books, New Release, nonfiction

New From Katja Omlor

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SYNOPSIS

Marketing Bullshit is bursting with practical tips, geared to a single objective: to make you think about your actions and optimize your business from a marketing perspective. By showing you the huge potential of freebies, available online, you will be able to test many low-budget solutions and achieve high end results.

Starting with personal motivation, the author (Katja Omlor) invites us into the mesmerizing world of marketing by always staying away from bullshit of any kind. By covering aspects like new marketing, Corporate Identity and just how lazy customers might be, the book offers a non-conventional approach to this omnipotent subject.

Have you ever dealt with Customer Relationship Management? Intranet? Organising events? Internal communication and public relations? Your own website and Online Marketing?

Well, you will now. The book is different, fresh and will make you rethink many actions and processes you might have been taking for granted.

And – if everything fails, it even offers a segment on getting a job. Try it!

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Excerpt

4.6. Are there any special tools or treats the world has to offer?
Well, as a designer, this might be (personally speaking) sort of counterproductive. The internet has many things to offer, we have already discussed several special websites with free photos, banner creators, etc. There is also one very important site worth mentioning: Envato, so humbly described as “top digital assets and services.” I can tell you, they ain’t lyin’!

My favourite part is the Envato market. Here is a little secret: although I am a graphic designer, I often use this website simply as a source of inspiration. Once you discover what they have to offer, you, on the other hand, may be soon happily applying thousands of resources and saving loads of money. The website provides you with:
• Themes and templates (ThemeForest)
• Graphics and vectors (GraphicRiver)
• Photos and images (PhotoDune)
• Footage and animated graphics (VideoHive)
• Scripts and plugins (CodeCanyon)
• Music and sounds (AudioJungle)
• 3D models and textures (3DOcean)

Basically, what you will be getting here is anything your heart desires at an incredible price (e.g., templates starting at around $4). I know, sometimes it seems too good to be true. The only limitation you may face will often be buying graphic design software to edit the files.

Envato isn’t the only option for getting free resources. You know the basic rule: just Google it. One premise, however, remains constant. Nothing beats a good designer that gets to know you and your company. If you are planning on becoming a Champions League Player, you will need to kick it up a notch and personalize.

Want more information? Check out the video teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvK94aZwOjY

Buy It Now!

books, contemporary romance, cover reveal, fiction, new adult fiction, New Release, young adult fiction

Forever In Her heart: Surprise Release!

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SYNOPSIS

Callie is a creative writing student whose final assignment is forcing her to relive a past relationship.

With a surprise homecoming from the hero of her story, her past and present collide.

Can she resist the boy she’s longed for all this time, or will she admit he’s the forever in her heart?

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EXCERPT

Twelve. That was the age I was when I first saw him. My angel. A fantasy that had never fully manifested itself inside my young mind finally realized. A secret dream for my future given flesh and turned reality.

The afternoon sunlight had cast a glow around his head, illuminating his golden hair. I’d always believed in signs and this was the only one I needed. My immature perception of the world may have been skewed, but in those first few moments, I planned out my entire life.

It was weeks before I learned the boy’s name, Darren. Weeks after that that I finally saw him again. Slowly, cautiously we became friends. He was two years older, which explained why I’d never noticed him around before. My fragile conception of fate was solidified by his air of sophistication.

Our friendship blossomed. From casual encounters, to near-daily telephone conversations. There were no subjects that were off-limits, no filter to any of the crazy thoughts that popped into either of our heads. He was my safety, my sanctuary, the one place I never questioned where I belonged....

Callie ripped the page from her notebook. What was this? Crap. Utter crap. She couldn’t turn this dribble into her professor. This was her final assignment before she would receive her creative writing degree, not some diary where she refused to admit to the truth, even if most of it was, in fact, centered in reality.

She had been thirteen, getting ready to enter high school as a freshman. Maybe some would say the age was close enough so as not to matter, but to her that one year felt like the largest lie she’d ever told herself. After all, how else would this older boy ever get her attention?

It shouldn’t matter, she told herself, but it did. To her, that one line distorted the facts of everything else she’d penned. Made the truth seem more like fantasy. There had been a halo shining down over his head that day. She remembered it with picture-perfect clarity. He’d never seen her watching from the crack in the curtains, but she’d been there mesmerizing the lines in his face, the structure of his body.

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Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Forever-Her-Heart-Sandra-Ely-ebook/dp/B06WWFG68Q/

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authors, books, interviews, New Release, short stories

New Short Story Collection From P.F Citizen One

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SYNOPSIS

Unexpected is a collection of true life short stories inspired by the author’s travels around the world and the people he has met. The book features seven thought-provoking, humorous and engaging stories that end with the most unlikely twist.

If you had to describe your book as a whole in three sentences what would they be? 

Unexpected is a collection of true life short stories my travels around the world and the people I have met. The book features seven thought-provoking, humorous and engaging stories that end with the most unlikely twist.
What was the inspiration for the selection of short stories? Why did you decide this instead of one continuous novel?
I have learned a lot about life from listening and being kind to people, as well as from stories others have shared with me. I actively listen, and often feel like I’ve heard these stories many times before, until I realize that each story is unexpected and instructive. These experiences have inspired me to write.
I wanted to write the type of stories that I would enjoy reading: true life stories. Short stories. At first, you feel like you’ve heard these stories many times before, until you read the ending. This is true life—unexpected.

Can you tell us more about one story?

In one of the stories, “The Wedding Contract”, a man who was forced to sign a per-nuptial agreement simply because his wife was wealthy and he was considered poor. As time went on, fortunes changed and the man became far wealthier than his wife. His wife and friends dreaded the worst from him because of his new financial position but what he did next was shocking.

Finally, where can readers keep up with you and your writing?
You can keep up with me through my website or my Facebook page:
Website: http://c1unexpected.com/

Facebook page: Unexpected by Citizen ONE
https://www.facebook.com/Unexpected-by-Citizen-ONE-175623995830489/
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EXCERPT FROM “The Wedding Contract”

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authors, books, New Release, poems, poetry, Uncategorized

About A Girl, released

About A Girl: A Poetry Compilation by yours truly has released! For only 99 pennies, you can get 42 poems about life, love, heartbreak, depression, and hope. Have a peek here:

Goodbye, Childhood

Goodbye, childhood; it’s come to an end,

We’ve gained and lost a few close friends,

We’ve scraped our knees and had broken hearts,

And we’re still trying to figure out how to play our parts.

We’ve seen the good, and we’ve seen the bad,

And we’ll always hold the memories of what we had

Close to our hearts, inside our minds,

And we’ll someday wish we could bring back these times.

We’ve crossed a bridge or two,

Failed and watched our dreams come true,

I know we can never get it back again,

Childhood dreams are locked back then.

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It Took Awhile

It took awhile for me to understand

How empty hearts give into selfish hands

It took awhile for me to smile

Knowing the truth all the while

It took awhile for me to comprehend

Dusk will slowly bring my heart to mend

It took awhile for me to see

How much I needed love to be

It took awhile for me to accept

Healing only comes with respect

It took awhile for me to believe

Destiny made me leave.

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authors, books, driving, interviews, New Release, nonfiction, travel, Uncategorized

In the Words of An Author: An Interview With Jessie Newburn

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

All of them? None come to mind. Oh, how about Dr. Seuss! I’m grateful that I read as a child and that my parents read to me and encouraged me to read.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

I don’t write about characters, per se … not in the way a fiction book has characters. Though I write about characters aplenty, as I write about each and every single passenger that I pick up in my time out as an Uber driver.

Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.

Sometimes the stories flow out of me. Sometimes they don’t. When it feels as though I’m trying too hard, I probably am.

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Someone I admire–a man a decade or so my senior–and one who has been in a writing group for years said to me recently that writing allows a much deeper exploration of the writer’s mind and thinking than happens in most conversations. I like being able to share how I see things, what’s going through my mind as life happens. And it makes me happy when other people’s lives are touched for the better by my words and perspective.

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

It’s a journey. Oh, and you better be learning how to do book marketing along the way, too. In 2014, word on the street, i.e. the internet, was that a new book for sale was posted on Amazon every five minutes.

In the last 30 days, 90,825 books have been published on Kindle alone. Ninety thousand, eight hundred and twenty-five. Think on that.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Because I write about my experiences as an Uber driver, I aim to write within a day of driving. There are so many details I include in the conversations and interactions, and I don’t take notes, so I want to get the stories out of me while they are fresh.

Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Meh. Maybe. Sort of. I’ve always felt rather overwhelmed by the volume of books available that I want to read and will probably not get to. So I never felt compelled to add one more to the pile. But now that I’m doing it, I like it!

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I’d have a conversation with one of the Egyptian pyramid makers, and I’d say, “No really. Tell me the scoop. How in the world did you make these things because it’s pretty clear that the archaeological story we’re told about them doesn’t add up.”

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

Do I tip?
Next up, two guys at a restaurant-bar in Canton. One in the front seat, one in the back. You smell like french fries, I say before my manners can kick in. They review their meal out loud and conclude, yes, they have had fries.

They’re both white, one in his late 30s, the other in his mid-40s. One is visiting but used to live in the area. We’re heading out of the city to some place I’ve never heard of before, some small, older suburb. Wherever it is, I know it’s closer to my home, and I was already feeling that this would be my last ride for the night.

They’ve had a bit to drink, but they’re pleasant enough. A bit slurred in speech but friendly. The guy in the front tells me the company he works for. I know the brand. It’s a quality brand product in a niche market. I tell him I know this. He is impressed with me and proud with himself.

He asks me a most thought-provoking question: Do I find driving for Uber relaxing? Hmm. Interesting question. Typically, I, don’t care to drive, I tell him. And I certainly haven’t find driving to be relaxing.

But I realize, as I answer his question, that it is actually quite relaxing to drive for Uber. And I realize why. I have no attachment. I do have a responsibility and a desire to get my rider from Point A to Point B as comfortably, quickly and safely as possible, but I have no attachment to their experience beyond the ride.

If they are late to a concert, that’s not my issue. If they are coming from their girlfriend’s house and just had an argument, it’s not my issue. I’m only doing the driving.

Also, much of what I sometimes find stressful about going places—parking, arriving in a timely manner, transitioning my energy from being by myself in the car to being at an event—are not things I have to worry about, at all. I simply drive.

I arrive at their destination. The front-seat guy asks, How does this work? Oh, your friend’s Uber account will handle the transaction and payment, I tell him. Do I tip you? I tell him what my friend whose Ubering experience got me curious about driving says to her passengers: It’s not necessary.
He opens his wallet and we both see the same thing at the same time: he has a $20 and a $100 bill. He grunts, looks at me and says it was really nice riding with me. I fill in the gap of awkwardness and say, But not worth a $20 tip. He laughs, grateful for the understanding, and gives me a hug. They exit my vehicle. I head home.

Key experience: As I close my first night out Ubering, I’m particularly fond of my first and my last trips; and I find Ubering a nice shining star along a path I’m choosing to walk (or drive) now. I can’t wait to get out again!

 

Keep Up With Jessie!

Amazon link is http://amzn.to/29ICjtt
FB page is https://www.facebook.com/uberchronicles/
Website is http://www.uber-chronicles.com (will be up by July 19th, the book’s publish date)