Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Always and Never by Lisa Shumate @ShumateLisa @RABTBookTours

Self Help, Personal Growth, Happiness, Motivational and Inspirational
Date Published: April 11, 2019
Publisher: Lucid Books

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Today, more than 45 million men and women are in their twenties and trying to figure out this very important phase of their lives. Striking out on their own with many firsts and unknowns, they face a decade filled with self-discovery and self-doubt.

In the challenging book Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart, Lisa Shumate shares an incredible resource for twentysomethings, walking them through 20 truths that they should always and never incorporate into their lives.

Whether you are twenthysomething or older, these concepts are simple yet timeless, and they have the power to transform the way you think and act, setting a high standard for you and the quality of your relationships.

Shumate asserts that putting Always and Never mantras into practice every day will build a strong foundation for the rest of your life, one that helps you realize your most cherished goals and dreams. This book will guide, inform, and inspire you for the bright future to come!

Interview with Author Lisa Shumate

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? 

The turtle. Steady and persistent.

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?

My writing is kind of like my workout habit, not as often as I like, but when I do, it is with full commitment. I write 2–3 times a week for 2–4 hours at a time. 

Do you read your book reviews?

If yes, do they affect what you write in the future?  As a first time author, reviews are a new phenomenon. I plan to treat reviews as I would any other feedback—always listen and make course corrections when you receive the same constructive criticism from multiple sources. Learn from it and adapt without losing your creative intuition.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find? 

My genre is non-fiction and my goal is to write advice and guidance that are clear, actionable, and easy to apply in your life.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Always and Never?

The main character in Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart is YOU the reader. 

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future

Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart will be followed by Always and Never for a Confident Heart, then Healing Heart and Helping Heart. All written to encourage self-reflection and offer guidance and encouragement in daily life. 

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come? 

I don’t write to a timing deadline—I keep going until I like what’s on paper. Just as much time is spent editing as generating original thoughts. To me the challenge and sense of accomplishment come from putting it all together. 

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day? 

I try to write a chapter at a time, but that doesn’t always work out. Once I get going, it’s difficult to stop in the middle and my preference is to take a chapter to closure. Sometimes, the words don’t come and you just have to walk away from it for a day or so. 

What inspires you to write?

I tend to fixate on an idea. For Always and Never: 20 Truths for a Happy Heart, I was thinking about how happiness comes from within and certain truths about the way you live. I was inspired to come up with universal concepts that would stand the test of time. Right now, I’m writing and observing behavior around confidence. I’m inspired by learning and sharing ideas that can help people searching for encouragement and advice.

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction? 

Read series or stand-alone?

Read Science fiction or horror?
Science fiction

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz?
Stephen King

Read the book or watch the movie?

Read an eBook or paperback?

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only? 
Computer and Wi-Fi only.

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online?

Blog tour online

About the Author

Lisa Trapani Shumate is Associate Vice President of the University of Houston System and General Manager of Houston Public Media, and also serves as Executive Director of the Houston Public Media Foundation. She holds national leadership roles with PBS and the Public Television Major Market Group Board.

Lisa has more than 20 years of media management experience, is the recipient of numerous awards, and participated in an International Business Residency in China. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Lisa is expanding her media footprint to publishing with the goal of sharing wisdom and encouragement with young men and women entering adulthood.

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