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Nicky VanValkenburgh


Nicky VanValkenburgh hails from Greenville, SC. Her latest book is “Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life: Conquer Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 60 Days, Without Ritalin.’ # of pages = 256 pages

Book Description

Do you (or someone you care about) have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? It’s called ADHD and it affects six out of every ten people. The symptoms are restlessness, distraction, disorganization, low arousal, impulsiveness, craving for stimulation, and more. Most doctors prescribe ADHD drugs, but there’s also “brain training for ADHD” that is safe, reliable and effective. It’s so easy, that you can do it while lying flat on your back, with your eyes closed. It’s been described as “the lazy way to get rid of ADHD”. However, it’s also a method that’s used in neuro-therapy clinics across the country, and is supported by empirical research. In her new book, “Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life: How to Conquer ADHD in 60 Days, Without Ritalin” author Nicky VanValkenburgh reveals how to address the root cause of ADHD, by stimulating and arousing your brain. It’s a method that you can practice in the comfort of your own home, without ever stepping foot inside a clinic. Finally, there is a way to interrupt your ADHD and create new neural pathways for peak performance. As you read Nicky’s book, you’ll realize that you have every reason to be optimistic about overcoming ADHD. It’s time to train your brain and transform your life!

Mini Author Bio

Nicky VanValkenburgh is the author of ‘Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life: Conquer Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 60 Days, Without Ritalin.’  This book was voted “Best Self Improvement Book of 2011” by the Mom’s Choice Awards and “Best Motivational Book” by Reader’s Favorites Awards.  Author Nicky VanValkenburgh is a motivational writer with 20 years experience writing for newspapers and magazines. She has a Master's in Journalism and a Bachelor's in Psychology. She is also a contributing writer for Upstate Parent, Low Country Parent and Palmetto Parent magazines, which are published in South Carolina, with a circulation of a quarter million people. Nicky is also the Director of www.Train Your Brain Transform Your Life.com which spotlights her book and 60-day brain training program for ADHD.

*What led up to you becoming an author? I wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl. In college I studied journalism and psychology, wanting to combine the two but not sure how. I got my big break by ghostwriting a book for a psychologist. He emailed me 700 pages of notes and I organized it into a book. After that, I spent seven years selling his products online, creating websites and newsletters, and writing articles. Finally, I decided it was time to develop my own platform. I wrote a new book based on my journey to overcome Attention Deficit Disorder—and what ultimately enabled me to conquer it- which is “brain training” using a home-based system. Now I also sell this home-based brain training system, which is a 60-day protocol using a light and sound machine.

*How long did it take you to complete your book? Three years. It contains over 150 references from journal articles and books, but is written in a conversational tone.

*Is there a particular message in your books you would like for your readers to grasp? Sometimes people are hesitant to try new things, because they want scientific evidence and proof that it works. That’s why I wrote my book, Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life. I wanted to share the science, mixed with personal stories, insights and experiences. I discuss my personal experiences with ADHD, and explain the science behind the brain training technology. By reading my book, you will be able to examine the facts for yourself and make an informed decision as to whether brain training is right for you. I also share my own struggle with ADHD (which includes taking Ritalin and Adderall) and why I finally gave up drugs in favor of a more natural treatment. The book is for sale on my website (www.trainyourbraintransformyourlife.com)  as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other online booksellers.

*What is your biggest inspiration for writing? It’s like an itch—I love to write and look for places to get published. I’m driven to express myself, share my personal experiences and help others.

*If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be? Take writing classes, learn the craft of writing, write about things you are passionate about, and look for opportunities to get published in as many places as you possibly can.

*What do you have planned next? My next project is a book about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

*How can readers, publishers, and others in the literary community reach you? Check out my website http://www.trainyourbraintransformyourlife.com/

Kiexiza Rodriquez


Kiexiza Rodriquez is an inspirational, romance fiction writer from Springfield, Massachusetts. Her latest book is entitled: “Beautiful.”

What led up to you becoming an author? After many years of an abused life, my therapist and those around me told me I needed to share my story. I had already had a love of poetry and song writing but never thought of book writing. So it took a few years before I really began to try

Is there a particular message in your books you would like for your readers to grasp?  Every book is different but there is message I hope to get across in each book I write. I usually start with a subject, a trial, an event etc that I or someone I know has gone through and build the story around that.

What is your biggest inspiration for writing?  Finally being able to use my voice. For so many years my voice was stifled and quiet and I felt lost in the shuffle. When I write I feel alive and that SOMEONE somewhere needs to hear  and read this story.

If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be?  Do your research. No matter what it is, no matter what you're told, STILL do your own research.

What do you have planned next?  Beautiful Seduction, the 1st of 4 sequels to BEAUTIFUL

How can readers, publishers, and others in the literary community reach you? kiexizarodriquez@yahoo.com



Imani True

Imani True, hails from Las Vegas, Nevada and is the author of "Strawberries, Stilettos, and Steam." She classifies her writing style and genre as Drama/Erotica and is also the author of the following books: The Soul of a Woman: From a Whisper to a Shout; Between the Sheets (1 story); A Little Sumthin Sumthin.

When asked the question, What led up to you becoming an author?  Imani states:

"I began posting my stories online, and joined several networking sites to promote my writing and meet people. Even before I was published, I knew that name recognition and branding was important. I moved to Las Vegas, and met two publishers through facebook. One publisher invited me to her book release party, and I was amazed. That's when I knew I really wanted to be published and that I could do it. Less than 6 months later, both publishers had me under contract-one for a novel, the other for a story in an erotic anthology."

The author admits that there is no particular message she wants her readers to grasp, because each book is different.

"I tell stories with characters, situations, and places you might be familiar. My characters might inspire you to overcome something (The Soul of a Black Woman), or they might simply entertain you (SSS). My newest book will take you through the twists and turns of a relationship gone bad, and one refuses to let go. Depending on the readers' experience, they might learn something from any of my books. Or they may just be able to escape the real world for awhile. Either way, I write to do all of these things."

Imani’s biggest inspiration for writing is her son and her mom.

“They motivate me to continue, but I am inspired every time another friend of mine is published or crosses another sales threshold. I get my energy from that.”

“Stick with it,” is what Imani encourages all up and coming authors to do while pursuing their literary endeavors.

Here’s what Imani had to say about her upcoming plans:

“I'm actually waiting to hear about two submissions for anthologies; I have 6 manuscripts in progress that will all be released by 2013 in either paperback or e-book.

Readers, publishers, and others in the literary community can reach Imani through Facebook at  Imani True; Twitter (Imani True); NCM Publishing; True Skye Media; and her Blogspot (www.truerotica.blogspot.com);


Amore The Author

Amore is a diehard romance fanatic!  She loves all sorts of cultural romance and romantic suspense novels.  Her book, The Temptation of Love is a journey to love in the African American family.  There are positive characters with real life problems and attainable goals and careers.  Of course there is love and intimacy throughout the book that you just can't ignore.

Her target audience is anyone who appreciates a good love story.  Mostly that's women between the ages of 18-55.  She would like for all types of people to read her stories because she thinks there is something there for everyone.

When asked the question: What inspired you to become an author and write this book? Amore states:  “I've always loved writing and thought about becoming a writer for a very long time.  The stories were always hovering in my mind but I never found the time to write them down.  One day, I had a profound conversation with a friend of mine and said and that was it! I was going to do it.  So I did.”

When did you know you wanted to become a writer?: “I think on some level I always knew I wanted to write although I thought I would become an investigative journalist at first.  Then I realized I had too much of a creative flair for that type of writing, so I turned to fiction which better suited me.”

Is there a specific message in your book you want your readers to grasp?: “I want readers to know that African Americans can have normal functioning families that support each other and help each other.  They can send their kids to college for something other than an athletic scholarship and do great things.”

How long have you been writing? What genre do you write? : “I write cultural romance and romantic suspense.  I have been writing for 20 years but just started full length novel writing in 2006.”

How has your family/friends supported your new and upcoming book? : “My family and friends have been the GREATEST.  They have been the wind beneath my wings and I think I would have quit a LONG time ago if it wasn't for their support.”

What’s next?: “The sequel to The Temptation of Love is already completed (no title yet) and I am currently working on a romantic suspense story that is coming along very nicely.”

How can readers/listeners get in contact with you?: There are several ways readers can reach me:



twitter: @AmoreTheAuthor

Facebook fan page: AmoreTheAuthor


Kaylynn Hunt

Kaylynn Hunt hails from Detroit Michigan and is the author of “Love with a Vengeance”

What led up to you becoming an author?  I have always had a passion for writing. I was creating stories for my friends to read as far back as middle school. In high school I became a published poet. I love the freedom of writing.

Is there a particular message in your books you would like for your readers to grasp? There is nothing wrong with being yourself but in doing so consider the reaction given or actions taken may not have the consequences you think you have foreseen.

What is your biggest inspiration for writing?  It inspires me to write knowing that I can use my imagination to take a reader any place. Evoke ideas and interest into minds that may not have ever fathomed the possibility of living outside of the norm. I can take the smallest statement and expand it beyond its face value.

If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be?  Follow your dream

What do you have planned next?  I have several projects in the works. I am currently writing 3 separate novels. There will be plenty more from me and I hope to get better with each novel.

How can readers, publishers, and others in the literary community reach you? Kaylynn.skylarpublications@gmail.com

Facebook: Kaylynn Hunt


Rasheed Clark

Rasheed Clark hails from Philadelphia, PA and is the author of “Stories I Wouldn't Tell Nobody but God,”  "Cold Summer Afternoon" and "Sleeping with the Enemy” coming in 2012.

What led up to you becoming an author?  I had read a lot of books growing up and I became frustrated with the way African Americans were being portrayed. You were either a gangster or a stripper. Then, there were characters living these extraordinary lives where everyone drove a Mercedes and had designer clothes. What happened to the stories where people went to work and actually caught a bus or two? From that, my first two novels, "Stories I Wouldn't Tell Nobody but God" and "Cold Summer Afternoon" were born.

Is there a particular message in your books you would like for your readers to grasp?  I have always wanted to write books that will make my readers laugh, cry, and above all think. I love when my readers walk away feeling like they know my characters personally.

What is your biggest inspiration for writing?  I developed a love for books early on. My mother, Elizabeth Clark, had a clever way of getting me to read any book, she would tell me half of the story and when I asked her what happened, she gave me the book to find out on my own.

If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be I would suggest that they tell the stories that they want to tell. Editors have a need to write what everybody else likes and are always there to influence you. But, for every story that you want to tell, somebody is out there to read it.

What do you have planned next? I am working on my next book, "Sleeping with the Enemy" for release in 2012.

How can readers, publishers, and others in the literary community reach you?  I can be reached via email at Nobodybutgod2@yahoo.com, via Facebook on my page "Author Rasheed Clark" and via Twitter @RasheedClark.


Jeane' Elliott Bennett

Jeane' Elliott Bennett aka Jeane' Sashi hails from Los Angeles, California and is the author of Intimate Moments (paperback), Rebuilding You! Cleaning Up Your Credit...Yourself! (ebook), and Considering a Home Based Business (ebook)

What led up to you becoming an author?  I've always liked to write. Writing for me started in Jr. High School. I always kept diaries and liked to write short stories. I won the Mayor's Award in Los Angeles for an essay I wrote in High School. Writing for me is a relaxation outlet and a way to think on paper...get things out of my head.

Is there a particular message in your books you would like for your readers to grasp? Put yourself in the characters position. Just imagine you're the characters and get the feel of the story...don't just read it, feel it; understand what the writer is trying to convey through the characters.

What is your biggest inspiration for writing?  I'm inspired to write when I'm sleeping. For some reason a lot of thoughts come to me in my sleep. I know that may sound strange but, it happens. I also watch and listen to people talk, and I mean actually listen. People can be such inspirations.

If you could give one piece of advice to an up and coming author, what would it be?  Write from your heart. Feel your words and believe them.

What do you have planned next? I'm currently in the process of writing my second and third novels together.

How can readers, publishers, and others in the literary community reach you?  They can reach me by visiting my website http://www.JeaneEBennett.com


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