Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dangerous Wishcraft

Religion and Mental Health Authored by Linda J Falkner
Dangerous Wishcraft, a must read for anyone who has ever questioned the truth of religious beliefs, explores the dangers of relying on prayer ~wishcraft~ rather than using rational thinking skills, and the often tragic mental, emotional, and physical consequences that can result. Religion, which may have originated as a way to explain the world, has now become an anchor in the fight against scientific knowledge. Modern evangelical religions are attempting to drag the world back into the Dark Ages. This book shines a light, through stories of clients scarred by religion combined with scientific research, on the damage religious fanaticism can inflict on both individual and global levels, and also presents potential strategies for protection from the dangerous practice of wishcraft. About the author: Linda Falkner, licensed mental health counselor and owner of Cheer Counseling, observed that a significant number of her clients suffer from adverse effects of early childhood indoctrination into religion and now focuses on helping them recover from religious abuse. Passionate about such social issues, this book was "a must write."

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

New #audiobook from #ATTMPress

Waking God Book II: The Sacred Rota

Andrew, the young comparative religions professor from Book I, knows what he needs to do. He needs to give the still sleeping Adam flesh, by mating with a young and mysterious Middle Eastern woman known as Mara. The time is right at last, so what can possibly stop Andrew and Mara from coming together in fulfillment of prophecy? Well, for one thing, there's Michael.
And then there are those who follow Michael, the great archangel who's made it his mission to keep humanity in its current ignorant and deluded state. Ranged on the looming battle's other side are Mantrella, Bringer of Light, and those who follow him.
Meanwhile, Earth itself convulses as its inhabitants endure the plagues of Revelation. Will those who can stop Michael act in time? And even if they do, will they prevail?

Friday, September 27, 2013

All Things That Matter Press Giveaways

Announcing All Things That Matter Press Giveaways.

Here’s how it works:

Purchase any ATTMPress book, print or Kindle, from between October 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

Send proof of purchase in an email addressed to   You must include your name in order to enter.

Your name will be entered in our Audio book Giveaway hat—well, actually, it will be a computer-generated random drawing.  Once the winning name comes up, we will then generate another random draw for one of our great audio books and send a free download code from to the winner.

Drawings will be held weekly. You only need to enter once, although you can enter more than once if you wish to purchase additional books and do so. Only one entry per purchase, please. Your name will remain in the ‘hat’ for each drawing. Only when you win, or the promotion ends, will your name be removed.

Each week, the winner will be announced on our Facebook page (we will not include the winner’s email address, of course).

(ATTMPress authors are not eligible for this promotion. Promotional rules, dates, and offers are subject to change)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tally: An Intuitive Life


Authored by Mary Clark

It is raining love in Greenwich Village. . . When Erin, a young poet, reads these words on a piece of folded paper in the garret of Paul Johnston (PJ), an elderly Bohemian artist, she does not know she is on the threshold of a life-changing adventure. She is brought together with PJ by Rogue, another poet, who has known PJ for a decade. Her presence creates tension between the two men. And PJ confides in her that he needs the female perspective in his study of human nature.
PJ is a living example of Greenwich Village's "revolution of consciousness." Coming to the Village in 1919, he took in the full flavor, substance and style of the Bohemian philosophy of life. Over the years, through his heightened awareness, he created his own philosophy. He and Erin embark on a journey through the human psyche. Erin learns of PJ's death and rebirth after an operation at the age of 40, in the skeleton of the man he had been. He is reborn into a second innocence, but has the mind and memory of a grown man. In his search for new reasons to live, he forms new identities: The Artist, the Professor of Love, and The Old Man, among others. But who is PJ? And who will Erin become?

 About the author:
Mary Clark grew up in Florida and as a teenager moved to New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University-Newark with a B.A. in Psychology. Her intuition, though, directed her away from bureaucratic social service. Moving to Manhattan, NYC, she began work as a volunteer in the theater and poetry programs at St. Clement's Church on West 46th Street. For five years, she was the director of the Poetry Festival at St. Clement's. It was through poet Richard Spiegel, founder of the Poetry Festival, that she met Paul Johnston (PJ), the subject of this book. While at the church, in the West Side area known as Hell's Kitchen, she intuitively sensed that she belonged in this unique neighborhood. She formed the most important friendships of her life, became an active member of civic groups and worked for several community-based organizations. One of these groups assisted homeless families in Times Square and Hell's Kitchen. Shortly afterward, she began a monthly community newspaper. This allowed her to continue both her neighborhood involvement and her writing.

After returning to Florida, she completed Children of Light, published online at by Ten Penny Players. Her article, "Living Alive: A New Definition of Intuition," based on PJ's concepts, is online at Gatewood Journal, under the pseudonym Erin Yes. Mary's poetry and prose have appeared in Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream, Jimson Weed, Lips, The Archer, East River Review, Home Planet News, Clinch Mountain Review, and Freshtones, an anthology of women writers. Her Wikipedia articles include Paul Johnston (fine press printer and book designer), Egmont Arens, and Emmy Lichtwitz Krasso. You may visit her on Twitter, Scribd (Mary A Clark), Google+, and at her blog:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


"You’ve got to instantly engage the reader. Your
first page should make them want to read the rest of the book. The last page of your
book should make them want to buy the next book."
 Linda Leon

Friday, August 2, 2013

Six Weeks to Yehidah, Chapter 4

Move over, C.S. Lewis; Melissa Studdard is here! Annalise of the Verdant Hills is one of the most delightful protagonists to skip through the pages of literature since Dorothy landed in Oz. Join Annalise and her two walking, talking wondersheep as they travel to ever more outlandish places and meet outrageous and enlightening folk on their journey to discover interconnectedness in a seemingly disconnected world. Discover with them how just one person can be the start of the change we all strive for. A book for all ages, for all time: wonderful, wacky, and bursting with truth! Six Weeks to Yehidah, Melissa Studdard's delightful debut novel, is one of the more metaphysical children's stories you will ever read. Bridging imaginary worlds of talking sheep, cloud kingdoms, magic labyrinths and spirit guides, "Yehida" comes to life in a kaleidoscopic array of color, sound and light. Listeners young and old alike will be transported via the sentient observations of main character Annalise as she experiences the transcendental metamorphosis of spiritual awareness.

Friday, July 26, 2013

All Things That Matter Press Midsummer Read for Pleasure Days: FREE!

Announcing the "All Things That Matter Press Midsummer Read for Pleasure Days"
The following have been scheduled as free ATTMPress SHORTS Kindle Giveaway days:

August 3 & 4 Kenneth Weene, El Catrin
August 5 Philip F. Harris,  As I look in the mirror
August 6, Abe March, Eternal Life: Transformation
August 7, Zdravka Evtimova, Daughter Again
August 8, Vic Fortezza, The Bat
August 9, Farzana Moon, Son of God
August 10, Jeff Gephart, Three Stories

These stories will be available for free downloads for the entire day listed, with no limit on the number of downloads permitted.

Times for the Giveaway are:
1 Free promotions will start at approximately 12:00 AM Pacific Standard Time on the date specified. Depending on system latencies, it may take a few minutes to several hours for the free promotion to start.
2 Free promotions will end at approximately 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on the date specified. Depending on system latencies, it may take a few minutes to several hours for the free promotion to end.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Moragh, Holly's Ghost


A marriage of convenience, helpful fey friends, hidden agendas, a custody battle that cannot be won and a haunting - could love blossom?
Set in the beautiful wine lands of the southern Cape in South Africa, strange things start happening from the moment Holly accepted Joshua's offer of marriage.


Authored by Robin Ray Wetland & Other Stories, a collection of three novellas and eight short stories, is an unflinching glimpse into some of the issues at work today. With its backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, these modern tales conjoin themes such as hope, drug abuse, homelessness and redemption. Running the gamut from general narrative to crime to horror, Wetland & Other Stories is sure to please those with a taste for variety and an affinity for contemporary fast-paced fiction. About the author: Robin Ray was born in Trinidad & Tobago and went to the U.S. when he was 12. He minored in English at Iowa State University then later studied nursing at Elizabeth Seton College in NY, all the while pursuing his dream of becoming a recording artist. Later, leaving the music field behind, he went back to his first love - writing fiction. His short stories and fairy tales have been published in magazines such as Enchanted Conversation, Darkest Before the Dawn, Free Flash Fiction, Powder Burn Flash & Red Fez. Wetland & Other Stories is his first book.

Thursday, June 20, 2013



The Strong Witch Society

The Calamari Kleptocracy

Ten Lethal Marketing Mistakes

Feature Article: Ten Lethal Marketing Mistakes Almost Everyone is Making
People always ask me what's the single biggest mistake authors make. I'm not sure it's just one mistake, though the truth is that one mistake can sink your entire book. Often when I tell a group of authors what I'm about to share with you they shake their heads in disgust, yet so many authors continue to make mistakes that can be fatal to their book's success. Most of the time, though authors know that publishing a book is like starting a business, they're still shocked when their book is a failure, despite the fact that they didn't market it.
"I don't have the time," they'll say. Well, guess what? If you don't have the time to market then don't spend the time to publish it. Unless it's just a "thing" you wanted to do, then fine. Publish away, but don't expect success beyond your immediate family and close friends. Most authors, however, seek to publish for other reasons, most of them tied to their platform, business, or speaking. If you fall into this category, here are ten things you should avoid like the plague:
1. Waiting to see what happens: Often authors will put stuff out there and wait. They'll wait to see if it works, wait to see what comes back, or wait to see what kind of sales they make. Authors often tell me this, too when they hire us. "I'm going to wait till your work is done before I market." Why do they do this? Sometimes they want to measure the effectiveness of what we've done which I totally get. But it's just not a good idea to wait, at least not in this climate. You should keep working, whatever you can do.
2. Feeling like you have to do everything: You don't. Yes, I know it often feels like you need to do everything. There are social media sites calling your name, blog posts to be written, book events to attend, blogs to read. There's a lot that you can be doing but focus on what you should be doing and, to that end, make sure you're doing the right things. Spend your time wisely. Don't get distracted by the latest big social media craze. If you can't be on both Goodreads and Library Thing then pick one. You're better off being in one place and having a solid presence there than just dabbling in networks. Dabblers typically don't make sales.
3. Not putting out enough content: The reason that it's important to pick your battles in social media and marketing is not just because of the "dabbling factor" but also because you have to create content. Lots of it. Blog posts, Twitter updates, YouTube videos, engaging pins on Pinterest, and the list goes on. Creating content can be a full time job if you let it, but there are hundreds of articles out there that can teach you simple ways to create helpful, engaging content for your readers. Good content is the single biggest driver of audience attention. Don't have time to create content? I was listening to a talk by Gary Vaynerchuk on social media and content. Someone asked him, "But what if someone doesn't have time to create a lot of content?" He smiled and said, "Then you shouldn't be doing this." I couldn't agree more.
4. These rules don't apply to me: I was doing a series of speaking events recently and after I was done, an author came up to me and told me about his book. I asked him what he was doing to promote it, he said: nothing, really. Not because he didn't have the time, but he felt that his topic was such a hot trend, he didn't need to. This might be the worst mistake authors make and the most frequent. The basic rules of marketing today do apply to you. I don't care if you are somehow connected to someone who is famous, writing about someone who is famous, or slightly famous yourself. If you don't work for it, the results will still be the same: crickets.
5. Not staying on top of trends in your industry: The basic idea here is that you stay on top of not just your industry, but the industry you're in, too. That is: publishing. Why should you stay on top of what's going on in publishing? Because the trends might affect you. Let's say you have a book you want to put out and because it's short, you figure it's not substantial enough to warrant publication. Guess what? If you'd been staying up on trends you'd know that for a variety of reasons short is the new long. Thanks to consumers who want quick bites of information and things like Kindle Singles, consumers love short. I just published a book called How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Every single email I've gotten back from readers is that they love it because it's packed with information, no frills and, most of all, short.
6. Lack of engagement: If someone (a reader) writes you a note or an email, are you responding to them? Often times the answer to this is no, which surprises me. Reader engagement is crucial, not because you need to be polite (didn't your mother teach you that?) but because in an age where bloggers are inundated with review copies and review space is shrinking, guess who will be your next best ally? Yes, your reader. Engage with them, thank them but most of all, respond to them.
7. Waiting till the book is done to launch the website: This is one of my favorites actually. Well, not really. I speak with authors all the time who are a week away from having a book and have no website. "It's coming," they tell me. When? I ask. The answer is often, "Oh, when the book is out." That's about three months too late. Now, granted, sometimes this can't be avoided, I totally get that. Delays happen. But in 90% of the cases when I hear this, it's because the author didn't know that it can take months (and in some cases years) to get traffic to a website. Start early and the minute the site is up, start blogging, too.
8. Being in a rush: A few weeks ago I got an email from an author who asked me for my recommendations on a publisher. I told her and the next day she emailed back and said, "I got so excited that I just uploaded it. I didn't have it edited but that's ok, I still have a book!" Well, I'm not sure of that. Ok, yes, you still have a book but in the long run, did this really benefit you? She said she was using this book to promote herself. Let me ask you this: would you send a potential employer a resume that wasn't edited? Likely not, right? Yet many authors have published books that aren't edited, either. While I know there are a lot of options for publishing and a lot of very quick ways to get your book "out there" fast is not always good, sometimes it's just fast. If you just want a book for family and they won't judge you on your horrible editing, then go ahead and rush to publish. But if you want something that you can be proud of, that's going to help you build your platform, don't rush. Just because you can publish quickly, doesn't mean you should.
9. Ask for what you want: I was speaking with a group of authors recently and there was an author in the crowd who said that every book event she does always has a great turnout (lucky her!). I asked her how she was using these events and she looked at me sort of confused. "What do you mean?" she asked. I told her that with that kind of a turnout, she should be signing folks up for her mailing list and then following up with them (think reader engagement). I asked her what she really, really needed for her book. She said she needed more reviews. I told her to ask her readers for help. "You can do that?" she asked. You bet you can. Readers really do want to help authors they love so let them and tell them. Whether you're doing live events, online promotion or whatever. If you want reviews for a book ask your readers. I have an author who, every time someone writes her about her book, she will thank them and ask them to review it. Almost all of them do this. It's a fantastic way to build your reviews on Amazon. Because of this she now has hundreds of reviews on Amazon. Wouldn't you like to have that? Just ask.
10. Wanting to make a fast buck: With all the news around eBooks and the money some authors are making in this industry, it's tempting to think, "Hey, I need some cash, let me publish something." But as with any industry, these stories are the exception, not the rule. Yes, many authors are doing very well but they're also working on it every day. This isn't a "set it and forget it" type of market. You can't just throw content out there and wait for the sales to roll in but you'd be surprised how many people do this.
I often find myself telling authors that "publishing is a business" so much I feel like I should get it tattooed to my forehead (and what a conversation piece that would be!). But the reality is that it is and, though many who are reading this will feel like this article is written for beginners, that's not true. I've seen authors who have spent years in this industry, struggling for success because they keep making the same mistakes over and over. 

Reprinted from "The Book Marketing Expert newsletter," a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

IBAW Winner: Six Weeks to Yehidah

Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in
the 4th Annual International Book Awards
LOS ANGELES  –  USA Book News announced the winners and finalists of THE 2013 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on May 20, 2013. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year’s contest yielded over 1000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.
Award Winning Titles Include:
 Children's Fiction            

Six Weeks to Yehidah by Melissa Studdard          
All Things That Matter Press       

Monday, May 13, 2013


Authored by Grace Peterson

Grace's turbulent childhood, with father's violent temper and mother's apathy, their divorce, and her relocation with her mother and siblings to Hawaii, where she experiences racism and violence, sets the stage for this incredible real-life tale of abuse, brainwashing, and ~ ultimately ~ the long journey to recovery.

At seventeen, Grace experiences love for the first time, but is soon unable contain the traumas of her past. Seeking a remedy from what she perceives as a spiritual problem, she enlists the aid of Brock, a charismatic exorcist and cult expert. Grace stumbles into a world of
esoteric rituals, Luciferian doctrines, and
New World Order conspiracies.

This gripping narrative illustrates how children adapt to a hostile environment, can grow up misreading their untreated traumas, and, while searching for answers, fall prey to unscrupulous charlatans who heap more damage onto an already wounded soul.

 About the author:

Grace Peterson divides her time between working as an administrative assistant, writing and gardening. She is a member of The Association of Writing Excellence and The National Association of Memoir Writers and has published essays in several anthologies. She authors two blogs and writes a newspaper garden column. She is the proud mother of four grown children, four friendly felines, and has been married to her best friend since 1980. Her second book is in publication. Please visit her blog at

Monday, April 8, 2013





Authored by Paul J. Stam
Edition: First

Kusala should have been chief. He was the firstborn and many in the tribe knew it. He and Kitomolo were born on the same day but of different mothers. Because Chief Ronzozo knew that it will be hard to establish exactly which of his sons was born first, he decided that the one who became a man first in the traditional way of killing a leopard, would be chief after him.

On the day of the hunt they both throw at the same time, but Kitomolo, knowing he is not as good as his brother, damages his spear and then has his friends say that they saw Kusala tampering with Kitomolo's weapon during the night. Kitomolo is named chief to be because of his cunning and guile, not his ability and skill.

Harry VanVeldt and some others missionaries are the first white in that part of the Congo. Kusala goes to them expecting that he will be able to use them to help him get his birthright, but instead they use him to learn the language and get established.

 About the author:
The author, Paul J. Stam, was born in the northeast corner of the Belgian Congo where he grew up listening to the accounts of the old timers some of whom were the first whites in that part of Africa. Just before the end of World War II, when he was 15, Paul came to the United States with his parent.
After graduating from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard a destroyer during the Korean War. His tour of duty completed, Paul attended the University of Minnesota and later joined the staff. Among other things Paul has been a foundry worker, salesman, university teacher and administrator and sailboat skipper. Paul is now retired and lives in Hawaii.
Paul is also the author of A River That Is Congo: Of Rulers and Ruled published by All Things That Matter Press and available as a Kindle, Nook and audiobook.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

What Happens if Bookstores Go Away?

What Happens if Bookstores Go Away?
That sentence alone is enough to send chills down my spine. No bookstores? I can't imagine a world without them. Yet the fact of the matter is, that's likely where we are headed.
I don't often share this, but you know that term "bucket list"? One of my bucket list items is to get locked in a bookstore overnight - with a fully-functioning Starbucks of course because a girl needs her caffeine to stay up all night and dig through the thousands of titles on the shelves. Truth is, that one bucket list dream may never come true (and I suspect, neither will the dinner date with Bradley Cooper, either). Let's face it, the world is changing rapidly. Amazon is making book access so much easier and without having to get in your car and, you know, drive somewhere. Look, I do love Amazon and what they've done for indie authors is tremendous, but the opposite side to all of this good is that bookstores are desperately trying to find a market. Ironically, in the mix of all of this, the independents, once proclaimed to be dead, are not fairing as badly as the chains. Well, the chain: Barnes & Noble.
My prediction, though perhaps wild and seemingly out there, is that we're going to start seeing more niche stores, so children's bookstores, all-fiction, etc. because at the end of the day, we are catering to an audience who doesn't want to have to sift through hundreds of books to find the niche they are looking for. We live in the custom society: custom coffee, custom cars, custom pretty much everything. Would the same go for bookstores? Sure, why not? I also think that we're going to start seeing a lot more book departments expand within stores. Hallmark has been experimenting with this for years, though granted their book section is small compared to everything else they offer, they could expand this, too. I don't think you'll see airport bookstores go away anytime soon. There's a need there, gotta have something to read on the plane, though the surge of eBook purchases may change the need for those too.
Let's face it, the structure is changing. Ironically it's not going in the direction we once thought. A few years ago many bloggers said that libraries were a thing of the past, sweet but ancient dinosaurs. However, libraries have seen a resurgence in a down economy and librarians are eager to keep step with technology, offering eBook lending, etc.
The biggest challenge we face as authors and book promoters is that if, in fact, bookstores go away that takes away a huge chunk of those trusted book connoisseurs who would otherwise be out, on the frontlines, recommending books. Also, the shelf space, which for most of us isn't really a factor since our books won't be in bookstores anyway. But for those publishers and titles that depend on bookstores, how will they gain exposure? The answer is, of course, online.
I think as we see the market changing, we're going to see things like niche social media sites, which despite Facebook's online real estate could pull in more readers because, again, we want what we want. We don't want to sift through tons of data to find that great, new read.
Free books and excerpts will become a must. I've spoken with a lot of authors who feel this is just something they don't want to do. The numbers would, however, encourage a second look. Whenever we've run freebie campaigns we see a huge uptick in sales after the freebie is over.
Book bloggers: As time progresses, we'll need more voices out there. As we do now, we'll start seeing a lot of niche blog communities popping up and, I dare say, that if the bookstore demise happens we're going to see a lot more paid reviews.
Paid placement: Yes I think you'll start seeing much more of this. Though not through ads but through paid content online. Some call it advertorial, and perhaps that's a better term for it, but I think as we progress content generation to drive sales will become a huge factor.
What can you do now, this far ahead of the curve? Candidly, I think we'll start seeing the downturn of the bookstore right after Christmas. We're seeing it now already but as 2013 continues, more and more of the sales numbers are going to be facing a decline. What you can do now is stake your claim. Make friends with bloggers, network, put out good content. Don't wait for the bookstore rug to be ripped out from under you before you act. Do it now. And when the eventual demise of bookstores happens, you'll be ready to face that challenge.
Many of us ignore the library market because it's not glamorous, but guess what? Librarians are a fantastic group of book lovers who could really help your book succeed. Been ignoring the library market in lieu of something more glamorous? You may want to rethink that approach.
No one wants to see bookstores go away, least of all me. But the writing has been on the wall for a while and even if I'm wrong, which would be great, I still think that the online world will become more and more significant in all of the ways I've described. Let's face it. With all of the books published each day in the US, the market has been expanding on one side and shrinking on the other for a while.
So, head to your local bookstore and support them, but make sure you keep an eye on the future. 

 Reprinted from "The Book Marketing Expert newsletter," a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques.