Spring = New Stuff

April 14, 2014

KeepingYourHeadloresSpring is currently in a fight-to-the-death battle with Winter, which wreaks havoc with my sinuses and wardrobe. Looking out the window is a joke because big fat icky clouds might be loitering just beyond the horizon, waiting to pounce on me after I’ve decided on shorts. So I really wish these two seasons would come to some understanding…like, hello, Winter…it’s freaking April, so do I really need snow flurries and the heater?

Hell no.

But Winter realizes that we’ve just moved to Burlington, Iowa, and she wants to prove that the heater in this grand, stately 1890s brick gorgeosity of a house really does work. Yah. Okay, I got that, now please bring back the 80 degrees we had over the weekend.

Even Mother Nature was fooled, because she managed to wake up the flowers and blossoms. This grand, stately bloom-y tree outside my grand, stately house is trying to figure out if it’s really okay to bloom its pretty pink things, or whether it should close up shop and wait it out. Same for the purple flower-y things in the backyard. They’re freaked.

Spring really is representative of new stuff. New house, new town, new state, LOTS OF BOXES, and deciding where to put all our stuff.  And for a lot of people – sadly – that new stuff may include unemployment. I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t been touched by unemployment, especially over the past few years. It feels like an epidemic. When Robert Leahy’s (author of THE WORRY CURE) agent sent me KEEPING YOUR HEAD AFTER LOSING YOUR JOB, I knew I had to publish.

This isn’t your typical unemployment book that helps you write a better resume, or look for the perfect job, blah, blah, blah. Dr. Leahy’s book is about helping you not freak out and toss yourself under a bus. He gives important tools to change your life during this time of change – new stuff, stuff you’ll keep for the rest of your life. This is the unemployed person’s bible that keeps you from sinking into the blame game, sleepless nights, binge eating, and worse, family issues…because, hey, unemployment doesn’t happen to just YOU, but the entire family.

As a cognitive therapist, Dr. Leahy gives fabulous examples of how to take charge at a time when you feel most helpless and powerless and vulnerable, and  build up your self esteem.

We’ve always been about publishing books that make people think, invite change, and help, and KEEPING YOUR HEAD AFTER LOSING YOUR JOB is one of our shining stars. So here’s to new stuff, be it waiting out snowflakes or waiting out unemployment. Go out there and be fabulous!

Here is a wonderful review of KEEPING YOUR HEAD AFTER LOSING YOUR JOB by Barton Career Advisers’ career transition coach, Ed Weirauch.

Behler Authors – My Heroes

October 24, 2013

It’s been a busy time. We have some wonderful books that have come out/are scheduled to come out, so there’s a lot going on in the background. Sometimes it gets so busy that I forget to take time out to think about the fabulosity of our authors, and the life-altering events that have dropped into their laps and shaped who they are today.

Here are three of our new books that take my breath away.

KeepingYourHeadloresI’ve watched loved ones go through the pain of unemployment. It’s a soul-sucking experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. And that’s why I am so grateful for this wonderful book, KEEPING YOUR HEAD AFTER LOSING YOUR JOB by renowned psychologist Robert L. Leahy, PhD. This isn’t a “How to fill out a winning resume,” but a bible for maintaining your feelings of self worth and building your confidence, which is vital to getting that next job. This book also discusses ways of living your life effectively during your time of unemployment.

A must read.

Voice front cover-hiresI had a neighbor whose little boy had a pronounced stutter, and my heart used to just break as he struggled to get words out. I always wondered if his parents got him help. I never really stopped to think about how his stutter affected him…until I read VOICE: A STUTTERER’S ODYSSEY by actor, playwright, Scott Damian. We’ve all heard stories about famous actors who stuttered, but no one ever did it with such humanity and tenderness until Scott wrote his wonderful book.

But more so, Scott’s book gives me courage to never let anyone tell me “Oh, you can’t do that.” Not only is Scott’s story fascinating, funny, heartfelt, but his book reminds me to never stop taking chances. Isn’t that a marvelous message for all of us? I cry every time I read the end. One of the truly nicest, kindest people I know.

REDEMPTION - HIGH RES - final frontHoly crap. Detective Chris Baughman is one of the most amazing, selfless people around. He puts a face on human trafficking, which is far more rampant than anyone would ever believe. It’s easy to sit back and say that would never happen to you, but Chris has stories of well-educated women getting sucked into this world. And once they’re in, oftentimes, the only way out is death, but not before suffering major beatings. Or Chris is on the case.

OFF THE STREET: REDEMPTION is Book 2 in his OFF THE STREET series, and is more gripping than ever because Chris is after someone from his past. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to see someone I admired and was compared to as a kid grow up become an animal, and it was my job to hunt them down and get him off the street. I can’t imagine saving the women who suffered horribly at this man’s hands, and helping get them off the street.

Chris remains one of my real-life heroes because he has the disposition and brilliance to out-think these animals and take them down. But one has to ask, at what cost does Chris do these hard, soul-killing things? That’s the heart and soul of REDEMPTION. And hey, Chris is the cohost of the upcoming MSNBC show, SLAVE HUNTER, airing December 1.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. My authors are all heroes – it’s why we publish the books we do. Their stories make the world a better place, and make me a better, more thoughtful person. Well, if I had a heart or soul, that is…

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