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20 May, 2020

Cannabis for Couples: Enhance Intimacy and Elevate Your Relationship, John Selby

CANNABIS FOR COUPLES: Enhance Intimacy and Elevate Your Relationship, by John Selby (Park Street Press, June, 2020) is step-by-step guide for using cannabis to deepen relationships emotionally, sexually, and spiritually

• Explains the difference between getting high alone and as a couple and explores what happens from a psychological and neurological perspective

• Offers techniques to maximize the effects of being high, facilitate bonding, and resolve relationship issues, plus how to use cannabis as an aphrodisiac

• Examines marijuana’s effects on the chakras, including its impact on the heart chakra, and how to harness these effects to expand consciousness

When couples enjoy cannabis together in the proper set and setting, the experience can deepen relationships through honest sharing and compassionate bonding, as well as boosting sexual pleasure, emotional growth, and spiritual togetherness.

In this step-by-step guide to harnessing the benefits of getting high together, psychologist John Selby explores how to use cannabis as a powerful and effective path to strengthen your relationship and nurture your intimate life. Drawing on his own NIH brain research on the emotional impact of psychoactive chemicals, he explains the difference between getting high alone and as a couple and examines from a psychological and neurological perspective what happens when you get high. Revealing the seven primary types of inner experience and outer behavior stimulated by THC, the author shares stories from his four decades of practice as a couple’s therapist, discussing the power of THC and other cannabinoids to help heal emotional wounds and boost intimacy–and how to determine if using cannabis together is right for you and your partner.

The author explains how to properly prepare for a cannabis session and how to use breath, meditation, and other focusing techniques to deepen the effects of being high and facilitate bonding. He reveals how cannabis-assisted relating can not only deepen relationships but also help to heal anxiety, depression, and PTSD. This book also explores the use of cannabis for sexual pleasure and how the “muse of marijuana” can serve as an inner therapist to work out relationship issues. Shared laughter and emotional freedom are likewise encouraged. Selby also explores cannabis’s energetic influence on the chakras and how to balance and integrate the seven energy centers together with your partner during a cannabis session.

Combining decades of counseling experience with scientific research, Selby encourages couples to enjoy recreational use and begin using cannabis as a unique tool for connecting as a couple and growing together emotionally, sexually, and spiritually.

A thorough examination of what it means to mindfully get high together. This daring book offers a road map to navigate grown-up cannabis experiences that may well be new to you. No matter where you are on the spectrum of smoking, it will help you discover, and rediscover, your world together.”, JULIE HOLLAND, M.D. & JEREMY WOLFF, contributors to The Pot Book

“If you’ve ever imagined that there might be a kind older person with decades of personal and professional experience on how to best use cannabis, who would share in depth a multitude of ways to improve your experiences, you’re going to want this book. John Selby is all of the above and a lot more. This book will lead you into more pleasure, more awareness, greater depths, more sensory excitement, more fun, and more wisdom. Spoiler alert: the last few chapters take what you’ve learned from the rest to a whole new level. Consider this book to be a gift to yourself, your partner, and your relationship.”, James Fadiman, Ph.D., author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide

“John Selby’s years of experience supporting couples on their journey of intentional cannabis use shines throughout this wonderful book. Sharing the cannabis space with a partner is a deeply meaningful experience–and rich with connection and depth. When used intentionally, cannabis can bring couples together in ways that are truly magical. John’s teachings are sincere, incredibly skillful, and pragmatic. He takes all of the trial and error out of the equation, and this allows couples to immediately benefit from safe and sacred cannabis use. He outlines a wonderful foundation that can support years of sacred intimacy between loving partners. I highly recommend this book.”, Daniel McQueen, executive director of the Center for Medicinal Mindfulness

About the Author

John Selby is a psychologist and author of 30 books in 14 languages, with a degree in family counseling and pastoral psychology from UC Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. A developer of numerous mindfulness programs, Selby researched psychedelics and meditation at the Bureau of Research in Neurology and Psychiatry. He has a private cannabis-assisted spiritual-counseling practice and lives in Santa Cruz, California.

7 May, 2020

INSIDE JOBS: Tales from a Time of Quarantine, Ben H. Winters (Audible Original)

Three offbeat stories of crime and conundrum, set in the present moment, from The New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award-winning author of Underground Airlines and The Last Policeman. (May 2020)

Inside Jobs: Tales from a Time of Quarantine includes:

The Crimson Parrot
It’s not easy masterminding the crime of the century when your whole gang is working from home. A high-stakes tale of larceny, deception, and teleconferencing.

The Cape House
As the world shifts around them, two estranged brothers end up in their childhood home. But it’s the memories they unearth that will change them forever.

Stop Motion
With endless time on her hands, an apartment-bound young woman gets to all the hobbies she’s neglected—martial arts, playing the sax, photography…and solving a murder?


15 April, 2020

INSIDE JOBS!

Author of the award-winning THE LAST POLICEMAN novels and bestselling UNDERGROUND AIRLINES Ben Winters’s INSIDE JOBS, a trio of crime stories set during the age of quarantine. (Audible Originals, World rights, Summer 2020).


8 April, 2020

GO BIG NOW! Strengthen Your Mindset, Overcome Any Obstacle and Crush Your Goals, by Julia Pimsleur

Serial entrepreneur, business coach, and motivational speaker Julia Pimsleur’s GO BIG NOW! STRENGTHEN YOUR MINDSET, OVERCOME ANY OBSTACLE AND CRUSH YOUR GOALS, identifying eight mindset keys that can help unlock potential and achieve goal. (New World Library/World English and North American Spanish/Spring 2021)

 


24 March, 2020

Supporting Booksellers, and Authors, In These Dark Times–from Publishers Marketplace

Reference: Supporting Booksellers, and Authors, In These Dark Times

With bookstores closing temporarily all over the country, people are looking for ways to support their local indies.

Buy Books and Audiobooks from Independent Booksellers
We have built an open spreadsheet of stores that have closed to visitors, but are still processing orders through their websites and/or phone orders: publun.ch/storesMany are delivering locally while they can and/or offering special shipping offers. (You can report information on your store through the form at http://publun.ch/storeReports.)

Below, find more resources for helping booksellers.

Bookshop.org sells a full catalog of books — fulfilled by Ingram Content Group — and at 10 percent of all sales through the site are shared among independent booksellers who use the platform. But for maximum benefit, you want to use a store’s own Bookshop “shop”, which looks like this: https://bookshop.org/shop/papercuts. In those cases, the store is currently getting 30 percent of the purchase price. Bookshop just added a store locator, so you browse all of their participants and pick a store to buy from and support! (Bookshop has waived their share temporarily, so the bookstore gets pure profit on the transaction.)

Libro.fm is a digital audiobook subscription service that provides publishers’ audio titles on the same basis (and the same prices) as Audible and others — but their independent bookseller affiliates share in the proceeds. During the current crisis, use the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW when you enroll and you’ll get two audiobooks for the price of one ($14.99) — plus the entire payment goes to your local bookstore. Any one month gift membership also provides the full payment to the bookstore.

Note that most stores will also sell you gift cards, and many offer store subscriptions, memberships, pre-orders of forthcoming books, signed editions, and other specials that supply the store with cash flow.

Donate to Booksellers Who Have Been Laid Off, and the Nonprofit That Supports Them

Book Industry Charitable Foundation
After garnering donations of over $44,000 during one matching gift challenge, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation has secured pledges for another $41,000 in matching funds for a new round of gifts. BINC helps booksellers with medical expenses and personal household expenses during times of crisis.

Booksellers applying for COVID-19 aid can use this expedited emergency form.

McNally Jackson Bookseller Support Fund
Contribute directly to this funding pool that is shared among the almost 80 laid off employees of McNally Jackson.

Powell’s Books Union Relief Fund
After substantial layoffs at Powell’s Books, ILWU Local 5, the union representing employees of the bookstore, has launched a relief fund directly benefiting union members.

Posman Books Staff GoFundMe
Posman Books “was forced to suspend operations” and their “stores in New York City and Atlanta have closed and the entire staff has been laid off.” They have a GoFundMe page to support staff.

Society of Authors
This UK organization has received combined gifts of £235,000 for their Authors’ Contingency Fund to support authors through the crisis. They expect to make grants of “up to £2,000 and designed to meet urgent need.”

 


16 March, 2020

In times of coronavirus

Dear prospective authors:

While we are still reviewing queries extremely selectively, we urge you not to flood us with new projects that are not time-sensitive. Resist the temptation to ignore this request, at least with this agency.

We are overwhelmed at the moment as the industry transitions to working at home and online. We need to focus on our current clients and our top priorities.  This means that you will have a better chance of getting our attention when things are calmer.  Why increase your chances of rejection?  You can use this time instead to polish your work.

Please especially do not mail us packages of print queries or self-published work, unless requested.

Most important, stay home and stay safe.

Warmly,

Joelle Delbourgo, President


13 March, 2020

THE GIFT OF PRESENCE: A Mindfulness Guide for Women, Caroline Welch

A practical, user-friendly guide for women seeking focus and calm in the midst of life’s storms.

Overwhelmed by the demands of family, work, and multiple responsibilities, many women find themselves feeling scattered, and distracted. In this eye-opening book, co-founder and CEO of the Mindsight Institute, Caroline Welch takes readers on a mindfulness journey to help them de-stress and cultivate inner peace. According to Welch, you do not need countless hours sitting in silence to be more present in your life–the key is to practice mindfulness wherever you are and whenever you can.

The Gift of Presence (Tarcher Perigee, March 20202)  guides readers in developing four innate capacities we all possess that will allow us to become more resilient and centered in our lives–even when life is throwing all that it has at us:

Presence: the ability to remain firmly in the present moment; to be fully aware of what’s happening as it’s happening.

Purpose: the personal meaning that gets us going and gives direction to our lives.

Pivoting: an openness to change that allows you to switch direction if that is what is needed.

Pacing: the awareness that it is impossible to do everything we want or need to do all at once; the ability to take life one step at a time.

This life-changing book reveals that you already hold in your hands the keys to a more harmonious life–you simply need to look within.

“A gift for us all—filled with practical insights about the power of mindfulness.”
—ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, founder and CEO of Thrive Global

“This is an important, eye-opening book. . . . Caroline Welch offers pragmatic mindfulness exercises to discover one’s purpose in life, to summon the courage to change direction if necessary, to set priorities, and to let go of what simply can’t get done in order to cultivate inner peace and harmony.”
—SHARON SALZBERG, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
 
“In this inspiring guide, Caroline Welch synthesizes wisdom from across cultures and walks of life,
drawing from her own remarkable, yet relatable life and the experiences of dozens of women.”
—ELISSA EPEL, PhD, professor at the University of California San Francisco, and New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Telomere Effect
 
“It’s so easy to forget what matters and race through our decades. Caroline Welch’s wise and clear
book shows us how mindful awareness can give us back our life. This fresh and entirely accessible
guide will help you reconnect to your true purpose, call forth your inner resourcefulness, and
awaken the fullness of your heart.”
—TARA BRACH, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion

About the Author


3 March, 2020

The Griffins of Castle Cary, Heather Shumaker

A charming, adventure-filled debut novel that’s perfect for fans of The Penderwicks series. Now available in paperback!

“The characters are well-rounded and lovable. The novel is fast-paced and easy to follow, with suspenseful scenes that are not too scary and laugh-out-loud funny scenes perfect for young readers who love adventure. Recommended.” — School Library Connection

Siblings Meg, Will, and Ariel Griffin are off on an adventure! They can’t wait to spend a week visiting their eccentric aunt and her giant, tongue-drooling Newfoundland dog in England. But when they finally arrive, they’re faced with a few local secrets that stir up more than a little trouble.

Add in some very peculiar lights, strange new friends, a police chase and some stampeding sheep, and the Griffin kids are in over their heads. Apparently, this town has a ghost problem and the three children must race to solve the mystery before the ghosts take something that doesn’t belong to them.
“This is a suitable spooky story for readers easing their way into the genre; it includes a few age-appropriate jump scares but relies more heavily on the description to create an eerie vibe. [T]he ghostly fun…keeps up the momentum all the way to the conclusion.” — BCCB

“Delightfully spooky! The Griffins of Castle Cary is a masterfully plotted ghost story that creates the perfect blend between heart and humor. Lovable siblings, persistant ghosts, and one ginormous dog will thrill readers late into the night. This book is charming and easy to love. A perfect read for families!” — Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of The Guardian Herd Series

“THE GRIFFINS OF CASTLE CARY is a rollicking mystery about the yearnings to be seen, and the love and empathy required to see. It kept me, like the Griffin children, guessing until the very end. I loved it.” — Jack Cheng, author of SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS, Golden Kite Award winner

“Nothing can stop the intrepid young Griffins. Secrets, danger, and plenty of humor abound in Shumaker’s clever debut.” — Gloria Whelan, National Book Award winner of HOMELESS BIRD

“Well-written, action-packed, and spooky!”   — Melissa Taylor, IMAGINATION SOUP


27 February, 2020

Lively audio auction for Theresa Payton’s MANIPULATED

So excited about the brilliant result from our first major audio auction working with the awesome Tara Gelsomino at One Track Literary Agency. Congratulations, Theresa Payton and Ted Claypoole. MANIPULATED releases in print in early April.

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So pleased to share this exciting audio deal for some extremely timely election-related titles brokered with Brilliance for our partners at Joelle Delbourgo Associates! Theresa will also be narrating both books for them. Look for Manipulated in April and Protecting Your Internet Identity soon after.


25 February, 2020

FROM TODDLER HELL TO TODDLER HEAVEN, Claire Lerner LCSW

Licensed clinical social worker and former Director of Parenting Resources at Zero to Three Claire Lerner  FROM TODDLER HELL TO TODDLER HEAVEN, a parenting guide that teaches parents to change their response to their young children’s behavior, featuring seven mind shifts to reduce tantrums, power struggles and other day to day challenges, to Suzanne Staszak-Silva at Rowman & Littlefield, for publication in fall 2021, by Joelle Delbourgo at Joelle Delbourgo Associates (world English).