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So What Do You Think by Clair Swinburne Book Blitz – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: So What Do You Think

Genre: Self Help/Personal Growth

Author: Clair Swinburne

Publisher: iUniverse

EBook: 112 pages

Release Date: July 28, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-46202-936-5

This psychology guide for teens presents an overview of how the mind works to give you a clearer understanding of how to look after your mental health.

We all need to take care of our mental health. But just how do you accomplish this? In So What Do You Think? author Clair Swinburne helps teenagers understand the natural workings of the mind and uncovers interesting facts about what affects our reality to provide insights into how to achieve positive results in life.

So What Do You Think? examines the attitudes, outlooks, and mindsets that produce success in life. It reviews how the mind works and how it can impact your behaviour, your reality, the things you attract into your life and your body. This analysis will provide a greater understanding of how to look after your mind and it will give you a deeper knowledge about what works for you and what doesn’t.

Using anecdotes and humour, Clair helps you learn new perspectives and strategies that can improve your well-being and produce more positive attitudes and results. So What Do You Think? also outlines ten practical techniques to help you begin looking after your mental health now.




Clair Swinburne is an experienced teacher who has taught in the United Kingdom and Ireland and for many years has worked as a pastoral leader and mentor. She is also a master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming. Her positive interaction with teenagers prompted her to write the So What …? book series. She currently lives in Ireland.


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Interview with Meryl Ain, co-author of ‘The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last’

Meryl AinMeryl Ain wrote her first poem in the third grade and has been writing ever since. She is a blogger for Huffington Post and often writes about families, parenting, children, and education. After she lost both her father and mother within a year-and-a-half, she decided to research how others keep alive the memories of their loved ones. She enlisted her husband, Stewart, and her brother, Arthur Fischman, to join her in researching and writing The Living Memories Project, Meryl earned a BA from Queens College, a MA from Columbia University Teachers College, and an Ed.D. from Hofstra University. She began her career in education as a social studies teacher before she became an administrator. She and her husband Stewart live on Long Island and have three sons, three daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.

Their latest book she co-authored with Steward Ain and Arthur M. Fischman is the nonfiction, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last.

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About the Book:

The Living Memories Project 7Three years after the death of her mother, Meryl Ain was still unable to fill the hole that the loss had left in her life.  In talking to friends, Meryl discovered an insight shared by those who had successfully overcome grief; there simply is no closure.  It was a breakthrough for her. She writes, “Our loved ones will always be with us if they are not forgotten. It is up to us to integrate them into our lives in a positive way that reflects their unique personality, values and spirituality. In that way we keep them alive in our hearts and minds always.”

Meryl enlisted the help of her brother, Arthur Fischman, and her husband, Stewart Ain, and began a quest to interview people who had moved beyond mourning through meaningful action. The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last by Meryl Ain, Ed.D., Arthur M. Fischman, & Stewart Ain (March 2014, Little Miami Publishing Company, Trade Paperback, 196 pages, $18.95, ISBN:978-0-9882553-7-1) is a result of that research.

The Living Memories Project presents more than 30 interviews with both celebrities and others who share their experiences and the projects they undertook to memorialize their loved ones. The authors have sought to demonstrate that any tribute, big or small, can be a meaningful way to preserve memories of loved ones. Establishing a foundation or scholarship, using a recipe on a particular holiday or family occasion, creating artwork, embarking on a project or even an entire career – all could be traced to a specific talent, interest or value of the deceased.  Each chapter offers a rich first-person history that will engage and inspire readers of all faiths.

Among them are:

  • Linda Ruth Tosetti, who made a documentary film about her grandfather, Babe Ruth, to highlight his humanitarian side – a value she cherished and believed was often overlooked in Babe’s biography. Ruth was a German-American, who publicly denounced the Nazi persecution of the Jews in 1942.
  • Liz and Steve Alderman, who established the Peter C. Alderman Foundation to honor the memory of their 25-year-old son, who was killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. The foundation trains doctors and establishes mental health clinics on four continents to treat PTSD.
  • Eileen Belmont, a quilt designer who helps others preserve their memories of deceased loved ones through the creation of memory quilts.
  • Singer/songwriter Jen Chapin (daughter of the late folk rock icon Harry Chapin), who carries on her father’s legacy of music and feeding the hungry.
  • Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma (sister of Yo-Yo Ma), who keeps the memory of her father and music teacher /mentor alive through the Children’s Orchestra Society and her poetry.
  • Robert Meeropol (son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed as spies by the US Government in 1953), who established the Rosenberg Fund for Children to help children whose parents are imprisoned.
  • Author, actor and raconteur Malachy McCourt, who presents his unique take on how he keeps alive the memory of his brother Frank (Angela’s Ashes) through the Irish tradition of song and story.


Not everyone can create a foundation, fund an orchestra or make a documentary film, but the authors’ hope is that readers will find inspiration from the wide range of actions they read about. The authors are currently compiling narratives for the second volume of The Living Memories Project and welcome input from readers.

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?

Right now I am devoting myself full time to the book, to writing and speaking about it. I am a retired educator.  My husband and I have three married sons and three grandchildren.

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

After this brutal winter in New York, I’d settle for anyplace warm and sunny.

What do you find fascinating about the non-fiction genre?

The most amazing, inspirational, heartbreaking, and heartwarming stories are often true. Or as they say, “you can’t make these things up.”

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

Completing the book was the bigger rush.  There were still so many questions to be answered and decisions to be made about content and format when we started, so we weren’t really sure exactly what book we were writing.  By the end, however, we knew exactly what we had and were excited about now being able to share the stories we had worked on for several years with a wider audience.

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

The Living Memories Project shows how grief can be transformed into meaningful action and living legacies. We show how 32 individuals – celebrities and others – keep alive the memories of their loved ones. Remembering the values and zest for life of a loved one can be as easy as hanging up their picture, playing their favorite song or wearing their favorite scarf. Loved ones die only if you let them. As Malachy McCourt puts it so memorably in Chapter One of our book, death is not fatal.  A person’s values and goals don’t have to end when he or she dies. The loved ones they leave behind are here to build upon and carry on their work.

There’s something here for everybody.  Of course not everyone can start a foundation, but it doesn’t take much money or time to look at photos or write a poem or follow a recipe or wear a particular item of clothing or a particular color at a family event.  There are many little things we can do that preserve memory.  As long as these reflect the kind of person the deceased really was, they are just as effective in helping us recover from loss as the more expensive, time-consuming ones.

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

I tell him/her, in a constructive and encouraging way, exactly where I think his book could be improved.

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?

“I guess you are not part of our target audience.”

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?

If I say anything, I ask if he or she is enjoying the book.  More likely I say nothing because I don’t walk over.  If someone recognizes me and wishes to engage me in conversation, I am happy to answer any questions, sign books, whatever I have time for.  But I don’t think it’s my place to walk over and talk to everyone who’s reading my book.

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

I thank my family and my publisher.


Interview with Sarah Ballance, author of An Unexpected Sin – Win a $50 Gift Card!



AUS_500Title: An Unexpected Sin
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sarah Ballance
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Language: English
Pages: 162
Format: Ebook
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Salem, Colonial

The moment the stranger’s dark eyes meet hers, Anne Scudder’s world is immediately overthrown by chaos. That single flare of desire is immediate, driving away all notions of propriety. Instead, Anne is consumed with sinful thoughts—ones that no unmarried girl should ever have for a man who isn’t her husband…

But Josiah Cromwell is no stranger.

It’s been six years since Josiah stole kisses from Anne, his best friend’s younger sister. Six years since Josiah left after his best friend’s death, burdened by the knowledge that he was responsible for destroying Anne’s family. Now he’s returned to claim the woman he can’t live without. But even as their desire threatens to consume them both—body and soul—the dark workings of suspicion and witchcraft are afoot.

Because in Salem, too much passion can lead a woman to ruin… and condemned to death.


Could you please tell us a little about your book?

Thanks so much for having me! I’m thrilled for the opportunity talk about AN UNEXPECTED SIN. I admit, it’s a little tough crafting a romance set during the Salem witch trials, but I enjoyed the challenge of weaving a love story against the threat of accusations, which truly came without rhyme or reason. In the story, Anne and Josiah find one another six years after tragedy tore them apart, but when he learns a secret from his past threatens her life, he has no choice but to make a decision that leads to consequences neither of them imagined…and then on top of that, there’s a twist. Such fun! (Maybe not so much for them, but I digress. LOL.)

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?

It was the CRAZIEST thing. The first book in my Salem series, HER WICKED SIN, was the byproduct of one of those maybe-someday statements most of us murmur from time to time. I merely mentioned to my editor I’d like to one day write a Salem romance (which was hysterical because I’d never written a single word of historical in my life) and the next thing I knew I had a contract. Well, one crazy idea was followed by another…what if I made it a series? From there, AN UNEXPECTED SIN was born. I wanted to approach the Salem witch trials from three different angles. Book one tackles the early arrests, before everyone really knew just how terrible things would become. My current release is set during the thick of things, and the hero is greatly influenced by the knowledge that a relationship with a “witch” can lead to death. Book three deals with the aftermath (and a couple of love-to-hate characters get what’s coming to them…*rubs hands together gleefully*).

Who is your biggest supporter?

My husband is amazing. We have six children (ages 3-15), and he’ll take all six to work with him or to the grocery store or the park just to give me time to write. Do you guys have any idea how people react when a man takes six kids to the grocery store by choice? He’s just…*swoon*! I also have to give props to my mom, who doesn’t lock the door and hide when I bring all six of them over to spend the night once or twice a month so I can work without distraction. In fact, she actually tells me to bring them. Awesome, right?

What are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up book three in my Salem series, then gearing up for a nice, relaxing summer. (Okay, who’s laughing? Because I can SO HEAR YOU! Imma relax. For real. :P )

What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?

Stepping out of my comfort zone. I first did that when I wrote HAWTHORNE, a sweet romance novella originally written for charity. It truly changed my writing life. (It’s the ending, you guys. THE ENDING!) Tackling a historical was my next ermagerd moment and I still shake when I think of it, but the reviews have been just…wow. Then I had the opportunity to author the third book of a suspense continuity series (which is coming this winter to Entangled Ignite), which was by far the hardest project I’ve ever taken on. However, I had the opportunity to work with two fantastic authors and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. It seems every time I push myself, the rewards are incredible. That only makes me want to push harder, but at some point I need to chill out and, erm, sleep. J

Is there anything you regret doing/not doing?

When I was sixteen I wanted to get a pilot’s license. We lived near a small regional airport and my parents gave me the go-ahead if I paid for it myself. I guess the urge passed (maybe they were counting on that, LOL) because I never went to the classes, and now I’m married with six kids and no longer as fearless as I once was. I still wish I’d taken the plunge! (Well, maybe not so much a plunge with an airplane, LOL. Erm, I wish I’d taken flight. Yeah, that’s it!)

What is your favorite past-time?

I love just hanging out with my husband and shooting pool, but when we have more time, there’s nothing like getting out on the water. (He, uh, collects boats.) And when we really have some time, please, oh please give me a road trip! We drove cross country with our kids last fall. We didn’t tell them where we were going—we just packed up the RV and hit the road for nine days. It was just incredible…so much so that we’re headed back out this fall and next summer. Within the next couple of years we’ll have taken them to every contiguous US state and parts of Canada. My parents took me to see the country like that when I was a kid, and I’ve never forgotten it. I love being able to share those experiences with my own children, and I love that my husband loves it just as much as I do. (Because really, he “gets” to go to work during the day. Nine days of all eight of us together non-stop had potential to be scary, LOL, but y’all, they didn’t fight.)

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Thank you all for stopping in and taking a look at my new release. I hope you’ll enter the giveaway (because ermagerd gift card!) and wish you ALL THE LUCK. (Yes, all of you. I’m not sure how that works, but let’s just go with it. Because you ALL rock!)




Sarah Ballance is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children … and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled and has upcoming releases from both Entangled and Samhain Publishing.


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Pump Up Your Book and Sarah are teaming up to give away a $50 Amazon/B&N Gift Card!

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • 1 winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive each of the prizes
  • This giveaway begins April 14 and ends on April 25.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on April 26, 2014.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!


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