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).

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

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.

The Coach’s Wife

Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Barbara Casey and her mystery/suspense novel, The Coach’s Wife.

Author’s description

The Cinderella Coyotes of State University are in the Final Four, poised to win the NCAA National Championship in basketball—the culmination of March Madness. For Marla Conners, she’s proud of her husband Neal, and his achievement of coaching a collegiate team to the pinnacle of his career and the ultimate victory for his team. Yet, Marla’s idyllic life is about to be viciously attacked and torn apart by a different madness—her husband’s reputation ruined, a university disgraced, and she finds herself on trial accused of first-degree murder.

The Coach’s Wife is rife with spine-tingling suspense, conspiracy, deceit, and murder, sizzling and seductive passion, right down to the last second buzzer-beating heroics. This is also a candid and vivid behind-the-scenes portrait of Division One college basketball, university politics, money and corruption, and all the lives that are blessed and ruined by it all.

About the Author

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. Her nonfiction book, Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave, is under contract for a major film. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her three cats who adopted her: Homer, a southern bobtail; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.

Find the Author

http://www.barbaracaseyauthor.com
http://www.barbaracaseyagency.com

Buy the Book

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Coachs-Wife-Barbara-Casey-ebook/dp/B08YXQHCRR

Yes, there is a giveaway

The author will be awarding a $25 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

Gale pried Marla’s fingers off of the bloody knife and wiped the handle of it on the quilt that was entangled around her legs.  Marla’s screams had been replaced with sobs.

“Listen to me, Marla.  You have to get hold of yourself.”

The two women hadn’t moved from the floor.  Marla had her arms around Gale.  She was shaking and crying.  Gale pulled her other hand loose, the one without the knife, and shook Marla as hard as she could.

Marla immediately stopped crying and stared wildly at Gale.

“Now listen to me and do as I say.  This is important.  Are you listening?”

Marla nodded her head.

“You didn’t kill Martin.  I did.  I came into the kitchen to fix some tea and he attacked me.  I grabbed a knife and stabbed him.  You came in when you heard the commotion.”  Gale looked at Marla.  “Do you understand?”

“Gale, I killed him.”  Marla looked with horror at the gruesome scene around her.  “My god, I killed him.”

Gale struggled to keep from passing out from the pain ripping through her body.  She knew Martin had cut her.  She could feel the blood on her face.  But that’s not what hurt.  It was that horrible disease eating her up inside that was causing her so much pain.

“No, Marla.  Listen to me.  When they ask, tell them I killed him.  Believe me, it’s better this way.  What can they do to me?  Nothing.  I am already dying.”

“Gale, I can’t . . .”

Gale shook Marla.  “Now you listen to me.  The Seawolfers accepted you as long as they thought you were the one who had been wronged.  But if they find out you killed him, no matter what he did to deserve it, they will never forgive you.  They will make a circus out of this.  Think of Neal and what he has worked so hard to build.  Do you think kids will want to come play for a coach if his wife has killed someone?  Do you think their parents will let them?  Believe me, Marla, I know what I am talking about.  Now do as I say.”

Gale started to get up off the floor, but Marla grabbed her.  “Please, Gale, don’t leave me.”  She was hysterical again.  Gale leaned back against Marla, too weak and in too much pain to move.  Somewhere she could hear a door opening, the sound of footsteps, and Neal calling his wife.

Thank you!

Barbara Casey — we appreciate your sharing your book The Coach’s Wife with us! Best of luck with sales, and with all of your future writing.