My first guest for our Virtual Book Tour

I want to introduce you to John F. Murray. You’ll be learning more about him and his book for the next several days. He has a great new book out Smart Tennis: How to Play and Win the Mental Game.

                                                          

Tennis Europe Feature

Front Page of the Boca Raton

News

BioFile by Scoop Malinowski

Detroit Free Press Profile

Sports Illustrated Feature

 

Sports psychology is a great source of inspiration, and I love helping people

improve, whether in a clinical situation calling for psychotherapy, stress

management or better life adjustment, or a performance situation where the

goal is to compete better and win more in business or sports. As far as

sports, I was lucky to grow up in South Florida in the early 70s, and my passion

intensified listening to Don Shula’s wisdom as legendary coach of the Miami

Dolphins. My dream at age 10 was to bat 4th for the Yankees and quarterback

the Miami Dolphins to a Super Bowl win. Dreams have become reality as I’ve

coached and played tennis worldwide, worked with many pro athletes and teams

as a sport performance psychologist, helped NFL quarterbacks overcome

slumps, coached tennis at major tournaments like the Australian Open, trained

athletes at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and developed a unique

system for including mental performance in the scoring of a football game – the

Mental Performance Index or MPI – that has almost perfectly estimated the

relative performance of teams in the past 6 Super Bowls. I’m absolutely

convinced that solid mental training is a necessary and huge key to success, and

an often-overlooked advantage. If you just want to cope better with life, a family

situation or a relationship, psychology can help too, and the performance

psychology focus is an extremely positive approach and quest for more success

that many enjoy.

 

Smart Tennis: How to Play and Win the Mental Game.

Book Contract in the Mail

I’m doing a happy dance today! The publisher who I sent my Christian fiction novella, Rebekah Redeemed, sent me an email today saying that he really like the book and is sending a contract. It will be on the shelves Spring 2009. I almost have whiplash it’s coming together so quickly.

This is the first book of a series called Touched by the Saviour.

Reading and Writing

I’m just finishing reading James Patterson’s book The Jester. It is a historical fiction novel about a man who joins the Crusades to gain his family’s freedom. Nothing turns out the way he thought it would and when he returns home things are not how he left them. He becomes a jester so he has access to places a commoner or peasant would ordinarily never obtain. As usuall, Patterson has many twists and turns in the plot.

I sent the manuscript for my Christian fiction novella to the publisher last night. Now back to the revisions on my novel Escape and ghostwriting projects.

Rebekah Redeemed

I’m focusing on the manuscript for Rebekah Redeemed for the rest of the week. As the first book in a series of novella’s about little known women in the New Testament, it sets the stage for a young woman to be not only redeemed by a kinsman, but redeemed by the Savior.

If you love to read books like this, then I can recommend Francine Rivers. Her novella’s about the five women God chose who are listed in Jesus’ lineage, first chapter of Matthew. Each of these women were faced with social and spiritual challenges. These books will keep you going until Rebekah Redeemed becomes available.

Good reading!

Election Day

Just when everyone thought election day would never come – it’s here.

Things are coming together for our Virtual Book Tour this month.

I am a hisotry buff and always reflect back on our history. Not that I want to get too political on a writer and reader blog, but this truly is an election for the ages. We’ve broken past barriers with women as major players in the presidential election. We’ve finally crossed racial lines and as of now, it looks like we’re looking at our first black President. I hope to draw on this in my writing.

NaNoWriMo and other things

I’m signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. With everything else I’m working on it may be interesting to try and make some progress on that as well. For those of you who are readers and not writers, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It takes place each November. People sign up from all over the world and write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel. That comes out to about 1700 words per day if you write every day. It’s a great way to get one done and ready for editing and revisions to submit to a publisher or agent.

I’m also in a group of 29+ writers who are organizing a virtual book tour on our blogs to begin November 15th. These are fun to follow you learn about new writers and new books and we help each other promote everyone’s books. Cool huh? I think so.

I’m 50% finished with the rewrite of my novel Escape, and plan to get it to my publisher by the end of this month.