Monday, November 12, 2018

Dear Reader, Love Ray Sutherland

Dear Reader…

My main hope for you is that you enjoy reading my book Secret Agent Angel as much as I enjoyed writing it. As I was writing, I frequently felt as if the main characters in the book had come alive and
were all my good friends. It is my hope that you will become friends with them, too. My goal for the book was to create believable characters-including Samuel the angel-and to put them into realistic situations which created tension so that you will be interested, concerned, and tense about things and rooting for everything to come out right. That certainly worked for me and I found myself very involved in the life of each of the story’s main people.

An old adage about writers is “Write what you know.” While I don’t know any angels-yet-the majority of the situations the people in the book find themselves in are similar to things I have been involved with at various times in my life. I have spent quite a bit of time in the settings and situations which appear in the book. I have visited hospitals and churches. I worked for a trucking company and loaded and unloaded cargo. The owner of the truck company owned a truck stop so I wound up spending some time in truck stops, too. I was on tanks in the army. One chapter which was not derived at all from my own experience was the porters on the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the war in Vietnam. That chapter took considerable research, but that was enjoyable, too. While I wasn’t in Vietnam, I have spent much time in conversation with American soldiers who worked closely with the Jarai tribesmen there and between those conversations and my study of their history, I gained a great amount of respect for the Jarai and the other mountain tribes in Vietnam.

My other main goal in writing the novel is to leave you feeling good, feeling uplifted. One of the underlying themes is that each life matters and that the spiritual realm is present and involved in our lives. As was said recently, “You have a soul. Take care of it.” That is very good advice and my books tries to tell you that we have help available in caring for your soul.

Sincere best wishes,

Ray Sutherland

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Name: Ray Sutherland
Book Title: Secret Agent Angel
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An imaginative and intriguing tale, Secret Agent Angel is a story about how sometimes even angels have to act on faith.
About Secret Agent Angel:  Samuel, a secret agent angel on earth, has to improvise when things go badly wrong—and sometimes, Samuel has to prepare people for a purpose unknown even to him.  From the jungles of Vietnam with porters on the Ho Chi Minh trail, to Omaha truck drivers who befriend an abused boy, to wounded veterans who need to learn to let go of the past, to an accountant tempted to steal, Samuel works with fallible people, trying to get them to see their true strength.
But forty years of angelic missions come to a head when a fire at a snowbound truck stop leaves one man’s faith—and his life—hanging in the balance. The only hope for success rests with the spiritual power of the humans Samuel has tried to prepare for the struggle.  But have they gained enough spiritual strength and awareness?  And if not, does God have a Plan B??

An extraordinary story that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned, Secret Agent Angel is irresistible. Tender and touching, thoughtful and thought provoking, heartwarming and filled with heart, Secret Agent Angel is a powerful story about faith, healing, and the redemptive power of love. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Dear Reader, Love J. Autherine

Dear Reader,

You are a beautiful and complex human being.  Own your strengths and your vulnerabilities. Embrace every aspect of your unique personality.  I wrote Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul for beautiful souls like you who love deeply and lead with their hearts.  You want to be loved and accepted for all the you are.  Sit with this collections of poems and inspiration and feel the emotions in the often bumpy rollover coaster journey of the stories in the first chapter, Wild Heart.  Wild Heart is a conversation with a best friend; it is raw and vulnerable and takes the reader on a journey of self discovery — being an empath in a sometimes harsh world, feeling broken after losing love, not feeling good enough to be loved, facing rejection and abandonment, and navigating life with a heart that just wants to love unconditionally. It is indeed an emotional and wild ride but be patient, the second chapter, Peaceful Soul, will calm your spirit; it is an empowering meditation on the peace that comes with reclaiming your heart — finding strength in the love and support of sister friends, practicing self-love while responsibly loving others, and finding joy in loving those that are worthy of our love.

Please allow me to share my inspiration for writing this collection of poems and inspiration.  Many of the poems and inspiration directly address the struggles of women.  I was deeply inspired by my writing mentor, Dr. Maya Angelou. Her poems, “Phenomenal Woman” and “Still, I Rise” gave me the courage to walk confidently in the world. and sparked my love for issues that are close to the heart of women.  As women, we spend our lives caring for others and putting the needs of others first.  Women give so much of themselves to others that their spiritual, mental and physical jars are often empty. Poems such as  Good Enough to Love addresses the temptation to change ourselves in order to find love. The Princess Takes the High Road encourages women to write their own happy endings.  Strong Sisters Unite speaks to embracing our vulnerability and humanity and not pretend to be strong when love, counseling, and self-care is what is needed.

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul came from a realization that we all share the same joys and struggles in life. We often don’t share them because we feel alone or embarrassed.  However, I realized that if we share our joys, vulnerabilities and pain, we can grow together, celebrate together and heal together.  

Thank you so  much for journeying with me and supporting poetry.  I am fortunate that Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul is reaching a wide audience and is resonating with readers just like you.  Please keep in touch as I am always happy to chat with readers, as well as share advice and collaborate with fellow poets.  

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About the Author

Janet Autherine is the author of Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters, and Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul: Reclaiming Your Heart in order to Live and Love Harmoniously.

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul, is a beautiful collection of poems that tell the stories of strong, vulnerable, courageous women who love deeply, sometimes fall hard but always lead with their hearts. It is a deep and gritty, fresh and robust look at the thrill of loving unconditionally, as well as the mental and physical toll that it takes when peace and harmony are sometimes lost in the process. Drawing on personal experiences from her own journey of the past 30 years, J Autherine delves into the vulnerable hearts of women from around the world, including from her early years in Jamaica.
Growing into Greatness with God, 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons and Daughters is inspired by her own experiences growing up in Jamaica, as well as her experience raising her three sons to recognize and nourish what God has planted within each of them.  Her goal, through her writing, is to empower adults and children to see themselves as unique and amazing, already blessed with the ability to succeed in life and achieve their dreams.

Janet was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Pennsylvania State University and Boston College Law School.  Janet continues to practice law but wakes up at 5am almost every morning to cultivate her inspirational writing and introduce readers to great books through her publishing company, Autherine Publishing. She is a proud introvert and running and reading are her peaceful passions.  Her books are available on Amazon and she blogs at

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About the Book:

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul, is a beautiful collection of poems that provide inspiration to strong, vulnerable, badass women who love deeply, sometimes fall hard but always lead with their hearts. It is a deep and gritty, fresh and robust look at the thrill of loving unconditionally, as well as the mental
and physical toll that it takes when peace and harmony are sometimes lost in the process.
Drawing on personal experiences from her own journey of the past 30 years, J Autherine delves into the vulnerable hearts of women from around the world, including from her early years in Jamaica. Poems such as Quiet Storm reveal the pain of sudden loss, while The Rebel Soul carries with it that air of doubt or uncertainty we all feel when in love.   

The pain and struggle of women who love deeply and pour into others without first filling their own jars is prevalent throughout, as is the reoccurring theme of reclaiming your heart in order to live and love harmoniously.

Wild Heart, Peaceful Soul has the ability to pick you up in moments when you feel broken or not good enough to be loved and provide the strength in the love you always need as we search for the one who is worthy of our love.


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Dear Reader, Love Juliet Huck

Dear Reader…

Do you get frustrated when you want something from someone else and they don’t give you what you need? Have you ever stopped to think about why it is so hard to persuade someone when you have something you really desire?

My philosophy is; it’s not what you know; it’s who you know—and what you know about them. I teach my clients that the golden rule is to get out of your own shoes and into the shoes of your decision maker. This can be challenging, but it is the most important step one can take when asking for something from someone else.

Have you taken the time to build their trust?  Do you have gratitude? Do you know if they can relate to what you are asking for?  Persuading someone is a process and 50 Ways to Get Your Way will give you the tools to use to persuade others to get what you want based on human connection.

We are instinctively social creatures and one thing that connects us are common sense values; things such as trust, responsibility, love, etc.  Based on 25 years of being a Persuasive Strategist in the legal field and helping clients secure billions of dollars in decisions, I have seen how these values play an important role in persuading others in some of the most contentious situations.   These tools are not rocket science, but they do take self-awareness, practice and commitment.

Observing the current environment in our world, I could not sit back and be silent on how we are treating each other – especially when we need something from someone else. I felt instead of fighting with others it is time to remind us of the beautiful things that can connect us. I know this book can help you stop and look at how we ask others for something we need.  Enjoy!
About the Author

Juliet Huck is an expert in persuasive communications with 25 years of experience. She was born in Marietta, Ohio, and holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. During her career, she has worked with the US Department of Justice for the Enron litigation, Exxon Mobil, Boeing, and law firms, such as O’Melveny and Myers, Kirkland and Ellis, and King and Spalding, among other high-profile clients. Juliet is the author of 50 Ways to Get Your Way and The Equation of Persuasion: Securing Decisions in Your Favor.
Her latest book, 50 Ways to Get Your Way, offers insights for skillfully using persuasion in work and in life by forming meaningful relationships. It is the first book in a series that will teach readers how to get what they want in all facets of their lives.



About the Book:

50 Ways to Get Your Way by Juliet Huck Promotes the Art of Persuading Others Using the Simple Power of Commonsense Values
In 50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY, Juliet Huck shares the lessons she learned while growing up on her family’s farm in rural Ohio—values such as being grateful, nurturing relationships, and listening intently, which she used to build a successful career as a persuasion strategist working with corporate clients and on high-profile legal cases. Huck teaches readers how to be persuasive in a manner that is honorable and respectful, while making genuine human connections.
The tools Huck shares in 50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY are familiar, but the author notes that many of these values are missing in the current social climate. Using beautiful images (many photographed by the author) and conversational prose, Huck encourages readers to commit to a practice of awareness—of self and others—and guides them through the dance of building relationships that will help them achieve their goals. While all of the pearls of wisdom presented in 50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY are essential ingredients for developing into a solid human being, several offer the building blocks for becoming an exceptional person who gets what he or she wants. Being empathetic by learning what other people find meaningful, paying attention to the effect that one’s tone can have on others, telling a compelling story, letting go of expectations to minimize disappointment, and understanding the importance of clarity when asking for assistance or sharing plans are just a few of the gems that Huck examines in her book.

Huck acknowledges that the principles outlined in 50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY are not “rocket science”; however, she believes they are timely. “Observing the current environment, I could not sit back and be silent about how we are treating each other—especially when we need something from someone else. I felt instead of fighting with others, it is time to remind us of the beautiful things that can connect us,” Huck said.
50 WAYS TO GET YOUR WAY was written with the intention of helping people fulfill their personal and professional needs by mastering the art of making genuine connections.



Monday, November 5, 2018

Dear Reader, Love John Ford Clayton

Dear Reader…

If you’ve recently turned on the news or read the newspaper, it’s likely you walked away depressed and discouraged. The U. S., and much of the world, seems to be struggling through a period of bitter division. In the U. S. much of this discord is centered around politics. Your either on the Left or the Right and whichever you declare, you must hate the other. If you believe your TV, all of life’s events must be viewed through the lens of politics.

But, is your life really this way? Do you and your neighbor incessantly argue about the upcoming election? Are you and the person in the office next to you unable to carry on a professional conversation due to political differences? My anecdotal sample says that’s not the case. That most ordinary citizens go about their daily lives largely unaffected by the political persuasions of the person next to them. Then why does it seem so different when you turn on the news?

I have an allegory to illustrate what I think is going on. Imagine you’re at a family Thanksgiving gathering. The family is huddled in the kitchen hearing the latest tales of kid’s football games, the spelling bee, and the new truck your cousin just purchased. The turkey is sliced, the sweet potato casserole is on the counter, and the smell of fresh bread fills the room. As you’re laughing at your brother’s latest corny joke, you hear a loud disturbance coming from the family room next door. Before you can check out the commotion, your Uncle Dave and Uncle Ralph burst through the doorway in full grapple. Uncle Ralph picks up the mashed potatoes and throws them at Uncle Dave. Uncle Dave retaliates by conking his adversary over the head with the platter of turkey. Finally, the two combatants are separated long enough to find out the source of the conflict. “He wanted to watch college football, but we always watch the NFL on Thanksgiving Day!” Uncle Dave screams. “Well, today we’re going to watch the NFL!” Retorts Uncle Ralph. As the two prepare to resume the fisticuffs, Uncle Ralph addresses the familial crowd and demands, “OK, who’s with me? Who wants to watch the NFL?!” Meanwhile Uncle Dave shouts, “Who’s with me? Who wants to watch college football?! Everybody here has to pick a side!”

That’s the place our country finds itself. You are trying to simply live your life, provide for your family, have some down time, maybe take a vacation. You just want to live. Meanwhile, politicians, with help from their friends in the ratings-starved media, are trying to drag you into their fight, demanding that you take sides. They are trying to turn your life into one giant food fight.

I’ve written a novel titled, Manipulated that attempts to illustrate the phenomenon. While Manipulated is a work of fiction, it is grounded in the premise that you are being manipulated. You’re being manipulated into joining a fight in which you really have no interest.

The first half of the book provides a back story illustrating an American political system soiled by political parties, a misguided media, and lots and lots of money, all orchestrated by a clandestine organization known as Mouse Trap.

The second half of the book provides a glimpse at what the 2016 election might have looked like had a different candidate been introduced into the campaign. A candidate not bound to either political party, deep-pocket investors, or Washington insiders. A candidate who had absolutely no interest in the job but is drafted by those that know him best to fix a broken system. A candidate who personifies integrity, character, and humility, guided by his faith.

I hope you’ll consider reading Manipulated and it affects you the way in affected these readers:

“Talk about a timely book, "Manipulated" is it! Mr. Clayton makes you reconsider how all of us are influenced by today's instant information (or misinformation!) social media environment. Although fiction, it captures the real frustration that many of us have with our current political stalemate, but also reminds us that there is a viable solution, and that solution is us.”

“The author does a fantastic job of presenting current political issues in a fair and balanced manner. However, the “deep state” - government bureaucrats, main stream media, high-tech social media moguls, and big business can and will do whatever is necessary to circumvent the people and the democratic process. An autopsy of our current political system.”

“Ties together the prevalence of social media in our lives, Big Brother, media bias, and the feeling that good people don’t run for President. The perfect book for this time in America. You will never look at a Fox or CNN news report the same - I guarantee it.”

If you’re frustrated by what you hear, see, and read about American politics, my plea to you is that it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to accept the status quo. You have the power to change it. I hope you find Manipulated provides some motivation to make that change.

John Ford Clayton