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5 Things You Know For Sure with Author Abby Rodman - Should You Marry Him?

Abby Rodman, LICSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in the Boston area. She has counseled hundreds of individuals and couples with relationship issues. Abby has graduate degrees from both Harvard and Boston College and her work has been featured in the Boston Globe Magazine. She is a contributing relationship expert for Abby is absurdly proud of her three amazing, college-aged sons who grew up at warp speed. Her next book in the Little Books for Life’s Big Decisions series is about divorce and will be available in 2014. 

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Five Things I Know For Sure:

1. He who dies with the fewest regrets, wins.

2. There’s no mistaking what love feels like. If you’re asking yourself if it’s love, it’s not.

3. Your gut is your life’s GPS. It's right most of the time.

4. You already know the answer. So. Stop. Asking.

5. Nothing in life feels better than being where you’re supposed to be, with the people you’re supposed to be         with. Nothing.

Author Favorite Recipe:

You'll Thank Me Later/No Fail Thanksgiving Turkey

1. Heat oven to 275°
2. Put 14-16lb turkey in the oven (with nothing on it!) for 1 hour
3. Remove the turkey and increase oven temperature to 350°
4. Brush turkey with olive oil, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, and salt and pepper
5. Bake turkey at 350° for 2 hours. Check for meat temperature: 160-165° is optimal
6. Turn oven off and let turkey stay in the oven for 15-20 minutes

Book Genre: Non-Fiction/Relationships
Publisher: Book Tango
Release Date: August 19, 2013

Book Description:

Ever wonder why nearly fifty percent of women marry the wrong guy and then divorce him? Or if your Mr. Right may be, well, your Mr. Maybe? A quick, feisty read,Should You Marry Him? A No-Nonsense, Therapist-Tested* Guide to Not Screwing Up the Biggest Decision of Your Life, gives you the skinny on the ten most common red flags women overlook before tying the knot. Informed by my work with hundreds of married and divorcing couples, Should You Marry Him? packs the perfectly blended punch of professional advice and straightforward girl-talk.

Unlike other self-help books of this genre, Should You Marry Him? A No-Nonsense, Therapist-Tested* Guide to Not Screwing Up the Biggest Decision of Your Life cuts through the characteristic psychobabble and gives you what you really need: practical advice you can act on. Few women have the time or inclination to slog through 300 pages or 1001 reasons. Should You Marry Him?is written for every busy woman who needs answers now.

Using real-life examples from my psychotherapy practice and personal insights from my own experience, Should You Marry Him?will resonate with every woman who has ever wondered just what makes successful marriages successful. Why do some women just seem to pick the perfect guy? It’s not complicated, yet so many get it wrong!
Whether you’re on the verge of marrying or if it’s just ultimately in your life’s grand plan, Should You Marry Him? will change the way you look at choosing your forever mate. Love is grand – and great sex is great – but they’re just not enough for the long haul. Don’t screw up the biggest decision of your life. Read Should You Marry Him? now or…forever hold your peace!

Excerpt One:

I do.
Very few words, if any, have the power to change your life as exponentially as those two.
Whether you’re already planning the wedding or just considering his proposal, know that you are in the process of making the most important decision of your life. Sound daunting? A little scary, even? Good. That means you’re truly considering what it will mean to be married to this man. You’re thinking about what’s at stake in choosing him, forsaking all others, to be your companion, mate and lover through your one, precious life.
You know those movies in which the hero wakes up one day and finds he’s the only man left on Earth? Then, miraculously, he finds the one woman left on the planet living in some bombed-out apartment building? And, lucky for him, through all the dirt and torn clothing he can see she’s the hottest chick ever? And initially they hate each other but realize they really love each other and decide to begin their task of rebuilding the human race?
Okay, maybe getting married isn’t that dramatic but it’s not far from it. Either you choose the right partner to help you successfully navigate this strange, new world called Marriage or you choose the wrong one and begin your descent into unhappy-marriage hell.
With your “I do”, you will mark the start of the rest of your life. Your new husband will be the last man you’ll ever have a first date with, the last man you ever french kiss, the last man you’ll ever share a bed with. This man will be the father of your children and that’s an irreversible choice. You’ll slog through the everyday routine that is life and, if you’re lucky, that life will also be peppered with joy and moments of passion that make you both sigh and remember the good old days of coat closet sex.
You will know this man, if all goes well, better than you have ever known another person. You will share his fears, his moments of glory and his bathroom. You’ll also become expert at reading his moods, accepting his limitations and soothing his demons. Yes, he has demons. We all do. And if you haven’t seen your man’s yet, you will. Make no mistake.
 No matter how you slice it, marriage is a gamble. Statistics vary but somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 to 50 percent of first marriages end in divorce. Let’s put it this way: Nearly half of you reading this book will get divorced. And if the numbers are that high for people who make the difficult decision to split, how many couples stay married and miserable? My clinical guesstimate is that you have about a 25 percent chance of ending up in happy marriage. Sweating, yet?  

Indie Authors Naked by Loren Kleinman & Amy Edelman - A Day In Loren's Writing Life


  Loren Kleinman is a writer and poet with roots in New Jersey.  She has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex. Kleinman is a columnist for (IR) where she interviews New York Times and USA Today bestselling indie authors. Some of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post.
Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review, Wilderness House Literary Review, Writer’s Bloc, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, and a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize finalist. In 2003, Spire Press published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz.
Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs, is due to release with Winter Goose Publishing in March 2014. She is currently working on a New Adult romance, This Way to Forever.

Amy Holman Edelman launched IndieReader, the essential consumer guide to self-published books and the people who write them, way back in 2007.  Since then, indie authors have stormed the bestseller lists, been courted by trad publishers and (after all that), finally gained a modicum of respect.
Amy self-published her first book, The Fashion Resource Directory, back in the 80s, long before POD and Amazon and e-readers roamed the land.  Her second and third books (The Little Black Dress and Manless in Montclair), were traditionally published (by Simon & Schuster and Shaye Areheart Books, an imprint of Crown). 
As an author and a publicist with over 20 years’ experience, Amy’s goal for IndieReader is no less than to make indie a respected and desirable category within the publishing world. This book is just one step in that direction. 

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A Day In Your Writing Life

Zadie Smith once wrote, “Don’t confuse honours with achievement.” I’m on a constant path to achievement. I’m never quite there, which, I think, is what keeps me hungry.

I’m disciplined when it comes to my writing regimen. But I think that’s what makes people successful. Successful people are successful because they are disciplined. They are not partying on Saturday night; they’re working.

7am: work out (30 min)

8am: Healthy breakfast of eggs, spinach and wheat bread or Kashi and Greek yogurt with some coffee

9-6: work full time

7: dinner

8-10: writing/revising/editing

In between all of this, I’m managing all of my social media (Twitter, Facebook, blogging).
Saturday is the only day I take off and relax, go to the Farmer’s Market, shop, etc.

I’m always reading, every day.

I’d never want to stop growing. How boring, right? Challenge yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you can do. I’m a poet that wrote a novel. It was one of the hardest things I did, and I’m not done (yet). I cried during the revision process. I cried a lot. But I kept going and the book came out better in the end.

I’m dedicated to writing. It’s my life. True story.

Book Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: IndieReader Publishing
Release Date: January 15, 2014
Buy Link(s): TBA

Book Description:

Indie Authors Naked explores and defines the world of independent publishing. 

Comprised of a series of essays and interviews by indie authors, booksellers and publishers, readers will get a look at the many aspects of the indie community, where publishing professionals of all types come together with the simple goal of creating something unique; something that speaks directly to the reader, no middleman necessary.   

Contributors include: James Franco, Hugh Howey, McNally Jackson Books, Sarah Gerard, OHWOW Books, Raine Miller, David Vinjamuri, Toby Neal, Rachel Thompson, Eden Baylee, Christoph Paul, Jessica Redmerski, and more.

Excerpt One (300-500 or so Words):

From the Introduction of Indie Authors Naked by Amy Edelman:

IndieReader was launched in ‘07, otherwise known as the dark days of self-publishing. Back then, every book was considered a vanity publication, every author a failed writer. Denial ran so high that when the self-pubbed book, Her Last Letter by Nancy C. Johnson hit The New York Times bestseller list, the good folks at the NYT were still saying that they’d never include one! And then there was The Shack, another indie that snuck through the gauntlet to appear on the NYTimes list for an astounding 172 weeks between June 2008 to early 2010 (52 of those weeks at #1).
Flash forward to 2012-2013. With the advent of ebooks, the publishing landscape has completely and irrevocably changed. Bowker, the ISBN people, recently reported that the number of self-published books in 2012 rose 59% over 2011, growing to over 391,000 titles in 2012. That’s a lot of indie.
But it’s not just availability that has changed the notion of what a self-pubbed book can be. Either the whole “vanity” thing was propaganda on the part of trad publishing—after all, Virginia Woolf famously did it with Hogarth Press—or publishing ebooks makes it easier for talented writers to get their work seen. Either way, over the last couple of years—beginning with the high-profile snagging of Amanda Hocking—at least 50 indie authors (many of them interviewed in this very book) have been courted and won by traditional publishers.
Did these authors’ books change from when they were self-pubbed to when they became trads? Or did their appearance on the bonafide bestseller lists (The New York Times, USA Today) just make it easier for the Big 5 to spot them? Not that getting picked up by a traditional publisher is always an indie author’s end-game. In fact, a recent survey conducted by The Bookseller noted that only about one-third of the self-published authors surveyed stated that they would consider a traditional book deal. That’s a lot of authors who aren’t willing to trade the freedom of creation for the chance to have their works packaged by committee.  
So whether an author decides to sell their work to a trad publisher or not—it is clear that indies are here to stay. Their books resonate with readers who really couldn’t give a damn if they came through the hallowed halls of a traditional publisher or just via their ereaders. The indie writing community is strong and getting stronger, as are the options for placing their books (been to your local bookstore lately? You may be surprised at the titles you find on the shelves).

Yes, dear readers, this time—thanks to technology and changing perceptions—self-publishing is clearly here to stay. And via interviews and essays, Indie Authors Naked aims to highlight the best of the best.

Author Fun Facts, Favorite Recipe & Giveaway with Children's Books Author - Ana Koza

Genre: Children's BookPublisher: Book Baby
Release Date: August 19, 2013
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Book Description:

Around the world teaches kids about different culture and what make us unique and special. The book will give shot of each characters' lives and they will give us a glance of their country.

Genre: Children's Book
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release Date: December 13, 2013

Book Description:

A wonderful book for ages 1-7 year of year. A boy named Tommy often forgets to say the magic words, but then he realizes how important those words are. Let Tommy remind us about those words in a fun and magic way!

Author Fun Facts:

1. Favorite Author & give one quote from your favorite book by them

Gabriel Garcia Marquez “Nobody deserves your tears, but whoever deserves them will not make you cry”

2. Fantasy or Mystery


3. Horror or Comedy

A bit of both…but I’ll go for comedy

4. Soda or Tea

Tea… a can of soda has 25 spoons of sugar, so I’ll stick to teas 

5. Indoors or Outdoors

Outdoors…love nature

6. One thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I’m Mexican. Because of my last name, people think I’m Russian J

7. Describe your office

A big dining table and 6 chairs J it’s my dining area where I sit down and write when my kids are sleeping.

8. Night owl or early bird.

Early owl

9. First dinner you had with your Significant Other.

I believe it was lobster at a restaurant right on the beach!

10. Using the letters of Angel as an acronym, describe your book.


Author Favorite Recipe:

Neapolitan style Flan


3 eggs
1 can of condensed milk
1 can of evaporated milk
½ cup of sugar
1tsp of vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt sugar until liquefied and golden in color. Carefully pour hot syrup into a 9 inch round glass baking dish or metal, turning the dish to evenly coat the bottom. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Beat in condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour egg mixture into baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.
  4. In a rectangular baking pan (metal or glass) pour water about 5-6 cups and place your baking dish with the mixture in side. This process is called Bain Marie. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool down.
  5. To serve, carefully invert on serving plate with edges when completely cool.

Author Ana Koza lives with her husband and sons Ari and Eli in San Diego, California. She was raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. Interested in writing since she was in school, Ana is now writing two future books for children which she expects to publish later this year. More information about Ana and her books can be found at her author web site Her books are available at and and at book stores.

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