SEEN This Week 2/10/14


This week’s book, author, and event news:

Thanks to Diane Nelson who found an excellent article on how to make a cover designer cry. The book’s cover is often a deciding factor of whether or not potential readers will be drawn to the story waiting inside, so the aforementioned feature will open many eyes.

Joe E. Legend and Kristal McKerrington were recently interviewed on Kiler Davenport’s show. Joe will be returning to ITV to wrestle for the oldest British Wrestling show and appearing in a film in Detroit, Michigan, among other upcoming projects. Click here for the complete interview.

Read the latest interview with Freddie Owens, author of Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story at this link.

Juliet B. Madison has returned her DI Frank Lyle’s Mystery box to KDP Select, with a countdown deal scheduled for March 20-26, 2014.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964, Kevin Taggart published My Top 50 Beatles Songs, listed with notes plus his favorite 50 songs for each year from 1964 to 1969, and 50 albums from the same timeline.

Lucy Pireel has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the marketing of her novel, with partial proceeds going to pay an editor. She also helped the Jamaican bobsled team pay for their trip to Sochi.

My Latest News:

Thanks to all who took advantage of this past weekend’s free promotion of my latest book, Life Subject to Change, which totaled a little over 400 downloads worldwide.

Palm Tree Books issued a press release February 5 announcing the upcoming release of my next book, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star, due out in late winter or early spring (I just completed the manuscript late last week). You can read the entire press release on

The Cruiserweight ranked the following on Amazon February 8:

#61 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling

The Cruiserweight’s Daughter ranked the following on Amazon February 8:

#75 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Wrestling

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Author Profile: Helen Sword

Helen Sword


Helen Sword is a scholar, award-winning teacher, and poet who has published books and articles on modernist literature, higher education pedagogy, digital poetics, and academic writing. Born and raised in Southern California, she received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and now teaches in the Centre for Academic Development at the University of Auckland. A passionate advocate of creativity and craftsmanship in scholarship, teaching, and the arts, Helen was co-recipient of the University of Auckland’s 2007 Teaching Excellence Award for Innovation in Teaching. Her popular academic writing workshops for faculty and doctoral students have taken her to universities in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.


Web Site:

 Resources for Writers: The Writer’s Diet

Digital Poetry: The Stoneflower Path

Amazon Profile: Books by Helen Sword

Author Profile: Jennifer Reese

Jennifer Reese


Jennifer Reese was born and raised in San Francisco in a 1905 house on a moderately steep hill. She was very shy as a child and spent a lot of time flipping through her mother’s complete collection of the Time and Life Foods of the World series, which were kept in the living room. Reese brought the books into the kitchen and started cooking.

Reese graduated from Stanford University in 1988 with a degree in American Studies. She has written and edited for many and varied publications in the years since, including Slate, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, and VIA.

She’s written primarily about books and food, but has also done a lot of travel writing, specializing in homely, desolate towns of the Western United States.




Web Site: The Tipsy Baker

Simon and Schuster Profile: Jennifer Reese

Slate Magazine: Jennifer Reese

Facebook: The Tipsy Baker

Twitter: @JenniferReese

Author Profile: James Meek

James Meek is a British writer and journalist. He was born in London and grew up in Dundee, Scotland.

Meek spent several years living in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s and now resides in London. He has published four novels and two short story collections. In 2004 he was named Foreign Correspondent and Amnesty Journalist of The Year. His third novel, The People’s Act of Love (2005), received significant critical acclaim and went on to win the Scottish Arts Council Book of Year Award and the Ondaatje Prize.

It has been translated into twenty languages. His fourth novel, We Are Now Beginning Our Descent (2008) won the Prince Maurice prize.

A film version of The People’s Act of Love adapted by Johnny Depp is in development.

Meek was on the staff of The Guardian newspaper until 2005 and has reported on subjects including the war in Iraq, the Chechen conflict, the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and tax avoidance by wealthy individuals in the UK.

His latest novel, The Heart Broke In, was released in October 2012.




Web Site: James Meek

Amazon Profile: James Meek

James Meek on YouTube

Author Profile: Andrea Amador, CEC. M.NLP

Andrea Amador, CEC. M.NLP is perhaps one of the most dynamic and uplifting people I’ve had the opportunity of encountering recently both through the Lovin’ the Skin You’re In group on Facebook as well as winning a free month of Curvy and Confident Club membership and a half-hour coaching session.

I would advise any woman of size seeking positive reinforcement and empowerment to have a look at The Juicy Woman and participate in its groups. You will walk away with a whole new perspective!


Andrea Amador, CEC. M.NLP is The Juicy Woman. She is a Body Image/Self Esteem expert and a Professional Certified Empowerment Coach who creates customized confidence building and stress relief programs for groups of women and girls.

As a curvy and confident plus size gal and a woman who’s had her share of adversity, Andrea is a powerful role model for her audiences. She is a rare combination of professional training and raw life experience which gives her the edge in helping women who struggle with body image and/or abuse issues.

As a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, she sprinkles her unique blend of storytelling, spice, playfulness, authenticity, and expertise and mixes it all up in her own unique way to empower women and girls to love the skin they’re in.



Web Site:

Twitter: @thejuicywoman

Facebook: Andrea Amador

Facebook Group: Lovin’ the Skin You’re In

Author Profile: John Emil Augustine


John Emil Augustine grew up in Minneapolis, MN and toured in his twenties and early thirties with local and national acts; writing, arranging, and performing on the road with well-known Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Reggae, Post Funk, Prog Rock, and Folk Rock groups. John has also been a landscaper, mail carrier, English professor, and forklift operator. He currently lives in Moorhead, MN with his wife and four boys.  His next book, Love Seen From Heartache, is set for release in September 2012.


Web Site:

Smashwords: Love Seen From Hell

Book Blogs: John Emil Augustine

Facebook: John Emil Augustine

Twitter: @JohnEmilAugust

Pinterest: John Emil Augustine

Author Profile: David J. Ley Ph.D.


Dr. David Ley is a clinical psychologist in practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr Ley earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Ole Miss, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Ley is licensed in New Mexico and Nevada, and has provided clinical and consultative services in numerous other states.

Dr. Ley currently serves as Executive Director of a large outpatient behavioral health agency in Albuquerque. Dr. Ley has been treating sexuality issues throughout his career. He first began treating perpetrators and victims of sexual abuse, but began to expand his approach to include the fostering and promotion of healthy sexuality, and awareness of the wide range of normative sexual behaviors. Insatiable Wives is his first book and won a Silver Medal in the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year contest for 2009. Dr. Ley wrote Insatiable Wives following two years of interviews with couples around the country. His current book explores the alleged disorder of sex addiction in the book The Myth of  Sex Addiction.

He may be contacted at the following address:


Healthgrades Profile: David Ley

Pyschology Today: David J. Ley, Ph.D.

Huffington Post: Sex Addiction: Why You’re Not Addicted To Sex