Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bout of Books Summary

Bout of Books

Today, I wanted to summarize what I read during the Bout of Books Read-a-thon last week.  I was not able to do daily updates throughout the read-a-thon due to lack of internet, but I hoped to update you on what I read throughout the week.

  • I continued The Place of Voices by Lauren Lynch and read pages 25 through 125.
  • I started and completed Messenger by Lois Lowry.
  • I started William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by

Blog Tour and Guest Post: The Dunes by Erin Sands

THE DUNES, Releasing Your Fears, Restore Your Soul, Renew Your Live Virtual Book Tour
Genre: Christian- Mind-Body-Spirit-Self Help
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: The Dunes (May 22, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0615982948
ISBN-13: 978-0615982946

About The Author
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California, Erin grew up with an innate love for dance, theatre and the written word. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Erin began her career in the arts as an actress and choreographer. After booking several notable roles in television and film, Erin began to use her gift of writing in blogs featuring political and social commentary, as well as developing content for theatrical use.
Although The Dunes, is a divine departure from Erin’s previous writings it is by far her most cherished work to date. “I wrote The Dunes initially as self therapy because I needed to release some painful experiences and disappointments from my past. I had this thirst to walk in the complete fullness of life with joy as my constant companion. I had no idea what effect it would have on other people. But when I saw people read it and be released from fears that had held them back for years…when I saw people forgive and be able to walk in the freedom forgiveness brings…when I saw people commit and serve and how those things opened up new opportunities in their life, I was just humbled. Humbled by the awesome power of God and humbled that I had been allowed to go along for the ride”.

When asked why she writes, Erin pauses and reflects on the truth of her heart. “I write because although I am only now beginning to truly love the process, I have always loved the outcome. Like a composer, words become my notes. I string them together in song eliciting the response of my reader, grafting a picture of my soul. Where besides the written word can you effect change so utterly and so succinctly? What besides the written word can pierce the universal collective mind? Everything begins with a thought, but it isn’t until that thought is articulated in written word and those words passed down can life changing movement happen. It must be written, it must be expressed on tablet, and when it is, we all become greater, whether the writing be genius or fatuity, it has evoked thought and debate. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that phenomenon? Why wouldn’t I want to share my story, give my testimony…add my paradigm to the mix? Whether it is a novel, a poem, an essay or an article, it is humanity visited. An insight into a new or sometimes shared truth. In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God. And with that I live my life”.

About The Book
If there was a journey that could masterfully change your life in seven revelations…would you take it?
In life, sometimes the kernels of wisdom and the richness of revelation can be found in the most innocent of stories; and so it is with The Dunes. Join one man and one woman in an exquisitely simple yet remarkably profound journey as you discover with them that the mountain you must climb in order to live the abundant life of your dreams is located squarely within your heart.

Illuminated in seven revelations; The Dunes carries the reader on a journey to not only examine the obstacles that are holding them back in life but to conquer and overcome them as well. With each revelation The Dunes intimately calls on the reader as the journey companion to face a challenge…a dare if you will that requires an uncompromising commitment to change. In the family of faith-based self help books The Dunes stands alone, simultaneously taking the reader from fiction to life and back again, equipped with a tailor made journal for the readers inner most secrets and reflections. The Dunes is part allegory, part testimony and part journal but the best part is the healing it offers your heart. When you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone and step into the miracle of your life…The Dunes awaits.
Caution: Readers of this book are subject to significant changes for the better. Side effects include frequent smiling and enjoying life in every season.

Guest Post

5 Strangers and a Craigslist Ad

I never intended to write a book. In fact, I was too busy crying and asking, “Why God? Why?” to actually make time to be an author. Although I have always been a pretty good writer, the personal crisis and emotional melt down I was having at the moment took precedence. Have you ever heard of the saying, “Pain is often the birthplace of a revolution”? No? Well, I wrote that. It is one of my inspired quotes and it is exactly how my book, The Dunes, was born.

I initially wrote The Dunes because I was journaling. I decided to turn the challenges that I was experiencing into an allegory. I never intended for anyone else to read it. It was purely a creative form of self-therapy. Two years later God put it on my heart to expand The Dunes and make it into a book with journal questions, testimonies and challenges for the reader. I had no idea if what I wrote would actually resonate with readers. I did know, however, that I was willing to put it to the test. I put an ad on Craigslist asking for strangers to read my book, answer the journal questions and do the challenges while allowing me to chronicle their journey on film. http://bit.ly/U9LRSz

The five strangers who answered my ad are the bravest people I know. Not because they answered my ad but because they had each come to a place in their lives where they wanted something more and were willing to release the things that had been holding them back in order to get it. To say we were a motley crew is an understatement. The ages and backgrounds ran the gamut. A sincere heart for change was the sole commonality. Over seven weeks, these five strangers searched their hearts, released their fears, forgave past hurts and stretched themselves in ways that were uncomfortable. Yes, there were some days with tears; but the joy, the growth and the freedom that they all now experience, made it well worth it. http://bit.ly/1hxaOC1

During my journey with those readers there were moments when I wanted to quit. Following five strangers lives over seven weeks and trusting them to not only read my book but to authentically put their best foot forward in conquering their own demons was a bit nerve wracking. It forced me to examine my own issues of trust and vulnerability. As they were going through their “Dunes” journey, The Dunes was growing its author yet again in a whole new way.

In the end, when I saw how deeply The Dunes affected each of the readers and how profoundly their lives had changed as a result, I knew that I had to get it published. I used the footage of their experiences as my book trailer but more than that I use the truth of each of their transformations to remind me of the time five strangers and an author dared to believe.

Social Links
Email:   thedunesbook@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.thedunesbook.com
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TheDunesbook
Trailer: http://youtu.be/dxCc270iTDY
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Buy Links
Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dunes-erin-sands/1119633905?ean=9781483527086
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