Monday, January 21, 2019

I Am More Than My Hair

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Alyscia Cunningham will be awarding a limited edition 2019 calendar for "I Am More Than My Hair" (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. See below to sign up for the GIVEAWAY.




From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our "crown and glory." Where does this notion fit for a girl with alopecia (the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness)? This new coffee table book should bring light to the issue.


I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me, is a two-part project, documentary film and coffee table book. The newly published book features 138 portraits of 46 women and the stories of their experience with hair loss, as well as women who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one.


Read an excerpt...

Amy, 39

Pull-Quote:
I look a little different, but I’m still me — I’m still Amy!

Story:
Never in a million years did I think I would have alopecia.

It started with a small bald spot on the back of my head and, four months later, I was completely bald. I had no choice but to wear wigs and try to go about my life like nothing was wrong. That is so much easier said than done!

I distanced myself from friends and family and avoided social situations at all costs. I did not want people to see me differently. I felt like a completely different person on the outside, and it started to make me feel different on the inside, too. I spent months feeling isolated and depressed, and it started to take a toll on me.

I had an “Aha!” moment one day when I was sick of missing out on life because of my own excuses. I realized I am not my hair! There is so much more to me than my outward appearance.

Yes, I look a little different, but I’m still me—I’m still Amy! I feel like my diagnosis was God’s way of telling me to not be so concerned with what other people think of me and to just get out there and enjoy life! It has been a slow process, but now I don’t let being bald hold me back from doing anything. I go for that boat ride or swimming; I do not mind a windy day, and I get myself to the gym. I am still not comfortable going out in public without my wig, my hat collection has grown tremendously.

Losing my hair has taught me to be a stronger, more confident woman, and I know I can handle whatever curve ball life sends my way! I am more than my hair because my external appearance does not represent all I have to offer on the inside. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” —Maya Angelou

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Alyscia Cunningham is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL. In September 2013 Alyscia self-published Feminine Transitions, a photography book encompassed with portraits of raw feminine beauty. Her recently published photography book and upcoming documentary film, I Am More Than My Hair, features 138 portraits of 46
females and the stories of their experience with hair loss as well as females who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one. Alyscia creates these, and future projects, with the consideration of art for social-change.
Alyscia specializes in promoting our natural beauty because she believes the media does a good job of focusing on our insecurities by bombarding us with ads proclaiming that their appearance without enhancements is inadequate or faulty. Her portraits are unaltered by Photoshop and reveal women as they are naturally, without the fa├žade they put on for others.
Her work has been featured on Fox5 News, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, APlus, and Proud2BMe. To learn more about Alyscia and her work, visit Alyscia.com.
Alyscia also invites you to view her video introductions to Feminine Transitions, and I Am More Than My Hair.


I Am More Than My Hair book is now available on Amazon and at these retailers: Bluestockings Bookstore (New York, NY) BookWoman (Austin, TX) East City Bookshop (Washington, DC) Politics and Prose (Washington, DC) Sandy Spring Museum (Ashton, MD) Vroman's Bookstores (Pasadena, CA) Women's Museum of California (San Diego, CA)

Social media pages:
Twitter - @alyscia_c
Instagram - @Alyscia Cunningham








Sunday, January 20, 2019

Immortal Girl 5 and Mistress of Desire and The Orchid Lover



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. J.A, Jackson will be awarding a $25  Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Griffin Stark will be awarding a copy of the book (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Gray Horizon

Thriller

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. CB Samet will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. See below to sign up for the GIVEAWAY.



Sworn enemies. A stolen nuclear weapon. And the clock's ticking.

When Dr. Lillian Whyte learns a nuclear weapon is on the loose in Europe, she collides with a ruthless mercenary from her past. Isolated from her husband, a former CIA operative, Lillian tries to covertly help track the weapon. As she he joins the race to stop the bomb, she is drawn into a deadly game of chase. Despite her efforts, those intent on global catastrophe remain one step ahead of her.

As Lillian faces the fears of her past and deadliness of the present, can she secure the future of the world?
Read an excerpt...


“Dr. Whyte,” a guttural voice greeted her.

Her blood turned frigid and her stomach lurched as her heart thudded against her ribcage. As long as she lived, she would never forget that deep German accent—the voice of one of her captors nine years ago in Kenya.

The one that got away.

She was fairly certain Ivan Kleist would have only one reason for tracking her down: revenge.

Springing from the bench seat, she lashed a leg out into his gut. She saw a brief look of surprise on his pale face before she took off in a sprint.

Why now? Nine years he had waited.

The calculating killer had waited until she was out of the United States and away from Sean to corner her. She dashed in the direction of her hotel. Would she be safe in the lobby? In her room?

She slung her purse over her shoulder. Her phone was in the outer pocket, but she would have to slow down to make a call. Not happening. She would not slow until she reached the hotel.

Could she beat him to the hotel? His legs were longer, but she was ten years younger. But he probably hadn’t already logged twenty-six thousand steps for the day, as she had.

From her peripheral vision, Lillian saw an enormous object barreling toward her like a freight train. She barely had time to brace herself before Ivan plowed into her. She felt like she had been tackled by a linebacker. His large arms encircled her as she sailed to the ground. They rolled through the grass, her body encased by his.

He was so large he could probably crush the life out of her with his arms. She gasped for air. He wasn’t crushing her, but his grip was immobilizing.

Grunting, he hauled her to her feet. “Settle down, hase. Little white rabbit.”

Lillian, still dazed and sucking wind after her sprint, hardly put up a fight as he dragged her into an alley. Looking around frantically, her eyes couldn’t focus long enough to see anyone within shouting distance. She clawed at his large hand blocking her mouth from screaming.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Christina is a practicing physician, mother of two boys and a terrier, and wife to a caring and
supportive husband.


“I grew up reading Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and the Bourne books. I write seeking to create that level of action and intrigue but with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.”

LINKS
Author Website: www.cbsamet.com
Amazon Author Link: www.amazon.com/author/cbsamet 

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*Other links pending as book is currently in KU but will go wide Nov 1st.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What would you do with a Million Bucks








$$$  This is much harder to decide than one would think…at least for me.

My immediate families are in good shape. All grown and supporting themselves. Some of it would still make a nice gift just for the fun of sharing.


My life is settled and I can’t say I am unhappy at all, although no amount of money would cure unhappiness anyway.  

We love to travel and camp but that isn’t impossible now.



See what I mean by difficult? So far I’ve really done nothing but list what I probably wouldn’t do with a million dollars.


There are many legitimate charities I would like to help. A million dollars can only stretch so far, but I think I’d like to help a few where even $5000 is a big donation.

I can’t say that one is more important than another. How in the world could someone say cancer is worse than hungry children, Parkinson’s should come first before Alzheimer’s and so forth? 
Many of the small charities live from day to day and usually only exist because of a few dedicated volunteers, I think that’s who I’d like to help.







 Scholarships and education are important to me too.  








Planning and saving is something every family should be doing. No matter how small or big the amount we have always tried to budget wisely but catastrophic things can happen. We are both already very aware of this. So saving some of that Big Bucks would be important to me.  





So I’ve just now been able to spend about $100,000 in my thinking.

What would you do with the rest? Let me know.  



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