Release Day Blitz: Individutopia by Joss Sheldon

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Title: INDIVIDUTOPIA

Author: Joss Sheldon

Release Date: 23 August 2018

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SOCIETY

Beloved friend,

The year is 2084, and that famous Margaret Thatcher quote has become a reality: There really is no such thing as society. No one speaks to anyone else. No one looks at anyone else. People don’t collaborate, they only compete.

I hate to admit it, but this has had tragic consequences. Unable to satisfy their social urges, the population has fallen into a pit of depression and anxiety. Suicide has become the norm.

It all sounds rather morbid, does it not? But please don’t despair, there is hope, and it comes in the form of our hero: Renee Ann Blanca. Wishing to fill the society-shaped hole in her life, our Renee does the unthinkable: She goes in search of human company! It’s a radical act and an enormous challenge. But that, I suppose, is why her tale’s worth recounting. It’s as gripping as it is touching, and I think you’re going to love it…

Your trusty narrator,

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WELCOME TO INDIVIDUTOPIA

Perhaps I should start at the beginning.

No, that really wouldn’t do. I must start this tale a long, long time before it begins.

You see, between your era and mine, here in the year 2084, the world has changed so much that it would be remiss of me not to bring you up to date. I fear, beloved friend, that the adventures of our hero, Renee Ann Blanca, wouldn’t make much sense if I didn’t provide a little context.

It may not surprise you to learn that the world will change dramatically over the course of the decades you’re about to experience. You live in times of unprecedented change yourself. But to understand the world you’ll live in tomorrow, you need to look backwards, not forwards, to 1979, and the election of Margaret Thatcher.

Thatcher’s ideology can be summed up by a single, prophetic quote. That short statement, a mere seven words long, would change the world forever.

It’s hard for us to imagine Margaret Thatcher as she spoke those seven words. Very few of my contemporaries have ever seen a picture of the Iron Lady. People these days are far too occupied with themselves to pay attention to anyone else. I do have an image in my mind of the former PM, although I can’t be sure if it’s correct. To me, she’s a colossus; halfmachine, half-human, with a helmet of metallic hair, shoulder pads made of steel and a tongue which could fire off bullets.

I digress. The way Thatcher looked is of no importance. We should be focussing our attention on those seven prophetic words. Those seven, tiny words, which weren’t in the slightest bit true, which had never been true, but which would become the only truth there was:

“There”

Thatcher’s voice pierced. It was a vinegary screech. It was an autocratic squeal. Poetry without colour. A shadow without light.

“Is”

A static hush buzzed between words.

“No”

A distant footstep failed to echo.

“Such”

A gasp was swallowed.

“Thing”

A camera flashed.

“As”

An eyelash fell.

“Society”

“There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people. And people must look after themselves. It’s our duty to look after ourselves.”

With these seven words, the Cult of the Individual was born.

During the decades which followed, everyone would be forced to join.

By the time our hero was born, in the year 2060, Thatcher’s claim had become a reality. There really was no such thing as society. Our Renee was all alone.

~ About Author ~

JossJoss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unchained free-thinker, and post-modernist radical. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London’s beating heart. Then he escaped!

With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.

Then, in 2013, he ran off to McLeod Ganj; an Indian village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. It was there that Sheldon wrote his debut novel, ‘Involution & Evolution’.

With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. He traveled to Palestine and Kurdistan, where he researched his second novel, ‘Occupied’; a dystopian masterpiece unlike anything you’ve ever read.

But it was with his third novel, ‘The Little Voice’, that Sheldon really hit the big time; topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and gaining widespread critical acclaim.

In 2017 he returned with ‘Money Power Love’; a love story that charts the rise of the British Empire, and the way in which bankers, with the power to create money out of nothing, were able to shape the world we live in today.

Now Sheldon is back with what is arguably his best novel to date, ‘INDIVIDUTOPIA’. Fans of 1984 will love this dystopian classic, set in a world where corporations have destroyed society, and no one speaks to anyone else. This is a human story, full of hope, and an adventure, in which our hero does everything she can to escape…

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Book Blitz: The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks by Alvita Mack

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51foi9ovlsl-_sx367_bo1204203200_Title: The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks

Author: Alvita Mack

Release Date: 26 Septeber 2016

Summary:

This story is about a little boy who is fascinated by fire trucks. Throughout his early life, he has dreams about the adventures at the station and the exciting life of a firefighter. The little boy holds his dreams close until one day they become a reality.

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Book Blitz: Conquering Your Stress and Fears by Gustavo Kinrys

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41145719Title: Conquering Your Stress and Fears

Author: Gustavo Kinrys, M.D.

Release Date: August 9, 2018

Summary:

When you realize that anxiety, stress and even fear permeate every aspect of your life, you begin to wonder how you can eliminate these all-encompassing feelings. How can you reclaim those precious minutes of your life and become truly at peace with your mind? Conquering Your Stress and Fears by Dr. Gustavo Kinrys, M.D. quickly and easily guides you through the various options for tackling these feelings naturally, before you turn to conventional medications and treatments. From the nuances of supplemental approaches such as herbs or vitamins, mindfulness meditation and even emergent technologies, Dr. Kinrys’s guide tells you what you need to know about usage and dosing, providing detailed instructions in an easy to approach and practical guide to get you on the path to wellness.

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~ About Author ~

a12hebpukel-_sy200_Gustavo Kinrys, M.D. is a graduate from the Mayo Clinic and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the Associate Medical Director of the MGH Clinical Trials Network and Institute (CTNI), and a member of the Dauten Center for Bipolar Innovation (DCBI), Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, Dr. Kinrys has been a faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 15 years. Dr. Kinrys has published over 100 articles, reviews and posters, has been a recipient of numerous awards, and has delivered lectures in national and international forums. He is the author of the books Anxiety Disorders manual and Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Stress. Also, of the upcoming volumes Natural Remedies for Bipolar Disorder, and Natural Remedies for your Sleep. His areas of interest include treatment-resistant depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, development of novel pharmacologic agents and diagnostic tools for mood and anxiety disorders, cross-cultural and minority issues in clinical trials, and applications of natural remedies and new technologies alone and combined with conventional pharmacologic therapies for treatment-refractory patients.

 

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[Book Blitz] Mother Nature: Earth Bleeding Tears by Nicole D’Settemi

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51sna1uCQTL_SY346_Title: Mother Nature: Earth Bleeding Tears

Author: Nicole D’Settemi

Series: Mother Nature Anthology #1

Release Date: 12 June 2018

Summary:

Mother Nature, I of III part series is a profound lyrical work by poet and author Nicole D. This is her fifth poetry collection released to date, and centers around many of her original themes of dug abuse. recovery, addiction,. toxic love, feminism and more.
The collection provides crisp, lush visuals alongside the themes, with lyric and stanza pieces dominating the batch of poems. Her metaphoric talent shine brightest in this epical collection, and her rhymes and rhythm are at their absolute peak! This unique collection includes classics such as “Prism of Panic,” and “Distorted Rainbow,” intermixed with the “Route to all Evil Quartet,” “Eyes Leaking Blood,” and “The Long Road,” to name just a few!

 

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~ About Author ~

Author picAuthor Nicole D’Settēmi is a 35 year old writer, currently living in upstate New York. She has lived in five regions nationally, including South Florida and New York City. She has always been a self-described “poetic, nomadic, creative soul,” and is an enthusiast of a variety of artistic mediums, but considers writing her number one form of art, and feels everything else is just an extension of that passion and creative outlet.
Nicole was raised in Niagara Falls, a tiny town bordering Canada, and can remember being as young as six, when writing her first lyrical, and philosophical poems. She also points out being selected at 6, for the “Young Authors Club,” which was a city-wide project.
Nicole won two city-wide essay contests between the ages 9-11, which was when she received her first typewriter and then she started a fan-club and newsletter for her childhood hero, as well as penning letters to over 30 pen-pals internationally.
Though Nicole (who was an honor student) rebelled by 15, and was incidentally expelled from school, she still wrote habitually. She once showed her “alternative-school” teacher a poem titled: “That’s Life,” which she penned at 14. He was so impressed with the piece; he had it faxed to every school in the city.
At 16 Nicole was uprooted from her small town and moved to Boca Raton, where she felt displaced and started to deal with depression. Hereditarily, mental illness and substance abuse ran rapid in her family tree, and by 20 she experimented with a plethora of chemical substances. By 23, she became addicted to shooting heroin, and was engaged to her co-conspirator and partner-in-crime. She attended an art school for photo journalism, but withdrew half-way through the year, due to a devastating addiction to injecting various drugs.
Addictarium was written while she spent two years in a therapeutic community for seriously addicted, and mentally ill, patrons. The author outlines her experiences, including the tale of losing her eyesight due to shooting a poisoned bag of heroin, which is when she was forced to hitch a greyhound bus from South Florida to Manhattan, and after several weeks of surgeries, was admitted to Daytop Village for long-term treatment, and drug addiction recovery. The book outlines many of the experiences

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CoverTitle: Addictarium

Author: Nicole D’Settemi

Release Date: 1 September 2016

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Summary: 

Drugs. Sex. Detox. Art. Recovery. Prostitution. Music. Street life. Poetry. Toxic love. And, those are just on the surface. The layers and complexities of Addictarium will shock and enthrall you…

When wild-child, and south Florida escapee, Danielle Martino finds herself curled in a ball on the cold tile floors of her filthy rank bathroom in the tiny studio she rents with her fiancé and partner-in-crime, she knows it’s time to quit abusing heroin. Severely impaired from shooting a bad batch of black tar heroin, and already partially blind from the infection that the muddy poison has caused, she is forced to hitch a greyhound bus to New York City, and to abandon her care-free, American-bohemian, drug infested life-style.
Hailed everywhere as a beautiful, unique, honest, raw and poetic account of recovery, Addictarium takes readers on a compelling journey through the life and eyes of the narrator; a creative, nomadic, deep–but, incidentally broken–young woman, and underlines the contributing factors to what it’s really like to suffer from addiction. With magnificent candor–and sometimes emotionally crippling descriptions–we witness Danielle’s fight towards recovery from more than just heroin, as Addictarium brings the readers on a fascinating and harrowing, brutal tale of a young women’s recovery from total and mass self-destruction.
–Addictarium highlights in the starkest of lights, why it is so difficult for addicts to receive the recovery they seek, when they finally do decide to put the drug down.

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Release Day Blitz: A Teddy for Jackie Jr. by Ronald Destra

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TeddycoverauthornameTitle: A Teddy for Jackie Jr.

Author: Ronald Destra

Release Date: 4 July 2018

Summary:

What is a miracle to you? If it’s walking on water or turning water to wine then you need to reconsider and take a better look around you. For the mother and father of Jackie Junior, there had never been a more astounding miracle than their son.

You see Jackie Junior was born with a horrible spinal condition that prevented him from ever standing or walking. Doctors were absolutely certain that he was doomed never to walk, always to be different from anyone else.

But, to their surprise, Jackie was a fighter. All that was needed was for his parents to get him a teddy bear. But this teddy bear was not an ordinary toy. Everything about that teddy bear was specially made for Jackie and was a true reflection of his parents’ love for him.

This special connection that Jackie Junior and Teddy shared was exactly what ignited the fighting spirit in him, helping him take his first steps at the age of four. His parents and his doctors were not only amazed but were actually left speechless because they knew something like that was simply impossible.

Reading this animated book hopefully open your mind to this impossible world and show you that everything is possible if you just believe; if you just fight.

Jackie Junior was destined never to walk or stand. His doctors were more certain about his condition than the color of the night sky. But nothing in his life is certain and nothing is final.

So pick up this great book and read it to your little angel. He or she will definitely appreciate the unique message as well as the promising ending.

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A really great book for kids who suffer from a disability or not. It was very nicely written and kids will love it! it definitely teaches kids and adults that there are miracles and there are those who make them happen because of their inner strength!
A great way to teach your kids about strength, love, and problems of others.

~ About Author ~

Author PicRonald Destra is a Floridian author, illustrator, publisher, entrepreneur and husband. Each of his books has a unique storyline that appeals to young ones, while teaching them about heavy subjects.

His books include:

Best Friends, Santa’s Little Helper, The Birthday Party, Hoppy the Frog, Tommy the Giraffe, The Little Hero, Fluffy the Bird, The Tattoo, Scrappy the Dog, The Zoo, A Teddy for Jackie Jr, and much more.

Ronald Destra is the co-founder of Destra World Books Publishing.

His passion is to help younger children learn that they do have a purpose in life and to never give up.

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Book Blitz: Tales from the Forest by Johanna Aldridge

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51XPHFIJYjL_SX311_BO1_204_203_200_Title: Tales from the Forest

Author: Johanna Aldridge

Release Date: 8 March 2018

Summary:

The Forest Realm is a magical world within our own. You cannot see it, nor can you hear it, and only very few might be able to feel it. The realm feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, and protects the hunted… so long as their hearts are pure.

Recently orphaned, two heartbroken brothers are at risk of separation by the government…

A black labrador leads a colony of rabbits away from danger…

A destitute family of rats seek a new life away from the pollution of the big city…

All have been rescued by the realm of magic, and their lives are truly about to change.

Come and join us in The Forest where magic thrives, adventures are rife, and friendships last forever.

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[Book Blitz] We Blend Well Together by Patrice Brown

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We_blend_Well_Together_3_1Title: We Blend Well Together

Author: Patrice Brown

Release Date: 3 April 2018

Summary:

Caleb secretly wonders what his life would be like if his two parents were still together. He must learn to fight his way past the thoughts of living in to separate homes. In his quest to understand why he has a divided home, we he eventually understands why? Today many people are living in divorced and single parent home settings. Caleb is a boy that feels confused and trapped between two different family settings. Driven to find out the truth about his parents split, find out why this suburban North Carolina native boy is frustrated. Is it wrong for Caleb to try to understand his family dynamic or should he remain silent? In a world, where blended families is a new norm. Why not take a look at Caleb’s journey with understanding his family environment. Patrice Shavone Brown being a controversial author explore why the topic of blended family homes is important.

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