Monday, May 24, 2021

Q&A: M.B. Lewis, Author of THE PILATE SCROLL #Q&A #Interview


M.B. Lewis is an Amazon #1 International Bestselling Author, and his books have also been on the Bestseller lists on Barnes and Noble Nook and Kobo platforms. The author of the award-winning Jason Conrad Thriller series has been on numerous author panels at writer’s conferences such as Thrillerfest, The Louisiana Book Festival, The Pensacola Book and Writers Festival, and Killer Nashville.

A 25-year Air Force pilot, he has flown special operations combat missions in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan in the AC-130U Spooky Gunship. Michael is currently a pilot for a major U.S. airline.

A proud Christian active in his community, Michael has mentored college students on leadership development and team-building and is a facilitator for an international leadership training program. He has participated as a buddy for the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” and in his church’s Military Ministry program. Michael has also teamed with the Air Commando Foundation, which supports Air Commando’s and their families’ unmet needs during critical times.

While his adventures have led to travels all around the world, Michael lives in Florida with his wife Kim.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website:  www.thepilatescroll.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mblauthor

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/michael-byars-lewis

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3bWiOv2  

Thanks for this interview, Michael.  Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

Hello, and thanks for having me. The Pilate Scroll has been a passion project for me since the concept evolved after a trip to Israel in May 2018. It’s journey to publication hasn’t necessarily been a rocky road, but it’s had a few roadblocks. This is the sixth book I’ve written, but the first in the Christian Thriller genre. I’d made the decision to publish it through our company, SATCOM Publishing, like my military thriller series early on. But after a couple of my endorsers read the book, both of whom are traditionally published, they encouraged me to give traditional publishing one more try. There was only one agent I was interested in working with, so I was able to get the manuscript in front of him. It wasn’t something he was interested in at the time, but he gave me some great tips that I think made the manuscript better. With that done, we proceeded on our original course. Life and schedules then dictate when and how the book is released, so, here we are.

If you were to pen your own autobiography, what might the title be?

What an interesting question—and one I have an answer for. About thirty years ago, I was in the Air Force and I took a vacation out to California to visit a college roommate of mine who was an actor in L.A. I flew into a military base in northern California and drove down the Big Sur most of the way, until I realized the trip was taking longer than I expected. I made a left turn, found the interstate, raced to L.A., hopefully in time to make his movie premier we were going to that evening. When I reached his apartment, he had a note on his car in huge letters: Mike Lewis, NOT TO SCALE. There was a crude map scribbled on the paper below the writing. But I thought the title was appropriate for me. Not to Scale. Nice title.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

My wife and I like to travel a lot. We like to visit friends and relatives. We recently became grandparents, so that’s been quite the blessing. It changes your life, like so many other things do.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

The Pilate Scroll fills a void that I think exist in the Christian fiction genre. It’s speculative fiction that takes place in the near future, in a type of world that very possibly could exist, especially based on some of the things occurring in society and the world today. It’s an exciting, action-packed adventure that has an uplifting message, without getting too preachy. It’s a story for both believers and non-believers. The Christian values of forgiveness, redemption, transformation, and healing (borrowed from one of my endorsers, but he’s correct) blend seamlessly into the story, without being forced into the readers way. It challenges a lot of mainstream thought and perceptions. It’s not cliché, and there’s nothing else out there like it that I know of.

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

Easter. Mainly because it deals with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The historical background of the story is interlaced with the Biblical background. I really am pleased with the final product.

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

I would love for this to become a series. I’m currently working on the outline for a sequel. Series are tough, though. Sometimes a book may only lend itself to a sequel or two. An ongoing series needs to have a direction, so that’s the part that needs to be addressed.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

No, but I probably should have. I was always creative, and I read books all the time, the same kind of books I still read today: history, action, adventure, espionage, military. I just never had anyone point me in the direction of writing. I was very visual when I was younger. I was an artist in college. I worked at an advertising company doing graphic design after class, and I would do paintings of people’s houses or churches to make extra money on the side. When I was younger, I thought I wanted to make movies. I should have seen the relation to writing back then, but somehow, I missed it.

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?

Most of them, ha-ha. But that’s okay. At first, it’s very discouraging to get rejected. But as you dive deeper into the process, you realize it may not be about you or your book (but it can be). The industry has changed so much in recent years. It is very hard to get published by a traditional publisher these days. Everyone is looking for the next ‘big’ thing, and a book that will have mass appeal. And that’s not a dig against agents or publishing, it’s just a reality of how the industry is today. Of course, every author thinks that their book is the “next big thing,” so the individual needs to decide on whether to chase the dream of getting an agent and hopefully getting published or go the indie route. I’ve decided, at this point in my life, I enjoy the indie route, because I’d rather spend my time writing books than query letters.

What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

I haven’t done it, but with the right partner, I’d certainly consider it. I have two friends, Jeff Wilson and Brian Andrews. They have an extremely successful military thriller series that they collaborate on. They’re good friends and work well together. And they have different outside interests, which appears to help in the depth and breadth of their stories. I’ve talked to them about how they do it and of course, the biggest thing is the legal portion—contracts, payments, bank accounts, and the rest. That can get touchy, so it needs to be in place up front.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on a sequel to The Pilate Scroll. It’s still in the loose outline stage, but it’s starting to come together. I’ve also got Book Six in the Jason Conrad series heavily outlined and ready to start writing. In the meantime, I’m focusing on the launch for The Pilate Scroll. Thanks for having me, it was fun.


Title: THE PILATE SCROLL
Author: Michael Lewis
Publisher: SATCOM Publishing
Pages: 354
Genre: Christian Thriller

BOOK BLURB:

A quest to save the world . . . a secret that could change it. Forever.

Kadie Jenkins is a survivor. Now part of an elite group of scholars and scientists, their mission is to stop an impending global terrorist threat. But when a colleague is murdered in Egypt, Kadie finds herself pitted against a foe more terrifying than the one they were trying to stop. Teaming up with a renegade pilot and her younger brother, they find themselves in a race against time, greed, and certain death. Can they uncover a 2000-year-old legend to save themselves and possibly the rest of the world?

PRAISE

“WARNING: Sleep deprivation likely. This Christian thriller is a page-turner; more like a page burner. Think Indiana Jones meets God’s Not Dead! M.B. Lewis decided to “take a risk” and write a Christian thriller and he has hit a walk-off homerun with The Pilate Scroll. From the opening page, you’re captivated by the action, intensity and intrigue, and especially the emotional connections, good and bad, among the characters. Along the way, the gospel of Jesus Christ is wonderfully-woven into the story, without being preachy but also theologically-sound. The “fictional historical” and the factual references throughout the book are so well presented it’s hard to determine which is which. It’ll have you doing extra research! Mike has written a gem. I can’t wait to see this on the big screen; it is worthy of being made into a movie. “

– David Jeffers is the Amazon Best-Selling Author of Man Up! What the Bible Says About Being A Man, Losing Evangelicals: How Christians Are Leaving Jesusland, and the Eavesdropping on God devotional series. David has appeared on Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk, Christian Television Network’s Homekeepers with Arthelene Rippy, and numerous radio interviews.

“If you took The Da Vinci Code and tossed it toward Raiders of the Lost Ark, you’d have this book! The Pilate Scroll is an exciting adventure from the very first page. It has everything—a strong heroine, a sweet younger brother, a true hero, and pesky villains who show up and wreak havoc. But it also has a strong faith thread that brings it all together. Katie, Brian and Duke are forced to search for a possible declaration from Pontius Pilate that could change history. I won’t give away the details, but it sure touched me! I highly recommend this book!”

– Lenora Worth, New York Times Best-Selling Author

“World-altering stakes meet sacrificial love in a story that lifts both the soul and the heart rate. M.B. Lewis handles a tough subject with sensitivity and grace while keeping the pages flying with realism only a been-there-done-that combat veteran can offer.” 

– James R. Hannibal, Award-Winning Author of The Gryphon Heist

“The many years that the author, Michael Lewis, has spent as a military and civilian pilot, flying internationally into fascinating cities and cultures all over the world, properly prepared him to write such an action-packed novel as The Pilate Scroll. If you love drama, mystery, and surprise, you will love this new book.  Amid all of the normal things that you would anticipate from this excellent author who is continuing to grow in popularity, Lewis adds a new spiritual dimension to this book. In sharing the drama of a team on a passionate mission, Lewis weaves into the story a spiritual dimension that is filled with the author’s excellent knowledge of the Bible, his deep understandings of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and the virtues of Christianity found in forgiveness, redemption, transformation, and healing. He also exhibits a deep knowledge of the sacred sites so familiar in the life of Jesus, as well as keen insights regarding the teachings of church fathers through the centuries.”   

– Dr. Karl K. Stegall, Pastor Emeritus
First United Methodist Church
Montgomery, Alabama

“Lewis courageously steps away from the mainstream to answer a higher call to deliver this epic Christian thriller. Well done!”

– Gary Westfal, Life Coach and Best-Selling Author, Goal Mind

“The Pilate Scroll is an emotional rollercoaster that includes everything; from good guys with hyper-spiritual awareness and faith to bad guys with questionable ethics or lack thereof… and the perfect combination of action and moments that pull at your heartstrings. Indiana Jonesmeets Ted Dekker in this fun, realistic portrayal of a tale that, if it were true – the world might be better off not knowing it ever happened. But the best part is, the author leaves that for the reader to decide. Without ruining the ending, let me just say there haven’t been many action novels that moved me to tears. This one did. God bless those that read it. And the author that wrote it. A highly recommended novel for believers and nonbelievers alike.”

– Jason E. Fort is the creator and author of Fortress Books 

“M.B. Lewis has created a heart-stopping suspense novel with faith at the heart of its main character, Kadie. The plot is original and genuinely intriguing, and so are the characters, especially Kadie, who is strong yet vulnerable. I like the way Lewis has crafted this character to be flawed and relatable, not a super-Christian without problems. This woman hasn’t felt her faith in a long time, but the events that occur in her life shake her. As you read, you feel for her vulnerable position, and really become invested in the mystery and intrigue crafted by the author. I also like the relationship between Kadie and her special-needs younger brother, Brian. You don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy this story of forgiveness and healing, but it is brimming with biblical themes and knee-deep in history and culture. The Pilate Scroll by M.B. Lewis is a must-read for those craving a top-tier faith-based suspense novel. Fans of Dan Brown will love this book.”

-Tammy Ruggles – Readers’ Favorite

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Book Feature: Patti Cake by Donielle Ingersoll

 










 

Inside the Book:





Title: Patti Cake
Author: Donielle Ingersoll
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Format: Ebook

All Patti Murray asked the Lord for was help in finding a God-fearing husband who would be a good provider for her and the family she hoped to raise. Oh, and if he were tall, dark, and handsome, that wouldnt be so bad either. Aside from this goal, she wanted to continue to grow her cake decorating business. This would give her the opportunity to exercise her unique creative talent and earn a little money on the side while being a full-time mommy. However, when one of her exquisite wedding cakes comes to the attention of a national celebrity, Patti is suddenly thrust into the exotic world of the rich and famous and a whole new chance for romance. Was this Gods plan all along?

Author Donielle Ingersolls Patti Cake: An Inspirational Romance, ventures into the world of this witty cake decorator as she has humorous encounters with a tall dark stranger. Enter her kitchen and watch as she creates her magical cake creations. Join her as she tries to fit into the dazzling world of the elite. Youll empathize with her as she struggles with intense, conflicting emotions as secrets from her deep, dark past come bubbling to the surface. And be with Patti as she makes the decision to marry for love or love and money.

Youll be able to create your own versions of Pattis delectable desserts because Patti Cake: An Inspirational Romance includes recipes. Enjoy them as you follow Patti on her journey to find love.

Purchase Here

Meet the Author:

Donielle Ingersoll was gifted with a double portion of creativity and an active imagination. Located in the western portion of the United States, this author brings a unique view of God’s guidance in our lives to readers who love spiritual romance and adventure. Sometimes it is good to see life through the eyes of others.


Giveaway

Donielle is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins May 17 and ends on May 28.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on May 29.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!

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Tour Schedule

Monday, May 17
Book featured at Zensanity
Book featured at Lover of Literature

Tuesday, May 18
Book featured at The Book Czar
Book featured at The Book Refuge

Wednesday, May 19
Book featured at The Revolving Bookshelf
Book featured at Voodoo Princess

Thursday, May 20
Book featured at Dharmageddon
Book featured at Playing in Quicksand

Friday, May 21
Book featured at The Literary Nook

Monday, May 24
Book featured at Fiction to Fruition
Book featured at Pimp That Character

Tuesday, May 25
Book featured at Read Between the Ink
Book featured at A Book Lover

Wednesday, May 26
Book featured at C'est La T
Book featured at The Hype and the Hoopla

Thursday, May 27
Book featured at My Bookish Pleasures

Friday, May 28
Book featured at It Feels Drafty
Book featured at Harmonious Publicity

Book Feature: CBT for Psychotherapist by Avigdor Bonchek

 

 








 

Inside the Book:



Title: CBT For Psychotherapists
Author: Avigdor Bonchek
Publisher: PartridgeSingapore
Genre: Psychology
Format: Ebook

Avigdor Bonchek, a clinical psychologist, explores how cognitive behavioral therapy and treatment programs that derive from the theory can help solve a variety of psychological problems in CBT for Psychotherapists.
Drawing on professional literature and his decades of professional experience, he encourages readers and practitioners to think critically when deciding how to use CBT.
In straightforward language, he explains what CBT isand isntand how it differs from other approaches. He also highlights some of the strengths of CBT, including:
It takes a here-and-now approach: Knowledge of the patients past is not essential to helping the patient solve his problem.
It offers an individualized treatment plan for each patient: There is no one size fits all to solve problems.
It outlines clear behavioural goals for patients: CBT helps people overcome their problems.
Therapists take an active role: They direct the therapy, assign homework, and coach their patients
Lastly, CBT therapists usually see their patients as having a problem rather than seeing them as problem patients.
Filled with examples, anecdotes, and insights on varied approaches, this book is a balanced guide to CBT for new and experienced therapists alike.

Purchase Here

Meet the Author:

Avigdor Bonchek is a clinical psychologist with more than fifty years of experience as a therapist. He received a doctoral degree from New York University and did post-doctoral studies with pioneer behavior therapist Professor Joseph Wolpe at Temple University. He also studied with Professor Giorgio Nardone in Italy. He taught in universities in the United States and Israel for more than thirty years and is the author of numerous articles and books on psychotherapy and psychology.


Giveaway

Avigdor is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
Terms & Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins May 17 and ends on May 28.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on May 29.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Tour Schedule

Monday, May 17
Book featured at Write and Take Flight
Book featured at  Fiction to Fruition

Tuesday, May 18
Book featured at 
A Title Wave
Book featured at The Hype and the Hoopla

Wednesday, May 19
Book featured at 
Voodoo Princess
Book featured at 
As the Page Turns

Thursday, May 20
Book featured at  All Inclusive Retort
Book featured at 
Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Friday, May 21
Book featured at 
I'm Shelf-ish
Book featured at 
The Literary Nook

Monday, May 24
Book featured at 
Lover of Literature
Book featured at 
A Book Lover

Tuesday, May 25
Book featured at 
From Paperback to Leatherbound
Book featured at 
Write and Take Flight

Wednesday, May 26
Book featured at 
The Writer's Life
Book featured at 
Harmonious Publicity

Thursday, May 27
Book featured at 
Bent Over Bookwords
Book featured at 
Review From Here

Friday, May 28
Book featured at 
The Revolving Bookshelf
Book featured at 
Literal Exposure

Book Feature: God Loves Messed Up People

 

 

 

Inside the Book:


Title: God Loves Messed Up People
Author: Gene Heil
Genre: CoDependency/Self-Help
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Gene Heil spent his life in service to God and his country. He spent 20 years in the military and dedicated his life to the Lord. Heil is an ordained minister, and served as an elder in the church, took part in prison outreach, and devoted himself to prayer. He desires to see lives changed.

Purchase Here

Tour Schedule

Monday, May 17
Book featured at As the Pages Turn
Interviewed at Lover of Literature

Tuesday, May 18
Interviewed at The Book Czar
Book featured at Literal Exposure

Wednesday, May 19
Book featured at The Revolving Bookshelf
Interviewed at Voodoo Princess

Thursday, May 20
Book featured at The Writer's Life
Interviewed at The Dark Phantom

Friday, May 21
Book featured at The Literary Nook

Monday, May 24
Book featured at Read My First Chapter
Book featured at Pimp That Character

Tuesday, May 25
Book featured at Read Between the Ink
Book featured at A Book Lover

Wednesday, May 26
Book featured at C'est La T
Book featured at The Hype and the Hoopla

Thursday, May 27
Book featured at My Bookish Pleasures

Friday, May 28
Book featured at Harmonious Publicity

Monday, May 17, 2021

Character Q&A: Leif Auzoux of Kevin D. Miller's AWAKENING

 




It's Character Interview Day! 

Today's guest is Leif Auzoux from inside the pages of AWAKENNING by Kevin D. Miller.  It is a pleasure to have him with us at The Literary Nook!




What is your name?

            Leif Auzoux

 

Describe the outside of your home.

            A tree lined sidewalk next to a busy Los Angeles street, packed full of parked cars. Angelenos can be seen passing by walking their dogs or out for a run.

 

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

            Definitely a night person. You have to be when you are a bartender.

 

Do you have any phobias? What are they and how intense are they? How have they impacted your life?

            Snakes, It’s so bad I cant even see a picture of one in a magazine or Online. It causes me to flinch even thinking about it.

 

Open your wallet, purse, or briefcase. What do you find?

            I open my wallet, a few credit cards. One debit card. My cash tips from my previous night tending bar at the Slumbering Lion and several stamp cards.

 

You move into a new home. What's the first thing you buy for it?

            A bed.

Whats the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?

            Check to make sure my twin axes are within easy reach, just in case I need to grab them in a hurry.

Are you married or in a relationship?

            Nope. Fighting an intra-realm war realm war is killer on ones love life. 

You are at the zoo. What is your favorite animal?    

            It is a tie between tigers and wolves.

 When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?        

            A fighter jet pilot. 

 
About the Book   

Title: AWAKENING: BOOK ONE OF THE BERSERKER CHRONICLES
Author: Kevin D. Miller
Publisher: BiFrost Books
Pages: 336
Genre: High Fantasy / Epic Fantasy / Action and Adventure / Norse Fantasy / Viking Fantasy / Norse Gods and Goddesses

A megalomaniac god is pursuing a millennia-old vendetta, and Leif must learn to wrangle a newly awakened power to either become a hero or a villain. He will leave his old life and run from creatures he believed were reserved for myth and legend. He travels across the realms while struggling to tame the blinding rage that comes with his new demi-god like power. Will Leif survive the intra-realm quest and prevent Ragnarok or will he fail to control his awakening?


Pick up your copy at Amazon!


 

About the Author 



Kevin D. Miller is an attorney in Southern California who spends his two hour commute listening to Science Fiction and Fantasy books on Audible or dreaming up plots for future book ideas. When he isn’t working, Kevin can be found spending time with his girlfriend Amy, and their two dogs Pepper and Riley or hiking and kayaking in Big Bear.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Bifrost_Books

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Bifrost_Books

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Q&A: Stephanie Battaglino, Author of REFLECTIONS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE GLASS CEILING #Q&A #Interview @stephaniefyh @pumpupyourbook


As the founder and owner of Follow Your Heart, LLC  (www.StephanieBattaglino.com) Stephanie is an internationally  recognized speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, author and  workplace diversity & inclusion consultant. She currently sits on the  Board of PFLAG National and is the Chair of their Business Advisory  Council.

Here’s what critics are saying about Stephanie Battaglino:

“From all of us – for your brilliant words and thoughts . . . And heart.”
-Diane Sawyer, ABC News

“You were just outstanding . . . with your presentation and guidance during our learning and discussion. Thank you for providing such important and current information. We appreciate you and what you do.”
May Snowden, Senior Fellow & Program Director, Human Capital Practice, The Conference Board

“Thank you Stephanie for joining us today during FMC Corporation Pride Month celebration. Your personal story was educational, informative and inspiring.”
-Subarna Malakar, Director and Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer, FMC Corporation

“I have had the pleasure of working with Stephanie on an enrichment event at our company and got to know her further at the following Out & Equal Workplace Summit. I’ve found her honesty and heartfelt way she tells her story to be very meaningful to me. She played a large role in introducing me t – and our entire company – to transgender issues and what I believe is the next frontier in creating diverse and accepting workplaces. I now proudly count myself among the allies for the transgender community.”
-Heather Gill, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Land O’Lakes

 “I would like to extend a most sincere thank you for your inspiration, and for joining our company’s’ diversity efforts in support of the LGBTQ community. I have received several messages from executives who were present and had great feedback to share!
-Juan Camilo Romero, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Strategies, Macy’s, Inc.

“It is with great pride that Deena and I announce the formal launch of the Trans Toolkit project that you so generously collaborated on with us this past Spring. We truly would not have been able to do this project without each and every one of your thoughtful contributions. We thank you for your time, your passion and your contribution to this project.”
-Beck Bailey, Director of Employee Engagement, Workplace Equality Program, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

“The feedback from the Commissioner and the entire Executive staff has been overwhelmingly positive! Everyone here is excited about the possibilities of doing more to develop the Agency’s Transgender Rights and Inclusion competence. There is no doubt that the Executives would love to have Stephanie back to train the entire 5,400 person workforce if it were possible and practical. I would not be surprised if they started a petition for Stephanie to present full-time, but I digress.”
-James L. Hallman, Chief Diversity & EEO Officer, New York City Department of transportation

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://stephaniebattaglino.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephanieFYH

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followyourheartllc

Thanks for this interview,  Stephanie.  Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

 

First of all, thank you very much – and thank you for having me.

 

I would have to say that it turned out o be less painful that I thought.  At the very beginning, some five years ago, I so writing the book as such a herculean task.  I was very concerned that I didn’t have enough to say to fill a book.  But with perseverance, and being under lockdown because of Covid,  I chipped away at it – writing every day.  And before I knew it, I had written over 10,000 words!  I guess I had a lot to say after all!

 

If you were to pen your own autobiography, what might the title be?

 

Well, this IS my autobiography . . .  at least up to now.

 

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

 

My wife and I are big walkers.  We walk 3-4 miles most days of the week.  And we love cruising, although that’s been on hold for the past year due to the pandemic.

 

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

 

It’s not just your garden variety memoir.  It’s really much more than that.  I made a conscious decision to share not only my stories and my history, but also what I learned about what I encountered and how I dealt with it along the way.  There is most definitely an instructive element to the book which sets it apart from other memoirs that I hope will be beneficial to all readers.

 

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

 

New Year’s Day.  It’s all about new beginnings and chartering a new course for your life.

 

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

 

Sure!  If somebody wants to talk to me about move or television rights, I’m game!

 

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

 

Not at all!  I wasn’t a big reader as a kid, so the thought of being a writer as a profession never really entered my mind until much later in life.

 

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?

 

No, but then again this is my first book!

 

What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

 

I haven’t – yet.  But that said, if working with someone can amplify a story I am trying to tell or a perspective that needs to be put out into the world, then I say “why not?”

 

What’s next for you?

 

That’s a great question.  I have a couple of ideas for other books that need to percolate a bit, I think.  But, first and foremost, I’d like to first see how things go with this book, given that it is my first one!

 

 




Title: REFLECTIONS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE GLASS CEILING: FINDING MY TRUE SELF IN CORPORATE AMERICA
Author: Stephanie Battaglino
Publisher: L’Oste Vineyard Press
Pages: 286
Genre: Memoir

BOOK BLURB

For Stephanie Battaglino, her lifelong journey of self-discovery closely paralleled her daily grind of  trudging up the corporate ladder. Amidst the successes and failures of working as a male in the corporate world, Stephanie finally realized that the only path to career fulfillment was to embrace her true self once and for all. That it resulted in her becoming the first officer in the history of New York Life to come out on the job as transgender is not surprising. What was surprising was her abrupt introduction to that generations-old nemesis of working women everywhere, the Glass Ceiling. What she quickly realized was that her embrace of her authentic self came with a price: the loss of male privilege.

Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My Authentic Self in Corporate America is part memoir, part cautionary tale of what it is like to experience a career on both sides of the gender divide. Stephanie’s unique and very personal experience provides a powerful trailblazing story of inspiration, self-discovery, and triumph – for ALL women.

 

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