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  • 00:30

    Create the Life You Want Part 4 (Revisited)

    in Health

    In this episode, I'm revisiting creating the life you want. This is officially part 4, so if you missed the first three, be sure to go back into the archives and listen. During this episode, my focus is on habits/rituals we create in order to achieve our short and long term goals. I've talked about habit formation before, but honestly, it deserves its own show. 


    You can find any resources I reference during this show over on the Back Porch Writer website.


    Join Hardy LeBel and me for Indie Author Hour over on Blab.im every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. CDT. It's real talk from real authors. 

  • 00:30

    EP # 204 Top 10 Tips from an Aspiring Indie Author

    in Entrepreneur

    **** Due to an unexpected life event, Toby Downton won't be on the program today. ****


    I'm sharing my top 10 tips for an aspiring author who really wants to build a career. What better person to get tips from than someone who dove into the deep end and started kicking?


     


    Check out Back Porch Writer for detailed show notes.


     

  • 00:31

    EP205 Debut Romance Author Catherine Herzog Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Cat Herzog began writing as a teen to have a way of dealing with a turbulent childhood, afraid someone might read what she journaled, she fictionalized it so no one would know she was talking about herself.  Those stories turned into what would become The Key to Her Heart, but it would take another thirty years before she published The Key to Her Heart.  Now she is working on the sequel Patrick's Rose.


    About the book: The Key to Her Heart (The Heart of a Family Book 1)


    As Anna's life spirals deeper into the abyss she doesn’t know how to escape, Patrick may be the only thing standing between her and complete destruction. 

    In her quest to achieve her dreams, Anna becomes a successful model in California in the early seventies and attracts the unwanted attention of powerful, ruthless, Matthew Wolffe, the eldest son of the fashion world’s biggest tycoon. His attention twists into a dark obsession-- Not just harming, but distributing abuse beyond Anna’s worst nightmares. Patrick Rueschel is the boy she left back home when she ran away. His love promises new life. 

    Between her dark secrets in California and her father’s vow of revenge on The Rueschel family years before when she was a teen, Anna realizes there is no way for Patrick to be part of her life. 

    As the stakes are driven ever higher, she must choose the dream she wants to pursue and what cost she is willing to pay. Meanwhile, Matthew plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse that threatens to find her no matter where she may run. 

    Is Patrick's love strong enough to save her? Or must she run away once more—and leave everything behind? 

  • 00:28

    Write Fast or Die in this New Publishing World

    in Writing

    Should you write more than one book a year? How many should you write? If you write more than one book, does that automatically mean your writing sucks? Who decides what a "good" book is? How do you define success as an author?


    These are some of the questions Kori will discuss on today's show. 


    Read the latest Author Earnings Report. There's good news if you're an indie author producing e-books even without an ISBN.


    Quote of the day: The publishing world is very timid. Readers are much braver. - Kiran Desai, award-winning author of  The Inheritance of Loss.


    Help us celebrate our 200th episode on October 20th, 2015. Visit Back Porch Writer for more information.


     

  • 00:31

    Award-Winning Thriller Author Tamara Jones Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Tamara started her academic career as a science geek, earned a degree in art, and, when she's not making quilts or herding cats, writes tense thrillers as Tamara Jones and the award-winning Dubric Byerly Mysteries series (Bantam Spectra), as Tamara Siler Jones. Despite the violent nature of her work, Tam's easygoing and friendly. Not sick or twisted at all. Honest. Tamara is represented by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.


    The dead are coming back. Ten naked people walk from a cemetery into artist Sean Casey's backyard: ten Spore People who used to be dead. One, Mindy, stays with Sean while trying to reclaim her life, but her ex would rather she return to her grave. Sean struggles to protect Mindy and other Spores while battling his recurring—and worsening—nightmares. Meanwhile, the media feeds a panicked frenzy that leads both the hopeful and hateful to Sean's front door. As the Spore fungus spreads, so does the fear. When mutilated children match Sean's nightmares, he realizes his own worst terror may be closer than he thinks.


    TIP OF THE WEEK: Use Animoto to create cool book trailers. This and Tawe are my two favorite new tools!

  • 00:31

    EP215 Author & Historian Robert Buccellato Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Books

    Robert Buccellato is the Author of "Florida Governors Lasting Legacies", "Jimmy Carter in Plains the Presidential Hometown", and the forthcoming "Finding Dan McCarty."
    He is a Graduate of Florida State University and the Historian for the Clerk of Courts for Leon County, a position created for him by Clerk Bob Inzer. 


    The physical connections to most American presidents are deeply rooted in the past and unfamiliar. One can no longer see Washingtons birthplace or William Henry Harrisons log cabin. Plains, Georgia, is different, and the attachment Americans have for it remains truly unique. Jimmy Carter in Plains: A Presidential Hometown tells the inspirational story of how one man and his community transformed a nation. When Jimmy Carter, a one-term governor of Georgia, announced his candidacy for president, few took him seriously. Yet, in just two years, he managed to pull off a spectacular and unprecedented victory, thanks to his personal style of politicking and the support of his hometown. Many of his neighbors campaigned for him, and they became known as the Peanut Brigade. Crowds started to flock to the sleepy hamlet of Plains, making celebrities out of the candidates mother, younger brother, and daughter. The exceptional photographs of Charles W. Plant guide the reader through the 1976 election, which made Plains Americas hometown.

  • 00:30

    EP212 Award-winning Journalist Leo Adam Biga Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Books

    Award-winning Journalist and author Leo Adam Biga returns to the show to talk about his latest book: Crossing Bridges. 


    Father Vavrina has served as a priest for many years, and has served several missions trips to help the needy. Father Ken worked with lepers in Yemen, and was ultimately arrested and thrown in jail under false suspicions of spying. After being forcibly removed from Yemen, he began his tenure with Catholic Relief Services. First in the extreme poverty and over-population of Calcutta in India. Then with warlords in Liberia to deliver food and supplies to refugees in need. Father Ken also spent several years working with Mother Teresa to heal the sick and comfort the dying.


    Crossing Bridges: A Priest’s Uplifting Life Among the Downtrodden is the story of Father Ken Vavrina’s life and travels – simple acts that moved him, people that inspired him, and places that astonished him. Father Ken has spent his life selflessly serving the Lord and the neediest around him, while always striving to remain a simple, humble man of God.

  • 00:31

    Mystery Author, Max E. Stone Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Max doesn't remember ever not creating a story, pen or no pen. A writer and lover of books since the age of nine, Max first set pen to page as a hobby, constructing stories that were anything but fit for children. Entertaining classmates while simultaneously concerning surrounding adults with blood-ridden tales of gory mysteries and heavy suspense that "just came to mind", Max, with the help of family and the encouraging words of an inspiring fifth grade teacher, continued to develop this gift. 


    Little was it known at the time, but said gift would become a lifeline. 


    From horrific trauma  in Max's teen years, writing played an instrumental part in the difficult recovery and the  Warrens, Bennetts, and Johnsons, three interconnected families all with issues, mysteries, and secrets that threaten their livelihood and lives,were born. 


    Though relatively new to the publishing game, Max reads everything and everyone and relishes the journey, learning something new each day. 


    See the "One Minute There" Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubpy6-6YHP0


    https://twitter.com/maxestone
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    Website: www.maxestone.com


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  • 00:08

    EP214 Debut Novelist Larry Luikart joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Books

    Larry Luikart is an Ohio native who holds bachelors and masters degrees in History and Political Science from Concordia University. He previously worked for over twenty-five years as a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Luikart lives in the Westcliffe, Colorado, area with his wife and their two dogs, where he also writes for the weekly newspaper, The Sentinel. This is his first book. 


    Throw Salt on the Water is a heartfelt tale of lasting friendship explores the lives of ordinary soldiers through the eyes of two best friends who must decide their ultimate loyalties when they find themselves on opposing sides of the Civil War

  • 00:31

    EP213 The Artful Marketer, Dr. Minette Riordan, joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Entrepreneur

    Dr. Minette Riordan successfully built a 6-figure multi-media publishing company targeting families in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. For over 10 years she ran Scissortail Publishing, publishers of North Texas Kids magazine, NorthTexasKids.com and producers of the North Texas Kids family expos. She credits her success to learning how to connect with others through networking, referrals, strategic partnerships and an attitude of service to others first.


    Inside The Artful Marketer you will discover the 5 mistakes that most creative entrepreneurs make that destroy their chances of breaking through to 6 figures and how to avoid those mistakes. Did you know that of the 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States, only 6% ever reach the 6-figure mark? Let's change that.

  • 00:31

    Debut Fantasy Author, Geoffrey Storm Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Geoffrey Storm was born and raised in Michigan, in an old, suburban neighborhood he calls "his Shire." There are no sidewalks, and no traffic, just endless lawns, ponds, and trees. It's almost another world entirely. And to him, it is. Inspired by the fantastic worlds seen in Star Wars, Zelda, and Kingdom Hearts, Geoffrey created one of his own in his backyard. An escape from reality. A world he now wishes to share with you.


    Geoffrey is a graduate of Michigan State University's English program, with focusses in Creative Writing, Sociology, and Linguistics. Growing up, he never thought he'd be a writer. Maybe an actor, an artist, or even an architect. But now he's put all those dreams, all his knowledge, and all his heart into one idea. One world. One story. Progeny of Gods: Vertuém Destiny

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