What They See Book Tour by Jennifer Swanson


Book Description:

First impressions DO count, and so does what comes afterward! Learn how to stand out, shine and make a stellar lasting impression as you enter the workforce. We send messages constantly—through our body language, actions, what we carry with us and what we wear…and most of this has nothing to do with what we actually say. Being aware of the messages you send is the first step in learning how to build an overall (and sustainable) image of professionalism that will assure others that you are capable, competent, and right for the job. In an easy-to-read format, and with simple and actionable steps, this book will help you discover how others perceive you when you make a first impression, and will show you how to ensure that the world sees you the way you want it to. An expert in the field of communications and human relations, Jennifer Swanson has written a must-read book for students, new graduates, job seekers or anyone looking to fulfill their professional goals.

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I rate this book 5 *****’s

This book is one of the best self guide I ever read. Wow! I LOVE reading from page 1 to the last page of this book. I learned many things from reading WHAT THEY SEE by Jennifer Swanson. I even shared some chapters to my husband that deals about stress at his work. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a job or needs improvement with your current job and how to deal with co-workers.

The tips and suggestions are so practical. They are easy to follow. You will LOVE reading this book. I enjoyed my “me” time while reading this amazing book. There are also Website examples for you to check out which I really like. This is a very helpful book for me when I look for a job very soon. My husband will retire and now he can take care of the kids. it is my time to shine and face the outside world. Thank you to this book, I can apply many tips that I have learned when reading. You should check this book too. You will not regret adding it to your bookshelves.

Listen to the PODCAST:
How Writing a Book Can Benefit Your Business –with Jennifer Swanson on The Successful Author Podcast

Author’s Bio:

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Jennifer Swanson has been teaching Communication and Human Relation skills since 1993 to college students entering the medical field. She is also the creator/host of the Communication Diva Podcast, which has an international audience and helps people in deepening workplace and personal relationships through more effective communication. In addition to teaching young adults, Swanson is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, has worked in the Youth and Family Ministry for 3 years, has a Master’s Degree in Public and Pastoral Leadership, and is a certified conflict coach and Master NLP Practitioner. She is also a mother and step-mother to two young adults and two teens. Swanson draws upon years of expertise as she shares her passion for inspiring others to reach their full potential with readers and audiences worldwide.

Connect with Jennifer:     Website  ~  Facebook  ~   Twitter 

Where to buy the book:

 Amazon  ~   Barnes & Noble   ~   Chapters Indigo   ~   Book Depository

Why “Sexy-Voice Girl” and Other Storytelling is Important in Non-Fiction

by Jennifer Swanson for Jessica Cassidy, virtual blog tour guest post.

I love to tell stories. It’s how I teach. Writing a “how-to” book would be dull and boring without some animated illustrations of the points being made…and it would be especially boring as the writer! One of the problems I had during the editing process of “What They See” is that I had too many stories I wanted to share, and cutting them back was a painful and challenging process.

So what is it about storytelling, in any genre, that makes for a compelling read? I think it’s the reader’s ability to find themselves in the story…to identify with one or more of the characters, and to lose themselves -even for a moment- in the world of another person. Storytelling has been around since the beginning, and long before Johannes Gutenberg invented a way to capture stories en masse. Good storytelling teaches, inspires, and sometimes even transforms lives. There is nothing like escaping into a story…sinking in to it so that your own story disappears for a time. That’s what the best books offer…and the best movies too.

But storytelling in a non-fictional, practical guide book is a little different than in a juicy, full-length novel. Storytelling in this instance has to be quick, captivating, succinct and to-the-point. A story needs to be told for a specific purpose, and not just because you want to take a paragraph to describe the rich red rhododendron blossom buzzing with bees outside your office window. Storytelling in non-fiction needs to move through the peripheral details to the nugget of wisdom or moment of illumination in as few words as possible, which for me as a podcaster and preacher, is largely a challenging prospect!

Sexy Voice Girl, (or SVG as I called her in the book), is one such example. I wanted to really give the reader the full experience of what it was like to stand dumbstruck in the middle of a bustling emergency department, staring up at the overhead loudspeaker as this breathy, Marilyn Munro-esque voice announced there was a car in the parking lot with it’s lights on. No one could make that announcement sound as sexy as SVG did. It was both exceedingly odd and strangely intriguing at the same time. SVG didn’t work very often, but when she did, people would stop to listen, bemused looks would come over their faces, eyes would turn to look for other eyes, faces would flush, some eyes would roll, lips would smile and heads would shake. Many took leisurely strolls past Switchboard in the hopes of glimpsing a body that would match the sultry sounds coming across the PA system. I don’t think they ever did. These incongruous, occasional and fleeting moments amidst the chaos of the emergency room remain indelibly in my mind and always make me smile.

I couldn’t tell the story as fully as I wanted to in the space I had in the book, although I believe I made my point. I suppose as with any story, there is always more that could be said.

Stories are powerful vehicles in any genre, and I thank you sincerely for listening to mine.

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Disclosure: I received the book free from iReadBookTours. All my reviews are honestly 100% mine.

Today is officially summer

I admit I still did not reach my goal. I wish I trim some of my fats in my stomach. I still need more work out. Now that my monthly visitor left, I can finally back to working out. At 41, I want to stay fit and feel great about my body. I am happy of my body. Despite not achieving my goal. I will not stop working out until I am satisfied of my body especially that summer is officially here.

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It would be awesome to go to the beach and you are very proud of your body in the public. I do not mind showing off my body with my family. They are used to seeing my fat when we go swimming. I am still shy to show off my body with my friends. It is a typical shy Filipina.

Summer is my favorite season especially if you live in New York where winter is very long. I wish everyone a fun summer and enjoy the warm weather with the people and friends you love the most.

Jayded book by Shevaun DeLucia

Book Description

Maxine Daniels was made an offer that she couldn’t refuse. She couldn’t think of a better time—after breaking things off with her fiancé—to change cities and merge her company with Saunders Literary Agency. At thirty-three, she isn’t getting any younger, so it’s time to start fresh and leave her past behind.

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What she doesn’t anticipate is the diversion that lies ahead. Kyle Saunders is a catastrophic tsunami that enters her life and consumes her world in just a matter of minutes. Everything about him is telling her no, but her heart and the heat between her legs is screaming yes. He was never a factor in her divine plan—nor was she in his.

Kyle is the cliché bachelor; he is a twenty-four-year-old charismatic chick magnet who refuses to settle down. He’s dead set on living the carefree single life—that is—until Max comes strolling in. Then all his ridiculous rules fall to the wayside. Who knew that just one hello could alter their lives forever?

I rate this book 5 *****’s

Sweet, Sexy and Hot book to read.

Love comes unexpectedly between Kyle and Maxine. The desire for these two people is constant and undeniable. How can they resist their feelings for each other when they work at the same place. Kyle is 24 and one of the sons who owns the company that Maxine who is 33 years old become a partner to join the company. Age is not a factor for these two. Love has no limit when you feel that strong connection to somebody who you just meet.

Jayded by Shevaun DeLucia is one amazing but hot book to read. This book is hard to put it down. The story is so beautiful. There is family conflict and above all there is love. I LOVED this book so much. I LOVED that one of the characters is my son’s name. I also LOVED that setting is in Rochester which is not far from where I lived. 

I highly recommend this book to everybody who is looking for a happily ever after book which makes you laugh, feels warm and fall in-love. 

About the author.

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Shevaun DeLucia, author of the Eternal Mixture series, lives in upstate New York with her husband, four children, and two dogs. As a stay-at-home mom while her children were young, she fell in love with reading. She indulged in the small moments that took her away from the reality of her loud, rambunctious household, bringing her into a world of fantasy. When reading wasn’t enough to satisfy her, she turned to writing, determined to create the perfect ending of her own.

Fun Facts About Me…

1. I am obsessed with the Housewives show! (Jersey & Orange County are my fav)

2. The Dead Files show is awesome! The thought of another dimension beyond this
world intrigues me.

3. I could eat Mexican food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

4. I named my son Dom after Vin Diesel in the movie Fast-n-Furious.

5. The first novel I ever read cover to cover was Elvis and Me.

6. Yes, I was also obsessed with the Twilight Saga. I went to every midnight showing.
I even dragged my daughter along. (Team Edward for life!)

7. My love for reading didn’t come about until my mid twenties. I haven’t put a book down

8. I have a Yorkie named Milla, and a German Shepard named Blue.

9. I love to indulge in a good scary movie. Especially the ones that are based on a true
story. Though, I am also a sucker for a tear jerking chick flick too.

10. Family time is what I cherish the most. It’s the little things that count and make the best memories!

You can learn more about the author’s Ms. Shevaun DeLucia books in her blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter

You can buy the book in print through Amazon, Barnes & Noble(also in e-book) and Createspace. You can buy it in e-books through iBooks, Kobo.

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I received this e-book review from Reading Addiction Virtual Book tours. Al my thoughts and opinions are 100% honestly mine.


Book Description:

Transform Your Blog into a Book!

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The world of blogging is rapidly changing, but it remains one of the most efficient ways to write and share your work with an eager audience. But how do you purposefully hone your blog content into a uniquely positioned book that will be noticed by an agent or a publisher?

How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition is a completely updated guide to writing and publishing a saleable book based on a blog. Expert author and blogger Nina Amir guides you through the process of developing targeted blog content that will increase your chances of publication and maximize your visibility as an author.

In this revised edition you’ll find:

• The latest information on how to set up, maintain, and optimize a blog
• Steps for writing a book easily from scratch using blog posts
• Advice on how to write blog posts
• Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your work both online and off
• Current tools for driving traffic to your blog
• Extensive information on how to monetize your existing blog content into a book or other products
• Profiles with authors who received blog-to-book deals, including four new “from blog to book” success stories.

I rate this book 5 *****’s. 

The best book to start your success. If you are planning to write your book by yourself. this book is your best guide. The best tool for you to learn and be successful in the future. You will learn all the steps you wanted and be your way to success. 

Every chapters are very helpful. You get all the help you need when you read this book. I am a blogger and wish I read this book long time ago. I learned so much and help me more in my blogging. Most of the steps I already know. There are more ways for me to improve when I read this book. I highly recommend it to everybody. 

I know that some of my friends ask me how to start a blog. I shared this book to them. I hope that like me, they get all the answers they needed and start their own blog or write their own book. 

Author’s Bio:

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Nina Amir, the bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, is a speaker, a blogger, and an author, book, and blog-to-book coach. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. As a hybrid author she has published 15 books and had as many as four books on the Amazon Top 100 list at the same time.
Interview with Nina Amir

1. Where do you get inspiration for your books?

I get inspired by my own interests, passion and sense of purpose. Additionally, I get inspired by my coaching clients—by their questions, problems, challenges, and pain points. I like to solve problems, and I’m a great ideator. So I’m always looking for answers, solutions, ways to overcome obstacles, and salves for what ails a lot of people. I also am a good synthesizer of information, and I like to teach. So my own journey inspires me to share what I learn with others.

2. Where do you write?

I usually write at my desk in my office. The office is a loft over the main part of the house (kitchen, living room, dining room). It has a huge window that looks through coastal redwoods, over the hills, and down to the ocean. On a clear day, I can see the glimmer of the water.

3. What is your favorite travel spot?

I love going anywhere near the ocean for a relaxing vacation…do nothing but read, nap and walk on the beach. However, I also enjoy going to new places. I enjoy Europe, for instance, and I go there often to visit my son, who lives in Germany.

4. Is there a specific ritual you do before you write?

I like to start my writing time in a spiritual manner. I light some candles. As I do so, I voice my intention for my writing time. I say what I intent to accomplish and state that I want the work to be in the service of my readers and of God. I then call in all my angels, guides, my Higher Self, and the Divine Energy to be with me as I write. I light incense. And I light some sage and smudge myself in the Native American Indian tradition. I then may sit for just a few minutes…more if I have time…and meditate. Listen. Then I write.

5. What is your favorite dessert?

I love ice cream—coffee-flavored ones in particular. I adore mud pie. Apple crisp (or any type of crisp) with vanilla ice cream is fabulous, too.

And then there is chocolate…and candy. No dark chocolate. It gives me migraines.

6. What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

That’s a hard one. A few things come to mind:

  • Taking a train alone to Trieste, Italy, when I was 21 to see a guy I’d only met two or three times but whom I thought I might marry.
  • Taking a job in Bartlesville, OK, to work with a consultant who had three award-winning newsletters he wanted me to edit. I had been working in Manhattan and living just outside the city. I knew no one in Oklahoma.
  • Becoming a full-time stepparent to an eight and a ten year old—and marrying someone with kids.
  • Approaching a publisher at the BEA who had rejected my book proposal after telling me he’d been “waiting for that book forever” and convincing him to look at it again.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~   Facebook

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Afric book by Eileen Hodgetts

A drama ripped from today’s headlines.

1963: As European colonists flee the Congo, a witchdoctor finds an abandoned child and teaches him the power of hatred. A hundred miles to the east, six American hippies on a joy ride across Africa, crash their VW bus in to a cemetery. While they wait for repairs they scandalize the local missionaries and Brenda Carter impulsively marries an African student.

2013: Brenda Carter brings Sarah, her deeply troubled granddaughter to Africa to explore her roots and meet her grandfather; the man Brenda married and abandoned fifty years before. When a Peace Corps worker is murdered, a baby is kidnapped, and all contact with the outside world is severed by a torrential rain storm, Sarah becomes an unwilling investigator making the connection between the abandoned boy from the Congo, the truth behind her grandmother’s marriage, and fifty years of undercover CIA involvement in the politics of Africa.

A compelling tale of Africa today where witchdoctors co-exist with modern medicine, where warlords carry cell phones, and where one small nation stands at the cross roads of America’s War on Terror.

Book available from the following sites….

Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk    Barnes and Noble

‘An excellent read, I love the fact that it is centered around a country and continent which has a lot of mystique and tradition, which we are still trying to understand. I cannot praise this book high enough, this is my favourite read of the year,’ Beck Valley Books

‘This is a riveting tale that will provide background and depth to some of the news stories about African events today. Highly recommended.’– review from Amazon

‘The book has so many levels. It was a fantastic read and although there were moment I wanted to stop because of the sheer level of scary evil, I am glad I pressed through. I am, once again completely astonished and awed at this author’s ability to take me on such a amazing adventure.
BRAVO! Really well done. Amazing. Read it.’
– review from Amazon

Read a sneak peak of Chapter 1 from Afric HERE

About the Author

Eileen Enwright Hodgetts is a much traveled writer. Brought up in England and Wales, she has also lived and worked in South Africa and Uganda. Eileen and her husband, Graham, now make their home in the USA. Eileen’s life experiences allow her to use exotic backgrounds for her novels and to understand how an adventure can begin with just one small incident. For ten years she directed a humanitarian mission in East Africa as an employee of Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, PA. and her whole family continues to be involved in Uganda through the Ugandan Gold Coffee project bringing coffee to the United States and returning the profits to Uganda to be used for drilling water wells. Much of her writing reveals not only her great fondness for the British Isles, but also her British sense of humor which still sees the funny side of most situations.

In addition to writing novels, Eileen Enwright Hodgetts is also an accomplished playwright with a number of national awards to her credit. Her novel, Whirlpool, began life as a stage musical about a free-spirited woman and her desire to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The musical played at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York. In 1993 the Mayor of Niagara Falls, NY, proclaimed the summer of 1993 as Whirlpool Theater Days in honor of the production.

When she is not writing novels, or staging plays, she is exploring the art of cheesemaking.

Find the author on the following sites…

Author’s Website   Goodreads   Google+   Amazon Page

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Signed Book Giveaway – AFRIC – 4 Winners !! plus one choice from the authors other books Open Worldwide


Ending on Sunday 21st June at 11.59pm EST


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My very first audio book Noelle’s Wish by Nicole Garcia

I am fortunate that Ms. Nicole Garcia had a giveaway on her Facebook page. She is giving away audio books of the participants choices.  She is kind and generous that she gifted all the participants the audio books of their choices from her stories.  I picked Noelle’s Wish. It is the first book of the Christmas Tale. It is because I love the cover and sounds like a beautiful book to read.

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Noelle Andrews has had an abusive past and another bittersweet Christmas is here. Noelle’s wish is a simple one. To be loved. To Noelle that wish is as unattainable as the stars in the cold winter sky. Roman Parker is young, sexy, and an entrepreneur. The CEO of Parker Industries is a man who thought he had everything he wanted. That was until he met Noelle.

It is my very first time to listen to an audio book. It feels weird at first to be honest. It feels better as the chapters were read. It is narrated by Kat Marlowe. I rated this audio book 5 *****’s. I highly recommend this audio book to everybody who loves romance and Christmas story. Kat Marlowe did an amazing job narrating the book. She has sweet and sexy voice.

How about you? Have you listen to an audio book before? You should try it too. Definitely not my last time to listen to audio books. I am looking forward for more of Nicole Garcia’s audio books.

By the way, check out the author Nicole Garcia page, Facebook and Twitter to learn more about her new books.

I won this signed book from Britney King Bedrock

I was reading post from one of the book group that I am a part. They shared a video of Britney King’s book. It is a very hot video. If you know me, I am a fan of those sexy reads that makes my curls curl. I even added it in wish list.

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I cannot wait to read this book from Britney King. It is a book called Bedrock. I already won an e-book from a giveaway. I have not read it.I will when I finish with my book reviews.

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I am so happy that I won a signed copy from her another giveaway as well. I picked the book Bedrock. I always love the first book of an author. I found it very special. Anyway. you can buy yourself a copy of her book in Available at  Amazon, B&NYou can also learn more about Britney King in her author’s blog. Facebook. Twitter and Pinterest. You can also add it in GoodReads.

You can also read some of the book description and video below.

When Addison Greyer, a happily married mother of three, decides to re-enter the workforce, she never once considers that taking a job might unravel everything she thinks to be true about her life—that it would cause her to look deep within and confront fears she didn’t know existed. She couldn’t have foreseen how a chance meeting or a single day can change the course of an entire lifetime. Like many women, Addison is defined in terms of marriage and motherhood, until she suddenly finds her life turned upside down by her husband’s decision to take a job thousands of miles away. When her tough-as-nails boss offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse, Addie is forced to make difficult choices. Those choices take her further and further out of the carefully crafted fairytale life she has created and lead her into an unknown world where things are anything but black and white: a world where she learns that desire is not only dangerous but deadly. In this world, all bets are off as she is forced to finally confront her past. As her past and present collide, she has to make decisions that for most are unthinkable, decisions that can tear her family apart, and perhaps even have fatal consequences. Bedrock is a love story designed to showcase how the choices we make ultimately shape our lives. It serves as a reminder that in the end what defines us is not the big events, the monumental occasions. It’s the tiny, seemingly inconsequential moments in between. It’s proof that time passes and we cannot, no matter how hard we try, get it back. Bedrock is a story of love and grief that pretty much sums up the context of the human experience. Due to heavy subject matter and sexual content this book is recommended for mature readers.

I want to say thank you so much to Britney King for the signed book of Bedrock. I do appreciated it so much.

HUNTER: PART TWO of Guy Erma by Sally Ann Melia Book Blog Tour

Book Description:

13-year-old Teodor was taken by the vicious Battle Borgs of Dome and now he must fight to survive.

13-year-old Guy Erma has been offered a chance to fight for his place in the Dome Elite. Only who will be his opponent? Will he face a Battle Borg of Dome?

Once they were heroes. These men died as heroes in battle. Now they have been reincarnated as the fearsome vanguard of the Dome Elite. They are the Battle Borgs of Dome

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Two boys as different as any two boys might be. They face the same enemy, the same danger, the same fear -dare they trust each other?

Prince Teodor and Guy Erma will meet for the first time finally in a very unexpected event. Will Guy Erma saved the Prince Teodor or his loyalty to the guy or the to Prince itself? Hunter is the second book from the Guy Erma series. This is a continuation from the first story. You should read the first one so you know more story of how amazing this series is. 

Just like the first series, Hunter is another book that is hard to put it down once you start reading it. Politics is a dirty world. This is why the Prince Teodor kidnap because a guy that his own motive to rule the Magnolia Palace by himself. Karl Varvanchi is a good guy who has feelings for the Sayginn, the ruler of the palace. I loved how committed he is to save the son of the woman he cares and loved. 

There is action in this movie. If you love Science Fiction mystery book, Guy Erma series will keep you entertain and captivated.  I rate this book 5 *****’s. You should read it and found out. 


Author’s Bio:

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The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.

In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

Connect with Sally:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Pinterest

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This little fury dog must feel cold

I was on the floor last night checking on my blog when the little fury dog came closer to me. She must feel cold as she is very tiny. She is so precious. She loves to cuddle a lot.


Poor little fury dog she must feel cold
Poor little fury dog she must feel cold


She is a little feisty too. I am glad that she bonded so well with her big fury dog sister Maggie. I love these fury dogs so much. Molly is only been in our house for a day. She fits right in to our family.






KIKA THE UPSIDEDOWN GIRL book by Jessica Tudos Blog Tour

Book Description:

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Kika always seems to accomplish things differently than others and tends to get into trouble for it. She reminds us that choosing to be different is more than okay, and finding others to join in her upside down adventures makes her heart feel huge – especially when it involves somersaults, vaults, flips and kips! Join Kika, a girl who loves living upside down in a right side up world, on her unique journey to a fliptastic world! Kika reminds us that choosing to be different is more than okay, and finding others to join in her upside down adventures feels fliptastic – especially when it involves somersaults, vaults, flips and kips in the Gymnastics Emporium!

Author’s Bio:

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Olympic gymnast turned author, motivational speaker and experiential educator Jessica Tudos (JessicaTudos.com) is on a mission to empower kids, youth and adults to develop the confidence and resiliency required to lead active, healthy and creative lives. In organizations around the world, Jessica empowers audiences through engaging stories, insights & reflections drawn from her upside down life, including her Olympic gymnastics adventures. Jessica is a sought after speaker, facilitator and professor in experiential education, physical literacy, leadership & elite sports.

My summer babe and I rate this book 5 *****’s

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My summer babe who is 8 years old loves this book so much. She really enjoyed reading Miss Jessica Tudos Kika The Upside Down Girl. I have no doubt that she will loved this book so much. She likes to do upside down just like Kika. My summer babe is my little monkey who loves to climb and do upside down as well.I enrolled her in gymnastic when she was four years old. Unfortunately, she lost interest in doing gymnastics. I wish she continues to learn more about gymnastics. I am so happy that Kika’s parents found gymnastic for their little girl to enjoy the thing she loves the most which is doing the upside down. Kika is such an inspiration to other kids. I hope that other kids will follow what Kika does.

This book is so awesome to read, learn and follow kids’ dreams to success. My summer babe recommends this to other kids to read it. You can ask your parents to check the Amazon to buy it for you. I am glad my Mom got me this book. It is now part of my book collections in my room. I read it before going to bed.

Connect with Jessica:  Website  ~   Twitter  ~   Facebook

Where to buy the book:

 Amazon    Chapters-Indigo    Barnes & Noble

Interview with Jessica Tudos:

1. Why did you want to write Kika the Upside-Down Girl?

As an Olympic gymnast who spent 10,000+ hours upside down, I felt this story could be a platform from which to engage, inspire, and entertain kids as they explore what it means to really love something – even when it’s a bit upside down and hard for others to understand. It’s a story about adventure, persistence and courage, and for anyone who has ever jumped on their bed, bounced on a trampoline or swung on some bars, this story will handstanding! I made up a lot of new fliptastic words too!

2. Who is Kika The Upside-Down Girl and what is her superpower?

Kika is an adventurous girl who loves to flip, flop and cartwheel her way through all kinds of wacky adventures, ultimately leading her to a fliptastic new home – the Gymnastics Emporium. Her superpower is cultivating joy through seeing the world in a whole new upside-down way!

3. How did you create such a successful Kickstarter campaign to initially self-publish your book?

Crowdfunding is such an amazing tool that enables creators to realize their project online and so the first step is to decide, really decide, that you are going to go for it. On my website I share the steps I took to raise over $11K. The key is to commit completely to your project – live it, breath it and love it before, during and after. It’s not easy to ask for funding, and what I found most helpful was building a community around Kika’s inspiring story through my upside-down photo gallery, story swaps, live events and readings. I’m so grateful for all the support we’ve had.

4. Do you have another profession besides writing?
Indeed I do! I have been an experiential educator for over 25 years, leading the charge for lifelong learning in educational settings (I currently teach global citizenship and presentation skills at Seneca College), on ships (I led student aboard Semester at Sea, a learning community that circumnavigates the world) and through motivational speaking all over the world. It’s an amazing career so far – always engaging and forward moving!

5. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to other entrepreneurs/mompreneurs/authors?

Stay the course. Trust your instincts – they brought you this far, so when the going gets tough (and it will!) you have to go back to the core of what you are doing and stay the course. There are so many obstacles that will surface, and the more prepared we are to face them and say, “not this time”, the more successful we will be.

6. How do you think participating in the Olympics motivated you in your life today?

I learned from a very young age (I was 15 at the Olympics!) how to be focused, stay on track, and balance regular life with training, school and relationships. I also learned how to concentrate and take on a lot of responsibility through gymnastics, which served me really well later in life.

7. What do you do for fun?

Toronto is an amazing city and we love to bike along trails, visit community festivals, plan play dates in High Park and comb the beach. My 5-year ninja son loves to forage in the forest and search for fish in the lake at the farm up north. We are very lucky to have such great access to the outdoors. To unwind, I love to do yoga, journal and dream up new creative art projects.

Jessica Tudos is an Olympian turned educator, motivational speaker, author and creative Toronto-based mother whose mission is to empower upside-down ninjas everywhere to be more confident and resilient so they can lead active, healthy & creative lives. JessicaTudos.com

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