The Jersey – Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Tour: The Jersey by James Rosenberg

Author: James Rosenberg

Narrator: Brian Avers

Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

Publisher: Allie H Publishing

Released: Nov. 21, 2019

Genre: Family Drama

Dan West wonders which is more important to him: Helping his long-time friend win back his business after being accused of stealing money from the company, or coaching his 11-year-old son’s soccer team trying to win an improbable championship. Money and prestige don’t motivate Dan. Rather, family, work and coaching soccer are the underpinnings of his life. He revels in the simple joys like hanging out with his wife Jill, mentoring a young lawyer at his firm, and watching the boys connect on three passes before drilling the ball into the back of the net. Dan always knew to keep it steady – not to get too high or he might get knocked off his perch. And he did, until he and the boys’ soccer team achieved unimagined success. Before he can grasp how good he has it, tragedy rips a hole in his family. James Rosenberg, author of the bestseller Legal Reserves, strikes a new chord in his exploration of what makes a life and how to put it back together after it is shattered. The Jersey is a beautifully written, profoundly touching, and relatable story of love, loss, and the redemptive power of a group of motivated 11-year-old kids.
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James Rosenberg is a 3rd generation trial attorney with plenty of stories to tell. Inspired not only by the courtroom stories his father and grandfather used to tell him when he was a child, but also by the wild adventures he’s encountered through his own experience as a lawyer. James is fascinated by the intricate, interpersonal dynamics of every trial he’s endured. Whether it’s the raw emotion on display in court, the tension in the air that builds until someone wins, or the impact that a case’s decision has on the parties involved, James is always paying attention and keeping tabs on what’s happening. In his debut novel, “Legal Reserves”, James flexes his creative muscle outside of the courtroom to share his stories, with a fictional twist, through the eyes of archetypes he knows well. His second novel, “The Jersey,” explores the relationships a family-centric lawyer has with his wife and eleven year old son. A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, James has been a trial attorney in Pittsburgh for almost 30 years. He started writing legal thrillers as a stress reducer and finds this creative outlet to be a fun and meaningful diversion from his day job. When he’s not trying cases, he’s either dreaming up his next book idea, spending time with his wife and three kids, or both.
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Narrator Bio Brian Avers is a dynamic stage & screen actor, with numerous appearances on Broadway, television & film – and prolific creative – having written, directed & produced new works including indie comedy The Weekend, podcast The Buckeye Brothers, and a series of audiobooks releasing through winter, 2019. An active screenwriter, voice artist & proud mentor for aspiring actors, Brian and his family split time between Brooklyn & Los Angeles.
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James Rosenberg’s Top Ten reasons for choosing Brian Avers (over a lot of other really good narrators) to be the voice of the audiobook:
  1. In his audition, it was clear he completely connected with the book.
  2. He kept telling me about his little boy and how that made him feel a kinship with Dan West, the main character, of The Jersey.
  3. Brian is wickedly funny.
  4. Brian has a great repertoire of voices and he uses many for all of the kids in the story, but also for the adults who he is able to characterize by using a variety of intonations.
  5. He was so easy to work with. He was efficient, organized and made the story even better by how he tells it.
  6. Brian made me feel good about the book. We kept going back-and-forth on email after every chapter and his insights into the book as he was narrating it provided me with confidence that this was going to be a great audiobook.
  7. He has so much experience. Not only with audiobooks, but he is an actor, director and producer. Brian gets the business and having his experience made the process so much easier.
  8. He is in demand. I felt lucky that Brian agreed to narrate the book. His schedule was full and he is asked to work on so many different projects, but he agreed to move some things around and got the book done quickly.
  9. He is willing to let his emotions out. There are some emotional ups and downs in the story. Brian brought out the humor at the appropriate times, but also was able to bring out the pain in the story. You can hear him get emotional, but even more important, you can feel his emotions.
  10. I want to work with him again. He is such a professional that he will be my first choice to narrate my next book. I just hope he is able to do it.
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Book Spotlight and Author Interview – DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY by Dr. Pressman



Book Details:
Book Title: DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY The Journey from Fear to Fulfillment by Todd E. Pressman, PhD
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) (336 pages)
Genre:  Self-Help/How To
Publisher:  Rowman & Littlefield
Release date:  January 2020
Tour dates: Jan 13 to Feb 7, 2020
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:
In Deconstructing Anxiety, Pressman provides a new and comprehensive understanding of fear’s subtlest mechanisms. In this model, anxiety is understood as the wellspring at the source of all problems. Tapping into this source therefore holds the clues not only for how to escape fear, but how to release the very causes of suffering, paving the way to a profound sense of peace and satisfaction in life.
With strategically developed exercises, this book offers a unique, integrative approach to healing and growth, based on an understanding of how the psyche organizes itself around anxiety. It provides insights into the architecture of anxiety, introducing the dynamics of the “core fear” (one’s fundamental interpretation of danger in the world) and “chief defense” (the primary strategy for protecting oneself from threat). The anxious personality is then built upon this foundation, creating a “three dimensional, multi-sensory hologram” within which one can feel trapped and helpless.
Replete with processes that bring the theoretical background into technicolor, Deconstructing Anxiety provides a clear roadmap to resolving this human dilemma, paving the way to an ultimate and transcendent freedom. Therapists and laypeople alike will find this book essential in helping design a life of meaning, purpose and enduring fulfillment.

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About the Author:
TODD E. PRESSMAN, Ph.D., is a psychologist dedicated to helping people design lives of fulfillment. He is the founder and director of Logos Wellness Center and Pressman and Associates Life Counseling Center. An international speaker and seminar leader, he has presented at the Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, and numerous professional conferences, including the prestigious Council Grove Conference, sponsored by the Menninger Foundation. He has written dozens of articles, educational programs, and two highly acclaimed books, Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential for True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A True Story of Recovery from Multiple Personality Disorder. He earned his doctorate in psychology from the Saybrook Institute and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, has studied under renowned leaders in the Consciousness movement and Gestalt therapy, and has traveled around the world to study the great Wisdom traditions, from Zen Buddhism to fire-walking ceremonies, providing a cross-cultural perspective of the extraordinary capacities of the mind and spirit. He makes his home in Philadelphia.
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TODD E. PRESSMAN, Ph.D. 

Author of Deconstructing Anxiety

  1. Would you tell us about your journey to writing Deconstructing Anxiety (Rowman & Littlefield)?

I always seemed to have a strong philosophical bent, even from an early age.  In adolescence, I began asking the usual existential questions like “Why are we here?” “Who am I really?” “What is the meaning of life?” etc., but I came to these things with quite an intensity, determined to find real answers.  Eventually, this led to a spiritual quest, at the same time that I was pursuing a degree in psychology.  The two combined to create, over many years of personal and professional exploration, the Deconstructing Anxiety program.  I do believe that it answers the questions of how to find out who we are and what is the purpose in our lives with a solid philosophical base and effective, reliable exercises that really help life work better.

  • Would you also shed light on the related concept of a chief defense?


The chief defense is our primary strategy for protecting ourselves from the core fear.  Just as we meet every situation with the question of whether it might confront us with our core fear, we are prepared to use our chief defense if protection proves necessary.  For example, someone whose core fear is of abandonment might adopt a chief defense of becoming a people-pleaser, or they might become what in psychology we call a dependent personality.  Both of these (and a huge array of other possibilities) might constitute a chief defense, if the person believes it will protect them from the experience of abandonment they so dread.  And, as with the core fear, once we land on a chief defense as our best understanding for how to protect ourselves from the core fear, we look through its lens in every situation, ready to use the defense at a moment’s notice, should a situation threaten us in some way. 

  • How does the fear-defense mechanism affect not only individuals and families, but also government regulations, social conditioning, and wars?

A group of any size (from a couple to a society to a world) will develop its own “culture” which is really a description of its core fear interpretation of how to reach for fulfillment while ensuring safety first, and its chief defense strategy for how to achieve that safety.  Governmental regulations are designed to maximize fulfillment (“the common good”) while protecting against threats to that fulfillment.  Social mores are additional aspects of the culture that monitor where it is safe or acceptable to pursue fulfillment and what restrictions must be observed to keep order and protect from selfishness, greed, etc.  War is an almost complete expression of the core fear (one group feels threatened by them and declares war) and uses their chief defense as the strategy to try to win that war, protect their interests and so forth.  Hopefully, there is still some recognition of the need to preserve fulfillment, resulting in Geneva Conventions, war tribunals, and other understandings of the need to bring some order to the horror.

  • Would you enlighten us about the practice of “Vision Questing”?

After fear is resolved, the way to fulfillment is clear.  Vision questing is a way to detail what fulfillment looks like for each of us (where our talents, passions and gifts lie), and then use all the other practices from the book for moving through any fears and defenses that would try to interfere with our achievement of that fulfillment.  Of course, this is an ongoing practice since we have a lifetime’s habit of fear and defense to counter, but as we become more and more skilled, and as we adopt a Vision that deeply inspires us, it becomes easier to move through such fears and defenses.

  • You state in your book: “The only way to make real change, whether on an individual or global basis, is to resolve our fear.” Towards that goal, what would you most like readers to take away from Deconstructing Anxiety?

That, no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, there is a fear at the root of the problem and this fear can be unearthed and resolved.  There is literally nothing outside of us that can rob us of our chance for fulfillment, even in the worst of circumstances.  Viktor Frankl demonstrated this in the Nazi concentration camps, and Thich Nath Hanh demonstrated this in the killing fields of Vietnam.  Even if we protest that they were exceptional people, we must devote ourselves to this goal.  Otherwise, we are arguing against the possibility of true fulfillment in life, real answers to resolving suffering, and how can we ever be satisfied with that?

Run With It by ML Nystrom – Book Review

Run With It by ML Nystrom is the first book of A McAteer Brothers book series. I’ve read every single book of Dragon Runner MC Series by this author, from Mute to Brick and I must say, she is one of my favorite authors. I totally enjoyed every single book.

Now, after reading Run With It, I cant wait to read the next books in the series. Ms Mystrom has a way of gripping the reader from the first page till the last. This book is particularly close to my heart where she tells the story of a single mother Beverly Archer who is struggling to make the ends meet and be there for her kids all by herself. Connor McAteer is the neighbor who is always there for Beverly and her four children in every way. 

It takes really long time for the both of them to look past their friendship and realize their love for each other, but, in the end, they have their happily ever after. The female leads are strong and independent in Nystrom’s novels and the male leads definitely hold a special place in my heart. The way they treat their women brings tears to my eyes. They never leave the hand of their love and family, no matter what. 

Being a single mother myself, I know what it is like to raise a child all by yourselves, meeting the financial needs and emotional needs of the kids. I loved the dedication in the beginning from the author and I fell in love with her all over again. Its a beautiful book.

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum – Book Review

The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum is a literary fiction. The story is about The Bright Side Sanctuary in St Clare run by Mona. The story has a wonderful way of bringing a buried sensible side of the reader. Mona and her daughter Ariel whose relationship is ruined after Ariel decides to leave the sanctuary six years ago, get a second chance to fix the damage. 

Mona’s love for animals makes my heart ache. Ariel who is living a different life with Dex in Lawrence, comes back after hearing about the fire at the sanctuary. The mother daughter relationship is beautiful in a unique way. Ariel’s first love Gideon and the current love Dex who are complete opposites become friends in strange circumstances. 

The story is basically the contradiction Ariel is experiencing between her current life and her life at the sanctuary. There is love, friendship, hope, forgiveness and letting go. If you are an animal lover, this book brings new meaning to your love for animals. I loved the author’s way of putting a bigger picture in front of the reader. I totally enjoyed reading this book. 

Thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for sharing the ARC copy with me. The book is releasing on August 4th, 2020.

Great Kids Don’t Just Happen by Dr. Paul Smolen – Book Spotlight



Book Details:

 

Book Title:  Great Kids Don’t Just Happen, 5 Essentials for Raising Successful Children by Dr. Paul Smolen
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction
Genre Parenting/Family
Publisher:  Torchflame Books
Release date:   October 22, 2019
Tour dates: Nov 4 to Nov 29, 2019
Content Rating: G


 

Book Description:

 

If there are children in your life, you need Dr. Smolen’s research and wisdom!

Physically and emotionally healthy children are Great Kids. They are happier when young and thrive as adults.

Pediatrician Dr. Paul Smolen identifies five essential parenting elements which help develop happy and successful kids.

In Great Kids Don’t Just Happen you will learn how to use those elements and nurture the children in your life.

The author’s observations and advice are supported by scientific studies referenced throughout the book and personal observations from his many years of practice as a pediatrician. The five essential elements and how to apply them are made easy to understand in the warm words of one who knows, practices, and teaches from research, observation, and experience.

Learn how to provide:
  1.         Realistic praise
  2.         Consistent limits
  3.         A healthy emotional environment
  4.         Strong parental commitment
  5.         Stability
Dr. Smolen’s research and wisdom are sure to be of great help for your family and loved ones.


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Meet the Author:

Dr. Paul Smolen, also known as Doc Smo by his friends, is a pediatrician with 37 years of experience caring for children and families. He is a graduate of Duke University (1974), Rutgers Medical School (1978), and Wake Forest University-N.C. Baptist Hospital (1982). At Wake Forest University he completed a residency in general pediatrics, served as chief resident, and completed a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics. Subsequently, he became board certified in the American Academy of Pediatrics (1983) and completed his recertification in 2014. For the last 37 years, he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, helping to train a generation of medical students and pediatric residents as well as author several research papers. He is also the author of a parenting book called, Can Doesn’t Mean Should.

With 37 years under his belt, Doc Smo is a bona-fide expert in knowing what parents want and need to know about parenting and child health. Imparting practical and useful advice is the goal of every “Pedcast”. Smiling along the way can’t hurt!



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