Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible

Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Tony F. Powell and his biography/autobiography Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible

Author’s description

Tony Powell was born on March 16, 1955 in Charlottetown, Labrador, NL, on the Northeast Coast of Canada, son of the late Benjamin and Effie Powell. Together they had nine children – seven boys and two girls. Six boys become bush pilots. Tony is married to Ida Powell, and they have one child, Ramsey, who is a medical doctor.

 

Tony will take you on his life’s journey. His stories are captivating, inspiring, and heart-wrenching. He never faltered in achieving his dreams and aspirations.

 

Tony has a great love for family and history. His greatest qualities are his positive attitude and calm nature, never allowing negative thinking to weaken his strengths and defeat his goals.

 

Tony’s early years took him to the rich fishing ground off the shores of Labrador. At the tender age of seven he would accompany his dad and the crew to haul the cod traps in an ol’ 10-metre motorboat. At age fourteen he was fishing as a share-man on his dad’s longliner in the furry seas of Northern Labrador.

 

At age seventeen Tony was guiding sports fishermen from all over the world, fishing for trout and Atlantic salmon in our rich Labrador rivers and streams. Their excitement became his enjoyment.

 

Tony begin his career as a commercial pilot at the age of twenty. His love of flight included seven years with Labrador Airways, coupled with three years flying the mission plane out of North West River, Labrador.

 

Tony’s dream was to have his own flying service. Pursuing his dream, he became owner/Chief Pilot of Labrador Travel Air, an aircraft charter company. With the newly constructed Trans Labrador Highway along our shores, Labrador Travel Air became history.

 

He has 45 years of flying experience and 27,000 hours of flight time on over 30 different types of single-and multi-engine aircraft on wheels, skis and floats, including a commercial helicopter licence, often logging 1500 hours in a single year. In Tony’s years of flight thus far he is very proud to have a proven record of never having any injuries to his passengers or himself.

 

Tony continues to fly seasonally on a legendary Beaver seaplane for Portland Creek Aviation, and has his own PA-18 Super Cub C-GTFP.

 

I invite you to come experience first hand Captain Tony Powell behind the controls of the legendary de Havilland pistonpowered Beaver during the seventies without heaters in -50°C temperatures. Watch him perform many lifesaving mercy flights while battling some of nature’s most severe weather conditions anywhere on the planet. His described flights will surely capture the attention of the most avid flyer as we witness him survive engine failures and even a crash landing amongst the huge trees in Labrador.

 

Come live out in real time his heroic shipwreck. Sit on his modified Mach Z Ski-Doo and feel the adrenaline flow through your veins as you race for dear life up the big mountain in the Race on the Rock at Marble Mountain, NL.

 

At age forty-eight, Tony was diagnosed with fourth and final stage cancer. Learn of his prognosis, and his courageous determination to survive. Experience his fight to beat the odds.

 

Throughout Tony’s recollections you will travel by air, water and land, experiencing historic events and fatal airplane crash scenes in Labrador, including the story of his Grandfather Powell sailing onboard the Dorothy Duff while delivering a load of salt cod fish to the Mediterranean Sea during WWI. It will surely chill you to your core.

 

Tony will welcome you to his childhood family home where you will find pure love overcoming many of life’s obstacles. Find out the true meaning of perseverance, courage and strength.

 

Tony has shown us what life’s struggles are all about and how he survived them.

 

This book is a true reflection of living our lives one day at a time. Each day we all journey Against the Wind and survive the storms of life.

About the Author

Tony Powell was born and raised at Charlottetown, Labrador, Newfoundland Labrador, a proud member of NunatuKavut, Southern Inuit of Labrador. He is mixed blood Inuit and European decent, the son of the late Author Benjamin W. Powell of Charlottetown, Labrador, NL. His mom was the late Effie Mary Campbell Powell, born at George’s Cove, ten miles south of Square Islands on the southeast coast of Labrador. Married to Ida Powell of Conche, on the great Northern Peninsula of NL, they have a son, Ramsey Powell, who is a medical Doctor.

When Tony was a boy the main mode of transportation along the Labrador Coast was by a Team of husky dogs or snowshoes.

A travelling doctor and nurse visited our community once during the winter by dog team, and once during the summer by boat. The first scheduled Aircraft passenger service was Labrador Airways by single engine Otter in 1970 winter time only.

Find the Author

CONNECT WITH Tony F. Powell at his website — http://tonyfpowell.com/

Buy the Book

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Yes, there is a giveaway

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Enjoy an Excerpt

Historic Aircraft Tragedy 1939 continued…

He said he made it outside then fainted for the only time in his life. After he came around he ran back to tell his father something very bad happened in the old house: there were three dead men inside. His father and brother Rupert went inside and had a good look around, finding papers and writings. They left and came upon the downed airplane about two miles away. They had to go and report their findings. The nearest wireless telegraph office was at Hopedale. After spending the night in their tent, they left early in the morning and they met up with old William Able and his son Joey, who lived with their families in the next bay. Joey got ready right away and went with his father to Hopedale so they could report the sad findings. Leonard and Rupert would go south to find the Newfoundland ranger but because they were tired they decided it would be best to go back home to Island Harbour for the night. Early the next morning they left for Makkovik. They were told the ranger was gone south as far as Cape Harrison. The next day Bill Andersen took Leonard south to meet Ranger Bragg at Seal Cove, at Uncle Charley Broomfield’s place. It was the ranger and Billy Winter’s dog team driver that would head back. The ranger was a little upset when they told him his father had gone to Hopedale to report the findings, saying, “You shouldn’t’ have done that, my report should have gone out first.”

The bodies were taken to Hopedale. The ranger put Harold, Stephen and Leonard McNeil up to the lake to watch over the airplane for the next fifteen days until an airplane, CF-ABX, arrived with fuel and another pilot and mechanic. He told me the aircraft was from Dominion Skyways in Quebec.

The floats were removed from CF-BND and skis installed. Fueled, it started up perfect first try. Then the pilot offered him a ride to Hopedale, in either of the airplanes. Even though his dad told him not to go up in any airplane he couldn’t turn down this opportunity; he was nervous but anxious to go. He chose CF-ABX, thinking the other plane had been there for a long time and it could have trouble. Sitting next to the pilot, shortly after going airborne the pilot asked him if he knew the land. Young Leonard told him yes, he did, and pointed towards Hopedale, straight ahead. They landed fifteen minutes later with the other airplane landing behind them. His father and Bob Stevenson came out to meet the plane, and his dad was surprised to see him getting out, saying, “You took a chance to come in an airplane! I told you not to do that!”

He replied, “I’m here now, Dad.”

Sometime later both aircrafts loaded up and left to fly back to where they came from somewhere In Quebec with a fuel stop in Northwest River, Labrador. The floats were shipped back on the coastal steamer in the summer. Mr. McNeil told me he really enjoyed that first airplane ride, even though the circumstances were sad.

As I think back to that terrible tragedy, I am grateful that those three men were flown back to their loving families and now have a final resting place

Thank you!

Tony F. Powell — we appreciate your sharing your book Against the Wind: Hope Sees The Invisible with us! Best of luck with sales, and with all of your future writing.

How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself

Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Antoinetta Vogels and her self-help book How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself

Author’s description

Antoinetta has a bachelor’s in French and a master’s in music. She worked in the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra as a bassoonist, has two grown daughters, and lives in Bellevue, WA, USA.

 

In 2013, Antoinetta created the Sense of Self Method, a self-help program for people who want to get a good night’s sleep no matter what!

 

With her company, Healthy Sense Of Self, LLC, Antoinetta and her team provide education about what can be wrong in the way a person experiences their self and, consequently, others. Antoinetta has made it her life’s work to help people improve their life by reversing issues related to a negative self-image. She wants everyone to have the ability to be their most authentic self.

About the Author

Antoinetta Vogels is the Founder and CEO of Healthy Sense of Self™ LLC, author of “How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself” her newest book which will release in the fall. She also wrote “Healthy Sense of Self How to be True to Your Self and Make Your World a Better Place!” (2013), as well as the Online Course: Introducing the Sense of Self Method! (found on her website, http://www.healthysenseofself.com), the “Sense of Self Workbook” (based on the Online Course but also to be used independently) (2014), “A Guided Journal to a Healthy Sense of Self (2014), and “The Motivation Cure” (2017).

Through many years of searching for her Self, Antoinetta has come to conclude that from early childhood on, many of us have not been acknowledged as the autonomous people we truly are. She provides insight and tools to help you enhance and/or completely restore your ability to sense your Self and correct the ill-effects of childhood conditioning that reverberate in all aspects of our lives.

Antoinetta Vogels is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands and a former bassoonist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a ballroom dancer, a mother of two and lives in Washington, USA.

Find the Author

Website — https://www.healthysenseofself.com/
Goodreads — https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7177981
Twitter — Antoinetta_Vogelshttp://www.twitter.com/HealthySoS

Buy the Book

This book is on sale for $0.99.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/How-Overcome-Insomnia-All-Yourself-ebook/dp/B08T5Y299B/

Yes, there is a giveaway

The author will be awarding a print copy of “Healthy Sense of Self – How to be true to your self and make your world a better place!” to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour (US Only).

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My Favorite Excerpt

Insomnia wreaks havoc on your quality of life and it’s bad for your overall health, so it is no wonder that sleeping aids are a twenty-nine billion dollar market. People need to sleep. You want to get rid of this problem, but you don’t know how. No clear solution has yet been found and nothing you’ve tried so far has worked.

As an ex-insomniac, I have written this book to share with you how I managed to get rid of my chronic sleeping problems and hand you down the tools that helped me heal myself. It is my deepest wish they ensure that you will have fewer restless nights, and perhaps even free you from insomnia forevermore.

Let us first agree on how to look at insomnia.

If there is no medical explanation for your insomnia, please make the effort to understand the reason behind it. Doing so will allow you to make adjustments to your life so you can eliminate the issue. I’ve found that the best way to get started with that is to see insomnia as a type of self-sabotage. But note that I don’t use this term with the same negative implications that are commonly attributed to it. What I mean to say here is actually the opposite: What if insomnia is in fact serving an important natural purpose for you?

Thank you!

Antoinetta Vogels — we appreciate your sharing your book How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself with us! Best of luck with sales, and with all of your future writing.

The Virus of Beauty

Today it is my pleasure to welcome author C.B. Lyall and her YA fantasy novel, The Virus of Beauty.

Author’s description

Ugliness is power, and the Virus of Beauty is spreading causing panic throughout the witch population.

 

Wilf Gilvary is a teenage wizard who is terrified of using magic. When his father dies under mysterious circumstances, Wilf is plunged into the middle of a political struggle between the witches and wizards in the Magical Realm. He’d rather play soccer than practice magic, but he’s forced to make a choice between the life of a normal Hong Kong teen and one of wizardry after a powerful virus begins to decimate the witch community. The cure is spellbound in a journal Wilf inherited from his father and when his friend Katryna contracts the virus, Wilf understands that he must overcome his fear of magic to unlock the journal’s secrets – but will it be too late to save her?

About the Author

Carolyn Lyall was born in Stockton-On-Tees, United Kingdom. As a child Carolyn growing up in Northern England in the sixties Carolyn loved sports, reading and amateur dramatics. She joined a renaissance group, practiced the broadsword and dreamed of visiting other worlds. Her passion for what could be drove her forward when faced with everyday struggles. Her first memorable skirmish with gender inequality came at nine-years old when she was told that only boys were allowed to play soccer. In response, she simply refused to do any classwork until they changed their old-fashioned policies. She won that battle.

At the age of 18, she took a role as typist for a nursing school in Middlesbrough. She then moved to London and enrolled in night school. She was quickly recognized for her ability to fit in anywhere and for not being afraid to push back on the predominantly male leadership. She eventually became a project manager in software development and micro-computers, bridging the gap between computer programmers and management.

Her dream to travel was finally realized in 1990 when she moved to New York City, USA with her husband and the first of three sons. This was the steppingstone to a lifelong adventure that has taken her and her family to India, Belgium and Hong Kong.

Raising her family in multiple countries around the world, she saw that each move, while a shock, was an opportunity for her sons to redefine themselves against new challenges and different cultural norms. Now, that her sons have left home, Carolyn has used her passion for the fantastic to create a world where every day gender inequalities are at the forefront of a world ending conflict. She shares this story through the eyes of a young man who is suddenly thrust into this new world along with all of his own woes and prejudices. The introduction to this world is in Carolyn’s debut YA fantasy novel, The Virus of Beauty, due to be released July 31, 2019 under C B Lyall.

Carolyn has published two short stories in an annual anthology by 25 Servings of Soop. She wrote a number of articles for the American Women’s Associates Magazine.  Fueled by her love of the works of Terry Pratchett, Sarah J Maas, Cassandra Clare, Brandon Sanderson and others, Carolyn has completed a number of writing courses, which included a Master Fantasy/Science Fiction writers course with Gotham Writers’ Workshop, a YA Voice class and Advance Novel Writing course at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute.

Author Trivia: Four Things C.B. Lyall Cannot Live Without

A laptop – During hurricane Sandy we didn’t have electricity for 13 days and at first it was difficult to get gas for the car. Fortunately, we did have a gas fire to heat the room and I had a gas stove to cook on. I spent my days writing on my laptop, reading and playing music.

My friends and family – During COVID-19 it has been great to still see people over zoom. It isn’t the same, but the social contact is essential.

My husband and children – they are what makes life so special. I couldn’t imagine life without them.

Books – I have a lot of old friends here. They’ve traveled around the globe with me. I love them being with me.

Find the Author

Website: cblyall.com
Facebook: @CarolynBLyall
Twitter: @cblyall
Instagram: @carolynlyall

Buy the Book

Amazon buy link

Yes, there is a giveaway

The author will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Enter here to win.

This post is part of a tour sponsored by Goddess Fish. Check out all the other tour stops. If you drop by each of these and comment, you will greatly increase your chances of winning.

My Favorite Excerpt

Katryna hurried along the dimly lit corridor. Its dark, stained carpet and peeling paint reflected the building’s location. This wasn’t a part of town she usually visited. The balconies and entrance might have a view of the market square, but at the back of the building pulsed the Veil. The swirling gray mist had separated and protected the witches of Mathowytch from the citizens of Kureyamage for over fourteen years.

She unlocked the door of a studio apartment crowded with chintzy, overstuffed furniture. A cat lay sprawled along the back of the sofa in the sunlight, licking his paws. Katryna wrinkled her nose at the smell of cat and decay. Flies buzzed around the cat’s dirty food bowl, and she zapped them, hoping the frail old witch wouldn’t be upset with her use of magic.

Griselda lay on the bed in a fetal position, whimpering. Katryna sat down next to her in a wooden, high-backed chair. She reached to rub Griselda’s back, but then pulled back. It might not be safe to touch the old witch.

“Can I get you something to eat?”

Griselda shook her head and remained facing the wall.

There seemed to be very little Katryna could do. Perhaps that was why Ermentrude had forgotten to add Griselda’s name to the list of new cases to visit. However, her mother had been distracted before she left. Ermentrude might be among the city’s most powerful witches, but she made time to visit the sick whenever she could. Her mother’s hard outer shell hid a soft center of community spirit. The problem was, Ermentrude expected her daughter to pick up the slack whenever she disappeared on a new, urgent assignment for the Witch Council.

Thank you!

C.B. Lyall — we appreciate your sharing your book The Virus of Beauty with us! Best of luck with sales, and with all of your future writing.

 Looking for More?

This week I’m featuring two more YA fantasy books on my other blog. Check out the series Magical Beasts and my review of A Fairy’s Quest.