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#MotownMom: The Art of Juggling by #MichLit Author @SylviaJordan

There is a lot of talk these days about work-life balance, and no wonder.  Cultural and technological shifts – not to mention economic need – has us running around like proverbial hamsters on the wheel. 

Humanity seems more stressed than ever before, and the marketplace has responded with a plethora of books, lectures and modalities on how we can balance our obligations with fun in order to maintain our mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Dr. Sylvia Jordan’s The Art of Juggling: The Successful Women’s Guide to Balancing Life is a refreshing, no-holds-barred take on life balance.  She does not rely on the popular lingo of the day, but uses plain language – and a healthy dose of tough love – to demonstrate how we can lead very full but efficient, purposeful and joyous lives.

What sets Jordan apart from other experts is her willingness to tell the unvarnished the truth – juggling takes mental discipline, not only when our pins are in the air, but when we are choosing those pins. It begins with an honest assessment of our lives as they currently are.

Do we lack the time to go back to school, volunteer at a charity or fulfill some other goal we have? While this many seem to be the case, an examination of our routine will likely reveal that a portion of each day is spent on burdens that are not ours to carry.

Chock full of practical advice and a-ha! moments, The Art of Juggling encourages us to get clear on what matters most. Becoming an expert juggler is not about that “superwoman” label often bandied about, but about understanding that we have the capability and the right to achieve and maintain everything life has to offer.

 

 

What I found most compelling with Jordan’s telling of her own mother’s story. What greater juggling act can there be than raising nine children?

Her book is a must-read!  Get the book on Amazon or at www.SylviaJordan.com

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“Must Read” #MichLit Author, @DesCooper, Know The Mother…. will touch the soul! #MotownMom

Detroit, Michigan, journalist and author, Desiree Cooper, has released her wonderful book of poems and prose with Wayne State Press called Know The Mother. A beautiful literary work of art that will touch the soul.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector-at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women-both black and white-find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.

In this heart-wrenching collection, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious mother reflects on her prenatal fantasies of suicide while waiting for her daughter to come home late one night. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call and must proceed as though nothing has happened. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. A politician’s wife’s thoughts turn to slavery as she contemplates her own escape: “Even Harriet Tubman had realized that freedom wasn’t worth the price of abandoning her family, so she’d come back home. She’d risked it all for love.” With her lyrical and carefully crafted prose, Cooper’s stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality.

Know the Mother explores the intersection of race and gender in vignettes that pull you in and then are gone in an instant. Readers of short fiction will appreciate this deeply felt collection.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist whose fiction dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism. Using the compressed medium of flash fiction, she explores intimate spaces to reveal what it means to be human. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Callaloo, Detroit Noir, Best African American Fiction 2010, and Tidal Basin Review, among other online and print publications. Her first collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother, was published by Wayne State University Press in March 2016. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers.

Check her out at descooper.com.

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Connect with this author at:

http://www.facebook.com/descooper

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http://instagram.com/descooper

https://twitter.com/descooper

 

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

New Michigan Literary Network podcast w/guest @DesCooper, author of “Know the Mother” at http://tobtr.com/s/8790883.

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Author of AbandonedProperty, Kai Mann’s Writing Life & Family Support #motownmom #motownlit @kaiology #mwn

Welcome Readers to our Featured Author Blog tour for:

 Kai Mann

Author of her second release:  Abandoned Property.

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Abandoned Property

Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: June 09, 2013
Words: 92,516 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9780984828135

Short Bio

Kai Mann is the author of 30 Day Notice and her newly published book Abandoned Property. She is an independent contract writer forExaminer.com as Detroit’s Best Friend Examiner,a member of the Motown Writers Network, and a contributor to the online poetry community.  Kai’s purpose is to inspire thoughts pertaining to the themes of love, friendship, self-love, and self-progression.

Author’s Website

http://kai-mann.com

About Abandoned Property

These characters all have something in common; they’ve been abandoned.

Even though their issues of abandonment stem from some of the same situations, how they play out is different in nature.

Will they go to the extreme opposite to ensure that the cycle ends with them? Or will they realize the blessings in being abandoned by people who never knew how to care for them in the first place?

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WRITING LIFE & FAMILY SUPPORT

Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I can’t remember a time not being supported in my writing. When I was young, my mother’s support began when she bought me my first composition notebook. Now, as an adult and being in a relationship, I think that my partner understands the importance of me getting thoughts and ideas out of my head. I do a lot of writing at 2 am or 3 am. That could be a problem in most relationships because I literally wake up reaching for my phone to write. I used to have a notebook and pen by the side of my bed until one day when I couldn’t understand what I had written I decided to do something different. Evernote and I are inseparable now.

I use Evernote to place my wee hour thoughts there. When the thoughts are flowing faster than my fingers can type on my phone and I know that my writing may disrupt my partner’s sleep, I’ll get up and get to my laptop in my office. Earlier in our relationship my partner didn’t understand what I was doing; the writing in the middle of the night, getting up, moving around but as I was publishing my first book she understood that was just my writing style.

My children support me and think it’s cool that their mother not only writes but is a published author. It’s important to me to have my children see that even at my age that you can begin your dreams, work hard, and bring them into fruition. I’ve since found out that my children too are writers. I support them just as much as they support me.

~~~~~~~~Please post a comment below about Kai Mann’s article! ~~~~~~~~~

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Blog Tour for Kai Mann, Author of Abandoned Property.

Books by this author:

Kai Mann (kaiology)


Abandoned Property
Price: $9.99 USD

30 Day Notice
Price: $5.99 USD

 

Ways to connect to Kai Mann

GET TO IT! by Chris Lee @lifepathllc. From Frustration to Fulfillment #FF2F‬ #michlit #blogtour #mwn

Today we have our first male author on our blog and Chris Lee gives us great advice in his first sentence. GET TO IT! How many times we as mom’s tell ourselves this advice and how many of us listen.

You’ll love what Chris has to say and at the end, please take a moment to comment and join him on his blogtour through the Michigan Literary Network!

Get To It!

BY Chris Lee

I had taken mini-getaway’s and overnight trips to light the
fire of creativity. I’d set aside entire days to writing my
story. I would get up in the wee hours of the morning to
write. About 14 months later I was 90% done with my book.
I had visions of packed book signing events and hundreds
of ebook sales. I was truly excited. What I did next was
something really incredible…I sat on it…for two whole years!

“See, what had happened was…”

I had spoken with several vanity publishers (a publisher that
charges a fee to produce a book) and several authors that
had published through vanity publishers and I was scared
off by the vanity publisher’s five-figure cost of design,
publishing and marketing of my book.

I totally shut the project down, until I got a package in
the mail. A couple of weeks earlier, I had spoken with my
cousin Harold. Harold is a retired, high-level executive.
He’s also a jazz enthusiast. We had a brief conversation and
he promised to send me a few CD’s that he made for me.
Included with the CD’s was a not that said in part “…there is
so much that you can offer to the world, your family and to
God…get to it”

Those words had a huge effect on me. I realized that
I really did have a purpose to fulfill and that purpose
was bigger than any of my issues; including my fear of
publishing my book.

I also set forth the intent to publish my book, this time
around I decided to let God work out the “how” and I stayed
focused on the end result of a book that I was proud of and
a book that would help a lot of people.

I forwarded a draft of “From Frustration to Fulfillment” to
Harold. He read it and forwarded it to a couple of friends
that knew a thing or two about writing. All three people
offered some great suggestion about how to improve the
book.

Around the same time I connected with my publisher,
Literary Loft, and was able to reach an outstanding win-win
agreement to get the book published for a fraction of the
prices quoted to my by many of the vanity publishers.

I credit my cousin Harold for helping me find my “why”.
Why did I write my book? Why do I want the world to hear
my story? Why should I keep going when I’m ready to quit?
Once again, my purpose is bigger than me or any of my
problems, so as suggested by Harold I’m ‘getting to it’!

We all need that little push toward our dreams and goals
to get us started. I knew I had something important to
share with the world, but I had talked myself out of it. I
needed a reminder. The most reassuring part of it is that
the reminder and encouragement to ‘get to it’ came from a
family member.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

On a sunny July morning a freak accident changed Chris Lee’s life forever.  In addition to physical injuries, Chris was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. Years of alcohol abuse, poor eating habits and a newfound addiction to prescription pain-killers thwarted his recovery efforts. His days became filled with group therapy, prescription drugs and the red-tape hassle of an inefficient and inept healthcare system.    He felt hopelessly trapped until he discovered a positive approach to life that would shape and mold him into a better father, husband and person.

Chris gives the reader a brutally honest, soul bearing glimpse into the day-to-day recovery efforts of a brain injury survivor. Follow the author on his gripping journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance and ultimately self-love.  Learn how alternative health and energy therapy changed Chris Lee’s life and how he empowered himself to change his reality for the better.

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JOIN THE BOOK TOUR ON MICHIGAN LITERARY NETWORK

Readers can join us through blogs revealing in Chris Lee’s book, From Frustration to Fulfillment.

Writers can learn from Chris Lee’s experiences of being a first time author and learning to ins and outs of the literary world.

Authors can connect with Chris Lee’s struggles and frustrations, not only in his writing, but life as well.

You can also connect with Chris Lee below and if you’re interested in your own blog tour through our Michigan Literary Network, please see below at the end of the post.


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Blurbs, testimonal, reviews:

“I was riveted by Chris’s story, he had me reading as fast as I could to see what was going to happen next. Anyone who feels they have something more to give will benefit by hearing Chris’s story. If we choose not to hear our inner guidance when it’s a whisper, it may take a whack upon the head to get our attention!”

   -Sherri Richards, Business Designer, Money Therapist, Rise Atelier LLC,www.MyMoneyExperience.comCleveland, Ohio

“Chris’ story and book not only moved me but also inspired me to continue evolving and expanding.  I feel very fortunate to have had the pleasure of working with him in person.  He is a gifted and talented human being that the world is blessed to have.”

-Priya Ali, Author, Coach, Consultant, Radio Hostwww.PriyaAli.com, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

About Chris Lee

Chris Lee, the author of “From Frustration to Fulfillment”, has a passion for helping people to identify and successfully manage the self-imposed limitations that hold us back from pursuing and achieving our dreams, goals and ambitions.

Chris wrote “From Frustration to Fulfillment” to help anyone that has ever faced a seemingly hopeless situation. The book started as a diary to help him cope with his brain injury. He found the writings to be a vital part of the healing process and thus decided to share his story with the world.

Using warmth and humor to help people to ‘open the doors of change’, Chris is a dynamic speaker and energetic workshop facilitator.  Chris has put his unique skill set to use helping numerous people throughout the United States and Canada. He combines the Law of Attraction and the philosophy of energy medicine to offer a very unique and powerful experience for those that attend his various workshop and coaching sessions.

Chris is a Specs Howard School of Media Arts graduate that currently holds certifications as a 365-Degree Manifestation Consultant, Certified Law of Attraction Facilitator, Certified Natural Health Professional and Body Talk™ Access technician.

Chris loves spending time with family including his son, daughter and granddaughter.  He loves fine food, baseball and is a music enthusiast. He can occasionally be spotted around town enjoying live jazz.

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FREE KINDLE E-BOOK ALERT: Time for mom-Me: 5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care by Mia Redrick #motownmom

FREE KINDLE E-BOOK ALERT: Time for mom-Me: 5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care by Mia Redrick

Time for mom-Me: 5 Essential Strategies for A Mother’s Self-Care by Mia Redrick
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Congratulations, Mom! You’ve read books about what to expect when you are pregnant, how to care for your newborn, and tips on raising your children. Finally, here’s a book for all moms who devote their time and energy to everyone else, yet inevitably leave little for themselves. Time for mom-Me is a book that shows you how to include your needs in your daily schedule. As a successful mom and personal coach to mothers with children of all ages, Mia Redrick teaches mothers that “Self-care is not negotiable, but necessary to be the best you, as well as the best parent.” Mia helps moms realize their dreams and aspirations, while showing them how to thrive at mothering as a result of self-satisfaction. Her proven strategies help mothers everywhere find time, grow personally, self-connect and assign meaning to their lives. Practical and inspirational, Time for mom-Me will teach you powerful strategies for taking charge of your life.

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Poetry for my Mother by Elizabeth Agiantritis @singofrit for National Poetry Month

Poetry for my Mother

Ebook By Elizabeth Agiantritis

Ebook Description

This collection features almost all of the poems I have written for my mother, for either her birthday or Mother’s Day. In general all of my poems come to my mind out of the blue, so these were a little harder for my to write as I had to sit down and write something specific. If you enjoyed this collection of poetry, please let me know.

 

Available Ebook reading formats:

This book is free.

Format Full Book
Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser) View
Online Reading (JavaScript, experimental, buggy) View
Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps) Download
Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others) Download
PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing) Download
RTF (readable on most word processors) Download
LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub) Download
Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices) Download
Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting) Download
Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page) View

 


Free Book: 10 Quick & Easy Recipes For Super busy Moms #kindle via @amazonkindle

By: Annie Porter (KMB Publishing)

Product Description

10 of my favorite recipes which are quick & easy to make, and keep everyone happy! ingredients are easily substitiuted for fussy eaters, and everything is QUICK to make (for those of us who don’t have 2 hours to prepare a meal!).

Between the car pool and soccer practice, grab this Kindle Ebook to help take the pressure off at dinner time!

Chicken & Bacon Wrap
Pasta Night With a Twist
Spicy Sausage Surprise …and more!


Product Details

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FREE BOOK: Baby Codes: Top Ten Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep Kevin Mills @BabyCodes #FreeFriday #FridayReads

Here’s another Free read for our readers. Enjoy!

Baby Codes: Top Ten Tips to Help Your Baby Sleep

Ebook By Kevin Mills
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Oct. 29, 2010
Category: Non-Fiction » Parenting » Pregnancy and Child Birth
Category: Non-Fiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting
Words: 2963 (approximate)
Language: English

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Extended Description

Parents today are worn out, sleep-deprived and simply exhausted. They need quick and easy solutions to helping their baby sleep through the night. Baby Codes: Top Ten Tips provides 10 easy-to-understand suggestions to help them unlock the keys to their child’s unique sleep preferences. They’re not only fast and applicable, they’re all absolutely Free.

Available Ebook reading formats:

This book is free.

Format Full Book
Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser) View
Online Reading (JavaScript, experimental, buggy) View
Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps) Download
Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others) Download
PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing) Download
RTF (readable on most word processors) Download
LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub) Download
Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices) Download
Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting) Download
Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page) View

FREE BOOK: Mommy Wars by Charity Rupp @MommyUnderSeige on #FreeFriday #fridayreads

Free Friday for our readers! Enjoy!!

 

Mommy Wars Part 1

Ebook By Charity Rupp
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Dec. 03, 2010
Category: Non-Fiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Words: 2791 (approximate)
Language: English

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Ebook Description

This is a collection of stories made famous by my blog http://winddans.blogspot.com.

Children tend to do silly things constantly, these are my stories. If you need a good laugh, check it out. If you are parent,you are not alone. Bill Cosby was right, children are full of brain damage.

 

Available Ebook reading formats:

This book is free.

Format Full Book
Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser) View
Online Reading (JavaScript, experimental, buggy) View
Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps) Download
Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others) Download
PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing) Download
RTF (readable on most word processors) Download
LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub) Download
Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices) Download
Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting) Download
Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page) View