Interview with Trey Carmichael, Author of 'Limitless Expansion Secrets'

Oct. 16, 2020

I was privileged to invite Author Trey Carmichael for an interview to discuss his latest book Limitless Expansion Secrets: LES because We All Want To Work Less and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy!

 

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What's your book about, and what inspired you to write it?
Limitless Expansion Secrets: LES because We All Want to Work Less is the handbook you need If you want to make 6, 7, or even 8 figures a year doing what you love, it starts with simply making the decision to do so. What follows involves building an unshakeable foundation in order to support a successful business and ultimately the extraordinary life of your dreams.

So what are the secrets to designing and nurturing a thriving, profitable business from the ground up? With so much to know about conversion systems, social media and affiliate marketing, public relations, branding, sales psychology, getting funding, and maintaining your physical and mental health through it all, it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start.

That’s why we created this book. We’re all entrepreneurs, ranging from marketing gurus to peak performance experts. Each chapter brims with decades of best practices revealing what each of us wishes we would have known within our respective areas of expertise when we started our own businesses.

Who is your target audience, and why do you think this book will appeal to them?
Entrepreneurs, CEOs, and high achievers at all levels no matter where they came from! We love an underdog!

What message do you wish to pass across to your readers with this book?
That we are all Virtually Limitless and business isn't really hard it's a bunch of simple systems that they just don't understand yet.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Honestly like anything else just doing it. The majority of things are not really hard the process of making yourself do the thing is what's hard about it!

I will say it was a little challenging to organize and collect contributions on time with 10 authors involved in total and all of us being busy professionals!

As a writer, is there anything you've learned about yourself while writing this book?
Honestly as I mentioned it reiterated the fact that nothing is really that hard. It's just a learning process. Publishing a book can be a little stressful but there is nothing really hard about. It also made me realize again how much I rush into things. Full transparency I learned what an ISBN number was 2 days before we released the ebook.

I'm not ashamed of that I'm glad we took action and made it work it just taught me to do more due diligence in the future!

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books, and why?
I'm a fan of the ebook or even better the audio book for convenience sake! If a book really impacts me though I always want to get a hard cover copy to go through it again and take notes and mark pages that stood out to me!  

What is your niche genre, and if you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
The business and entrepreneurship niche. 

If I was to write for another genre it would probably be fantasy novels of some kind. Either medieval adventures or paranormal ones!

What books and authors have most influenced you?
Napoleon Hill hands down. Another big one for me is the compound effect by Darren Hardy.

Is there anything you'd like readers to know about you?
Mission: To give entrepreneurs at all level the space and resources that they need to grow and to combat the suicide rates and mental health stigma by getting successful people to talk about their demons. Someone has to make mental health something that we talk about.

Core Values:
  • Authentic
  • Straight Forward
  • Always Leading With Value
  • Expanding Our Ripple
  • Building Your Legacy

Do you have any more books in the works?
Yes! We have formed Mimir and Limitless Publishing Groups and will be publishing more books for ourselves and other entrepreneurs that will help the entrepreneur community thrive not just survive!

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Thankfully we have not gotten a bad review yet but I have gotten a lot of haters on social media before now and in general I just let them go! 

I'm more focused on the people that the content I put out helps!

What can your readers expect to learn from Limitless Expansion Secrets?

  • How to perform at optimal levels, both personally and professionally
  • How to build and maintain an ecosystem that actually works together
  • How to keep up with all these “gurus”
  • How to position yourself as the expert influencer
  • How to sell online
  • How to get other people to sell your stuff online
  • And What you need to be focusing on in order to scale to 7 figures

How can readers get in touch with or follow you?
bit.ly/VirtuallyLimitlessPod
facebook.com/groups/virtuallylimitless

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Trey Carmichael is a young Business consultant that has been doing business in some way shape or for since he was a child, From hustling kids in the hallway with candy, starting a non profit and selling drugs in high school, and working with business owners since he was just 18 years old. He has been labeled as the 22 year old systems genius, the swami of systems, the connector, and the link by business owners and show hosts around the world. He is also the host of the Virtually Limitless Podcast where he interviews impact driven entrepreneurs. 
www.treycarmichael.us | bit.ly/VirtuallyLimitlessPod | facebook.com/groups/virtuallylimitless

A Woman is No Man - Book Review

 

Book synopsis
"Where I come from, we’ve learned to silence ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence will save us. Where I come from, we keep these stories to ourselves. To tell them to the outside world is unheard ofdangerous, the ultimate shame.”

Palestine, 1990. Seventeen-year-old Isra prefers reading books to entertaining the suitors her father has chosen for her. Over the course of a week, the na├»ve and dreamy girl finds herself quickly betrothed and married, and is soon living in Brooklyn. There Isra struggles to adapt to the expectations of her oppressive mother-in-law Fareeda and strange new husband Adam, a pressure that intensifies as she begins to have children—four daughters instead of the sons Fareeda tells Isra she must bear.

Brooklyn, 2008. Eighteen-year-old Deya, Isra’s oldest daughter, must meet with potential husbands at her grandmother Fareeda’s insistence, though her only desire is to go to college. Deya can’t help but wonder if her options would have been different had her parents survived the car crash that killed them when Deya was only eight. But her grandmother is firm on the matter: the only way to secure a worthy future for Deya is through marriage to the right man.

But fate has a will of its own, and soon Deya will find herself on an unexpected path that leads her to shocking truths about her family—knowledge that will force her to question everything she thought she knew about her parents, the past, and her own future.

In her debut novel Etaf Rum tells the story of three generations of Palestinian-American women struggling to express their individual desires within the confines of their Arab culture in the wake of shocking intimate violence in their community—a story of culture and honor, secrets and betrayals, love and violence. Set in an America at once foreign to many and staggeringly close at hand, A Woman Is No Man is an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world, and a universal tale about family and the ways silence and shame can destroy those we have sworn to protect.


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Many feelings rumbled through me as I read (and listened to) A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum – feelings of anger, helplessness, and understanding, all at once. Anger at the domestic violence these women characters endured at the hands of their husbands, helplessness because I wanted to reach into the book and stop it all from happening, and understanding because all at once I could understand how Isra felt, and, as crazy as it may sound, I could also understand how her husband, Adam, felt, with all the pressures of the world on his shoulders. 

Sadly, this isn't just a work of fiction. It's the real-life stories of many women across the globe who suffer so much because of culture. Some don’t know any better, so they remain silent and endure. Others know better, but feel they have no options, so they remain silent and endure. For the women who've taken courageous steps to speak up, act, and stand up for themselves and their daughters, I applaud you vigorously. For all the women who have gone through (and still go through) situations like these, you are brave, strong, powerful, beautiful, and you matter. 

I was touched by the book, and the ending made me feel a little nostalgic. I wanted the stories of Deya and Sarah to continue on, wanted to cheer for and with them as they navigated the world with this new-found lens and armour. I felt quite proud of Deya.

I like how the author aimed to connect her readers with each character by writing the chapters solely from their points of view. You could hear their thoughts, feel their feelings, and understand, to some degree, why they acted the way they did.

Culture is a beautiful stronghold that shapes society to be a certain way and makes us who we are and become. It brings us together and stamps us with a common identity we take pride in. But when culture dehumanizes a human because of their gender, when culture refuses to adapt to change, when it remains rigid and refuses to respect the rights of human, be them male or female, it becomes difficult to hold on to, and human rights become threatened. Culture becomes toxic, a bad dream, a sexist, a murderer, a slave master. The author brings these so clearly to the surface, and one quote that made my heart ache was this - life was nothing more than a bad joke for women

I applaud the author for the brevity she embodies - it's evident in her words, and in the fact that, because of her, this awareness-laced book is available worldwide for women like Isra, Deya and Sarah to read, women who immersed themselves in books as a means to escape the prison that was their everyday life.

3 things I learned from quotes from the book, and am taking away with me:

  • Discontent is the root/foundation of everything beautiful that was ever created. It makes you achieve more. If you're too happy and too content, you won't be driven to achieve more than you currently have.
  • Culture is beautiful, but don't let its toxicity make you lose your sense of self. You matter, no matter your gender. Women matter just as much as men do. If there were no women in this world, then there would be no men in this world. Period.
  • Stand up for what you believe in, even if it puts you at risk. Embody your truth like a robe and stand with, by, and on it.

GENRE: Women's fiction/Literary fiction
COARSE LANGUAGE/GRAPHIC CONTENT: Mild
MATERIAL CONNECTION: Bought for reading pleasure




Interview with Tymeka Coney, Author of 'I Don't Like Racism’

 Oct. 6, 2020

I was privileged to invite Author Tymeka Coney for an interview to discuss her latest book I Don't Like Racism and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy!


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What's the book I Don't Like Racism about, and what inspired you to write it?
This book tells the story of racism through the eyes of a young African-American girl, DaNyla, and her experiences with racism as she witnesses her cousin involved in police brutality and she tries to understand why racism exists. She talks to her Mom, and her History Teacher about racism to better understand where it evolved, then she prays about it and decides to continue to dream and hope for change for a better tomorrow as she still continues to fight for what's right peacefully all while still loving her family and her multicultural friends.

This story will teach all ages, genders and nationalities about racism and it seeks to inspire us all to unite and love one another despite the color of our skin.

I was inspired to write this book because I have experienced police brutality first hand and having survived it, it is my mission to keep the conversation going to eradicate racism as it affects all races, genders and ages. I saw how it affected George Floyd's six-year-old daughter as she quoted, "My Daddy changed the world." I further realized that it affects a child as young as six years old and I need them to get this message to recognize their value even at six years old.  

Who is your target audience, and why do you think this book will appeal to them?
My target audience is ages 5-18 years old. It is also for grandparents, parents and teachers to share with their grandchildren and children and students and read the book with them. It is also for anyone to read that supports positive change against racism. I believe it will appeal to these audiences as they will be able to relate to the words and illustrations on every page.

What message do you wish to pass across to your readers with this book?
The message I wish to pass on to readers is to not judge someone by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I would like children to recognize their value despite the color of their skin and I would like to see more unity amongst the human race with a better understanding of different cultures and races.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
There wasn't anything really hard about writing my latest book. The only challenging experience was sharing my vision with the illustrator. There were many times that I had to be very detailed. I had to always make sure that my specific vision for the story aligned with the interpreted vision of the illustrator. 

As a writer, is there anything you've learned about yourself while writing this book?
As a writer, I just learned that no experience in life has been wasted rather good or bad. We experience things often so that we can share those experiences to educate, empower and even entertain others. I learned that in writing this book that my experiences gave me insight to write this book.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books, and why?  
I am a traditional reader in the sense that I enjoy having a paperback or hardcover book. I have several book shelves at home as I am an avid reader and collector of books in all genres. I like being able to flip through the pages, carry a book on the plane with me and just be able to read the book at my leisure and put a book mark in it to be able to refer back to the last page I read. There is something about having that book in my hand.

What is your niche genre, and if you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
My niche is just to inspire and motivate people. So far I have a poetry book and a children's picture book. If I were to write in a different genre it would be self-help. I enjoy helping people and inspiring them to become better versions of themselves through my words and sharing my experiences.

What books and authors have most influenced you?
I love reading poetry books and other children's books. I have enjoyed reading poetry books by Maya Angelou, Alicia Keys, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes and Shel Silverstein. I have also enjoyed reading children's books by Grace Byers, Matthew Cherry, and Dr. Seuss to name a few.

Is there anything you'd like readers to know about you?
I'd like the readers to know that I write in other genres as well. I am a Spoken Word Artist and I have a Spoken Word Album on iTunes and other music platforms, "Life, Love & The Pursuit of Dreams." I also write songs, TV & Film scripts and I am a playwright.

Do you have any more books in the works?
I do have more books in the works. My first book was called, "Words Unspoken:Volume I-Deeper Than Eyes Can See," so I do have a Volume II to follow. I definitely want to do another children's book as I really enjoyed the process. I also have a book of wisdom to come as well.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do read my book reviews. So far I've been blessed to get good reviews. In the event that there would be a bad review of some sort, I would question if they really understood what they read or if they were really in agreement with positive change against racism. As much as I would like to believe that what I write is Universal and for all audiences, I do realize that there may be a specific audience that may not fully understand the message presented in the story. Interviews like this help to clarify a lot of questions for those that may read and review.

How can readers get in touch with or follow you (website, personal blog, social media handle, Goodreads)?

Facebook: TymekaConey
Instagram: TymekaTymeLashae
Twitter: AuthorTymeka
Facebook: Idon'tlikeracism book
Instagram: Idontlikeracism1
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55440940-i-don-t-like-racism


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Tymeka Coney is an actress, producer, director, playwright, poet, songwriter, voiceover and now activist with the release of her new children's picture book, "I Don't Like Racism," which was inspired by the police brutality she has witnessed in the world and first hand. Tymeka's first book was "Words Unspoken: Volume I-Deeper Than Eyes Can See," poetry book released in 2011. She also has a Spoken Word album, "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dreams," available on Amazon and her recent extended single "COVID 19- Social Distancing," also on Amazon. Tymeka is also an Entertainment Entrepreneur as she is a woman of many talents. She currently runs an Indie production company- Meek Entertainment & PR for TV, Film, Live Stage Events & other media where she stays busy consulting clients in PR & Production along with her producing partner Lemo Coney III and they also run an annual film festival to provide opportunities for other filmmakers called -Mind Film Festival - www.mindfilmfestival.com. Tymeka is also Manager & Co-Founder of a Music Collective for other songwriters, singers and musicians - www.more2morecollective.com. She continues to inspire others through her writing/entertainment bringing awareness to social change as she has done as a playwright with several plays that have brought awareness to domestic violence, breast cancer, suicide, menopause etc. 







Interview with WL (Bud) Gorman, Author of 'The Brickbox'

  Oct 5, 2020

I was privileged to invite Author WL (Bud) Gorman for an interview to discuss his latest book The Brickbox and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy!


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What's your book about, and what inspired you to write it?
I have had an interest in homeless people for a long time.  In the summer before my last year of university, some buddies and I worked on an isolated railroad gang in the middle of the British Columbia Rockies. We met a lot of interesting people that summer … immigrants from Europe, full time railroad workers, indigenous men. They were all memorable, but the ones who made the biggest impression on me were the homeless men. I knew nothing about people who lived on the streets. Some of these men were working on the gang because they were given the choice of jail or the rail gang.  

Most of them were there so that they could earn some money during the summer months then return to Vancouver and drink their way through the winter. But as sad as that may sound, these men were still living, breathing human beings, most of whom treated me well. It took some time to gain their confidence, but when they opened up, their personal stories were very interesting. None of them looked for pity. All of them were honest and most exhibited a capability for introspection that I never could have imagined had I not met them.

What I learned from them was that the public’s stereotype of homeless people was not accurate … there was no “one size fits all” description that could be ascribed to them. Certainly, some of them were aggressive and hard to live with, but most of them were kind, thoughtful and shy. And several of them were as smart and clever as anyone I had met at that point in my life. So, when I finally got serious about writing my first novel, I knew that I had to take a crack at knocking down the stereotypes about homeless people. Also, since I was young and because this experience had a considerable impact on my perception of things, I wanted to write a coming of age story, but not about myself.     

Is this book suitable for high school students?  What about adults?
To me the book is a crossover. I wrote it so that it would have appeal to both adults and young adults. The core of the story is the coming of age journey of a runaway teenage girl and I believe that her transformation from shy small-town girl to resilient survivor will appeal to young readers. The street people who take her in and teach her how to survive should be of interest to both young readers and adults because these characters defy stereotypes… and they are different.

The language in the story is colourful but it is not coarse. I wasn’t looking to assault everyone’s sensibilities with verbal harshness. There is enough physicality and aggressive behavior in the story without having to spice it up with ever-present expletives.

What message do you wish to pass across to your readers with this book?
There are a number of social issues in the stories that will hopefully give readers something on which to reflect and I believe they are presented in the story with subtlety. These include judging people based on their appearance; the lack of support for military veterans; domestic abuse; mental health; and safe injection sites for drug users.        

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
Editing the story.  It's not much fun discarding characters and cutting out dialogue, but it has to be done. First drafts are simply a baseline for all that follows - the nose-to-grindstone revision process.

As a writer, is there anything you've learned about yourself while writing this book?
I think I learned that I had even more concern for people in distress and people in need than I had before I starting writing in the book.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books, and why?  
I read both. E-readers are great for travelling and for those occasions when you have to sit and wait (for whatever reason) for extended periods. If I'm at home, nothing beats a cup of tea, a comfy chair and hard copy book.    

What is your niche genre, and if you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
My niche genre is adult contemporary. I also write action - adventure. In both cases I like to base my stories on character-driven conflicts and relationships.

What books and authors have most influenced you?
Charles Dickens, Leon Uris, Herman Wouk, Stephen King, Lee Child.

Is there anything you'd like readers to know about you?
I love rock and roll music, classic films, the golden age of television, well-written stories, tying trout and salmon flies, dogs and ... I am hoping to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances through the promotion of my novels.  

Do you have any more books in the works?
I am writing Book 2 in the Grace and Redemption series and Book 3 is done in outline. I also have the outlines and notes written for two more novels outside the series.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I will read reviews, fully aware that not all of them will be what I'm hoping for. Readers have different tastes in subject matter, characterizations, tone and writing styles. Every author must therefore have broad shoulders and a calm outlook towards criticism.

Any advice to new/aspiring authors?
If you are serious about writing, understand that it will be a lot of work, a lot of frustration and ... did I mention it will be a lot work? But if you are meant to be an author, you will find the fun while you are doing the hard work.

Why do you write about military veterans in need?
I served in the Canadian army for twenty-nine years in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps (The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The 8th Hussars), so my experience with soldiering and soldiers is one of my major touchstones when it comes down what I have learned about life and the memories that I have gained along the way. It is a sad reality that many of our veterans are living rough in shelters and on the streets. It is not my intent to point the finger at the bureaucracies that are charged with the responsibility of caring for vets. That sort of generalizing is unproductive and unfair. But some vets have fallen through the governmental administrative cracks and we cannot turn out attention away from them.  They took it upon themselves to serve our country in some difficult and challenging situations and now they need help. There are two reasons why I write novels … I enjoy writing stories about interesting characters, and, I hope to generate some financial support for veterans in need.  

Besides homelessness and veterans in need, what other themes interest you?
As I indicated earlier, I like to take a stab at knocking the stuffing out of people’s attitudes towards stereotypes.  These days, people talk in terms of memes and tropes. Back in the seventies it was “what you see is what you get”.  But I’ve never subscribed to that form of thinking. If you care to listen to and observe others with interest, you are going to discover that a lot of people didn’t come out of the box that you thought they were in.  No matter what they look like and no matter what your preconceived notions of them are, you are going to be surprised by their courage, their wit, their intellect, their values and their strength of character. I learned that in the army. Often, what looked like an average, undistinguished soldier in garrison became a resilient, resourceful and dependable trooper in the field. So you have to keep your mind open to that possibility; otherwise you’re going to let a lot of wonderful people pass through your life without giving them a chance to surprise you. 

Will there be a sequel or a prequel to this story?
When I first started writing this story, I saw it as a stand alone … one and done. But as I continued to write it and wrote notes to myself, I began to wonder if there was more. So, I’m going to see if I get feedback on this through my website. If the interest is there … 

In the meantime, I have also started a series that will likely be a trilogy. The series is called Grace and Redemption and the setting and characters are very different from The Brickbox.  Book One (Grace and Redemption – Referendum) is finished and is available as an eBook. I am currently working on Book Two and have written an outline and notes for Book Three.  

How can readers get in touch with or follow you (website, personal blog, social media handle, Goodreads)?
Amazon, Goodreads, Kobo.                                

Any additional comments?
Support our vets and smile at a homeless person.

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WL (Bud) Gorman is a retired Canadian army officer who has lived in many interesting places and faced some interesting challenges.  He and his wife live outside of Ottawa where a small-town lifestyle suits them best.  Bud’s longstanding passion is writing.  He has completed several stage plays and screenplays, but his main focus is on writing novels.  He is also a self-taught drummer who loves rock and roll and the blues. Through his published books, Bud hopes to generate financial support for veterans in need. Website: budgorman.com 

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