Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Virtual Book Tour: Hope Endures by Emily Stalder Johnson #blogtour #christianfiction #christianbooks #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 

Book Two in the Series of Hope

Christian literature & fiction, Action & adventure fiction

Date Published: Jan 12, 2021

Publisher: Clay Bridges Press


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Life for 17-year-old Dublin Caldwell has been filled with peace and love since 1878 when he went to live with his adoptive father, Andy Caldwell. However, terrifying events soon begin to unfold, leaving Dublin wounded and both their faith tested. Their safety is threatened, and all they can do is trust in God.

Their friendship with an unlikely character forms, only to result in betrayal and danger. Will Dublin and Andy be able to escape with their lives?

 



 

About the Author

Emily Stalder Johnson is an emerging author who is passionate about writing Christian fiction to inspire and encourage her readers. An avid reader and writer for most of her life, she also enjoys creating Christian contemporary song lyrics and selling them. Emily lives in Lancaster, Ohio with her husband and roommate (who is much more like a brother to her), and their little zoo consisting of three cats and two dogs.

 

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Release Blitz: The Leadership Development Tool Kit by Michael Sampson and Faswilla Sampson #promo #releaseday #nonfiction #business #rabtbooktours #giveaway @RABTBookTours @AuthorParul

 

 


Redesigning Your Leadership Development

Template to Drive Individual and Organizational Change

Business; Management; Human Resources


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Are you a CEO in a small business or start-up company interested in aligning business and talent strategy to inspire your employees?

Are you an HR “Department of One” professional looking to create a legacy project and be recognized as a more strategic partner?

This book is for you!

Practical steps to implement immediately

A set of tools for effective people leadership

Real-life examples of how a leadership development program gives rise to self-motivated, high- performance individuals (and teams) that produce long-term results and a competitive advantage for your business.

With The Leadership Development Tool Kit, you’ll learn how to create a fool-proof talent-building process to impact productivity and help your people thrive in the 21st century.

Shape Organizational Culture * Measure Outcomes * Monitor Employee Satisfaction * Optimize Critical Processes


About the Authors


Michael Sampson
is an author, lecturer, certified coach and former United States foreign service officer who has studied and led international development programs and cross cultural relations since 1979. Michael has over 30 years of leadership and management experience in government and corporate environments. Since retiring from national service, Michael has been CEO of LMI Kenya, a master licensee of Leadership Management International (LMI) Inc., which ranked #1 in Leadership Development Programs in North America by Entrepreneur magazine. Michael continues to promote self-reliance and facilitate leadership development programs which drive results, quality and customer satisfaction around the world. Michael started LMI Kenya because of his desire to be more active in promoting leaders and next generation leadership in Africa. Michael is active in civic organizations including American Chamber of Commerce Kenya. He lives in Kenya with his wife, Alma, and enjoys spending time with his three adult daughters (including Faswilla, with whom he co-authored this book) and two grandchildren. Michael holds a BA in International Studies from the School for International Training and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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Faswilla Sampson
is an author, certified coach and co-master licensee of Leadership Management International (LMI) Inc., a performance improvement company specializing in personal leadership and organizational development. As an experienced CEO confidant, Faswilla’s mission is to develop leaders and organizations to their full potential. With more than a decade working in the non-profit healthcare sector in Washington D.C., Faswilla’s strategic planning, program management, leadership and executive coaching experience, make her an organizational change agent. She believes that for any organization to be truly impactful in the 21st century requires developing leaders within all levels of the organization now. She enjoys speaking and presenting on a variety of business topics from leadership to workforce planning to talent management. Faswilla holds a BA from University of Mary Washington and a master’s degree in International Administration from Central Michigan University.

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Architecture & Design

Date Published: 2/23/2021

Publisher: Frank Amato Publications



Hybrid Timber Framing has experienced a massive resurgence in modern architecture. The potential for gorgeous personalized design is unmatched. Hybrid Timber Framing done wrong, however, can create ugly imbalance and detract from the overall look and feel. Done right, it goes so far beyond the initial investment, the value is hard to overstate.

The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing explores the link between traditional craftsmanship, with current building styles such as "Craftsman", "Rustic", "Modern" and beyond. It is a must-read for Owners, Designers, and Builders who want to influence the look and feel of their project using exposed beam construction. It is rich with ideas, imagery, and instruction to jump start your inspiration and planning.

Naturally, timbers and exposed beams have outsized impact on the aesthetics of building projects. Adding timbers without weighing the structural and aesthetic impacts can magnify any awkward imbalances; proceeding without addressing these important considerations is very risky.

While this is not a technical manual, you will learn how to avoid expensive pitfalls and understand the diverse timber styles showcased in this book. This will help you better communicate your ideas, achieve an enjoyable building process, and maximize your probabilities of getting the right look using hybrid timber framing. This guide will help you plan and build it right the first time!

You will Discover:

How to achieve optimized beauty by first defining ugly

Where to draw the line with hybrid timber framing

Seven chapters portraying diverse and unique timber styles

How to avoid the over simplified “Hail Mary” approach

How to accurately predict the cost of hybrid timber framing

Learn from a Master of Hybrid Timber Framing. There is absolutely no need to repeat needless mistakes. Bert Sarkkinen, the author, has explored timber framing from the perspective as a builder, a designer and a researcher. His specialty has been in matching clients’ personalities and tastes, to the ideal timber frame designs to accentuate what is unique about the clients project or theme. The book delves into these relationships between design preferences, and actual Hybrid Timber Frame applications. Structural aspects, timber sizing, the golden ratio, and design/build processes are necessary for a successful the outcome. This book is highly informative, with beautiful photography, and is like a coach in your pocket a with personal touch!


About The Author

When Bert Sarkkinen was 16, he quit his job as a farm hand and went to work for his father as a framing apprentice. This golden opportunity gave him the foundation to become a trailblazer in the hybrid timber framing industry.

Fascinated with the way people tick, Sarkkinen discovered that he could match people to the right timber framing options by understanding their personalities. Ultimately, when their wants and needs are properly analyzed, it results in a personalized Timber Framing experience that exceeds expectations.

He understands nuances in personality types, such as thinkers tend to go for function before form. The way people talk, the vernacular they use, can say a lot about their real tastes.

Through a “Trial By Fire” Bert Sarkkinen built his team and dialed in the best people to take the vision of his company to the next level. As the company gained more traction, and employees took more ownership, Bert became a visionary and a leader, teaching the craft of timber framing to others as well as instilling in them years of expertise as an ally to help them succeed.

Today, Bert Sarkkinen is not only the founder of Arrow Timber, he is also the author of The Art of Hybrid Timber Framing, releasing as a second edition, January, 2021. The book is a guide for people who want to explore Timber Framing, and for those who enjoy the unique aesthetics it offers architecture and homebuilding. It is a look into the amazing world of Timber Framing and it makes for a beautiful coffee table book.

Bert can discuss:

· How Timber Framing can be personalized art

· How one can discover unknown aspects of their personality by their preferences in style and design – the quiz he created for potential clients

· What is personalized art? What happens when it is done right? When it is done wrong?

· What do you mean when you suggest people should focus on outward things and not on inward things?

· Why is it important for people to value their gifts? What words of wisdom can you share about not “downplaying” ones’ self?

· Why do you recommend people to always break a sweat before taking a shower?

· What are daddy long legs?

· Advice to future business leaders about tenacity and perseverance.

· What are the four levels of “ugly” and how does this tie into being happy?


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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Book Blitz: Requiem by Daniel Ståhl #promo #poetry #giveaway #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Poetry

Date Published:

Hard-cover: December 2020

Paperback: January 2021

Kindle/e-book: January 2021

Audiobook: January 2021



Through its 211 interwoven poems, this double-tiered recursive crown of sonnets takes the reader on an epic journey to the heart of mankind’s would-be nemesis – herself – and back again. Does her destiny await in the unexplored depths of the cosmos, or in a toxic wasteland of her own making? Does she have the will to shape her own future, or is she a slave to her myopic wants and impulses?

Requiem takes the existential threats facing humanity – from the destruction of the environment to nuclear holocaust – as a lens through which to reflect on the fate of civilization, humanity and ultimately conscious life in the universe.


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A software engineer by trade, Daniel Ståhl splits his time between software development, research, teaching, writing and being the father of two.

Daniel has previously published both fiction and non-fiction, with his latest forays as an author delving into strictly metered poetry. His latest book, Requiem, came into being in the intersection between the rhythmic cadence of sonnets and his despair at the sanguine apathy with which the human species approaches the prospect of its own extinction – with all of its implications for his children.

Daniel received his MSc degree from Linköping University, Sweden, and his PhD degree from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.


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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Release Blitz: Ways You Could Be Sabotaging Your Training by Tammy L. Hein #promo #releaseday #giveaway #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @tammystraining

 

 


Non-Fiction

Date Published: Feb 19th, 2021



Are you struggling to train your dog? This book can help!

Written by a certified Dog Trainer this book is designed to offer general dog training troubleshooting. The intent is to identify and address things you might unknowingly be doing that can sabotage your best training efforts and hinder your beloved companion’s progress.

The author, Tammy L. Hein brings up the specific issues she’s found to be the most common over her decade of dog training experience.

Every point is explained to help you see the downfalls of your methods from your dog’s perspective. With this book, you’ll gain deeper understanding why your dog behaves the way he does, where you’re falling short as a trainer, and best practices that’ll get you on the right track in no time! Don’t give up—get this book and get started!


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Back when Rosie was two years old we started training for an Excellent title in Canadian Rally Obedience. This meant that we got to work with jumps, tunnels, and weave poles.

When I first started, I lured her to go through the weave poles. She caught on quickly, and we thought we were making progress.

Then I removed the lure, and she got lost. This caused both Rosie and I to get frustrated.


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Tammy L. Hein gained her certification through Animal Behavior College Dog as a trainer and has ten years of experience training dogs. Her goal is to help dog owners better understand their four-legged companions and in doing so, help them better co-exist. She’s a firm believer that no dog is untrainable and that with the right tools, any owner can remedy their pet’s issues.

When she’s not writing books that will help dog owners, she’s training dogs, reading, or spending quality time with the people near and dear her heart—family and friends. Tammy lives in Saskatchewan, Canada and she’s married to a patient, loving husband. Together, they have two kids that are wilder than the craziest dogs she’s met; but she loves every moment.


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Virtual Book Tour: Joyous Lies by Margaret Ann Spence #blogtour #interview #giveaway #womensfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @MargAnnSpence

 



Women’s Fiction

Date Published: February 15, 2021

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press



Maelle Woolley, a shy botanist, prefers plants to people. They don't suddenly disappear. Raised on her grandparents' commune after her mother's mysterious death, she follows the commune's utopian beliefs of love for all. Then she falls for attractive psychiatrist Zachary Kane. When Zachary claims her mother and his father never emerged alive from his father's medical research lab, Maelle investigates. What she discovers will challenge everything she believes, force her to find strength she never knew she had, and confront the commune's secrets and lies. What happened to love? And can it survive?




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What is the hardest part of writing your books?

 

The hardest part for me is to start the story. It is like hammering at a rockface. Then as the plot and characters develop, it runs more smoothly. I love revision. It gives everything a sparkle after things have been moved around, plot holes filled in, and motivations and actions understood.

 

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

 

I know everyone has an ipod. That is everyone but me. I seem to have a learning disability specifically for music. I like it, but can never remember a tune or the name of a song. I thought I was alone until I met someone else with the same issue. And my father had it too, Sad, if music is important to you. I relate to words and to the visual arts.

 

 

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

 

I have been blessed to have been in the same writers’ group for about ten years. We have progressed from no one being professionally published in fiction to three of us being authors with multiple books. Couldn’t have done it without them. They critique the work as it is ongoing, and I use a beta reader and/or a professional editor once the first or second draft is complete.

 

 

What book are you reading now?

 

I just read the most fascinating book called “Entangled Life”, by a man with the wonderful name of Merlin Sheldrake. It is about fungi – and that is related to how plants communicate and share resources. But I am about to start Rhys Bowen’s “In Farleigh Field.”I really love her books.

 

 

How did you start your writing career?

 

My aunt was a journalist and I always admired her. So I trained as a journalist, too, and wrote non-fiction – as a reporter, as an essayist, etc. before turning to writing fiction. I have written two novels, Joyous Lies, which is about to launch, and the award-winning Lipstick on the Strawberry, both published by The Wild Rose Press.

 

 

Tell us about your next release.

 

My new book is Joyous Lies, which releases on February 15. Here’s the story:

Maelle a shy botanist, follows the utopian beliefs of her grandparents’ commune, on which she was raised following her mother’s early death.  When new lover Zachary claims her mother and his father died together in his father's medical research lab, Maelle investigates, forcing her to confront the commune's secrets, its possible complicity in her mother’s death, and to ask, if plants can protect their young, why can’t humans do the same?

 

 


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Margaret Ann Spence writes about women, the choices they make, and what happens next. Her debut novel, Lipstick on the Strawberry, published by the Wild Rose Press in 2017, won the Romantic Elements Category in the First Coast Romance Writers 2015 Beacon Contest. It was a finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award and in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Awards. Joyous Lies, her second novel, launches on February 15, 2021.


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Cover Reveal: Things My Mama Never Told Me by Nancy Mae Johnson #promo #coverreveal #nonfiction #teens #selfhelp #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 


A Funny and Sometimes Serious Guide for Teen Girls and the People Who Love Them

Nonfiction; Self-Help for Teens; Parents of Teens; Teen & YA Social Issues.

Date Published: May 13, 2021

Publisher: Acorn Publishing



An insightful glimpse into what it is to be a teenager today . . . making mistakes, surviving them, and rocking your beautiful, powerful self.

In Things My Mama Never Told Me, Nancy "Pants" Johnson, mentor, leader, educator, and teen advocate shares the stories of brave, resilient, powerful young women who, despite their sometimes overwhelming and scary circumstances, overcome their fears and hold onto their dreams with unwavering strength.

Here are some of the questions she asked herself and her teen authors:

· Do you have questions, concerns, fears about being a teenager?

· Do you sometimes feel like your stress is going to burst out of your eyeballs?

· Do you sometimes get fed up with friends, family, or social media?

· Have you ever ignored your intuition and ended up in an unsafe situation?

Learn how to embrace your beautiful body, your abilities, and your worth; to monitor your own use of social media, cell phones, and computers, becoming aware of how they make you feel; to recognize your power as a woman in all aspects of your life, no matter your sexual orientation; to own your choices about what you want to do with your life and with whom you want to spend it; to deal with your stress in more positive and creative ways; to listen to your intuition and form personal safety boundaries; to love yourself first when making decisions about relationships, intimacy, your body, sex, and birth control; to be alert to red flag warnings and signs of abuse; to recognize the signs of alcoholism and addiction in yourself and others; to bring your secrets into the light; to forgive yourself; to prioritize your own health and well-being.

Being a teenager is hard and sometimes totally frustrating. You will survive. I’ve got you. You are just the person for the job.


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Nancy Pants Johnson is an author, mentor, educator, and advocate with more than 20 years experience listening, learning, and guiding teens through their life stories. After surviving her own tumultuous high school life and teen marriage, Johnson entered college at age 32 and dedicated the rest of her adult life to being a teen advocate.

Johnson graduated summa cum laude from SDSU with a B.S. in English Literature and an MA in Secondary Education. She taught English within a Visual & Performing Arts Academy until her retirement in 2014. Today, she advocates for teens in her role as Director of Teen Programming for the San Diego Writers Festival. She mentors teens in local high schools as they write their stories for KidsWrite San Diego, and shares weekly with Al-Ateens in recovery.

Pants lives in La Mesa, California, and finds joy in her husband, children, grandchildren, her garden, and her dog, Phoebe. Visit Nancy at nancypantsjohnson.com to read her blog, follow her school visits with teens, and be an advocate yourself by donating one book to one teen in the inner city. You can also find her on Facebook @ nancyjohnson3766 or Instagram @ #nancypantsjohnson.


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