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The Great Rupture by Viktor Shvets

Viktor Shvets’ book, The Great Rupture is available for purchase!

This book begs the question: do we need to be free to be innovative, prosperous, or even happy?

The lessons of the last five centuries were unequivocal—without freedom, there could be no prosperity or happiness. However, does this still hold true in the Information Age?

Modern technologies are disrupting our societies, altering every facet of our lives, from the nature of work and what we intrinsically value, to how we are informed, entertained, and educated—it promises to be a far deeper disruption than Industrial Revolutions. Humanity is at a major turning point, and how we respond to the merger of technology and financialization will decide our future. Will it be capitalism or communism, feudalism or despotism?

By learning from the past and projecting into the future, global market strategist Viktor Shvets explores the weakening nexus between freedom and prosperity and what that means for the future of humanity. From the birth of our modern world, pivotal events in human history have led to the collapse of non-Western civilizations—Mongol warriors sweeping across Eurasian steppes; the Black Death and a re-awakening of human spirit; Zheng He’s voyages and the collapse of Novgorod republic; and finally, the ban on printing in Arabic. What can we learn from these events to better prepare ourselves for the future?

As we hurtle toward that uncertain future, we must decide whether our cherished individual freedoms are still necessary for success and prosperity, or if in adapting to new technologies, non-Western civilizations are now better positioned for this new world, creating illiberal orders that might no longer suffer from stagnation of ideas. For the first time in at least five centuries, we have an opportunity and tools to build a different society and economy. Will we embrace the challenge?

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Out of Chaos

Elle Mott’s memoir, Out of Chaos is now available for purchase at retailers worldwide!

A harrowing true story of choices and consequences. As a teenager, Elle Mott descended into hopelessness. Her life as a criminal and a vagrant led her deeper into the darkness. Balancing multiple identities, the more secrets she kept, the more lies she needed. She sheds personas, rebelling against who she was and who she’s becoming, but thousands of hitchhiked miles can’t distance her from the crushing expectations of her great-grandmother’s legacy. Until she surrenders to herself, she will never find her way out of chaos.

Powerfully honest memoir…couched in clear, spare prose with well-crafted, believable dialogue… A broad range of readers will relate to…Mott’s sincere and deep reflection on complicated family and relationship dynamics. And they’ll surely be inspired by the effort she displayed to regain control of a life badly derailed.“–BlueInk Review

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An Inconvenient Herd

SOMEONE LETS FARMER’S COWS OUT.

Fueled by idealism and curiosity, the herd follows a bike path into the big city, chasing a dream of a new way of life. The good-natured cattle make lots of friends, but life in town is complicated. They encounter religion, local politics, and manicured lawns.

Meanwhile, Farmer is frantically searching for the wayward cows, racing to save them from the perils of celebrity and the urban machine before it’s too late.

This book grabbed me immediately and took me on a terrific, laugh-filled ride! The author creates a world set just a little off the axis we are all familiar with and populates it with characters who feel like people we know, but are also just a little off. The dialog is smart and funny and the situation, while zany, is grounded in a reality and a message that is beautiful. Plus, now after reading this book, I want to hang out with cows!” -Amazon Reviewer

Grab your copy of An Inconvenient Herd by John Wiley at a major retailer or find it at your favorite bookstore! Don’t forget to leave a review when you’re finished.

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Rose Ann Kalister Brings Her Rich, Vibrant Heritage to Life on the Page

Sister of Saidnaya captures the story of a girl who immigrates to America from Syria with her parents in the 1920s.  The saga chronicles her challenges to assimilate as a young woman, and her challenge to preserve her heritage with her children as she grows older.

While it’s a fictional account, Rose Ann Kalister, the author, modeled the story after her own family, and their experience growing up in the Ohio Valley.

“I grew up being asked ‘What are you?’” Kalister explained. “When I gave up trying to explain, I took the questioner to my home. Mother hugged my friend, put sweets in front of her, and asked where her family was from.”  Kalister’s book answers the same question with a rich, compelling, dynamic story of life in America in the 20th century.

Much of Kalister’s research came from her family, including her brother Charlie. “Many readers said they knew little about Syrian people even though there were Mediterranean people in their community.”  By combining her rich cultural heritage with her gifts as a storyteller, Kalister wove a story that illuminated a culture that is relatively unknown, despite frequent mentions in the media.

Kalister is an award-winning playwright, and her experience shines through the page with skillful, poignant dialog that brings her scenes to life. Kalister said that the reactions to her book have been tremendously positive and enthusiastic. And her online reviews agree.

She credits the excellent reception to the book in part to the production team of her publisher, Boyle & Dalton. “Before Brad Pauquette’s developmental edits, my improvements had stalled and I didn’t know why,” Kalister explained of her writing process.  “Pauquette’s thoroughness, clarity, problem solving, and honesty in the second edit helped me apply my narrative and dramatic skills. Emily Hitchcock’s understanding and suggestions were no small part of the production process.”

And as for Rose Ann’s reaction when she first held her book in her hands—“Incredulous, relieved, and happy.”

Sister of Saidnaya is available from all major retailers in print and digital formats.  Find it on Amazon here, or Barnes & Noble, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore.

The Adventures of Annie and Ellie-Belly

The Adventures of Annie and Ellie-Bellie by Shirley Swindle is available for purchase at retailers worldwide!

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Sticky drinking glasses full of stolen sugar. Blackberries plunking into tin buckets. A disastrous recipe to cure freckles. While their family follows work from country tobacco fields to city mills, Annie and Ellie chase adventure and always find mischief. Even as their family struggles through the Great Depression, these two young sisters show us that imagination, spunk, and a little faith will guide us through any trouble we may find.

Get your copy of The Adventures of Annie and Ellie-Belly today!


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Chris Sumlin – Preparing First-Generation College Students

Christopher Sumlin AuthorChris Sumlin isn’t waiting for an invitation to step into greatness.

At only 24 years old, Chris Sumlin is the published author of two books, Dealing with This Thing Called Life and Dealing with This Thing Called College. Both books are published by Boyle & Dalton.

Dealing with This Thing Called College was released in February of this year, and has already garnered Sumlin a slew of earned media opportunities, in print and on television.

“As much as I felt excitement when I held my book for the first time, I also felt responsibility,” Sumlin explained. “I knew that this book was a charge for me to become more confident, believe in myself and try to sell my book to anyone who would listen.”

And people are listening. The book, still in the early stages of its marketing lifetime, is collecting 5-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The reviews are littered with comments like “Excellent insights,” “I couldn’t put it down,” and “This book is phenomenal.”

Coming from a low-income background in Columbus, Ohio, Sumlin was told not to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. It was too expensive and he wouldn’t make it. But he did attend, and he not only earned his degree, but has gone on to graduate studies at Boston University. It’s important to him to share what he’s learned with other first-generation college students who might be intimidated.

Dealing with This Thing Called College by Chris Sumlin“We don’t prepare students for college like we think we do. There is a lot to learn about college,” he told me. “I hope my readers will understand that I’m no different than them and that they can truly do anything they put their minds to.”

When it comes to publishing his books, Sumlin explained that he loved the opportunity to work with professional editors and production staff to improve his craft. His storytelling technique has evolved considerably from his first book to his second. “I enjoyed getting criticisms from my publisher about character development,” he said. “The critiques help me grow so much as a writer. “

Chris Sumlin’s dream is to step into a prominent role in the television industry, and he’s on the right track to make that happen. He’s already interned for both FOX and BET, and his recent TV appearances prove that he has what it takes to engage an audience. Like one of his role models, Dr. Brene Brown, he’s not afraid to be vulnerable and speak the truth.

So what happens next? According to Chris, “I hope to just keep growing, keep perfecting and getting better as a storyteller.”

In the meantime, Chris’s wisdom is on the shelf, waiting for young readers. Dealing with This Thing Called Life and Dealing with This Thing Called College are both available from major bookstores worldwide, in print and digital editions.

As we submerge ourselves in high school graduation season, Dealing with this Thing Called College is the perfect graduation gift. Your graduate will enjoy reading it, and hopefully they’ll avoid some of the (often humorous) antics Chris Sumlin wasn’t prepared for. Find it on Amazon here.

Learn more about Chris Sumlin on his website www.TheChrisSumlin.com.  Or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

When Jesus Answers: Returning to the Healing Mercies of God’s Presence

When Jesus Answers by Loren Loving is available for purchase at retailers worldwide!

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When Jesus answers, we have hope. In a world filled with anger, and hearts bound by despair, our hope is found as we listen to the intimate, healing voice of God. His voice alone is the essential secret to peace and contentment, to freedom from all fears.

When Jesus Answers will open your heart to hear God speak His words of truth and love, enabling you to truly live the life you were created to live—within the intimate embrace of His presence. With an engaging collection of personal testimony, Biblical scripture, allegory and powerful songs of hope, Loren Loving clears the path back to our faithful and most gracious Heavenly Father.

We all need the great news of a Messiah who heals our brokenness and sets us free from our bondage. In Him alone we find healing, transformation, and the refuge of eternal peace and love.

Get your copy of When Jesus Answers: Returning to the Healing Mercies of God’s Presence today! Don’t forget to leave a review.

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The Abundant Bohemian: Reviews Are In!

We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of Joe Downing’s fantastic non-fiction book,cover with border The Abundant Bohemian. This book provides the philosophical paradigm and practical tools you need to escape the slog of corporate culture and find the better life that’s calling to each of us.

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out these selected reviews from other readers, and then pick up your own copy of The Abundant Bohemian here.

“Three cheers for The Abundant Bohemian by Joseph Downing. Designed to inspire greatness in everyone who reads it, this book is full of wisdom, insight and DIY suggestions about living a life of interest — one we are proud to call our own. Real life Bohemians are interviewed and studied in detail to provide us with examples to prove that a life we love isn’t just possible, its doable starting right now.”

–Amazon reviewer

“While finding a way to chase one’s muse and still pay the bills can be difficult, the determined do whatever it takes to live the life they love and love the life they live. Joseph Downing falls into the latter category, and his new book serves as a clarion call for like-minded individuals.”

–Rusty Pate, Dayton City Paper

“The title of the book really caught my eye but it only took a few pages to capture my soul. I loved this book! I rarely give 5 stars but there was just something about this inspiring and entertaining book that really hit home with me… My only complaint was I ran out of pages before I was ready.”

–Goodreads reviewer

“Joe Downing has lit the path for all of us who know that a better, more abundant life is possible. An informative, inspiring read!”

–Amazon reviewer

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Website Launch for The Abundant Bohemian

Boyle & Dalton author Joe Downing just launched a cool new author website! Check it out cover with borderhere: AbundantBohemian.com

Joe’s website design and development was completed by Columbus Publishing Lab.

Downing’s new website is a platform where he can  share blog posts and updates with his readers, as well as spread the word about his book, The Abundant Bohemian.  Although Downing’s book was released less than six months ago, it’s already garnering fantastic reviews from readers.

“This book will open your mind to some creative ideas. Many of the ideas may have crossed our minds before but we are accustomed to dismissing anything that does not fit within our comfort zone. I finally found a book that put my thoughts on paper and even expanded on them.”

-Amazon.com reviewer

Downing’s book is a guide to practically living the type of unconventional, freeing lifestyle most of us only dream about. Drawing from his own experiences, as well as those of some famous Bohemians, Downing provides his readers with one-of-a-kind insight into living a more fulfilling life.

The research for this book was so life-changing that if I had to burn the manuscript when finished I still would have written it.

-Joe Downing

Learn more about The Abundant Bohemian and Joe Downing at www.AbundantBohemian.com.

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Author Spotlight: Joe Downing

When we decide to publish a manuscript at Boyle & Dalton, we become invested in the cover with bordersuccess of the author. It’s great to see hard work pay off, and we love celebrating our authors’ accomplishments. We recently sat down with Joe Downing, author of The Abundant Bohemian, and learned more about his creative process.

The Abundant Bohemian extols the benefits of working less, while still making a living, and finding time for the simple pleasures life affords us. Find The Abundant Bohemian on Amazon.com here.

B&D: Why did you decide to write The Abundant Bohemian? What was your inspiration for the book?

JD: Seven years ago I was a minor partner in a law firm working fifty or more hours a week and having to follow someone else’s rules and value system. I had no time or mental energy left at the end of the day to pursue my passion of creative writing. I was miserable and thought I hated being a lawyer. After two years of fear-based dithering I took the risk and quit the firm and opened a small private practice, convinced that I would fail. I didn’t. Because I now kept my profits without giving the majority of it to senior partners and I no longer wasted time in pointless meetings, I was able to cut my hours back to less than thirty-five a week, and in my first year I made more money than my best year with the firm. Most importantly, I had my autonomy and my time back: I now could pursue my writing. I discovered I didn’t hate being a lawyer, I hated someone else controlling my work life. After this, I became evangelical about helping people find ways to do what they love. I spent two years interviewing entrepreneurs and creatives, including writers, artists, dancers, and sculptors, on how they followed their passion and still managed to not just survive, but to thrive. Those interviews became the basis of The Abundant Bohemian.

B&D: In the book you draw from lots of other sources–interviews, quotes, experts from other work etc. What was the research process like for you?

JD: The research process was a labor of love. The people I interviewed were passionate, energetic, and eager to share their secrets. I met amazing people, who then referred me to even more amazing people. The process caused me to reevaluate my views on risk, security, the role of money, and how work that you love is really play. I also drew on many historical figures whose stories have much to teach us. The research for this book was so life-changing that if I had to burn the manuscript when finished I still would have written it.

B&D: How does living the Bohemian life impact your writing process?

JD: Living the Bohemian life is making an affirmative commitment to the value one puts on one’s art. I have all my material needs met, but I try to keep those needs minimal because the time I am not working at my law practice is time I can devote to my writing. I actively seek out and engage other people passionate about their art and their energy feeds my creative process. The Bohemian life values art over material wealth, autonomy over security, authenticity over status: all things necessary to be a contented writer.

B&D: You wrote a blog post a few months ago, and in it you talked about finding success in publishing a book, regardless of the number of copies you sold. How has that outlook impacted your publishing and/or writing experience?

JD: I knew I had to be prepared for the book to be well received and I had to be prepared for it to be criticized, or even worse, ignored. I was passionate about writing the book and that leads to expectations. But I knew I had to detach myself from what came next. How others respond is out of my control, but how I experienced the writing of it was all mine. The lessons I learned and the people I met inspired me and changed my life. I’m a different person than I was when I started the process four years ago. That is the true compensation and value I received. If others benefit and enjoy it, all the better. But the experience justified the time and labor involved. We all want to be validated. We want our work to be respected, appreciated, and consumed. But the act of doing it? That’s where the treasure lies.

B&D: Why did you decide to publish with a hybrid publisher like Boyle & Dalton instead of pursuing the traditional publishing route?

JD: I attended the San Francisco Writer’s Conference several years ago and although I learned a lot, much of what I learned was quite depressing. The majority of the promotion and work to get a book to its audience has shifted from the publishing house to the author. Unless you are already an established best-selling author, little support is given. Without a well-developed platform already in place, few publishing houses will take a risk on a new author. And if you have developed a strong platform, you have to ask: why do you need the publisher in the first place? Technology and the Internet has opened up a new world for writers and other creatives. And many bestselling authors who have published with major houses, such as Tim Ferris and James Altucher, are now self-publishing their books because they were disappointed with the archaic methods and lack of support from traditional publishing houses. They discovered they can do it better themselves. I didn’t want to wait around for some self-appointed gatekeeper to decide whether or not my work was worthy to share with the public. When I chose Boyle & Dalton I received excellent content and copy editing, design and marketing help. And my work and its destiny remained in my hands. That’s what the Abundant Bohemian is all about: people pursuing their art on their terms and making it work. It would have been hypocritical of me to follow any other path.

B&D: What advice do you have for authors who have finished, or are working toward finishing their first manuscript?

JD: First, make it the best work it can be. Many authors rush to publication before their books are ready and then are disappointed when they get rejected or the world doesn’t embrace their work. Take the time and do the hard work of learning the craft of writing. Join a writing group and get feedback from talented writers who will be honest with you. Remember that most writing is re-writing. Read books in the same genre as yours and know your market. Build a platform via a blog, website and social media. Network with other writers and support them. This is not a one-way street. And only when you know you have written the best book you can possibly write, submit it for publication.

B&D: What are you working on next?

JD: I’m continuing to expand and grow my blog at www.abundantbohemian.com, where I explore the themes of creativity, autonomy, financial freedom, and creating fully authentic lives. I’m in the process of creating a Dayton, Ohio based literary journal with author Jenny Monet. And after spending the last four years on nonfiction, I’m excited to be starting a new novel.

If anyone has an interesting story about how they thrive pursuing their art, I would love to hear from them and promote them on my blog. They can write to me at joe@abundantbohemian.com.

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