Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Law of Attraction = Action

I read a lot of books on the Law of Attraction – some are better than others. I agree with the principal: what you think about is what you attract into your life. What I don't believe is the idea that all we have to do is wish for things and then sit back and wait for them to come to us. In my mind, The Law of Attraction = Action.

Mike Dooley, one of my favorite authors, talks about starting with an end goal in mind and then working backwards. The operative word here is work. Dooley encourages people to take steps in the general direction of their goals, leaving the “cursed hows” to the universe. All of this requires action, not thought.

I'm not a religious person, but the phrase, “Faith without Works is Dead,” certainly rings true for me. How can I expect good things to happen in life if I'm not doing my part to bring about those desires? And even if I could just make things materialize simply by wishing them to be so, how much joy could I really expect to receive from that?

It's not enough to create a vision board filled with beautiful images of what I'd like my life to look like. I've noticed that the times I feel the most satisfied is when I've done the footwork on a project and then see positive results from my sustained effort. This kind of action is truly empowering.

It is my hope that everyone dreams big and follows their dreams in a big way. Yes, the Universe is Conspiring in Everyone's Favor, but only to the extent that we work with the Universe to make it happen!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Odyssey of a Slave

I'm pleased to welcome Carlyn Craig as a guest writer for the Quirky Audio Books Blog.  Carlyn shares some interesting information about the Odyssey of a Slave Trilogy.  

Patrick Bowman’s Odyssey of a Slave Trilogy is a bold re-imagining of Homer’s Odyssey and the Mediterranean world that inspired it some three thousand years ago. The young adult reader already familiar with the landscape of Greek myth and legend and the reader looking for an entertaining introduction can both enjoy this trilogy, which begins in the smoking ruins of Troy, in the wake of the Greek sacking of the city, (courtesy of the “Trojan Horse”). 

Fifteen year old Alexi tries to escape, but caught and is taken as a slave by Odysseus himself, to serve on his ship for the return trip to Ithaca. This is the Odyssey of Homer, but the adventures are Alexi’s own. He negotiates between his status as a slave and the demands on a hero, as one adventure succeeds another. Alexi is forthright and brave, and ready for anything. He be-devils his Greek slave-masters with his acerbic wit, and usually outshines them in tough situations with his ingenuity and adaptability. As their relationships develop, they slowly begin to find the humanity in each other. In Bowman’s hands, Alexi never comes across as a modern boy in ancient dress. He’s a fascinating young character who is of his age - an age very, very different from our own.

Alexi and his captors encounter the lotus-eaters and the Cyclops, enjoy Circe’s dubious hospitality, and endure the wrath of Aeolus and Poseidon, driven along by Patrick Bowman’s lively and erudite prose. Bowman spices his tale liberally with ancient Greek phrases and concepts, creating a three dimensional experience of ‘the age of heroes’. The adventures of young Alex bring the world of Odysseus to life from a new angle, and possess their own unique lessons and delights. Bowman has succeeded in weaving a world in which natural forces, humans, gods, and demi-gods contend for mastery in every situation, and he has given us a fine young hero to root for.

Gerard Doyle, Trilogy Narrator

This trilogy is narrated by the much-acclaimed Gerard Doyle, who earned an Earphone and Best Voice in Youth (2013) for his recording of the first book in this series, Torn from Troy. “His facility for accents and characterizations and his ability to set time and place by just the slightest vocal nuance make it almost impossible not to listen to him. … A delightfully original introduction to Homer’s ODYSSEY, read by a master craftsman.” (AudioFile Magazine, 2013)

Patrick Bowman, Trilogy Author

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Meet January Jones

Just who is January Jones? Although this particular January Jones is not an actress on “Mad Men,” she is a celebrity. This January Jones is the author of Thou Shalt Not Whine . . . The Eleventh Commandment, Jackie Ari & Jack: The Tragic Love Triangle and Oh, No . . . Jackie-O! and The Christina: The Oasis Odyssey. January Jones is also a syndicated talk show hostess!

I had the pleasure of once again being a guest on January Jones Sharing Success Stories. The show is now in syndication on three networks: Talk4Media http://w4cy.com/radio-personalities/january-jones/, iHeart Radio http://www.iheart.com/show/53-January-Jones-Sharing-Succ/ and Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/januaryjones.

During the show we talked at length about what success means to both of us, as well as the trials and tribulations of using modern technology to sell books and audio books. January is someone I consider to be an expert on the subject due to her impressive resume and work experience.

And if all this isn't enough, This January Jones is also a television personality, Reality TV Golf Star, Cruise Ship Speaker, Humorist and Whine-Ologist! Learn all about January's exciting career on her website http://www.januaryjones.com/ That's where you can find links to all her books and even learn about Zoey the Talking Dog! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlCs6aJZ_5I

Listen toa re-broadcast of my interview on January Jones Sharing Success Stories
Thursday,  November 11, 2014 on W4WN.COM and W4VET.com at 6 pm ET.
Talk4Media http://w4cy.com/radio-personalities/january-jones/
Saturday, November 15, 2014 on BlogTalkRadio.com 10 am EST.
Sunday on November 16, 2014 onW4CY.com at 6 pm ET. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hooray! Gadzooks! is now for sale on Audible.com

Listeners who prefer mp3 downloads to physical media can now enjoy Gadzooks! Audible.com on Audible.com http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

One of the advantages of using Audible.com is that it is less expensive because consumers aren't paying for a physical product (not to mention shipping costs!)  

Many listeners load their audio books onto their ipods and then plug the device into their car stereo systems.  Isn't technology grand?  

I'd like to give a special shout out to Audible.com today for working with me to get Gadzooks! up for sale on their site.  Thanks, Audible!  http://tinyurl.com/GadzooksAudible

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Gadzooks! is Coming to Audible.com


Gadzooks! has been approved by ACX and will soon be available for sale on Audible.com. This is a great option for audio book lovers who don't want the trouble or expense of listening to their favorite stories on disc.

I am currently selling two projects on Audible.com: Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book is a 2011 Audie Award Winner in the Multi-Voiced Category http://tinyurl.com/AudieWinner

Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is also available on Audible http://tinyurl.com/QuirkyProduction

For those who aren't using an ipod to listen to audio books, Gadzooks! is available on disc on Amazon