonderful chapter on best practices in documentation; how to make that process easier and complete, for novice or experienced supervisors, and will help with behavioral or performance challenges.
Documentation applied in the spirit of supportive accountability promotes a balanced approach to help the employee succeed.

Supportive Accountability is recommended for those in supervisory positions or aiming for that role. It’s a well-written, interesting guidebook to best practices in all aspects of supervision by a proven expert in the field.