Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - Can Spiritual Women Say F#ck? - A Jersey Girl Guide to Inner Peace

Date Published: 8/12/2013

- A revolutionary new set of rules for your best life.
- A touching memoir of one seeker's path.
- A stirring call to action for a brand new world.
- A how-to for bringing what is possible to life.
- Straight talk for seekers & skeptics alike.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I see counseling/coaching and healing as a career.  Writing serves that career by allowing me to use my unique voice to get my message out to a broad audience.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Finding time to write!  When you're launching a start-up, holding down a day job, and chasing around three dogs and six cats, it gets a little crazy.  I ended up writing each chapter as if it was a separate "article."  Focusing intently on my message and the clear idea of who I was talking to made sure that it all came together seamlessly.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

No one helped me write, but I've been blessed with a lot of built in proofreaders in my life!  I was able to get a lot of authentic and immediate feedback from various friends and confidantes.  My grandmother is actually my biggest supporter in this endeavor -- she went head over heels crazy for this book once she read it!

#4 – What is next for your writing?
Hopefully, quite a bit.  Right now it's marketing and press for this book, as well as planning the 2014 book tour, looking to meet with and form relationships with the people who read and are moved by this book (in local, independent bookstores, at book club meetings, at coffee houses, anywhere!).  I'm hoping to increase speaking engagements in 2014 as well, especially as related to my next book (due to be released 10/1) -- From the Ashes, a gift to domestic violence survivors and those who love them.  I'm trying to add my voice to the things that are important to me in a big, big way from now on!

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I'm definitely addicted to reading -- I never have just one book going at a time.  Right now, I'm currently reading Booked Solid by Michael Port (a how-to on increasing client base), Counseling Women by Christie Cozad Neuger (an interesting perspective on...well, counseling women), and The Way of the Happy Woman by Sarah Avant Stover (an amazing workbook for living a real, authentic, holistically healthy life).

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:   "Skinny Bitch" for the meditation set -- real talk for spiritual seekers & skeptics.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?   MP3 -- I'm a diehard PC/Android girl. 

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?  I prefer mint chip, but I'd take high quality French Vanilla over chocolate!

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?   I love potatoes in all forms!  But good mashed potatoes are amazing.

#4 – Comedy or Drama?   I think there's a place for both.  I love indie dramas -- but more than anything, I love to laugh!  So comedy.  I especially love dark comedies.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?   I've honestly never read a book by either of them!  What am I missing out on?  Who do you guys recommend?

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?   A little fantasy is fun now and then, but I try to stay grounded in reality.

#7 – Call or Text?   Text, definitely.  There are three people in this world who call me, and two are related to me.  Everyone else knows a text is a way better option for actually getting ahold of me!

#8 – Public School or Home School?    I've always been really adamant about home schooling and kids I have.  There's such fantastic options available on the internet now, and such great ways to socialize children without locking them in a building for most of a day, teaching in ways that it's been proven they're unlikely to learn.  My main memory from school was being bored to tears, and I would hate that for any of my children.  But, I don't have any yet.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate?    Both are great, but if I had to pick, it would be hot chocolate!

#10 – eBook or Paperback?     Again, both are great.  Nothing in the world will ever be able to replace the feel of a real book in my hands, though.  Plus I like to mark up my books, and ebooks aren't quite as easy to do that with!

Jess Barrett was raised in a small town at the Jersey shore, where she was given a strong sense of self, a crystal clear view of everything she looked at, and an honest, authentic way of being in the world. This book is the reflection of her deep desire to build a bridge for people who are seeking and suffering.  She knows real change can be as easy as taking the next off-ramp in your journey, understanding that the only way to can create sustainable change, both in ourselves and in the world, is to allow your beliefs to affect how you live.

An ordained minister and empath, she seeks to serve by trying to reach individual souls and stir them to participate in the revolution of consciousness she believes is both necessary and inevitable. She creates life-changing experiences, offers coaching and counseling, and is available for speaking engagements on a number of topics.  Further information about her work and projects can be found at her website.

When she's not trying to change the world, she's also a crazy cat lady running an unofficial rescue out of her house (right now, we have five cats and three dogs)!

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October 3 - Alway's Jo Art - PROMO
October 4 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Review/Interview
October 5 - Mythical Books - Interview/PROMO
October 6 - A Life Through Books - Review
October 7 - Once Upon A Book - Review
October 8 - Cook Scrap Craft - Review
October 9 - Must Read Faster - PROMO
October 10 - My Reading Addiction - PROMO
October 14 - Candy Coated Book Blog - Review
October 15 -  RABT Reviews - Review

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