Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Author Bio: Alan Shelton

Alan Shelton is a leader who colors outside the lines, a corporate executive mentor with an entrepreneurial spirit and a gripping speaker who engages his audiences. 

With a reputation like that, it is no wonder that his book, “Awakened  Leadership: Beyond Self-Mastery,” has 
become so successful. Shelton graduated from Brigham Young  University (BYU) in Utah after completing missionary work in Peru. By 1977, Shelton had landed his first big gig in the corporate world at PricewaterhouseCoopers, now PwC, where his clients included IBM, Sunkist, Beckman Instruments and Toyota Motor Sales. His journey continued through 1990 when he sold his CPA firm, Shelton, Smith and Townsend, and turned to leadership training. Since then, his client list has grown to include the University of San Diego, 
 Wrangler, VF Corp., The North Face, Celgene and many others.

“Awakened Leadership,” published by Red Hatchet Press in May 2012, has taken the leadership world by storm. The book is the winner of a 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Award as well as a 2012 USA Best Book Award.

Shelton advises and facilitates workshops for international businesses in Oceanside, Calif., where he lives in a refurbished fire station with his loving wife, Justine. He has two children, Kristin and Michael, who earned business degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of Arizona, respectively. 

Awards Alan has received in his career:

Indie Excellence Winner 2013
USA Best Book Awards WInner

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Book Information:
Hardcover $24.95
ISBN: 978-0984712502
Motivational, 220 pages
Red Hatchet Press, May 2012

Author Links:
Twitter: @AlanEShelton

Review: Awakened Leadership: Beyond Self-Mastery by Alan E. Shelton

Hello everyone! I was contacted by Sami again at JKSCommunication to review a book, and the book that I chose this time was called Awakened Leadership: Beyond Self-Mastery. I chose this book for a few reasons. Not only did it sound like a great book, but I also chose it because I am going to college for Business Management, and I was interested to see if I could put them together.

While I enjoyed this book very much, I do have to say that I was not able to finish the whole thing before this review, simply because I have been so incredibly busy with other things. I did, however, get through 80% of the book, and would recommend it to anyone.

Below is a synopsis of the book that was sent to me in the press kit:

Transformational leadership books and processes have delivered us to the era of self-mastery. But how do we move from being effective leaders to being awakened leaders? By situating leadership in the nest of the seeker's journey toward truth, you can now stand on the shoulders of the visionaries who have come before, and become conscious of your own position within Source.

Leaving behind charts, maps, and graphs, “Awakened Leadership” is a portal to direct experience via pointers and personal stories that will help you recognize the gift of being who you really are. Then your leadership essence will effortlessly manifest not only in the boardroom, but in all facets of your life.

One of the biggest things that I enjoyed about Alan's book is his ability to make you see what it is he is trying to see in the "real world". He is able to give you the real life examples, or his own examples that gives you a better understanding. Also, the way he wrote was very inspiring a well. I am a book review blogger, and obvious a book reader, but seeing the way he is with words through out this book, made me want to write something inspiring of my own.

Alan also adds his own coaching style in the book, which gives you a feeling of wanting to try everything he suggests and mentions.

As I stated earlier, I wanted to see if I could compare what he had to say to what I already knew, and to the business management world, and while there were some things that I did not agree with, and others that I did, I also learned quite a bit. 

I was able to read about 80% of the book, and I feel like it was one of the best "self help" books I have read to date. I will continue reading it, and will post a better review on how it ended, and what I thought. So check back soon! 

Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those trying to discover their leadership. 

Please visit my next post for more information about Alan as an author, links where you can get the book, and other information! And again, do not forget to come back for a better review!

Friday, August 2, 2013

BookStore-BookBlogger Connection: Bloggers Who WIN: ME!!!!

Guess what! I was contacted by BookStore-BookBlogger Connection and was asked if I could be featured in their Bloggers Who WIN! I was so touched and excited by this! I have been meaning to post about it, but again, I just have been so busy, I haven't had time! So, without further adew, here is the link with my interview. I hope you all enjoy it!!


Introducing: Karl McMillen, Author of “Triumphs and Tragedies: A True Story of Wealth and Addiction”.

Hello everyone, I would like to introduce you to Karl McMillen, author of "Triumphs and Tragedies: A True Story of Wealth and Addiction".

I have not yet been able to review this book, due to an error is postal/mailing/receiving issues, but I will be reviewing the book VERY soon! Below you will find information about Karl, what his book is about, and some more information. I hope you all enjoy reading about Karl, and come back to read the review SOON!

**I would like to thank Sami, at JKSCommunications who keeps in contact with me on a regular basis to do book reviews, guest posts, etc. I love working with her and this company, and hope to do so for quite some time!**

Karl McMillen, Jr., born in 1928, grew up in a young and developing Southern California. From an early age, Karl displayed a drive for greatness; working many odds-and-ends jobs and soaking up knowledge and skillsets from every available source.

Karl started his working career plumbing track houses in Southern California as a partner in Alert Plumbing. Karl went on to distribute plumbing supplies all throughout So Cal and Las Vegas asthe owner of 
Todd Pipe & Supply, which he grew to 9 locations and employed over 400 dedicated employees. Through Karl’s hard work, dedication, and commitment to his employees and customers, the success of Todd Pipe 
became legendary.

Karl life can be broken down into 3 distinct parts: The first was to study hard and get educated (Karl graduated from USC with a degree in Business Finance). Then came working hard and making a lot of 
money. Now, he’s giving it back.

In 2008, Karl and wife Carol started The McMillen Family Foundation, which currently supports more 
than 13 different organizations. To date, the McMillen Family Foundation has donated over $12 
million to charities and foundations, including: Thelma’s Place (Thelma McMillen Center @ Torrance 
Memorial), House of Hope, Pathways to Independence, Friendly House, Beacon House, First Step, 
Lynn House, Shawl House, Ashland Home, Villa Center, and 3 Alano Clubs.

Karl’s amazing story of business success is counterbalanced by the emotional deaths of his first wife to 
cancer and both his sons who spent most of their lives battling substance abuse. Karl, too, has struggled 
with alcoholism and proudly carries his seventeen-year sobriety chip.

Karl may see himself as a “regular guy,” but to the countless number of employees, customers, 
friends, family members and those in need that have been touched by Karl’s good will….he is anything 
but a regular guy.

About Co-Authors Bill Hayes and Jennifer Thomas:
Bill Hayes and Jennifer Thomas are a powerful publishing duo—Hayes, an established author; Thomas 
a prolific writer, editor, designer, and publisher. Their individual and collective works include the 
award-winning Hullabaloo!: The Life and (Mis)Adventures of L.A. Radio Legend Dave Hull and the 
perennial bestseller, The Original Wild Ones: Tales of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club. 

With a degree in English Literature and three successful biker books in his saddlebags, Hayes has 
gained renown throughout the motorcycle culture as the “world’s most literate biker.” He received the 
prestigious Silver Spoke Award in 2010 for his body of literary work in the motorcycling community
and has spent more than a decade as the National Press and Publicity Officer of the legendary 
Boozefighters Motorcycle Club. Hayes has now achieved success with several new and upcoming 
biographies. Triumphs and Tragediesis his fifth published work.

Ms. Thomas holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Specialized Certificate in Copyediting from 
the University of California, San Diego. As the owner of Beyond Words Editing, she has edited and 
designed books of every genre. Thomas was Editor-in-Chief of the inspirational Butterfly Tears: 
Stories of Entrapment to Empowerment. As the owner of Final Word Press, she co-authored, edited, 
designed, and published Triumphs and Tragedies.

Both Hayes and Thomas are multi-degreed black belts, co-owning Old School Kenpo Karate Studio in 
Torrance, California (www.oldschoolkenpo.com) and empowering women through their acclaimed 
Basic Yet Brutal self-defense workshops. Hayes also has a forty-plus-year “sub-career” as a 
professional musician.

Hermosa Beach, California, in the mid-1960s. Sun, surf, swanky sand castles along the Strand, and a soundtrack of “Fun, Fun, Fun.” But the hang-loose life of the locals would soon be drowned out and painted black. The 
social storm brewing could turn even the most perfect wave into a brutal riptide.

Karl McMillen, Jr. deserved a piece of the Pacific paradise. He’d plumbed his way up from screwfittings and 
sweat into mega-business ownership and multimillions. He’d earned the azure-awesome view that he woke to 
every magical morning. And he’d earned the ideal family at his side. A dynamic wife and two bright, talented 
sons with sky’s-the-limit potential.

But that storm…

He never saw it coming. It hit hard and it hit fast. The grinding gales of addiction ripped everything he had apart.

How do you go from planning exotic family vacations and evaluating real estate investments to planning prison visits and evaluating rehab centers and criminal defense pleas? How do you watch your surfer champion sons transform into drug lords? Inmates? How do you watch your entire family die; one by one?
And yet never stop fighting.

What does it take to look in the mirror and search for the meaning of enabler? To face that you’re sacrificing 
your own livelihood for Scotch? To ride a sheer, pounding wave of triumphs and tragedies, and then pull out and paddle back for more?

It takes a rare and special person—Karl McMillen.

“Triumphs and Tragedies: A True Story of Wealth and Addiction” chronicles top-of-the-world success 
juxtaposed against a downside of life no one should have to suffer. A side that proves that there are some things money cannot buy.

How Karl weathered his terrible tempest is a huge part of his story; but so is what he has done with that survival. 

How he has used his powerful wealth as ammunition to fight for others. To strive to prevent anyone from 
enduring the tragedies he and his family went through. That is his true triumph.

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My Sincere Apologies!

Everyone, I just wanted to give my deepest and sincere apologies about not posting hardly ANY reviews lately, let alone in the past year or so. I have been SUPER busy with school, work, and home life that I can barely find time to read, let alone breathe!

I am trying to set aside some special book review blogging time through out the coming weeks so I can get some things posted, get things back on track, etc.

I do have a few reviews, guest posts, author bios, etc. coming up and will be posting those very soon, so please make sure you come back and read those!

Again, I am very sorry and I look forward to getting back into this SOON!

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