Friday, January 18, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: Still Breathing by E.A. Fournier @gammera #interview #giveaway #womensfiction @RABTBookTours


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Women’s Fiction
Date Published:  November 17, 2018
Designer: Damonza
Publisher: Acorn Publishing

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Newly widowed and on the threshold of seventy, Lizzie Warton questions the value of her remaining years. Uncharacteristically, she decides for the first time in her life to do what she wants, instead of what everyone expects.

Against the wishes of family and friends, she sets out for Africa to work at a Ugandan middle school. When she lands at night in the Entebbe airport, her hosts are not there to meet her. Near panic, she hires a local taxi. The driver drugs her, steals everything, and dumps her limp body in a slum. Waking in the dark, she feels someone tugging off her shoes.

Without money, a passport, clothes, or medications, Lizzie is forced to start over and find a way to survive.

Soon she learns that nothing in Africa is as it appears. The grind of daily life in the third-world is beyond anything Lizzie imagined. Nevertheless, encouraged by budding friendships in surprising places, and against every sensible instinct she’s ever developed, Lizzie’s own personal search for meaning becomes the grand adventure of a lifetime.


Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The most difficult sections for me to handle are the ones that contain a lot of exposition. As a former screenwriter, I love writing dialogue and action, but give me scenes with a lot of information to impart and watch me sweat. In STILL BREATHING, the meeting with the travel clinic consultant was one of my most difficult assignments. Yes, the information was important, and it even set up some major plot points, but it ran the risk of becoming dreary. I’m probably overly sensitive, but I revised that scene more times than any other part of the book. I’m always relieved when my readers leave that moment behind them. 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
For me, music is a distraction. Sorry. When I write my initial drafts, I crave quiet. Not silence, but it’s best if nearby sounds are low. I don’t write well in coffee shops or fast food malls. In fact, the world is getting noisier, and even libraries have lost the knack for shushing.
So, why don’t I write at home? I’ve found I write first drafts better when I’m out of the house. Maybe it's a holdover from years of working at an office, I don't know. Thankfully, I discovered a small horticultural library where few people go. The beautiful tables are fashioned from slabs of wood, chairs are handmade, tall windows overlook ponds and meadows, and best of all, the rooms are wonderfully quiet. No, I won’t tell you the location.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes. I have a small clutch of faithful beta readers who provide me with an ongoing sense of how I’m doing at different stages in my books. They keep me honest. This was never more critical than in STILL BREATHING because the genre is women’s fiction and the main character is an older woman. Virtually the entire story is experienced from her point of view. Since I’m a man, I depended on my beta readers, all women, to be frank about the accuracy of my characterization. I’m pleased to report that they were as captivated by Lizzie as I was.



What book are you reading now?
This week I finished the novel ALTER by Jeremy Robinson. The main character is an American doctor on a medical outreach who becomes stranded in the Amazon rainforest. In his desperate fight for survival, he discovers a frightening capacity for evil within himself. The first half of the book was utterly compelling but in the second half, I felt the author lost control. The story grew so bizarre and unbelievable that I quit reading. I skimmed to the end just to check the finish. Sad. The premise was catchy, the writing was good, but the conclusion spun totally into the ditch.  

How did you start your writing career?
Initially, I saw myself as a poet. Through college I wrote poems until I was swept into the visual poetry offered by motion pictures. I pursued movies for many years both in college and in Hollywood. It turned out, I had a knack for script writing.
Only recently did I try my hand at books. I belatedly realized that writing novels gave me the ultimate freedom. I was no longer hemmed in by restrictive screenplay formats or producers with short attention spans. I could take my time with the characters. I could fully develop plots, fill in the background info and even add additional scenes. My imagination wasn’t limited by budget or length and the only people who mattered were my readers. I only wonder now what took me so long to do it.

Tell us about your next release.
WHITE EYES is my current work in progress. The setting is a struggling cattle ranch in South Dakota during the 1950’s. The story focuses on an emotionally broken family and what it will take to heal them. Separated from his wife and son for 12 years, a rancher receives a lawyer’s letter informing him that his wife has unexpectedly died in Chicago. With no other options, his city-raised, 14-year-old son is being sent to live with him. Father and son haven’t seen each other in more than a decade and all the boy knows is that his dead Mom hated everything about the ranch and the people who live there.



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Originally from South Minneapolis, Gene Fournier earned a BA in Philosophy & Literature from St. Louis University followed by a Masters in Film from USC. Gene is a member of the Writers Guild of America West (WGA) and worked as a screenwriter and editor in Hollywood, but sadly, he never got that big break.

Seeking a return to his roots after twelve years in California, he accepted a Director of Media position with a multinational company headquartered in the Midwest. For thirty years he wrote, directed, edited and distributed corporate video programs around the world, managed live presentations, and orchestrated the creative elements for national and international meetings.

Retired now, with his seven children grown, and a dozen grandchildren to distract him, Gene is finally able to write down the stories he’s been carrying in his head all these years.


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: The Mindset Accountability Journal by Allie Hudson @livinglifebeyo1 #interview #selfhelp #nonfiction @RABTBookTours


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Self-help, inspirational, motivational
Date Published: December 10, 2018
Publisher: Lucid Books

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Are you stuck in a life you want to be different, but have no idea where to start?

The Mindset Accountability Journal will jump-start you to a life you can enjoy living every day. By establishing incremental daily habits, you will embark on a path to gratitude, self-growth, and fulfillment. This journal will help you:

·        Discover who you were meant to be

·        Shift your focus to what is good and wonderful in your life

·        Create an attitude of mindset growth

You will never regret taking charge of your life and living with gratitude. The journey is rewarding and challenging. It takes only 30 minutes each day to make progress with your future, one day at a time.

A portion of the book's proceeds will support BridgeHope, whose efforts enable survivors of exploitation and trafficking to THRIVE!



Interview


What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Making sure I am connecting to people I am trying to help with my journal.

What songs are most played on your iPod?
I listen to contemporary Christian music. I love Laura Daigle.


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Being a first-time author, I feel that the best feedback has come from my family and close friends, as well as my editing team help who helped in creating a book that will help other people in their personal journey.


What book are you reading now?
Mastin Kipp - Claim Your Power. I have also been mentoring under Mastin Kipp the last six months. Mastin Kipp is the Founder of Functional Life Coaching. In his book he takes you through a journey to dissolve the hidden blocks that keep you stuck. I love reading information about improving myself to become the best person I can be. My goal is to put 10,000 hours into reading and audio book listening in the next five years. Most of these books are self-development related. My goal is to become a master of who I am inside. I listen to at least one audio book a week and read as much as I can in addition to watching Youtube videos from people currently working in this field.

How did you start your writing career?
I wanted to create this journal for people who want to get a consistent practice of gratitude and self-development going. I was trying to create the habit in myself because I was always starting and stopping in my self-development journey and instead wanted to be consistent. I heard that if you practice something for 40 days, it will become a consistent habit. It was in the process of developing this habit over 40 days that I knew the practice could help other people who were also looking to start and be consistent with their self-development. I developed this journal because I took the journey, and I know it changes your life when you go through the process.


Tell us about your next release.

I do not have a second book yet, but I am studying the connection between the brain and the heart. Following your heart really is something that can be done, but we have to get out of our head first. 


About the Author

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Allie Hudson grew up in LaGrange, Ohio, and attended Moody Bible Institute, studying education. In 1991, she married Larry Sellers, who passed away of a heart attack in May 2009. In 2010, she married Michael Hudson who passed away of cancer just three years later. In January 2012, Allie lost her corporate job of 20 years because of downsizing in the newspaper business. Throughout this five-year period of three major losses, the only way she survived was to focus on God and trust that He had a plan for her life. After struggling to maintain a daily consistent practice of growth and gratitude, she began a 40-day challenge to practice gratitude and personal growth. That journey taught her the need to help other people develop a daily practice of thankfulness and inspired her to share 'The Mindset Accountability Journal' with the world.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: He Made Me Brave by Pam Ogden @Pam__Ogden #interview #nonfiction #parenting #christian @RABTBookTours


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Non-Fiction - Parenting, Christian Living, Inspirational
Date Published: June 14, 2018
Publisher: Lucid Books

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This is not a fairy tale--but it does have suspense, humor, a quest, and a happy ending. When Jason and Pam Ogden decided to adopt a baby, they had no idea that their adoption process would stretch over a period of two years, and that their baby would be a toddler by the time they were able to bring him home. Taken straight from Pam's personal travel journal, He Made Me Brave chronicles the long-awaited emotional trip she and her husband took to South Korea to meet their new son. Through these powerful journal entries, you will:

·         Experience Pam's fear, grief, anticipation, and joy as you read her private, honest thoughts.

·         Discover the challenges faced by these adoptive parents as they started the bonding process.

·         Be encouraged by God's sovereignty and power over anxiety.



He Made Me Brave is the touching memoir of a mother defying fear to be united with the little boy she had been dreaming of for two years, and an account of hope fulfilled.




Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

For me, the hardest part of writing in general is finding the time! I love to write but I also love to be a mommy, and managing the schedules of 5 children doesn’t leave me a lot of free time. I notice that I am almost always “telling the story” of my day in my mind, though, because I love to try to find meaning in and make sense of everything. 

What songs are most played on your iPod?

“Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money, “White Winter Hymnal” by Pentatonix, and “Animal” by Neon Trees because I’m moody. 


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have several wonderful literary-minded friends who give me their honest and thoughtful critiques while encouraging me to keep telling the story. 


What book are you reading now?

I’m always somewhere in Les Miserables because it’s my all-time favorite book, and I love to reread and underline the best parts. My new favorite is Paula Dean’s Southern Cooking Bible


How did you start your writing career?

I’ve always wanted to write. I used any opportunity to embellish my essays and written answers in college because it was a “safe” way for an introvert like me to express myself. I finally felt like I could write something worth reading about when we adopted our son, though. 


Tell us about your next release.

My hope is to be matched with a sibling for our son and to write about our experience with this second adoption. The world of adoption is changing, and it is becoming harder and harder for families to offer homes to these children who need them. We need a new awareness of how difficult it is, and a fresh perspective on what is in the best interests of the children.  





About the Author

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Homeschool mom and pastor's wife Pam Ogden had dreamed of being a mom since she was a little girl. She and her husband wanted six children, but their plans were waylaid when high-risk pregnancies and premature births threatened their first four babies. In 2012, they adopted their son, and in 2017, they started the process to adopt one more child. Pam graduated with honors from George Fox University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Writing and Literature, and a Master's degree in Counseling. Pam loves her small town life in Sweet Home, Oregon, with her husband, Jason, and their five children, Kelly, Luka, Ivan, Ember, and Hudson. Pam and Jason hope to add one more child soon.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: Hidden by Megan Morgan @morgan_romance #paranormal #romance #fantasy #interview #giveaway @RABTBookTours


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Hidden (Fire and Iceland #1)
Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Date Published: October 31, 2018
Publisher: Evernight Publishing

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After a breathtaking journey through Iceland, Vanessa Evanston finishes her dream vacation with her two best friends in the capital city of Reykjavik—and wakes up the next morning on the ground, on a tiny island 250 kilometers north, with no memory of how she got there.

Luckily, handsome and kind-hearted local Gunnar Heimirsson stumbles upon her—unluckily, he can’t explain her mysterious journey either. Nor can anyone explain why Vanessa soon discovers “last night” actually happened a year ago, and everyone thinks she’s dead.

Iceland is known for its folklore, but beyond the elves and mountain trolls, there are other creatures: beautiful, powerful, and vengeful, known as the huldufólk. Gunnar has been alive for a century, trapped by their curse after angering them. From the far flung Westfjords to the black sands of Reynisfjara, the answer to Vanessa’s missing year might be connected to Gunnar’s punishment—as well as his long-lost wife, Hera—but the truth lies somewhere in the realm of magic, myth, and love, and Vanessa has only just discovered fairy tales are real.



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Sometimes, it’s just knowing where to start—and when to stop! When I get an idea, I struggle for a bit over where the story should begin. Sometimes I write a beginning and then realize it should start somewhere else, so I have to cut things out and start over at that place. Also, sometimes I overshoot where the book should have ended, and need to go back and revise. Figuring out where the actual story lies and cutting it out from the rest can be a bit of a challenge. But I enjoy the challenge, because it’s part of the writing process.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?

I mostly listen to Spotify, and right now I’m super, super into Icelandic music—can you tell, from the setting of my book? There’s a lot of Icelandic musicians who are just fantastic but don’t get much international attention because they mainly sing in Icelandic. They have a huge hip hop scene there too, and it’s so creative. Even if I don’t understand the words I love listening to the songs because they sound so good.  


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes. I like to share my young work with other writers so I can get feedback on it. I think it’s important to get a second opinion before you put something out into the world. It’s easy to miss things when you’ve read it over and over so many times that you’ve gone blind to the mistakes.


What book are you reading now?

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of self-help/inspirational books. I started reading ‘May Cause Miracles’ by Gabrielle Bernstein, but I’ve been busy in life and need to pick it up again.


How did you start your writing career?

I was really young—only 13!—and I wanted to write horror like Stephen King. I was very naïve and silly, but I thought I was going to blow up huge like him and become a bestselling horror author. My early writing was awful, but I found my passion in producing words and I never gave up and got better over time. Now I here I am, all these years later, not writing horror but paranormal romance instead. Close enough, right? It’s not a bad place to end up!


Tell us about your next release.


I don’t have anything awaiting release right now, but I have the sequel to Hidden written and I’m doing revision/edits on it now. I’m also going to be continuing my Man Catalog series from Evernight Publishing. I’m hoping 2019 will be a productive year!


About the Author

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Megan Morgan is an award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author from Cleveland, Ohio. A mild-mannered airport bar supervisor by day and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she lives on the often-wintry shores of Lake Erie with her spoiled cat and adult son, both of whom shed too much.



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Monday, January 7, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: Christmas in Prague by Rick Pryll @rickpryll #interview #blogtour #psychological #romance #giveaway @RABTBookTours



Psychological Romance
Date Published: November 24, 2018
Publisher: Foolishness Press

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Christmas in Prague is the story of Joseph, a divorced American twenty-something living as an expat in Prague. He's obsessed with Karina, a Czech waitress-turned-supermodel. She's freshly back from a trip to Italy with her English teacher, and she's ready to give Joseph the attention for which he's been longing. Will his Christmas wish come true?



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

I prefer not to talk about writing. The more I talk about it, the less I do of it. Perhaps instead, let me tell you about my next release.
Save yourself the plane ticket and the jet lag. Come away with me on a romantic adventure through the streets of Prague.
In April 2019, I am set to release Part II of “The Chimera of Prague.” In this book, my fifth, change is in the air.
In Part I, the main character, Joseph, he’s tall, he’s handsome, he’s athletic. And he’s lost. His marriage is over. His dream of writing a novel is dead. He’s stuck, one hand in his jet black hair, the other adjusting his tortoiseshell glasses, somewhere between self-pity and a cycle of esteem-draining relationships. He’s convinced himself that he’s obsessed with a young Czech woman, a waitress named Karina. She’s tall, slender, and her heart is on the mend after a recent breakup. Her modeling career is about to take off.
Early in Part II, Joseph gets a wake up call. It’s a kick in the stomach.
It’s just what he needs.
As a result, he re-thinks everything. He re-thinks his relationships, who he calls his friends, where he spends his time and how. Haunted by the image of his lost friend, the unfortunate Ingrid, he’s trying to make better decisions. He can hear her clicking her tongue each choice he makes.
For Joseph, re-thinking means picking up his pen. This time he’s not writing for anyone else but himself. Readers of the first book will be glad to know that Dani, Joseph’s first love, is back. She’s featured in his stories as he digs through his past trying to get back to the origin of his own heartbreak.
The book is set in Prague, and at every opportunity, readers get a taste of the beauty, the magic, the history contained in this ancient European gem.
(If you really must know, the hardest thing about writing, for me, is knowing what to work on next. So many good ideas, so little time.)

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

My iPod? Oh my goodness. Do you really want to know? It’s embarrassing. No really. It is.
But I can tell you this. My next release is chock full of music references. If Joseph, my main character, had an iPod it would have all of these songs on it from the book:
     “You spin me round” by Dead or Alive
     “Bizarre Love Triangle”, a song from New Order
     The Prince song, “When Doves Cry”
     The Bronski Beat song, “Smalltown Boy”
     “Push it” by Salt-n-Pepa
(If you really must know, “idfc” by blackbear - Joseph would love that song.)

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have an alpha reader, beta readers (a dozen or so - always looking for more), critique partners, a copy editor, and reviewers.
I’m humbly grateful to count myself part of a constellation of artists, writers, editors, designers, teachers and friends. Who can say why or how these things happen, but by grace and universal goodness, my writing network expands. 

What book are you reading now?

I come to writing as a reader first. Maybe most writers do.
But rather than pin myself down, let me tell you what the main character Joseph is reading in my next release. He’s reading Dr. Zhivago. Again. He collects the descriptions of winter and keeps them in a file for reference.

(If you really must know, I’m promiscuous; when it comes to books, of course. I am reading “Losing Venice” by Scott Stavrou for a review I am working on, I’m reading “Grandmother” by Bozena Nemcova for Czech culture and “Without Fail” by Lee Child for guilty pleasure.)

How did you start your writing career?

A writing career? Is that what this is?
        Let me tell you about the writing career of my main character Joseph. His dream of writing a novel is dead. It’s true he keeps a journal and he’s been toying around with a couple of short stories in an effort to understand his particular brand of dysfunction, but he’ll tell you, perhaps to a fault: he’s no writer.

(If you really must know, it all began when I decided to quit my job in Corporate America and moved to Prague. I wanted to see if I could make a career of writing.
Back then, my stories brought me a taste of success. I won a short story prize at MIT, and a hyperfiction short story I wrote in college and then published on the web was read more than 10,000 times.
Twenty years later, I have four books in print and available as eBooks.)

Tell us about your next release.

Uh. Yeah. Um… Can I ask you a question: Have you been paying attention?






About the Author


Rick Pryll is an award-winning author and poet. His book, "The Chimera of Prague" was selected as the winner of the 2018 New York Book Festival for Romance. A graduate of MIT, Rick wrote a novella as the thesis for his Mechanical Engineering degree. Having grown up in Western New York State, Rick and his wife, ArtPop Charlotte 2018 artist Holly Spruck, live in Charlotte.  They have two children, two cats and a dog.

First published to the web in 1994, his hyperfiction short story “LIES” has garnered praise from the Wall Street Journal, SHIFT magazine, and several other publications in print and online.  It is cited in more than seven books, has been translated into Spanish and Chinese.

From 1996 to 2002 Rick lived in Prague, in the Czech Republic.  While there he published two books including Displaced (Foolishness Press, 1998) and Wallow (Foolishness Press, 1999).  His stories and poems have been featured on the pages of THINK and OPTIMISM.


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Friday, January 4, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: The Crucible's Fire by @cruciblesfire with an #author #interview #nonfiction @RABTBookTours


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Christian, Inspirational
Date Published: Nov. 30, 2018
Publisher: Lucid Books

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After having several children, parents often feel well-equipped to take on the challenges of another child. When Matt and Tammy Parker decided to add a child to their family, they had little idea of the blessings and struggles God had in store for them. The Crucible's Fire paints a picture of God's steadfast love through trials as he holds one family in the loving and protective crucible of his faithfulness. Readers will learn:

·         The raw emotion of unexpected hardship

·         How to rely on God for strength

·         The beauty of God's faithfulness when it seems all hope is lost

·         How to trust in God through their own dark night of the soul

·         The sanctification that comes only through the refining fire of trials

·        Strengthen your own trust in God's refining faithfulness as you join this family through the joys and pains of raising a special needs child.



Interview with the Author

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Finishing. I work and rework until it is hard to get a finished product. I have to make myself work to a deadline and work toward completion.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

First of all, I’m an Android guy. :D But on my Spotify, I play a Christian Mix and Lecrae radio station. I love Christian rap, followed closely by an eclectic mix of 80’s hair bands and contemporary Christian praise and worship.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes. I have two very good friends who proof my work, in addition to my wife. I also have a fairly large Launch team, I think there are 15 of them, who sometimes serve as beta readers.

What book are you reading now?
“Abide in Christ” by Andrew Murray

How did you start your writing career?

I started writing at a very young age. I wrote short stories, poems, lots of different things. I hadn’t written much in many years, especially after my daughter was born. There simply wasn’t time. As I published my blog, people would say things like, “you should write all this down in a book.” My dad printed out and kept every note, every email, and every blog post. That finally gave me the push to go ahead and put it all together. That’s when my love for writing was rekindled and I haven’t looked back since!

Tell us about your next release.

I have three distinct passions as they pertain to writing: Special needs parenting, Foster / Adoptive care, and Discipleship. The next release will probably be focused on being a foster / adoptive parent and the things we have learned from that experience. 


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Matt Parker serves as a high school teacher in rural East Texas and has served as a bi-vocational minister for almost 25 years. He has recently retired from pastoral ministry to develop discipleship materials to encourage the saints and help deepen their walk with the Lord. He is married to Tammy, his high school sweetheart, and together they have four biological children, three adopted children, one granddaughter, and serve as foster parents.


Their youngest daughter, Brynna, was born with severe physical and developmental delays. Over the past decade, Matt has kept friends and family updated on her condition, progress, and their sanctification through email and his ministry blog at The Crucible's Fire.


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Book Blitz: Live to Thrive by Amir Rad #success and #wellness #nonfiction with a #giveaway @RABTBookTours


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Success, motivational, inspirational, self-help, entrepreneurship, health/wellness, personal development
Date Published: November 26th, 2018.

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Amir Rad has moved to the top of the fitness industry with an approach that’s about much more than muscle. In Live to Thrive, he delivers his methods of attaining success from an entrepreneurial perspective, as a master personal trainer, and a competitive athlete. What is success? How is it related to health and fitness? How does a powerful mindset lead to success? Most important, Amir teaches readers HOW to get ready to succeed physically and mentally, and then maintain that level. Using stories and examples from his own life and those of his clients, Amir picks out the elements of a thriving life and spells just what it will take to get there yourself. Amir Rad is an entrepreneur, health and fitness expert, and a motivator. He started his first business, Thrive Fitness, in Ann Arbor, MI when he was 22 years old. As a competitor and personal trainer, Rad is most passionate about helping people reach their full potential and conquering their goals. He says, “Every individual, regardless of their athletic ability, age, or skill level, deserves to obtain the highest quality of life.” In other words, they deserve to thrive. Rad lives to thrive, and his goal is to help as many people as possible to learn to do the same.


Amazon Reviews

Drew - Amazing book. I trained with Amir for a year and I can promise you he walks the walk! I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in becoming their best self! Not another self-help book, 5 star

Tony - A very good, easy and well-written read. Amir Rad is a young entrepreneur who practices what he preaches about the mind/body connection for success. Without getting lost in details, his book effectively discusses topics such as proper nutrition, exercise regimens, surrounding yourself with the right people, and developing and maintaining good, positive attitudes. Testimonials from clients of Amir are incorporated throughout the book demonstrating how "Thrive" ideas have worked positively in their own lives. "Live To Thrive" is a book I highly recommend!
Thank you!

Arjun -  As my personal trainer who has helped me lose and keep off a significant amount of weight, it is amazing to see Amir expand into writing.

Simply put - a wonderful read.

Holly - Just ordered and can't wait to read it! Amir is an amazing trainer. He's beyond inspiring, he will help you achieve your goals and then some!!


Excerpt

Before you read this book, I want you to imagine being the best possible version of yourself that you can be. What if you could believe that your mind and your body never stop progressing unless you limit yourself? Picture your dream life, and then picture it again. Think about what it means to you. Think about what drives you. Is it money, power or fame? Aspirations to help and inspire others? Being the best at what you do? Passion? Are you willing to do whatever it takes, and I mean whatever it takes, to reach your full potential? Not someone else’s potential, not someone else’s idea of who you should be, but your full potential. Are you willing to let go of what other people think of you, and let go of the doubts about yourself and others? Are you willing to let go of self-created fears, and then let go of what’s going on in other people’s lives, to focus on bettering your life and becoming the best you can possibly be?  That is how you Thrive. When you have left behind all of your pre-conceptions and doubts about your abilities, when you have stopped comparing yourself and your progress to others, where you have carved out a space and time to endeavor, where the only option you have left is building your dream life. That’s living to Thrive.


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Amir Rad is an entrepreneur, health and fitness expert, and a motivator. He started his first business, Thrive Fitness, in Ann Arbor, MI when he was 22 years old. As a competitor and personal trainer, Rad is most passionate about helping people reach their full potential and conquering their goals. He says, “Every individual, regardless of their athletic ability, age, or skill level, deserves to obtain the highest quality of life.” In other words, they deserve to thrive. Rad lives to thrive, and his goal is to help as many people as possible to learn to do the same.


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