Friday, September 30, 2016

Dance Diaries by The Girl With the Tree Tattoo



Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance: What I Wish I Had Known (Book #1)


Why didn't anyone tell me? Ballroom dancing is fun, magical and, most of all, life-changing. When I first started learning ballroom though, I fumbled around awkwardly and sometimes painfully, figuring things out as I went along. Certain things weren't explained or just never came up in conversation. From what to expect in class to how to find the right teacher or dance partner to how much ballroom really costs, Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance covers the things that I wish I had known when I first started learning ballroom. This quick read is your cheat sheet to help you get the most out of your ballroom experience.

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Dance Diaries: Ballroom Budgeting: How I Afford to Dance (Book #2)

Anyone who tries ballroom dancing quickly learns how expensive it can be. From private lessons to competition fees, the monetary cost of being a ballroom student can quickly skyrocket. In my experience, the high cost is the most frequently cited reason for quitting dance. It shouldn’t be that way!

I live paycheck to paycheck, carry credit card debt, and still dance and compete in pro-am ballroom. In my first two years as a pro-am competitive ballroom dancer, I entered five competitions, had the money reserved for two additional events, and, at the same time, reduced my credit card debt by almost 50%!

I wrote this second book in my Dance Diaries series out of a desire to help my fellow struggling dancers do the same thing. From budgeting basics to specific tips on how to save on ballroom dancing, in Ballroom Budgeting, I share exactly how I dance and compete in ballroom while living paycheck to paycheck AND reducing debt! I even provide the tools I use to help you start organizing your own ballroom budget right away! Stop stressing over the cost and focus on what is important – the dancing!

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Author's Bio:


Katie is known as the Girl with the Tree Tattoo because of the tree of life tattoo that covers her entire back. She has been taking ballroom dancing lessons since December 2012 and competing in pro-am ballroom competitions since April 2014. It was through ballroom dance that Katie started to discover who she really was and what she was capable of, despite the demons of fear, self-doubt, and anxiety that live in her head. Through sharing her own experiences, Katie hopes to lead others to experience the amazing effect ballroom dancing can have on a life.

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Interview with The Girl With the Tree Tattoo

There are many books out there about ballroom dancing. What makes yours different?

My books are written from my personal experiences as a ballroom student, not as a professional recalling what they went through years and years ago. I still use the tips and tricks in Ballroom Budgeting to afford my lessons and competitions. I also don’t sugarcoat the experiences. I love ballroom, but acknowledge the ballroom world isn’t perfect. I believe this attitude gives my books a welcoming and honest introduction to ballroom.

How did you do research for your books?

I lived them! For Dance Diaries: Learning Ballroom Dance, I put together all of the information that would have made things easier for me when I first started learning ballroom, including the good, the bad, and the awkward. For Dance Diaries: Ballroom Budgeting, I was driven by a desire to help anyone in a similar position as mine, where their passion for ballroom was a lot larger than the size of their wallet. So I put together all of the strategies, tips and tricks that I’ve used to afford ballroom.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

My full-time day job is as a technical report editor for an environmental consulting firm. It is pretty much the opposite of the dancing and creative writing that I do in my off hours! My work keeps me engaged for the most part, but I do hope to transition to a full-time writer/dancer and no longer require a separate day job to fund my passions.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I would go back to 1952 and the night of the premiere of Singin’ in the Rain! It is one of my favorite movies, and I would love the chance to meet Gene Kelly in person. He is one of my favorite dancers, and his famous pose on the lamp post symbolizes my love of dance in my tree tattoo.

What is your next project?

On the dancing front, I really want to get back to competing. Due to challenges outside of the ballroom, I have only been able to afford one competition in 2016. I aim to make 2017 a comeback year! On the writing front, I have a few different ideas, including a third book in the Dance Diaries series.

What advice would you give budding writers?

Don’t give up! It’s perfectly normal to feel like you suck or to be afraid that you’ll be called out as a fraud. Every writer deals with these feelings. Don’t give up. Keep practicing your craft, try different things, but in the end, write honestly. I have found that readers respond most to a genuine voice, where the writer is being true to themselves and their own style, rather than trying to write like someone else because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do.




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Ava Claire is a sucker for Alpha males and happily ever afters. When not putting pen to paper or glued to her Kindle, Ava likes road tripping, watching an unhealthy amount of Netflix, karaoke and vintage fashion.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR: Flight Club - Rebel, Reinvent and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business by Felena Hanson



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Book Title:  Flight Club: Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business by Felena Hanson
Category:  Adult nonfiction, 198 pages
Genre:  Business
Publisher: Self-published
Release date:  April 2016
Tour dates:  Sept 19 to Oct 7, 2016
Content Rating:  PG + M (Book contains real life examples - infidelity) 

Book Description:

Flight Club is a call to rebel, reinvent, and thrive! The book shares the journey of women who "leaned out" of corporate to launch their dream business.

Felena Hanson, founder of Hera Hub, shares her personal story and rise to entrepreneurship. The book also features the journeys of and advice from six courageous female entrepreneurs: Debby Eubank, Linda O'Keefe, Lorin Beller, Sara Clark-Williams, Deirdre Maloney, and MaryCay Durrant. Each shares an exercise to help you craft your flight path.

The final section of the book includes access to an online platform (www.StepsToStartup.com) which walks you through 17 foundational steps of launching a business. Book buyers will receive three months free access!

This book is for you if ...
You are tired of building someone else's dream
You want to pursue your passion as a career
You are over the corporate politics
You want more control of your time and life
You don't want to build your dream business alone!


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Meet the Author:


Felena is a long-time entrepreneur and marketing maven. Her latest venture, Hera Hub, is a spa-inspired shared workspace and community for female entrepreneurs. This as-needed, flexible work and meeting space provides a productive environment for growing businesses. Hera Hub members have access to a professional space to meet with clients and to connect and collaborate with like-minded business owners, thus giving them the support they need to be prosperous. The company has three locations in San Diego, one in Washington DC, and continues to grow nationally via a licensing model. Her goal is to support over 20,000 women in the launch and growth of their business by 2020. Felena and Hera Hub have been featured in Inc Magazine, the BBC News, Forbes, and the New York Times. She is a published author and international speaker. Her book, “Flight Club – Rebel, Reinvent, and Thrive: How to Launch Your Dream Business” is available on Amazon.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

Q & A With Felena Hanson

There are many books out there about….What makes yours different?
Yes, there are many “how to launch a business” books on the market but mine is unique for several reasons
  1. It has relatable stories of women who have come through challenging situations to make their dreams a reality
  2. It gives the reader a step-by-step action plan to bring business to life.  It’s inspiration, tools, and education all rolled into one.

What are some of the signs that someone may be ready to become and entrepreneur?
1. You feel stuck. You've hit a wall and are no longer fulfilled by your job.
2. The light bulb came on and stayed on. One day you're in your kitchen, or more likely the shower, and you conjure up an unmet need. You keep working it over in your mind and even start obsessing about it. You can't let it go!
3. You’re passionate. It's not just a good idea; it's what you feel you were put on this earth to do! You start to tell everyone you know—even your mother-in-law! You want to build your dream!
4. You’re independent. You would rather blaze your own trail rather than following the herd. You've always been the girl that zigged when others zagged.
5. You’re motivated. You're willing to work nights and weekends on your idea.
6. You're disciplined. You're the one who follows through with your New Year’s resolutions through 12/31.
7. You’re organized. You color code your calendar - every color has meaning!


What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
License my business model internationally - www.HeraHub.com/Expansion
I wanted to build something that was bigger than myself.  In my prior business (doing marketing strategy consulting for small businesses) I was trading time for dollars.  It’s the classic “eMyth” scenario (book by Michael Gerber).  My goal is to support over 20,000 women in the launch and growth of their business. We’re doing this by connecting with amazing women throughout the world who want to use our model to build their own business and a strong platform for female entrepreneurship in their city.

Any hobbies? or Name a quirky thing you like to do.
Other than running my business I love drinking strong black coffee, running with my two dogs, and sipping a good Malbec (typically in that order).  I also LOVE to travel.  Thus far I’ve been to 23 countries and have another 50 on my bucket list.

What was the process of writing your book?
The book has three distinctive sections
  1. My story and journey to entrepreneurship
  2. Advice from six women and short stories of the “lean out moment” for an additional dozen women
  3. A practical step by step process to launch a business

For section one I started with filming my life story via eight hours of video.  I then had that transcribed and worked with a book coach to help me turn the timeline into a story.  This process took almost a year because I only had a few days per month to write.

The second part of the book was mostly coordination and interviews, which I had my book coach assist me with.  I wanted to be sure to bring in other perspectives and tangible examples.

The final part of the book is backed up by an online platform, which is a 17 step process to launch a business.  This I also back up with video content and significant online resources.  This was also took me about a year to compile and build.  Again, I had help.

I couldn’t have completed the book without significant support from the Hera Hub community… it takes a village to raise a book!

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Book Title: Credo (Scars of the Wraiths, #3) 
Author: Nashoda Rose 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: October 24, 2016 
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New York Times & USA Today Best Selling Author Nashoda Rose brings a fresh twist to the paranormal romance world with 'the Scars'.



An unrequited love.

A tortured past.

An unbreakable bond.



Their love was well-known throughout the immortal world.

The powerful Taldeburu Waleron and his Delara.

But tragedy struck and tore them apart for years. One believing the other was dead.



When fate finally brings them back together again it isn’t kind.

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Because love has no remorse for its victims.

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A band of fierce warriors walk in the shadows of the human world with capabilities derived from the senses: Trackers, Sounders, Healers, Tasters, Visionaries and the rare Reflectors. They are known as the ‘Scars.



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Tyrant (Scars of the Wraiths, Book 2)

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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes romance with a splash of darkness. When she isn't writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading or writing with her dog at her side, while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers and chatting about her addiction--books.

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