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Interview with Leslie Josel, author of ‘What’s the Deal With Teens and Time Management’


Leslie JoselLeslie Josel is the Principal of Order Out of Chaos®, an organizing consulting firm specializing in student organizing and chronic disorganization.  Launched in 2004, Order Out of Chaos® offers organizing, time management and coaching services; provides family education and ADHD resources as well as teleclasses, webinars, videos, and products to hundreds of families.

Leslie is a graduate of the JST Coach Training Program for teens and college students with ADHD. She is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and earned her Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding Specialist certificates from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).

In 2015, Leslie’s second book, What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management, a parents’ step-by-step guide to help teach their teens the time management skills they need to succeed in school, home and in life, was published. Leslie is also the creator of the award winning Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management,” a student planner that helps middle and high schoolers develop and master time management skills.

A respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students, Leslie speaks and conducts workshops nationally to parent and educator groups on a variety of issues and topics facing students today, including The Matan Institute, National Ramah Camping Commission, and Morgan Stanley. Leslie has also been featured in national broadcast and print media such as the Hallmark Channel’s “The Better Show”, “Conversations in Care” radio, The Associated Press, Family Circle Magazine, and Educational Dealer Magazine.

Also known nationally as an expert on chronic disorganization and hoarding issues, Leslie has appeared on many episodes of TLC’s hit television show, “Hoarding: Buried Alive”, and the Cooking Channel’s television special, “Stuffed: Food Hoarders”. In 2014, Leslie received a Telly Award, the Internet/Online programming’s highest honor for her work on dLifeTV.

She is also the co-author of the award winning “The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life” (Spry, 2013).

To sign up for Order Out of Chaos’ monthly newsletter, read their weekly blog, access free videos, resources and information or learn more about Leslie, visit their website at www.orderoochaos.com.

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Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?

I run my company Order out of Chaos. We offer organizing, time management and coaching services; family education, and ADHD resources as well as classes, videos and products to hundreds of families and their students. We also create and manufacture organizing products for students. I am also a speaker and travel the country talking on topics facing parents and students today. I am also a wife and mom!

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

What's the Deal with Teens and Time Management 2Anywhere overlooking the water. I find the water soothing, creative and helps me to focus.

What do you find fascinating about the (add your genre here) genre?

The issue of teens, parents and time management is a real emotional one. For all involved. It can really divide a family and create a true toxic environment. I find myself being family educator, therapist and teacher all in one.

When was the adrenalin rush – writing that first chapter or the last and why?

I actually wrote the book out of order. Since most of the chapters stand alone I was able to do that. The adrenalin rush came when I wrote the introduction, which was actually the LAST thing I wrote. I knew it needed something and I had to get everything else down on paper before I knew how to start. That happens for a lot of people. Writing the beginning last really helped to set the tone and take parents on the journey. And that for me is the adrenalin rush.

What is the most important thing about your book that we as a reader should know?

That this is a book to read over and over again. Not everything is going to resonate the first time around. Some parts will get read multiple times, others only once. Think of it as a guide to go back to when needed.

Your best friend is an aspiring author and his book really sucks. What would you say to him or her?

Who am I to say what sucks! If they wrote their labor of love and are truly passionate about what they wrote then I am going to tell them it is wonderful. Because if you look at it that way, then it is!

You’re sitting at a dinner party and seated next to NY bestselling authors. They are intimidating indeed and one of them remarks that your book sucks. What would you say to him or her?

My book is non-fiction and you need to be a parent with a child and interested in time management. So I guess I would ask them WHY they thought it sucked. Was it the subject matter? Or did you not like my style of writing. It wouldn’t really bother me if that were what you are asking. As long as they respected the fact that there are a lot of people in my world that love my book, then they can think it sucks!

You catch someone sitting on a park bench reading your book whether on an e-reader or the real McCoy and you walk over to him or her and what do you say?

Thank you for reading my book! Hope you are finding it useful. What resonates with you? What doesn’t?

You’ve just been offered the Pulitzer Prize. Who do you thank?

My husband hands down. He is my true partner in every sense of the word.

Any final words?

Time management is a life skill that doesn’t come naturally to everyone. BUT it can be learned! You just need patience and consistency.


The Middle of Somewhere By Sonja Yoerg

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The Middle of Somewhere24894826Title:  The Middle of Somewhere

Author:  Sonja Yoerg

Publisher:  NAL

Release Date:  September 1, 2015

Pages:  336

Format:  ebook

Genre:  Women’s Fiction

Book Description:  A troubled, young widow hikes from Yosemite Valley deep into the wilderness on the John Muir Trail to elude her shameful past in this emotionally gripping story from the author of House Broken.

With her thirtieth birthday looming, Liz Kroft is heading for the hills—literally. Her emotional baggage weighs her down more than her backpack, but a three-week trek promises the solitude she craves—at least until her boyfriend, Dante, decides to tag along. His broad moral streak makes the prospect of confessing her sins more difficult, but as much as she fears his judgment, she fears losing him more. Maybe.

They set off together alone under blue skies, but it’s not long before storms threaten and two strange brothers appear along the trail. Amid the jagged, towering peaks, Liz must decide whether to admit her mistakes and confront her fears, or face the trail, the brothers and her future alone.

Wanda’s Thoughts:
A story of adventure, suspense, and romance, you will certainly be touched by a swirl of emotions evoked in this unique book. The finely layered novel provides vivid realism through the descriptive writing – both the well-described scenes and vibrant characters. I was completely absorbed from beginning to end in the storyline that never lost momentum. A compelling story, indeed!

Negative comment – I thought the ending was rather lukewarm concerning the evil and creepy Root brothers. I was expecting more suspense at the end.

I do highly recommend this novel and my rating is 4 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:  Sonya Yoerg2034966
My debut novel, House Broken, was released 6 January 2015 courtesy of Penguin/NAL. My second novel, Middle of Somewhere, will be out on September 1, 2015.

I grew up in Stowe, Vermont, the daughter of a ski instructor. In my first incarnation, I was a animal behaviorist who studied learning in blue jays, hyenas and kangaroo rats. I wrote a book about that. Now I make stuff up.

I run, garden, cook, eat, drink wine, then run some more. My husband and I live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It’s quiet and pretty, like Vermont.

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Promises Kept by Scarlett Dunn Book Feature!

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Promises KeptTitle:
 Promises Kept
Author: Scarlett Dunn
Publisher: Zebra
Pages: 352
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Format: Kindle/Paperback

Lady of marriageable age with two young boys, in need of husband.
I am a good cook and hard worker. 
Victoria Eastman grew up in a Texas saloon–an experience that made her tough, resourceful, and determined to forge a new life. So she places an ad in a gentleman’s newspaper. . .and soon finds herself a suitable arrangement on a farm in Promise, Wyoming. Only problem is that her would-be husband turns up dead the day she arrives.
Rancher Colt McBride is known for his true grit and business smarts. Yet when it comes to his new neighbor, Victoria, he’s stumped: Who is she, really? She’s lovely to look at, of course, and has proven herself a gentle soul. She’s even causing him to question his staunch bachelorhood. But any kind of future may be shattered when a stranger reveals a secret about Victoria’s past–one that could destroy them both. Unless, together, they can take a leap of faith–right into each other’s arms. . .

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Scarlett DunnScarlett Dunn lives in Kentucky surrounded by all manner of wildlife, and enjoys long “God walks” where most inspiration strikes. Possessing an adventurous spirit, and a love of history, particularly the pioneers of the West, she has a special place in her heart for all cowboys, past and present. Readers can visit her website: www.scarlettdunn.com.

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