Thursday, September 21, 2023

Release Blitz: Mom Wombat Says Make War No More! by Phyllis Schwartz #promo #childrensbook #releaseday #giveaway #rabtbooktours @PublishingAcorn @RABTBookTours

 

Children’s Fiction

Date Published: Sep 22, 2023

Publisher: Acorn Publishing


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Mom Wombat says, “Make friends, not war!”

“Try to get along and don't keep score… It doesn't matter who has more toys, just have fun, my girls and boys. Don’t YOU be a bully, not even now and then, not even to a foe or friend.”

Known as Mombat to her kids, she has plenty of ideas on how everyone can learn to get along with others and have fun. Using her wit and insightful wisdom, Mombat aims to make the world a better place by teaching positive communication skills and the importance of friendship.

 

About the Author

Phyllis Schwartz is a married mother of two, who, after a highly successful career in the TV news business, finally has the time to indulge in and focus on her “civilian” writing. Even as a kid, she kept a diary and wrote little stories and poems, a creative release that continued well into adulthood.

She wrote news by day and poetry by night. And despite battling three different types of cancer over more than three decades, she is still filled with energy, joy, and optimism, and she looks forward to writing much more poetry and children’s books in the future. Her writing often centers on what she observes daily: including her friends, husband, and two children, as well as her garden and her beautiful beach town residence in dreamy Encinitas, all providing continued inspiration for her verse.

 

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Book Blitz: Maggie the Cat Who Came Home for Christmas by Julia Russo #promo #childrensbook #rabtbooktours @jancarolbooks @RABTBookTours

 

Children’s Book

Date Published: Sept. 14th 2023

Publisher: Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.


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Delightful illustrations bring you inside Grandpa Charlie Green’s mountainside farmhouse. Join Maggie the cat, Pip the goat, Grandpa Charlie Green, Daddy, and of course, little Wilhelmina Olive Blessing, as she tells us this sweet wintertime story. What do they do to get little Maggie home? Join the fun. Read out loud yourself or read along with others! You will love the story of Maggie, the cat who comes home for Christmas.

 

About the Author

Julia spent many winters in the mountains along with her little dog, Chloe, and her sweet husband, Kent. She continues to live in Atlanta, but her heart is really in those woods. 

One of her favorite things ever was hearing her first graders read aloud. She sometimes wrote for the government and companies, and later wrote descriptions of homes. She even spent time as what is called a roustabout!

Today, she presents her first ever storybook! She hopes many children will read the story aloud! She continues to visit her mountainside cabin often. She lives in Atlanta along with Kent and two sweet cats named Rigby and Linus. One of these days, she’s hoping to get a little goat.

 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Virtual Book Tour: Shaken, Yet Here I Stand by Shanee Dennis-Morgan #blogtour #nonfiction #memoir #youngadult #interview #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



Teen and Young Adult Nonfiction / Memoir

Date Published: June 23, 2023

 

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Shattered but not broken, Shaneé Morgan, shares the raw and uncut story of her journey through childhood trauma, tragedy, resilience, and healing. This shocking yet powerful memoir recalls the author’s childhood growing-up in 5th Ward Houston, Texas also known as “The Nickel,” in the midst of the crack epidemic. From the crack house to the school house, Shaneé recounts the tragic events that could’ve claimed her life, or the lives of her family if not for the grace and mercy of God. Later, realizing there was a greater purpose for her life, she set out to change the trajectory of the family cycle, by breaking generational curses and strongholds, in an effort to provide herself and her family a better life. Having to confront her past through extensive therapy allowed the author to share her tragic story to inspire and motivate other survivors to believe in their ability to succeed through healing, growth, hard work, dedication, and a desire to be their best selves, despite the tragedies and adversity they may have faced.



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Tell me more about your journey as an author, including the writing process?

 

I’ve shared my story of overcoming childhood trauma with many individuals and groups, and the impact that drug addiction can have on families; detailing my journey being raised in a home with a single-parent, addicted to crack cocaine, and how resilience, hard-work, dedication, and a desire to break generational curses led me to become a successful adult. In response, I’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback by many people, and was often asked if I planned to write a book, or told that I should write a book. After undergoing therapy to address suppressed trauma, in preparation to prepare me to share my story with the world, I finally decided to write the book.

 

I set a goal of one year, to complete the written portion of the book. I began writing in early February 2022, and completed the book in late March 2023. It took about two months for editing, as I read over the book several times to make needed corrections. I then sent the book to an editor; making it very clear that I wanted to maintain my voice in the book. I explained that my book was written from the prospective of the teenager who was experiencing the trauma at that time, so the book does contain some profanity and slang. However, the book was to be a well-written, quality book. After receiving the book back from the editor, I read over it a few more times; still finding and correcting errors. I then submitted the book to another professional, who specializes in book design and formatting. We went back and forth until the book was as perfect as we could get it.

 

Writing the book was not an easy task, and gave me a whole new respect for authors and the process they go through to perfect a book. I discovered that it can be nearly impossible to compose a 100% error free book, because each time I read the book, I’d find something that needed to be corrected. Eventually, I had to move past my obsession with perfection and move forward with finalizing the project. During the process, I conducted research on the best publishing method, and determined that self-publishing was best for me. Though that was a process in itself, it was actually the easiest part, since I had a very good book designer, who is knowledgeable about the formatting guidelines.

 

 

 

 Tell me about your Book

 

The book provides detailed information about events that occurred from my childhood to early adulthood. It begins with background information on my grandparents, parents, and then myself and siblings and how we came to be. It goes on to explain the events that led to my mother packing her children up and relocating from San Bernardino California to Houston Texas. The book describes how my mother went from being an amazing, responsible, nurturing mother, to her falling victim to drug addiction, and how that severely impacted her life and the lives of her children. I provide detailed accounts of observing domestic violence, drug and alcohol use, as well as other traumatic things I witnessed and experienced at such a young, vulnerable age. I talk about my experience living from home to home, in an effort to escape the turmoil, and how my greatest desire was to obtain an education, and place myself in a position to give myself and my future children a better life than the life I was given as a child. I also talk about the importance of therapy, as one method to overcoming past adversity and trauma.

 

The purpose of the book is to inspire and motivate others, who have been or may currently be dealing with similar situations. I want to be the example that if one understands their inner strength, and realizes, despite what they are going through or what they have been through, they can still overcome and pursue their dreams and goals, thus becoming a result of their decisions, versus a product of their past environment.


 

 

Any message for our readers

 

The following is from the book:

Author’s Note

 

I attempted to recreate events, locales, and conversations from my memories of them. In order to maintain their anonymity in some instances, some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. In some portions, names were not used, and individuals are referred to by their relationship to the author (i.e., aunt, uncle, friend, neighbor, etc.). Additionally, this book was not written from the perspective of a professional. The language and attitude expressed in the content of this book are derived from the real-life experiences and feelings of the author at the time that events occurred. This memoir is written from a personal perspective and is for anyone who has been a victim of adverse childhood experiences as a result of the devastating effects of the crack epidemic.

 

The book details some events that may be triggering for the reader, such as death, domestic violence and stories about drug-overdose, attempted suicide, etc. However, there is no sexually explicit material in the book.


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Monday, September 18, 2023

Release Blitz: I Smile at the Sun by Judith Barrett Lawson #promo #releaseday #childrensbook #poetry #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

 


Verse for Children and Misidentified Grownups


Children's Poetry

Date Published: September 19, 2023

 

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Each poem is a celebration of life.

Between Judith Barrett Lawson's clever wordplay, and the delightful illustrations by Netta Jones, I Smile at the Sun will transport readers on a whimsical journey through childhood -- it's joys, silly mishaps, and small everyday wonders. Yet you don't have to be a child to smile at I Smile at the Sun.

In the Tradition of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, but in her own unique voice, Lawson brings together lighthearted humor with heartfelt insights, offering friendly wisdom on growing up, loss, and the importance of dreams.

If you grew up reading Dr. Seuss and love fun tongue-twisting rhymes, then you've come to the right place. Judith Barrett Lawson has written an amazing poem book that is not only just for kids but also Misidentified Grown-ups.

Immerse yourself in I Smile at the Sun and relive treasured memories, share its magic, and let Judith Barrett Lawson's poetic enchantment illuminate your day.


About the Author

Writer, screenwriter, playwright, and lyricist Judith Lawson worked in film and television casting for 10 years. She is co-author of screenplay based on award-winning author Kaye Gibbon’s novel Sights Unseen. She has had more than 35 song cuts recorded, and her play of I Smile at the Sun has been produced four times to stellar reviews.


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Virtual Book Tour: Sprinkle Drifter by Elaine Medline #blogtour #youngadult #fantasy #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 



A Beautiful Fantasy Adventure (Trials of Tweed Book 1)

 

Middle Grade / Young Adult Fantasy

Date Published: May 5, 2023

Publisher: Granite Wings Inc.


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Two continents. Two opposing cultures. And a girl trying to find her place in a divided world.

 

Tweed Resin-Nor is restless. She’s desperate to experience life beyond her farmhouse. When given a chance to leave behind her dreary existence, the sixteen-year-old boards a schooner to a foreboding wall in the middle of the ocean. Will Tweed’s voyage grant her the knowledge and excitement she craves, or will it lead to her capture?

Traveling to faraway places, Tweed discovers ominous secrets and forgotten injustices. She forges deep friendship bonds, but some regard her as a threat. In her words, she’s “the star and the scourge, the entertainment, and a monstrous surprise.”

Her father was born in the rural landmass of Myot. Her mother hails from the modern continent known as Serrel. As Tweed attempts to forge an identity of her own, she’s forced by the authorities to choose between being Myota or Serrelin. It’s an impossible decision. Should she honor her dad or follow her mom? Which side of her is more her?

 

If you like riveting exploits in the face of unfair odds, hints of magic, and eye-opening plot twists, then you’ll love Elaine Medline’s emotional adventure. Join Tweed on her travels and buy Sprinkle Drifter today!

 

Sprinkle Drifter is the first book in the Trials of Tweed coming-of-age fantasy series. Book Two will be available in early 2024.


 

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Elaine Medline grew up in Toronto, Canada and now lives in the province of Québec with her husband and their dog named Zara. She has three wonderful adult children and three fantastic grandchildren. Her favorite hobbies are downhill skiing, swimming in lakes, and going on canoe trips. Elaine’s love of nature is weaved into all her writing. Retired from her career in health care, she has just released a Young Adult Fantasy novel entitled Sprinkle Drifter.

 

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Virtual Book Tour: Marcus Romanzo's Book of Life Long Short Stories by Marcus Romanzo #blogtour #fiction #nonfiction #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 


Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction

Date Published: September 2022

Publisher: Authors Innovation


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I Marcus Romanzo , hope my mix of different  stories will be something to be enjoyed. I would encourage those who read my stories to say.  You know, I could write short stories too.  And I will, so please go ahead and do it Marcus Romanzo.



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Adult male 74 years old, retired, gardener, short story writer

  

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Friday, September 15, 2023

Book Blitz: All Manner of Beast & Man by Damien Kane Rigden #promo #thriller #horror #rabtbooktours @theartofkane @RABTBooktours


Thriller/Horror

 

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Following a stay in an inpatient psychiatric facility, Olivia is enrolled in a luxurious mental health recovery center to regain control of her mind and get her life back on track. With seemingly endless amenities and a new best friend as her roommate, has Olivia found a new personal heaven? Or is there something more sinister lurking behind the glossy exterior?

 

 

About the Author

I am a New England based author and artist. I have written in a few different genres, however, all of my stories have common elements of suspense and dread. My background is a mix of engineering, architecture and studio art classes. I have been fortunate enough to find a balance in my life where I can keep exploring the line between my technical and creative interests.

I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After WPI, I spent some time studying architecture at the BAC in Boston. I have taken classes at the Currier Museum and New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. I also studied reduction woodcut printmaking for a year and a half at Piscataqua Fine Arts in Portsmouth, NH.

In 2019 I took my first foray into literature by writing a Sci-Fi thriller novelette based around global warming called 'Swan Song'.

My pandemic project, from early 2020 to August 2021 was a pair of books. The first one, Bell's Codex is an action adventure novel about solving a book which has been encrypted in a secret code. The second one, my magnum opus, is the ACTUAL encrypted book from the story. The puzzle is real and you can solve it yourself.

In April of 2022 I released a suspense/thriller/horror novella entitled "All Manner of Beast & Man."


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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Book Blitz: Leo and the Magic Telescope by Anjita Jain #promo #childrensbook #rabtbooktours @anjitajain @RABTBookTours

 


Adventure of Making Friends

 

Children's Book

Date Published: August 17, 2023

 

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Journey into the charming town of Minglewood with Anjita (Anji) Jain's debut children's book, Leo and the Magic Telescope. A vibrant and heartwarming tale, this story is a must-have addition to any child's library.

Jain masterfully weaves a narrative that teaches valuable life lessons, while keeping young readers engaged with whimsical illustrations and enchanting storytelling. The story centers around Leo, a little lion who discovers a magic telescope that provides him with enlightening insights into his friends' fears and feelings. Through his journey, Leo learns about empathy, understanding, and the power of being uniquely himself.

Inspired by her own kids' experiences in navigating friendships, Jain's story delicately addresses the challenges children often face in forming relationships, providing them with gentle guidance and reassurance. She transforms a relatable struggle into a magical and empowering adventure that not only entertains but also encourages young readers to understand and appreciate their own unique qualities and those of others around them.

Perfect for ages 4-8, this book serves as an essential tool for parents and educators alike, initiating important conversations about friendship, empathy, and self-esteem. Leo's story will captivate young hearts while fostering emotional growth, confidence, and understanding.

Leo and the Magic Telescope: The Adventure of Making Friends is a magical journey of friendship and self-discovery, where young readers learn that, just like the boundless cosmos, they too are full of endless possibilities and magic. This book will surely become a treasured bedtime favorite, inspiring children to be kind, understanding, and beautifully themselves.

Join Leo in his heartwarming adventure and discover the magic that unfolds when we view the world through a lens of empathy and understanding. Order your copy today and embark on a magical journey with your young reader!


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IT Professional by day and penning whimsical worlds by night, Anjita Jain (Anji) masterfully bridges the realms of technology and tales. A mother of two and a lover of nature's wonders, her life is a tapestry of tech insights, vibrant stories, and the simple joys of family and pets. Dive into her journey, where modernity meets imagination, and every chapter unfolds a new adventure.

 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Book Blitz: 8 Essential Steps to Inspire Others & Build a Thriving Workforce by Tenia Davis, Ph.D. #promo #nonfiction #business #leadership #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

The Servant Leadership Advantage

 

Business Leadership, Company Culture, Inspiration, Leadership Development

Date Published: June 1, 2023

 

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At its core, servant leadership creates an environment where everyone works together toward common goals without sacrificing individual values or freedoms. The focus is on helping people grow through experiences and providing support when necessary to ensure success for individuals and organizations.

A successful servant leadership culture fosters a more effective and compassionate leadership culture in your organization. In "8 Essential Steps to Inspire Others & Build A Thriving Workforce," author and leadership expert Tenia Davis, Ph.D., outlines a proven process for creating better leaders.

This practical guide includes everything leaders need to know to create an environment that encourages employee engagement and drives organizational success. The process includes identifying the right people for leadership roles, providing ongoing training and development opportunities, and helping team members internalize a servant leadership mindset that emphasizes serving others over traditional power dynamics.

In organizations where the leadership team models servant leadership principles, those leaders create an atmosphere where employees feel valued, appreciated, and empowered. Servant leadership done well creates an environment of trust where individuals are more likely to be engaged in their work and motivated to achieve results that benefit everyone involved.

Whether you’re looking for ways to transform your existing team or build one from scratch, this book provides all the tools and information necessary to develop strong leaders who embody servant leadership’s spirit.

 

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Tenia Davis is an accomplished Human Resources and Recruitment professional with a distinguished record of leadership in executive positions at top-tier organizations such as Harpo Productions (The Oprah Winfrey Show), iManage, Johnson Publishing Company, and Raise. With an exceptional track record of driving operational excellence, Tenia has successfully managed complex practices, standards, and regulations not only for talent acquisition and HR but also for multiple departments of large international corporations while managing day-to-day administration.

As the chief people officer at NORC at the University of Chicago, Tenia is responsible for overseeing NORC’s People and Diversity Racial Equity, Inclusion (DREI) functions. In this role, she brings her extensive experience in change management, organizational development and training, compensation and benefits, workplace planning and recruitment, HRIS, employee and labor relations, and embedding diversity initiatives to lead the organization towards success.

Tenia is a scholar as well as a leader, holding an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Benedictine University’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership. Her dissertation titled “The Influence of Organizational Culture on the Display of Servant Leadership” is a testament to her exceptional academic credentials. Furthermore, she is a recognized community leader who demonstrates a particular care and interest in mentoring the next generation of leaders and volunteers. Her efforts were acknowledged by the United States Senate as she received Congressional recognition for inspiring the world’s future leaders.


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Virtual Book Tour: Fiascoes and Foibles by Paul Burton #blogtour #interview #nonfiction #business #biography #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours

 

An Unfiltered Look at Public Finance, Media, Politics and Sports


Business Biography

Date Published: November 28, 2022

 

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Get unfiltered broadcasting and career advice with this biting and provocative firsthand account of working in media.

Paul Burton has 45 years under his belt, including 10 as a regional editor for New York City-based trade publication, Bond Buyer, and he’s survived—and thrived—to tell the tale. From his humble beginnings to his rise in the industry, Burton covers a lot of ground in his stories, from dealing with people in media and finance to workers in tech and personnel. He not only gives honest insights about financial news but also reveals the controversial internal politics of journalism and publishing that run rampant.

Burton’s wisdom on topics such as covering hot-button issues and fighting against negative stereotypes proves that a career in media is just like the news itself: eclectic, bold, and unexpected.

Take part in the drama and missteps that are a part of success in one of the best journalistic memoirs about business on the market.




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Introduce yourself and tell me about what you do.

 

I am a retired journalist and author of two books, the most recent, “Fiascoes and Foibles: An Unfiltered Look at Public Finance, Media, Politics and Sports” (Elite Authors). It came out last Nov. 28. My earlier book was “Tales from the Newsrooms: An Offbeat Look” (Create Space), in 2011.

 

“Fiascoes,” a collection of anecdotal essays, reflects largely on my coverage of U.S. public finance over the last 10 years of my career – as a regional editor for a business publication in the shadow of Wall Street – against the backdrop of my 45 years in media. They capture drama, missteps and intrigue I encountered with color and biting, irreverent humor. Plenty of attitude. Topics range from transit/infrastructure to media and politics, and also include broadcasting and podcast dynamics, the alarming clout of tech bureaucracies, the abject failure of open-plan office layouts in the workplace and how my early days in sports journalism shaped and benefited my career.

 

Unique to my perspective is my blue-collar background. The media employs precious few people from working backgrounds these days. I didn’t go to Harvard, Duke or Stanford and prance right into the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. I was the son of a bartender who navigated a winding road, often working for small-to-medium media outlets who punched above their weight class, and frequently landed a rewarding knockout punch.

 

Tell me more about your journey as an author, including the writing processes?

 

“Tales” was a fun read, but I also saw room for improvement in my next book. “Fiascoes” has much more meat on the bones.

 

Much of what I covered throughout the U.S. Northeast for trade publication The Bond Buyer had me saying to myself, “You can’t make this stuff up.” That morphed into “Damn, I should write another book.”

 

Foundationally, I spent about three years planning, saving articles I had written and recycling snippets throughout the book. I researched and double-checked every topic along the way, and monitored for breaking developments to update as needed. I interviewed selected media colleagues, with some cross-marketing in mind. You have to “sell the sizzle.” The bite you see is appealing and multiple readers have told me they laughed out loud while reading the book.

 

Challenges included determining which topics merited stand-alone chapters and which ones I should merely “bake in” to other chapters. In the end I went with fewer chapters to achieve quicker turnaround without affecting quality.

 

Tell me about your book

 

Someone who bought my book recently asked: “The book title says public finance. Will I be able to understand it?” The answer is a resounding yes. I wrote it in chatty, straightforward English. The tone is blunt.

 

Certainly, newsroom veterans, college communications and business students, and public finance veterans will find this book enlightening. But so will anyone wanting to know more about these topics.

 

“Fiascoes” includes a dedicated chapter about New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the politics behind its funding and $50 billion of debt. The political maneuvering surrounding this state-run agency and the city it serves resonates well beyond New York.

 

Other chapters dwell on such scandals as the debt crisis in Harrisburg, Pa., that nearly left Pennsylvania’s capital city bankrupt; and the farce surrounding Rhode Island’s funding for a video-game company funded by former major league baseball pitcher Curt Schilling. That company, 38 Studios, folded, leaving state taxpayers straddled with about $100 million in debt.

 

There’s a chapter about my native Boston, rich with historical context; and one about Connecticut, “a study in contrasts” with its massive wealth in some regions and abject poverty in its cities.

 

Again, I selected chapters with marketing along the Northeast Corridor in mind. I grew up in Boston, live in New York and worked for a decade in Connecticut. I have many contacts in Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia region.

 

To flesh out the book, I added anecdotal chapters about problems related to open-plan office setups, against the backdrop of the post-Covid work-at-home dynamic; the “technoid scourge,” which is not an older person’s rant against technology, but a cautionary tale for all; and some fun stuff about my years in sports journalism and having to fight the “dumb jock” stereotype.

 

Any message for our readers

A fun read! Check the highly positive reviews on Amazon and LinkedIn. And feel free to see my recent appearance on “The Brand Called You,” a webcast-podcast series hosted by entrepreneur and author Ashutosh Garg. https://tbcy.in/the-importance-of-trained-and-ethical-journalists-in-the-digital-age-paul-burton-journalist-author/?fbclid=IwAR2rwV38IPaNQM1SVP5n5C3o9teRzbNN7npABdrSFyWCtSMLkVL-AoD5ie8

 



About the Author

I am a retired journalist and author of two books, the most recent, “Fiascoes and Foibles: An Unfiltered Look at Public Finance, Media, Politics and Sports” (Elite Authors). It came out last Nov. 28. My earlier book was “Tales from the Newsrooms: An Offbeat Look” (Create Space), in 2011.

“Fiascoes,” a collection of anecdotal essays, reflects largely on my coverage of U.S. public finance over the last 10 years of my career – as a regional editor for a business publication in the shadow of Wall Street – against the backdrop of my 45 years in media. They capture drama, missteps and intrigue I encountered with color and biting, irreverent humor. Plenty of attitude. Topics range from transit/infrastructure to media and politics, and also include broadcasting and podcast dynamics, the alarming clout of tech bureaucracies, the abject failure of open-plan office layouts in the workplace and how my early days in sports journalism shaped and benefited my career.

Unique to my perspective is my blue-collar background. The media employs precious few people from working backgrounds these days. I didn’t go to Harvard, Duke or Stanford and prance right into the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. I was the son of a bartender who navigated a winding road, often working for small-to-medium media outlets who punched above their weight class, and frequently landed a rewarding knockout punch.

 

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