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Executive Zen: The Art of Life & Leadership by Bob Olmstead

July 22, 2014

When Bob Olmstead decided to begin the process of packaging two decades of teachings, the first step was to interview his long-term clientele, past and present. The goal was simple; create a high-impact crash course on his basic teachings, something that would only take about an hour or so to complete. In mid-2014, Bob wrote his ebook “Executive Zen: The Art of Life & Leadership”, from which this training series is based.

BUSINESS
Bob Olmstead has earned the dubious reputation of being a rogue, a troublemaker. Is there a big ol’ white elephant in the room that everybody tends to ignore? Lucky you! It will be a hot topic of conversation when you first meet Bob. All of those things you’ve been sweeping under the rug? Yep, that’s where he will start. A good old fashioned house cleaning. Good for the soul, good for business! Who is this guy? As you will discover, there is no simple answer.

Bob got his start in business in 1986, at the age of twenty-three, when he landed he first sales job. Six short years later, he was named National Sales Manager for the prestigious, Spartan School of Aeronautics. At age thirty-four, he became General Manager for Williams Marketing, an international ad agency specializing in the luxury goods sector. Two years later, the time had come for Bob to venture out on his own.

In his thirteen short years in the workforce, he managed to rack up an impressive track record. He earned five major promotions, turned around six national sales organizations, wrote two sales training manuals, managed several multi-million dollar ad budgets and produced hundreds of television/radio ads. A reputation for being a savvy, hard driving leader- the “miracle worker”- was soon established. Along the way, Bob also established a reputation for building fiercely loyal teams.

In 1999, he started his first company, “Wild Retailers”, a national ad agency that peaked at just under three million dollars in annual media. Then the events of 9-11 traumatized the economy. Heavily weighted in the luxury goods sector, his ad agency collapsed within nine months. After completing a national talk radio tour to help small business owners recover (while greatly struggling himself), Bob launched Olmstead Management Consulting. This management consulting practice spanned multiple sectors and vibrantly lived for over a decade, when he decided in 2012, to transition into training and development. In 2014, Bob formalized his training and development philosophy through his e-book, “Executive Zen”, which also became the launching point for an executive coaching practice by the same name.

THE PERFORMING ARTS
As someone who grew up in and around show business, with a godfather and namesake who worked for Paramount Studios for several decades, Bob always felt a connection with the arts, and more specifically, with film making. In 2006, on a whim, he decided to take a film making class. It was probably inevitable, but before long, film making had become a major passion in Bob’s life. Over the course of the next three years, Bob directed and produced two short films. The second, “Play Time”, premiered just outside of London and went on to tour multiple festivals.

In 2010, Bob began to exploring the world of improv (AIC-Bob_Olmstead) as way to get better acquainted with inner world of the actor. Upon graduating from The Hideout Theater, he became a founding member of the improv duo, “Two Guys From Yonkers”, which performed twenty-five shows in Austin theaters. In 2013, Bob directed and produced his first stage piece, a full length improvised dramatic play inspired by the one act plays of Samuel Beckett. The play, “Breaking Beckett”, enjoyed a six show run at The Institution Theater, and made an appearance at the Improvised Play Festival. The next project in Bob’s sights is the directing and producing of his first feature film, slated for 2015/2016.

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No Man’s Land

July 22, 2014

Michael Califra has executive produced of feature films starring such Hollywood talent as Rosario Dawson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Paul Rudd and Winona Ryder.

From 1986 to 1998 he lived and worked in Germany, mostly in Berlin, where he wrote his novel, No Man’s Land. “When I first considered writing about the city it was still divided. The challenge then was to render in fiction a situation more absurdly fictional than any I could imagine. Only after German reunification did I realize that the division was only part of the story.”
He is a graduate of New York University

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A Sandy Grave by Donna McDine

July 22, 2014

About A Sandy Grave by Donna McDine The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of the adventures to be had, especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they find themselves thrown into discovering the identity of the mysterious men at […]

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Shrouded in Blackness by Norma Jeanne Karlsson

July 22, 2014

About Shrouded in Blackness by Norma Jeanne Karlsson Gangs, organized crime and underground bare-knuckle fighting make up the world that Kieran Delaney thrives within. His reputation is built on the talent of his fists, as much as his ability to get information about any and everything. Never one to be caught by surprise or bested, […]

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Mysteries in Multiple Worlds

July 22, 2014

About Elyse Cunningham
My name is Elyse Cunningham, I live in Michigan, and writing has always been a passion of mine. I’ve always loved writing since I was a child and I am glad that I can turn that love into something that I can share with others. I do hope you enjoy my works.

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Peril by Frank Howell Evans

July 22, 2014

About Peril by Frank Howell Evans Free on kindle! Detective Jules Poiret falls ill. From his hospital bed he and his assistant Miss Sarah Long have to solve the murder of the lady on the bus. According to Wikipedia, Jules Poiret was inspired by Sherlock Holmes and in turn inspired Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. Created […]

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The Road To Yesterday

July 22, 2014

I live in Pasadena, Maryland, with my wife Veronica and our five cats. I write in a variety of genres including Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Mysteries, and Suspense Thrillers. I currently have twelve novels and three short stories available, with more on the way.
For me, the fun part of writing is developing a plot out of a situation. This usually happens as my characters grow within the confines of the situation I place them in. I rely on their good judgement, and sometimes reckless behavior, to keep things lively until the book’s climax. Thankfully, they have yet to let me down.

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Love Quotes For Inspired Relationships

July 21, 2014

TheQuoteWell books are curated collections. Each book is the result of an exhaustive search from past through present for only the most amazing quotes on the subjects of Love, Life, Leadership, and more! The result is a chorus of profound wisdom emanating from a fascinating diversity of speakers.

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No Stranger to Death by Janet O’Kane

July 21, 2014

Janet O’Kane is a British mystery writer based south of Edinburgh in the Scottish Borders. Her career before moving to Scotland and writing full-time included selling men’s underwear in Harrods, the famous Knightsbridge department store. Janet lives with her stonemason husband and two cats, two dogs and far too many chickens. She is now writing the sequel to No Stranger to Death and learning to tap dance.

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Now You See It . . . By Teresa Roblin

July 21, 2014

Teresa has a tendency to daydream in class. She should pay more attention.”

That’s what one of my elementary teachers wrote on my report card. I’m an adult now and I haven’t changed a bit.

In 2000, I started writing my first book, Hocus Pocus, and within seven months it was completed. My second book, Now You See It . . . , a year later. Naïve daydreamer that I am, I thought this is it, I’m going to get published. Optimistic, I entered my first book in a contest and placed last in the paranormal category.

So what did I do? I joined RWA, my local chapter, took writing courses, on-line workshops, talked to other writers and joined a critique group. By 2004, I was finally placing second and third in contests.

Now, everyone can read my books and share in my daydreams and understand why I usually walk around with a grin on my face.

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My Big Greek Family by Maria Constantine

July 21, 2014

Maria Constantine’s Greek-Cypriot origins were a source of inspiration for ‘My Big Greek Family’. She was born and raised in London, studied Law, took French and German courses at the Institut Francais and Goethe Institut before working abroad for a number of years teaching English as a foreign language. She is currently living in London and working on the sequel to ‘My Big Greek Family’.

Maria would love you to visit her author website where she also shares exclusive Greek family recipes of dishes featured in her debut novel.

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Struggling For Justice by Debra Kayn

July 21, 2014

Top Selling Romance Author, Debra Kayn lives with her family at the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains in beautiful Northern Idaho. She enjoys riding motorcycles, playing tennis, fishing, photography, and creating chaos for the men in the garage.

When Debra was nineteen years old, a man kissed her without introducing himself. When they finally came up for air, the first words out of his mouth were…will you have my babies? Considering Debra’s weakness for a sexy, badass man, who is strong enough to survive her attitude, she said yes. A quick wedding at the House of Amour and four babies later, she’s living her own unbelievable romance book.

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Broken by Annie Jocoby

July 21, 2014

About Broken by Annie Jocoby Book One of a three book trilogy. Nick O’Hara is a veritable womanizer. The only qualifications that he looks for in a romantic connection is that the person is hot and breathing. Mainly hot. He has no desire for an emotional connection with another person, and that’s the way he […]

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Finding Forgiveness in God’s Word by Joyce Villeneuve

July 21, 2014

Finding Forgiveness in God’s Word by Joyce Villeneuve New Release! DO YOU STRUGGLE TO FORGIVE? All of us experience hardship of one kind or another as we go through life. But it’s betrayal by loved ones, colleagues, friends, and even complete strangers that can lead to one of the toughest challenges that human beings face—the […]

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Lady Justice and the Pharaoh’s Curse by Robert Thornhill

July 21, 2014

Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of sixty-six and in five short years has penned seventeen novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.

Lady Justice and the Sting, Lady Justice and Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders, Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders and Lady Justice and the Vet won the Pinnacle Award for the best new mystery novels of Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring of 2013, Summer 2013 and Spring of 2014 from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.

Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life.
Although Robert holds a master’s in psychology, he has never taken a course in writing and has never learned to type. All 28 of his published books were typed with one finger and a thumb!

His wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker. He lives with his wife, Peg, in Independence, Missouri.

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The Rose Ring by Lucie Ulrich

July 21, 2014

Lucie Ulrich took her time becoming a writer. Not much of a reader as a child, writing was of no interest to her–until she joined a church drama team. The desire to write a skit, and not simply act out someone else’s was so strong, that once she started, she couldn’t seem to stop. That first skit led to her becoming the drama team director, then eventually, the performing arts director at a small Christian school.

Lucie’s first novel was penned under a tree in a field in Holland. Though her first, second, and third attempts never saw the light of day, parts of each of them became the foundation for “Broken Vessels,” her first published work.

No longer involved with the performing arts, Lucie enjoys going on photo shoots with her husband, and taking long (or short) road trips. She hopes to find inspiration as she and her husband explore the four corners of the United States.

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Forbidden Forest: The Dragon Holder

July 21, 2014

Wilson Feliz is a new Young Adult and Adult fictional writer based out of the United States. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Feliz is currently serving his country as a member of the US Army.

While his day job keeps him grounded on whatever post he’s stationed at, Feliz’s work as an author allows him to whisk his readers away to different worlds at the turn of a page. According to Feliz, writing has always been an outlet. “Even when I was a kid, I’d write poems and short stories as a way to get out of my head and focus on something other than everyday life. My imagination was always a little strange and out there.”

It was his “out there” imagination that led Feliz to craft the world of Sindergan in his first full-length novel, The Forbidden Forest Series: Book One, The Dragon Holder.

“The Dragon Holder literally came out of nowhere,” Feliz stated. “I had read stories about dragons and fantasy worlds, but Liam’s story was something that came from my heart.”

It was Feliz’s strong family bonds and sense of loyalty that played heavily on the creation of his characters. “What you’ll see in all my books is that there is no bond like love…All of my characters have a strong sense of loyalty and a deep need to protect their own. The Dragon Holder was my first attempt to express that part of myself. Yes, the book is a fantasy novel about a different land — full of magic and mystery — but at its heart, The Dragon Holder is about a young man stepping into his role as a protector, taking everything he learned as a boy and using it to take care of others.”

In his own life, Feliz takes his theme of family loyalty to heart. When he’s not writing, Feliz is a homebody who loves spending time with his family.

Feliz is currently working on The Dragon Holder sequel, as well as a non-fantasy fictional novel, Mason Cartel.

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Becoming the Best You: Ten Pressure Points that Lead to a Successful Life by Christine E. McLean

July 20, 2014

Christine is 100% Jamaican. She is a romantic at heart and enjoys reading novels that incorporate romance, suspense, and drama. Listening to music and pretending that she can move to the beats is also one of her favorite past times. Leadership and teaching are two roles she carries out well. In fact, she has been a Mathematics teacher for 2 years. Her main aim in life is to inspire others to be amazing. She lives by the principle “Anything is possible once you believe.” She hopes that her life and writing will challenge others to do more and be more.

You can follow me on Twitter @christinespeaks.

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Stinger Maguire by Mike Bove

July 20, 2014

Mike Bove is a Vermonter, though he has lived in Arizona for the past twenty years, and before that fifteen on Cape Cod. He has changed careers from teacher and coach to working in the retail and nursing home industries, and finally twenty-five years with the US Postal Service.
During his college and teaching years he participated in numerous productions, on and back-stage, in community theater, and was a high school drama director. His first major writing project was adapting a Russian folktale, “The Nosebag,” which he produced and directed.
Though Mike reads many genres, his favorite is mystery. His early favorite authors were Donald Westlake, Ross MacDonald, and George V. Higgins. Perhaps his drama experience is why enjoys and appreciates interesting dialogue.
Retirement gave him more time to read and more than enough to play all the golf he could handle, so he began a story about his fake town, Willowtree, which he had imagined during his daily commute through the Prescott National Forest.

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The Deepest Dark

July 20, 2014

In addition to her award-winning novels, Joan Hall Hovey’s articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record. Her short story Dark Reunion was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

Ms. Hovey has held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries in her area, including New Brunswick Community College, and taught a course in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. For a number of years, she has been a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.

She is a member of the Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers.

Other novels incude: The Abduction of Mary Rose, Night Corridor, Defective, Chill Waters, Nowhere to Hide and Listen to the Shadows.

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Prescribed by D.D. Parker

July 20, 2014

D.D. Parker lives on the perpetually sunny west coast with a fat cat and an affinity for Netflix marathons. Writing is Parker’s passion and always has been since the ripe age of twelve, when Parker hit the internet and spent hours roleplaying as fictional characters, writing stories, and creating adventures. Today, Parker writes New Adult fiction after years of reading.

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51 Ways to Help Your Social Media Manager Crush It by Shawndra Russell

July 20, 2014

About 51 Ways to Help Your Social Media Manager Crush It by Shawndra Russell If you’re a business owner or manager that has delegated social media management, this book will show you how to help take your social media strategy to the next level. If you’re a social media professional, this book will show you […]

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It’s Raining Men by Beate Boeker and Gwen Ellery

July 19, 2014

Beate and Gwen have three things in common: they both live in Germany, are both bilingual, and both have curls. That much they knew when they started to work on this novel together, but not much more. In the months that followed, they realized that working together is amazing fun, and they hope that you’ll feel the same while reading It’s Raining Men.

Gwen grew up in California and trained as an English teacher for expatriates. She married one of her con-versation students and moved with him to Germany in 1998. Since then, she’s been a full-time novelist and screenwriter, with two comedy film credits in Ger-many and several awards for her fiction, including sponsorship by the Arts Council England. She writes romantic comedy novels and sitcom-style novellas.

Beate has been a traditionally published author since 2008 with a passion for books that brim over with mischief and humor. Several of her novels were shortlisted for the Golden Quill Contest, the Na-tion-al Readers’ Choice Award, the Best Indie Books, and the RONE Award. She writes contemporary romances and cozy mysteries.

You can reach Gwen and Beate via their websites:
http://www.happybooks.de
http://www.gwenellery.com

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Now and Forever 1, a Love Story by Jean C. Joachim

July 19, 2014

Jean Joachim is a best-selling romance fiction author, with books hitting the Amazon Top 100 list since 2012. She was chosen Author of the Year in 2012 by the New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America. The Renovated Heart was chosen Best Novel of 2012 by Love Romances Café, Lovers & Liars was a finalist for Best Novel of 2013 by Love Romances Café. Her series, Hollywood Hearts was a finalist for Best Series of 2013 and Megan Davis and Chaz Duncan (from If I Loved You) finaled as Best Couple, 2013 by Love Romances Café. The Marriage List tied for third place from Gulf Coast RWA Chapter and, most recently, Lovers & Liars was selected as a 2013 Reader’s Crown Finalist in Contemporary Romance by RomCon. Jean has 25 works of fiction published. Married and a mother of two sons, she lives in New York City with her family and a rescued pug named Homer.

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Enhancement: Black Market DNA by Anthony J Melchiorri

July 19, 2014

Anthony J Melchiorri is a writer and biomedical engineer living in Maryland. He spends most of his time developing cardiovascular devices for tissue engineering to treat children with congenital heart defects when he isn’t writing or reading. Read more at http://anthonyjmelchiorri.com and sign up for his mailing list at http://bit.ly/ajmlist to hear about his latest releases and news.

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THE FIRST MADONNA by Yvonne Crowe

July 19, 2014

I am a slightly off the wall author and my novel The Magdalene Conspiracy, a religious mystery/thriller in the style of Dan Brown, Kate Mosse, and Steve Berry, made #8 on the Movers and Shakers List when it was first published, and maintained #1 & #2 position in Religious Fiction for 3 months. This has been followed by Blood Diamonds Conspiracy; Driven By Lust; Baring Her Soul and From Serbia with Love. I refuse to be constrained by genres as you will see. See details on my website above.
Readers have commented that my writing is controversial, compelling, descriptive and evocative, and they become involved with the characters. What more could a writer ask for?
I am unable to restrain myself from becoming emotionally involved in humanitarian issues, as well as with my clients, readers and it comes through in my stories.
I currently live in my hometown in Auckland, New Zealand and love to travel to other countries and have been to Europe many times, as my very talented partner Harald,who designs my covers,is from Germany. This has given me the opportunity to fall in love with historical landscapes and their cultures, and also indulge in three of my passions, good food, wine and great conversation.
I have gleaned many ideas and settings for my stories by traveling to well known cities in Europe, and also through the small villages, each with their own special story, which have enabled me to create believable and sympathetic characters.
Currently I teach English to Muslim immigrants from Iraq. Both of these experiences were so enlightening, giving me an insight into the spirit and courage these people, whom I admire tremendously and respect, portray in their everyday lives.

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Unintentional by MK Harkins

July 19, 2014

I have always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, I decided to write the kind of book I would like to read. This resulted in the creation of my debut novel, Intentional.

My new novel, Unintentional, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional. Unintentional is written as a stand-alone book

When I’m not writing novels, I like to spend my free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (I live in Seattle, what can I say), watching movies and reading (!)

I also run my own business in my current hometown of Mercer Island, Washington.

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The Edge of the Woods by Ceinwen Langley

July 19, 2014

Ceinwen Langley is an Australian television writer and author.

Born in a desert town with less than 300 people, one TV channel and nothing to do, Ceinwen learned to entertain herself by reading and making up her own stories. The habit stuck, and she’s been trying to make a living out of it ever since.

Ceinwen has worked in development on several local children’s shows, taught and spoken at schools and universities and worked as a storyliner and scriptwriter for long-running soap Neighbours. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia, and is trying to get better at cooking and gardening.

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The Many Shades of Amber

July 19, 2014

As a new author I am looking forward to connecting with an audience. I love writing, psychology, Buddhism, sex, exercise and health. Stories that converge these themes are my passion and hopefully yours as well….

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Music City

July 19, 2014

Leona Bryant is a high school teacher who lives among rolling hills and beautiful valleys with her husband of 20 years her sons and daughter. They share their home with 2 cats, 4 dogs and their barn space with Horses, Cows, Goats, Chickens and Llamas.

In her spare time, Leona enjoys gardening, cooking, walks on the beach and reading. Most of Leona’s time and energy is devoted to her family and her students, she is currently working on a Novel to be released at the end of Summer, 2014.

twitter handle @authorleonab

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