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Guest Post Power Struggle


Meet today’s guest, Carolyn Arnold.

She is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™. 

Today, she answers a few questions for us and gives us insight into her life and journey as a mystery author.


Have you ever been on a manhunt or at the scene where a dead body was found?

I took part in my local police department’s Citizen’s Academy. As part of this, I received an inside look at seventeen divisions over a ten-week period. As an added benefit, each student was afforded a ride-along. And mine… Well, I went on the perfect one for a crime writer.

My ride-along actually started out with a manhunt. I experienced the excitement of wanting to find the guy and found myself scrutinizing every male I spotted in the area just to make sure he wasn’t the one we were after. Unfortunately, the search moved to the downtown area from the eastern end of the city where the hunt had begun, and the sergeant signed off the investigation. By the end of my ride-along, about five hours later, the man still hadn’t been found.

After the sergeant left the investigation, he turned to me as he was driving and asked if I had ever seen a dead body. I told him I had at memorials and funerals and then asked why. I soon found out that our next stop involved one.

I figured I’d catch a glimpse of the deceased under a tarp or being wheeled away, but I got far more than that. I received a front-row seat to a death investigation. For hours, the sergeant and I were mere feet away from the body. I witnessed firsthand how it changed color over time, but I also found that I went into detective-mode. The forensic identification unit—essentially CSIs—was called in and arrived with collection kits. The team members gloved up, snapped photographs, took fingerprints from the deceased, and more.

The entire time that I was on scene, I noticed myself going into a detached state—the result of adrenaline. Later that evening, it began to sink in that I had spent hours with a dead body, and I was nauseated. As more time passed, I became weepy as it sank in that the deceased had been a husband, a father, a lover, a friend…a person. That night I dreamed about the man. It wasn’t a nightmare, but I was an officer trying to figure out what had happened to him.

I couldn’t imagine returning to the field the next day and having a similar experience or witnessing something even worse, like a violent murder scene or that of a fatal car accident.


What do members of law enforcement say about your books?

Many testimonials attest that I am pleasing readers in law enforcement. They love that my mysteries are accurate in that regard, and they view that alone as a sign of my respect for them.

Here are a few testimonials that I have received on Eleven (Brandon Fisher FBI series):

“I spent thirty-eight years with a major police department in Missouri, fifteen of which were in the homicide section. I also had numerous dealings with the FBI throughout my career, mostly bank robbery, interstate shipment thefts, and a few kidnappings. Eleven kept my interest piqued throughout… Loved it.”

Richard Bartram, Sergeant (retired), St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis, MO


“I am a forty-year veteran of police work. All local, no Fed. Eleven was a great read. All the descriptors and nomenclature were spot on.”

–Joe Danna, Police Officer, Katy Independent School District Police Department, Katy, TX


“Very good! I worked as a police officer for eleven years and with the Federal Bureau of Prisons for twenty-two. I have also dealt with the FBI.”

–Richard Smith, Facilities Development Manager (retired), Federal Bureau of Prisons, Central Office, Washington, DC


“A great police procedural! … Full of twists and turns. The characters are well-developed and a mix of interesting personalities. … Holds your interest to the end!”

–Mark Davis, FBI Special Agent (retired), Washington, DC


What did you do before you became a bestselling author?


For a living, I worked in accounts receivable for a few different companies collecting from businesses. Yet, despite working full time, in 2006 I was reunited with writing. I wrote every chance I got—before work, on lunch breaks, after work, on the weekends. I became so focused on writing and the publishing world that hardly a day went by without them being a part of my life, and since the summer of 2014, I’ve been a full-time author.


How do you know so much about what criminals think?


I can’t answer that without incriminating myself… Just kidding.


Everyone has what we call a “dark side.” In writing these books, I suppose you could say I tap into this side of my psyche. Whatever I can scheme up is possible, and I write that which scares and excites me.


When did you know that you had hit the big time with your books?


When I got to say good-bye to my day job! Even before I fully resigned, I had cut back a five-day a week job to four days, then to three. It got to the point, though, that I loathed going in for that many days, and I knew it was time to make the move and become a full-time author. That was in the summer of 2014. Since then, I incorporated my own publishing company in the summer of 2015, and, at the start of 2016, my husband joined me there full time.


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About the Book

Title: Power Struggle

Author: Carolyn Arnold

Genre: Mystery

One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…





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Series Information

What to expect from the Detective Madison Knight series:

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & OrderCSIBlue BloodsRizzoli & IslesWomen’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.


Author Bio

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Author Interview A-C-T Like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K Like a Parent

Author Interview

Have you been writing for a long time? What inspired you to start a writing career?  

Katherine Shears

Yes, and I honestly believe I’ve always been a writer. We all have infinite capabilities and various talents that come naturally to us. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed expressing myself through writing.I am inspired to write knowing that my writing will be around for future generations. That’s some serious sharing.

C.S. Whitehurst

I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid. When I was in college, I was studying game development, and I had to write game narratives. Then, I realized that there was a great need for a certain set of informations that I, my schoolmates, and my professors had, that people in many urban neighborhoods did not have, information that makes functioning in higher society possible. My coauthor and I stockpiled the fundamental information that could be used to help fortify the intellectual foundation while enhancing a person’s knowledge and logic. And there, our first published book was born.


Do you plan to write more books similar to this one?  

Katherine Shears and C. S. Whitehurst:

There might possibly be a Part 2, because, to keep the page-count short in Part 1, we left out a set of important informations that would help make personal transformations and explanations in a person much more complete and thorough. 


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Katherine Shears:

When you have an idea, question, or thought, write it down! Get it out of your head onto something that will allow you to go back and work on it at will. The brain deals with a multitude of information, and when busy it will keep you from remembering important things when you need to the most.

C.S. Whitehurst


For new writers, I would suggest have a picture in your mind of who you want your book to reach, and imagine talking to that audience, sharing what you want them to know and learn, and try to remember to a voice recorder, or some other recording device, to not have it all in your head, so you can have an easier time when typing it up later.




Are you working on another book now?

Katherine Shears and C. S. Whitehurst:

We are working on a few more collaborations together currently, that are aimed at helping parent/kids relationship.  One is Surrogate Re-parenting 2: AKA. Get Your Mind Right 2, and the other we have yet to choose a title for. Both of which should be released in early 2018.


About the Book

Title: A-C-T Like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K Like a Parent

Author: C.S. Whitehurst

Genre: Nonfiction self-help

Just for kicks, have you ever wondered what your parents really want from you in life? Is it you, or do your parents want you to have no real fun? On any given day, do you want to make your parents proud of you and still do what makes you feel really happy within yourself? Of course you do! But the real question has always been, and still is…how? How can we actually get this done?

Well, with A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent, a.k.a “the child-part consoler”, you will get past common misunderstandings by learning how to truly talk, hear, and listen to your parents, guardians or caregivers instead of feeling like you have to run to friends to find some sense of acceptance, understanding, and real connection.

In this book, chock-full of questions and answers gotten directly from the source, you’ll learn what your parents, guardians or caregivers really expect of you—and maybe you’ll even find out how to explain to them what you really expect from them! Not that this book could ever replace a parent, because it can not. But when it comes to openly communicating certain key ideas, this book comes really close.

This tell-all guide contains lots of enlightening explanations and helpful answers to many common kid questions like:

  • What do my parents really want from me?
  • Why do my parents do what they do and say what they say?
  • What do I really need to know about my parents’ parenting skills?
  • How can I keep my parents happy with me?
  • How can I help my parents to help me?
  • How can I get what I want from my parents every time?

A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent is an intro to the secret knowledge of adults which is a set of informations that is mainly covered in the book entitled Surrogate Re-Parenting: A.K.A. Get Your Mind Right, and even more thoroughly covered in the book The Secret Knowledge Of Adults. While this book, A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent is intended for kids 10 and up, the info in this book is beneficial and useful to the intelligent kid parts in all of us. Yes, this means you too.

The information in this book will help you and yours to start to see your parents, not as the enemy, but as the caring human beings they really are, and take the first step toward family unity, understanding, growth, success, and happiness! Both you and your parents really deserve this, and with this book, A-C-T like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K like a Parent, you and your parents can actually achieve this.


Author Bios

Katherine Shears is a mom, graduate of Strayer University, and an executive consultant, who is dedicated to bettering the social function and overall visibility of all she encounters. She is a deep thinker with an open mind who stays on the cutting edge of learning, having read over one hundred self-help titles and counting.

C.S. Whitehurst is a psychology-based UX/UI designer/tester, computer programmer, IT Project Manager, and self-help enthusiast, who is a student of science, philosophy, life, and NYU. As a native of New York, having been exposed to social diversity, he has been coached by life to respond to the issues plaguing inner-city youth.




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Author Interview Framed

Have you been writing a long time?

No. I started working on my first novel about five years ago. I wish I had started sooner, but the thought of putting a whole novel together was very intimidating.

What inspired you to start a writing career?
A couple factors inspired my writing career. As a Christmas present for my daughter, I’d put onto paper a bedtime story I’d told her when she was a child. I quite enjoyed the process and started to believe I could write a longer version (this story eventually became my fourth novel ‘Dwelt – Guardian of the Realm’). Secondly, an operation had me couch-bound for three months and I thought if ever I’d have the time to try writing a novel that was it. ‘Monsters and Miracles’ a paranormal adventure for middle-grade readers came to life, based on an idea for a story I’d had twenty years earlier. That got me started on this path.

Is your book a stand alone?
No. It is the first in a series. I’m working on the second draft of book two and am half done the first draft of book three. The second Black Swann Investigation should come out sometime in 2018.

Why did you choose this genre?
My favorite books to read are murder mysteries. I’d had the Reggie Swann character floating around in the back of mind for a while, but I didn’t know what to do with her.  My previous book, ‘Ric-A-Dam-Doo’ was a thriller with bits of mystery thrown in to keep the protagonists on their toes. This gave me the confidence to tackle a murder mystery. It was challenging and at the same time a lot of fun to write.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Yes. First, you can do it. It just takes perseverance. It is best to set aside whatever amount of time you can spare on a daily basis, make it a routine and then write, write, write. Second, I recommend that you get the entire first draft finished before doing any major editing. Get the whole story on paper then go back and make the necessary changes. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner after you’ve rewritten and got your masterpiece ready, get a professional to edit it. This will make it so much better and can be a great learning experience.
I wish for you all to have the amazing experience of holding your first book in your hands. Good luck.

About the Book

Title: Framed – A Black Swann Investigation

Author: Wayne Kerr

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Toronto’s newest homicide detective, Reggie Swann, seemed to have it all: great career, handsome husband and plans to start a family, until she was framed for murder…

A cop has very few friends in prison.  After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, Reggie’s conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she was still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The Toronto Police Department still considers her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.

Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town of Penticton, only to discover the two cases which are separated by ten years and five provinces might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective?

The real murderer does. He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!



Author Bio

Canadian author, Wayne Kerr, was born and raised in the small town of Biggar, Saskatchewan (New York is big, but this is Biggar).  He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, thirty-nine years ago and has lived happily ever since.  They resided in the United States for the past twenty years, but recently returned to Canada and now call the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia home.  The writer honed his story-telling skills while keeping his five younger siblings and later his daughter entertained during long cold winters.  When not reading or writing thrillers, Wayne is probably hiking, biking or playing tennis.

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Author Interview The One Apart


Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve been writing stories since I was about 7 years old when my second-grade English teacher required all her students to write a new story every week.  All my stories were true then, based on some childhood adventure I had over the summer or the weekend, and I remember the teacher praising them.  I also remember her forcing me to stand up in front of the class to read some of them—I was so shy!—and that made me want to start writing boring stories.  Years later, when I was still a kid, I started my first novel, handwritten in a spiral-bound notebook with a bright yellow cover.  It was essentially a retelling of the Cinderella story with a main character named Ella that—SURPRISE!—would be revealed as a secret Cinderella.  It’s a good thing I never finished it!  After that, I believed the folks that told me that writing is more of a dream and not really a career, so I only wrote sporadically when I was really moved to live my biggest dream, only for life and that “real career” to get in the way.  Finally, the urge to write, the feeling that you’re supposed to write, took over, and I finally gave my writing “dream” the priority it deserves.


What inspired you to start a writing career?

A love for reading inspired me to write.  I think it’s natural for all of us who love to read to be drawn to the idea of creating our own stories, developing our own ideas, and giving readers that sense of surprise or happiness that we enjoy when we read a great story.


Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

The One Apart is a standalone story, which could continue with a sequel—if its readers demand it.


Why did you choose this genre?

I love the genres; I love most genres!  But in this case, the genre, the story, chose me.  My stories tend to start with a character or a situation, and then dictate the genre—whether the solution or the story unfolds one way or another.  For The One Apart, I woke up one morning with just one interesting sentence in mind as an idea for a brand-new story: “he remembered everything.”  It felt really impactful, like the fact that this person remembered “everything” was a big deal, that it wasn’t supposed to happen, something went wrong, or maybe, someone would be really upset to discover this person did remember everything.  That was it.  I had to start writing the story, from the very beginning, to learn just what was remember, who my main character was, etc.  And that’s when I found he remembered all of his past lives—and he wasn’t supposed to.


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Write, write, write.  Don’t allow yourself the distraction and hesitation of thinking about writing or reading about it; just write.  Write to gain your confidence, to find your voice, to get damn good, and push yourself to finally share something with the rest of the world.  And forget what others think of your work; if you really love writing for all the right reasons, you will be great at it and readers will recognize that.  BUT… if absolutely everyone says “eh…” about your stories, or only your mother and significant other “love it!” then take that as a bit of beautiful revelation: that you’re still holding yourself back, somehow for some reason.  And you need to dig deeper, into the place where you have no fear, or you’re courageous enough to write about what you fear.  And that’s the writing, the stories, that are pure gold.


About the Book

Title: The One Apart

Author: Justine Avery

Genre: Paranormal

Only one obstacle stands in his way of enjoying a normal life. He remembers—every life he’s lived before.

Tres is about to be born… with the biggest burden any has ever had to bear. He is beginning again—as an ageless adult trapped in an infant body.

He and his teenage mother face life filled with extraordinary challenges as they strive to protect, nurture, and hide how truly different he is. But Tres alone must solve the greatest mystery of all: who is he? The answer is linked to the one question he’s too afraid to ask: why am I?

In his quest, Tres discovers that all is considerably more interconnected and dynamic than he could ever imagine—and fraught with far more danger. He cannot hide from the unseen threat stalking him since his birth.

Life as he knows it—as all know it—is in peril. And Tres is the only one aware.



Author Bio

Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final “job”—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says “eh”—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

Avery loves to connect with fellow readers and creatives, explorers and imaginers, and cordially invites you to say “hello”—or konnichiwa.

Twitter: @Justine_Avery


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Author Interview Once Upon A Princess Duet

Author Interview

Have you been writing for a long time?


I can’t remember a time that I haven’t been writing! But I really began to take it seriously when I started taking writing classes at a local college. It was great to interact with other writers, even though it was scary at times to share my work. It was a supportive environment, though. I learned how to write short stories, and after a while I sold a few of them. After that, I worked up enough courage to start submitting my work to contests. Finally, about five years ago I completed my first novel. It’s been a progression from one step to the next.



What inspired you to start a writing career?


Since childhood I’ve always wanted to become a writer. The best thing is that I’ve been able to use writing in my various careers. (I’ve had a few!) From being a catalog copywriter to working in IT as a programmer and then as a technical writer. I’m fortunate that writing has always been part of my life in some way. Of course, writing fiction is much more fun than working on a technical manual! Writing for me is something I have to do. It’s that important.



Is this book a stand-alone or part of a series?


My original idea was for three short stories to be included in one book. But as I began to write, the stories got longer and longer. Finally I realized that I had two short novellas. So, I just went with it. This book is a stand-alone that includes the two novellas (which are also available as individual books). If it turns out that the third story gets expanded one day, I might release that as another book in the series.




Why did you choose this genre?


Fairy tales are so fascinating because they seem so simple on the surface, but they have important lessons about life. There are so many tales from all over the world, and a lot of them have similarities. For instance, there’s a version of the Cinderella story (based in China) that is thousands of years old. Stories connect us and I think by reading them, we can learn a lot about what it means to be human. I’d never considered writing a fairy tale before, though I have read a few retellings of popular stories. Of course, I had to add shifters because they’re fun to write and they make terrific heroes.



Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?


My advice would be to write as much as possible. Writers would always tell me to write every day. Sometimes I followed that advice, often I did not! I let other things get in the way, or I procrastinated because of fear that my stories wouldn’t be good enough. But you can’t get better unless you write. Also, it’s a great idea to either seek out writers’ groups or mentors for support. Be open to criticism to make your work better. However, keep in mind that everyone will not like what you write (or how you write your stories). That’s just how it is. It takes a lot of courage to believe in yourself and your work, and know that you have no control over how it will be received. That’s why, in my opinion, it takes a lot of love and commitment to be an author.

About the Book

Title: Once Upon A Princess Duet

Author: Deborah A. Bailey

Genre: Paranormal Romance

The Once Upon A Princess Duet

In these two sexy paranormal romance “fairy tales,” two princesses find that love with a shifter hero is not without complications – but there is always a happily-ever-after. Includes two complete short novellas.


“Heart of Stone”

In the ruins of a country destroyed by a curse. Princess Leesa goes looking for a way to help her people. Desperate to find an item of value to trade for supplies, she trespasses into an abandoned palace.

There, she finds more than she bargained for when she encounters a lonely Gargoyle who offers to provide her with everything she needs, for a price.

If she’s willing to pay it, she may find the love she’s been looking for. Or she may lose it, forever.


“Beauty & the Faun”

Kayla, a poor young woman runs away when her rich uncle and aunt arrange her marriage to a shifter prince from another land. Her uncle needs gold to settle his debts and the king is offering a great reward if he can obtain a willing bride for his son.

But Kayla’s plans to hide in the Great Forest hit a snag when two mischievous fauns find her and deliver her to a very sexy faun shifter who is ready to teach Kayla a thing or two about life and love.



Author Bio

Deborah A Bailey’s Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance stories include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat.

She’s the author of the “Hathor Legacy” Science Fiction Romance series and several shapeshifter Paranormal Romance novels.  Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. They’re included in her short story collection, “Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.”

In addition to her fiction work, she’s published three non-fiction books including,“Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.”









The Once Upon a Princess Duet
The Once Upon a Princess Duet
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Once Upon A Princess: Heart of Stone (individual novella – also available in KU)


Once Upon A Princess Duet: Beauty and the Faun (individual novella – also available in KU)



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Author Interview It Feels Good To Feel Good


Have you been writing for a long time? 

No, I just started writing when the opportunity arose through a course at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  © They offered a Launch Your Dream Book© course while I was in a program to become an Integrative Health Coach.


What inspired you to start a writing career? 

I had a story that was begging to be told.  My personality is to be a story teller, and I had done 5 years of research to get myself well from inflammation and autoimmune disease, so it made sense to share it with the world and help others in my situation.


Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series? 

It will be part of a series.  My next book is going to be how I live around 18 food sensitivities and as toxin free as possible.  It will be another hands on guide about all of the things that have now become second nature to me, but took a while to figure out.  I think that the information in my second book will be another building block enabling people to lower their toxic load and return to wellness.


Why should people read your book? 

I wrote the manual that I wish I had had when I got sick with autoimmune disease five years ago.  In the beginning I didn’t even know what I was looking for. My conventional doctor was not helpful, she only wanted to give me pills, and so I took my health into my own hands and started doing research.  There are many things that would be useful to anyone who is sick with inflammation.

I do a chapter on how to tell if you have inflammation.

I encourage people to “own” their own health, and to question everything.

I explain what the functional medicine approach is, and how it saved my life.

I discuss what autoimmune disease, and what the main causes of it are.

And then I go through toxins in all phases of our lives, and what I replaced them with.


Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

I am a strong believer that what you do in any phase of your life should be something that you have passion for.  If you have passion obstacles are something to find a way to get around.  I believe that this is also important to keep in mind as an author.  I wrote a nonfiction book about something that I really want to get out to the world.  But I am an avid fiction reader, so if you have a story that you are passionate to put onto paper and share with the world, then it needs to be written.  Don’t worry about if it is perfect, just sit down and write from your heart.  Just do it.  If you don’t jump off the cliff, you will never know if you can fly.  You can always go back and edit later….just start to get it out of your head and onto paper.  It will take on a life of its own.



About the Book

Title: It Feels Good to Feel Good

Author: Cheryl Meyer

Genre: Non-Fiction / Health

Got Pain?

This book is for anyone with chronic pain looking for answers. It will give you a place to start. You don’t have to resign yourself to a life of pain and pills.

In this book you will learn:
* What is causing your pain and how to eliminate it.
* How to find a practitioner that will help you gain back your health.
* What’s in your food? Organic, conventional, GMOs processed, fast, canned, dairy, factory farmed meat, soy, water.  Identify your sensitivities and heal your leaky gut.
* Identify the toxins in your life. in  your cosmetics, over the counter drugs,in you kitchen, in your body. Learn how to purge them.
* 34 stress busting ideas, and four simple exercises to reduce your stress.
* 32 suggestions from leading functional experts on how to get a good night’s sleep..
* How to recognize a toxic relationship and make it work or walk away.
* How to tame Anxious Negative Thoughts “ANTs”.
* The importance of movement, even for people who don’t like to move
* How to take control of your health, reduce your inflammation and feel great again!


Author Bio

About Cheryl Meyer aka Cheryl M Health Muse and her book, “It Feels Good to Feel Good, learn about toxins, reducing inflammation and feel great again.”

Five years ago, Cheryl got sick, really sick.  It was a perfect storm: she was working 24/7; her long-term relationship imploded; economic changes slowed her business; she got Type II diabetes; she was taking care of everyone else; her stress was out of control.

Then one morning … viola, Cheryl woke up in incredible pain that didn’t go away. Her doctor didn’t recognize what it was and thought it was in her head.

Cheryl didn’t want more pills, so she embarked on her own journey to find wellness.  When she started, she didn’t even know what she was looking for.  She was stunned to find toxins in every aspect of her life that were poisoning her.  She discovered the Functional Medicine community.  She was tested for food sensitivities.

This book shares everything that Cheryl learned to reverse her inflammation and put her autoimmune diseases at bay.  This is the get well manual that she wishes had been available when she got sick. The book is about first identifying  that toxins that were a significant cause of her leaky gut, then she identified  what  the toxins were  and finally she shares what she replaced them with. She addresses the toxins in our food, in our cosmetics, our cleaning supplies, our kitchen utensils, our water, our over the counter drugs, and even in our heads, stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, lack of movement and finally toxic relationships.  She wants to help others find a path to wellness.

Cheryl is now relatively pain-free, but still considers herself a work in progress.  She avoids the foods and spices on her specific, long list of problem foods.  She has purged toxins.  She has released stress and nagging worry.  She has learned to find joy in movement.  She has found love.  She is grateful.

Cheryl believes that following her journey will help you live a long, happy and pain-free life.
In order to help others, Cheryl has become a Holistic Health Coach, certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition©.

My book has won the following awards to date:

  • 3rd place CIPA EVVY Health/Wellness,
  • 2nd Place CIPA EVVY Illustrator in a non-children’s book
  • New Apple Summer Digital sole winner in Health/medical
  • The Living Evergreen Award Gold winner for books that exemplify better living.
  • It is in the top 10 from Write your Own Dream Book, November 17, Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
  • TOP 12 Books on the Spirited Woman Fall Equinox 2017 book list.


Book Reviews

“It Feels Good to Feel Good, learn to eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation and feel great again” is written by Cheryl Meyer, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, where she completed a cutting edge curriculum in nutrition and health coaching taught by the world’s leading experts in health and wellness.  I recommend you read this book and be in touch with Cheryl (Cheryl M Health Muse ) to see how she can help you successfully achieve your goals.

– Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, Founder/Director, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

If you want to truly feel better…clean up! Just one tip from Cheryl’s book will change your life. She has written the ultimate source for getting well through detoxification.”Suzy Cohen, RPh Author of “Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients and How to Restore Them.

“You have taken putting soap in the mouth for naughty words …” to a New Level!  LOL Who knew we were surrounded by so many toxins.

I’ve pretty much finished your book now working on giving sections to my family and friend that I think will especially appreciate certain chapters!  YOU, my Dear, have found your calling, YOU make this rather “dull” subject a Very Good, interesting read, with fun personal touches along the way.

I LOVE your book; I hope people will embrace it.  Why worry so much about health care if we keep killing ourselves with poison.  We can all start with eliminating the toxins out of our lives.              Val Peterson

“As a Functional Medicine Doctor who partners with patients to deal with the root causes of their symptoms, it was a pleasure to read a book that offers such a comprehensive yet simple approach to improve health, reduce inflammation and pain, lose weight and increase energy. This is a great reference to keep in reach on your own journey to optimal wellness.  If you are struggling with chronic symptoms like digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, and autoimmune disorders, this book may really help you. It lays out practical tools that you can use right away and at your own pace, everything from how to change your shopping choices to getting more comprehensive medical testing to reduce your toxic burden. Her simple to understand, well researched and easy-to-adopt tools can be helpful to even the busiest among us.”   Dr. Shilpa Sayana, Founder and Medical Director, Sayana Wellness Centers

“Cheryl has been not only been an exemplary patient, she has made it her mission to inspire and help others with her experience and knowledge!”   Susan Spizer, MTCM, L.Ac.

She writes like she talks, straight and with passion.  What you will read here will surprise you. A helpful read that you will refer back time and time again for reference.” Scott Lee, Master, Body and Brain Yoga, Monrovia

“My friend, Cheryl Meyer has written a book that I recently finished called “It feels good to feel good”. It has a lot of common sense solutions (many that you would never think of) to healthy, toxin free living designed around the reduction of inflammation through what you put in and on your body. Most of this is from her personal experience. I know Cheryl to be one of the finest people you’ll ever know. Cheryl’s also a big proponent of “functional medicine”. If you are unfamiliar with this form of medical practice, you need to read her book. It will change the way you think”.  Frank Jones

Cheryl’s book is as timely as it is informative. This is an excellent read for those seasoned in the holistic lifestyle as well as those just beginning. There is something for everyone. Her material covers everything from probiotics, house cleaning materials, and abdominal massages, to which teas to drink for better sleep. She has the latest information on metal detoxing and extensive research on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.

Cheryl provides real solutions that can be implemented far beyond the basics with a bend toward functional medicine. I personally ordered three products within hours of reading her book. I’m especially thrilled with the depth of her research around relationships and those that can be toxic. Make sure to read this book and hold onto the “not to miss points” at the beginning of each section.
Shannon Eavenson, Author, & Physical Therapist/Health Coach






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Author Interview The Matriarch Matrix


Have you been writing for a long time?

It feels like forever after completing The Matriarch Matrix. I started seriously considering attempting a novel in spring of 2016 when the good fortune of a more open schedule came my way. My writing proclivity started in primary school when I attempted to write an epic emulating the Hornblower series. I never finished, but the teacher was generous with my grade. I continued to write stories and plays through secondary school. Then that fateful moment comes when your parents ask “what do you want to be when you grow up.” Philosopher, historian, or writer as an answer does not play well in those conversations. So STEM I went until I completed a very successful STEM based career. And now, I am blessed with opportunity to be that philosopher, historian, and writer that I had once aspired to be.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

A number of years ago, I searched for ways to help high IQ analytical people work on their EQ as, among others, I managed many gifted people who fit this description. And to my surprise, reading fiction came to the top of the solution list. Not watching film, but reading which forces you to use your imagination, forces you to envision how people feel, think, and emote. So that I walk the new talk, I began to read fiction. Paperbacks at first, but I then dared to download the Kindle app onto my phone. And wow. Speed reading on steroids! I could polish off a novel every three to four days on top of a full and long executive work day.

I read an author say that if you are prolific reader, you already know how to write. He said you have subconsciously absorbed the writing styles and techniques of every book, of every author you have read. And in the spring of 2016 when the opportunity presented, I made the commitment many people do – to write a book. I spent two months reading and listening to every source I could find about writing novels as I simultaneously outlined a story in a daily writing journal. And finally after my brain overflowed with strands and clumps of varying advice, I ended the learning and just started writing the story I outlined. And what that author said came true. What came out of my fingers represented a synthesis of all the fiction, all the genres, all the authors I had been reading.

Is your book a stand-alone, or part of a series?

If you had asked me after the second of three rounds of beta-readers, I would have said a stand-alone. As I attended writers conference after writers conference over the past year, many told me to break up my manuscript into two books. Yes, it is long. Like a Dan Brown Robert Langdon series book or Mary Doria Russell’s Sparrow. I did an extensive re-write trying to make Part 1 stand on its own, but thought it would have been a weak stand-alone book without Part 2 which the third round of beta readers concurred with.

But I always thought there was a follow on story for which I have most of the synopsis underway now. The premise of ancient giants, of mysterious objects, of the origin of our faiths, permeates through cultures and myths around the world. I did not wrap up The Matriarch Matrix as tightly as some reviewers would have liked, which may have left some not fully fulfilled. But I left the threads open for the second book. And maybe a third.

Why did you choose this genre?

Another great question. What genre is this book? At a recent writers conference hosted by a chapter of the Romance Writers of America, I heard the best articulation of different genres definitions. It was there that I realized that I had pulled what I need from different genres to create this story. One lunch I sat with a well-published author and shared with her this story. And she affirmed that is what a debut author should do. Write the best story they can regardless of genre definitions.

Kindle lists the book as Religious Mystery and Metaphysical Fiction. Why? Originally it was listed as Science Fiction/Action-Adventure and Metaphysical Fiction. As I saw the first thirty reviews, I saw the words “suspense” and “mystery” come up often. So I asked Amazon for a change. Why Religious and Metaphysical? The origin of faith and the religious beliefs of the characters are foundations of the conflict created in the story. It is not “Inspirational Fiction” as I have heard it defined at RWA conferences, but it is a story about characters with deeply held religious background – a Sufi Kurdish woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien believing atheist – and their need to overcome their differences to solve the problems in the storyline. Ironically, Amazon Books also lists this book as Romance/Science Fiction and Romance/Action-Adventure. Did what I learned from RWA shine through?

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

1. Write what you believe in. Over and over again, experienced authors espouse the importance of authenticity for readers. And if you don’t believe in what you are writing, how can it read authentic to the reader? After reading some of the more critical reviews last month, I broached to one my alpha readers drafting a new edition to soften some aspects of the book. And she said with all firmness, as only a strong matriarchal figure like her can, that I need to stand by what I believe. And I knew what she meant. I could have edited those sections differently, but chose not to. My message, my belief, my research into the tragedy of the oppression of different people and cultures throughout time, all needed to be prominent to decry the tragedy and terror of unchecked tyranny as contrasted to the heroic recovery of the story’s heroine.

2. Surround yourself with expertise. You need an editor. One who has the experience in the type of book you want yours to be or with working with an author like you. They are like your conscious. Think of your book like a loved one. Your love for them may impede your objectivity concerning their
health. Usually you bring your loved ones to a doctor, an expert who is dispassionate and who can make object recommendations on your loved one’s care. A good editor is like that doctor for your book.

If you can before the final edit, utilize beta-readers who you do not know, who are willing to say unfettered what they really are thinking. Reading their feedback is the ultimate in highs and lows, sometimes seriously painful, but I found real readers’ beta comments were 100% predictive of reviews I have seen once my book launched.

Finally, spend the resources you can in the editing process – go through each of the three recommended rounds. Each round makes your book that much better.


About the Book

Title: The Matriarch Matrix

Author: Maxime Trencavel

Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure

The Matriarch Matrix – A speculative fiction novel of origins, faith, passion, and the pursuit of peace.

It was always his destiny to save her. It was always her destiny to die. The fate of the world hangs on their choices… 

The past foretells her future…

What does it take to change a loving child of peace into an assassin for a dangerous and powerful oligarch? Zara Khatum knows. Once a fighter for her Kurdish people, the memory of the atrocities inflicted by her captors has Zara seeking one thing: vengeance. But the voices of the ancients call to Zara. In the past, in another life, she knew the secrets of the artifact…

Twelve thousand years ago…

She is Nanshe, revered matriarch of the family she led away from the monsters of the north. In the land that would one day mark the treacherous border between Turkey and Syria, she created the temples at Gobleki Tepe and founded a dynasty, heirs to a powerful object. For millennia, Nanshe’s descendants have passed down the legend of the artifact: “The object can save. But only a man and woman together can guide the salvation of others.”

Heirs to destiny…

By fate or destiny, Zara is thrown in with Peter Gollinger, a quirky Californian from the other side of the world and the other side of everything she believes. But he, too, is heeding the voices of his ancestors. Joined by Jean-Paul, a former Jesuit priest, these three people—from wildly different religions and cultures—must find a way to work together to solve a twelve thousand-year-old mystery of the powerful object that spawned a faith. The world teeters on the precipice of war. The outcome depends on them. And one of them is living a lie.

The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a spiritual odyssey with a heartbeat of an action adventure. It may make you think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the comedy, the romance, the tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien origin believing atheist. Their journeys separately and together will be a test of their respective faiths and their inner search for personal and family redemption.


Author Bio

Maxime has been scribbling stories since grade school from adventure epics to morality plays. Blessed with living in multicultural pluralistic settings and having earned degrees in science and marketing, Maxime has worked in business and sports, traveling to countries across five continents and learning about cultures, traditions, and the importance of tolerance and understanding. Maxime’s debut novel was written and edited in different locations in Belgium, including the Turkish and Kurdish neighborhoods of Brussels, in South America, and on the two coasts of the United States.



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