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Read an excerpt of TAKE A CHANCE AND WIN by Wellington Manjengwa | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents NonFiction

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for TAKE A CHANCE AND WIN by Wellington Manjengwa, a non-fiction available now. The book is on sale for $0.99.

Wellington Manjengwa will be awarding an autographed copy of Take a Chance and Win (US/international) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.

Take A Chance and Win
by Wellington Manjengwa


GENRE:   Non-Fiction



Risks are a part of life. What differentiates those who take a risk and succeed and those who don’t is how they manage that risk.
Tony Robins once said, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”

This book takes that philosophy and expands upon it. Grounded in the idea that how you approach decision making and risk management determines success or failure, Take A Chance And Win aims to teach you the tenets of success in all aspects of your life and shows you how to capitalize upon effective risk management for regular decision making.
Inside you’ll discover:

• Strategies to avoid making poor decisions
• How risk management and decision making go hand in hand
• Why risk management is the biggest ingredient for success
• Practical strategies to clear obstacles to success

Whether you’re just beginning your life’s journey or have already endured your share of failure, an opportunity to succeed still exists. Embrace the proven strategies laid out in this book and discover the power of moving forward strategically for maximum impact. Essentially this book shows you how to TAKE A CHANCE AND WIN at the game of life.



Risk can be defined as the probability that things do not go according to plan. In other words, while your journey to stardom in your chosen field will sure be successful, with the right mindset and doing the right things, the journey itself may not always be straightforward. You may also discover along the way that you have taken the wrong path or you have taken off on a journey to the wrong place. I would like to suggest therefore that embarking on something that is of importance to you is in itself a risk because there are no assurances that you will get there. Things may not go according to plan.

Risk management, on the other hand, is about the decisions you make along the way and the actions you take to increase your chances of making it to the place of your success in whatever endeavour you embark on. It is all about gathering enough information to enable you make the right decisions and take the right course of action

Risk in a person’s life might be looked at through two lenses, i.e. Internal Risks and External Risks.

Internal Risks: These emanate from within the individual; things such as self-doubt, lack of confidence, self-sabotage, indiscipline lack of self-believe  

External Risks: These are external occurrences that impact our chances of success. They are usually caused by things, people, and situations that happen around you.

It is no longer a secret that every individual exists for a purpose. There’s a why for your existence. You are not on this earth just to make up the numbers; there’s a specific purpose for you. It is very important for every individual on this earth to discover their purpose for living; it may be to serve in a particular area of life, industry or commerce, to make a difference in a particular part of the world, to live a mark in the field of education, etc. We are often called upon to take risks, that is to venture into a chosen endeavour without having all the answers to everything that might arise. It is in such moments, I would like to suggest, that we are called upon to be the ‘RISK MANAGERS’ of our own lives. We must make decisions, tackle the challenges, manage situations to ensure that we achieve the success that we seek.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I don’t know if you do this as well, but I keep old notebooks in my drawers; some of them go way back. My drawers get really cluttered sometimes because I dump all kinds of papers with notes from books, speeches, workshops, ideas that just crop up, brainstorming etc.
One Sunday in 2008, I needed to do a bit of cleaning, which included my desk and drawers. So I got started throwing stuff away and cleaning up. I was determined to leave the place sparkling clean.
And then I came to my desk, happily throwing away papers, notes, and unwanted clutter, when I came across this diary. A nice, leather-bound diary I had used the previous year, with many inspirational quotes on every page. While thumbing through the diary and reliving the appointments and meetings in it, I noticed one interesting quote; Success is due to our stretching to the challenges of life. Failure comes when we shrink from them. I didn’t know who John Maxwell was but his words were immensely profound

Then I read one of John’s quotes from my old daily planner, which said: “Your thoughts will attract opportunities to you but it is your actions that will put money to that opportunity.”

This was at a time when my life was at crossroads. I was contemplating making a huge career move, which entailed me leaving my country and comfort zone. I had lost money through some speculative investments in the era of hyperinflation in my home country, Zimbabwe. I was running a small business which was my passion but it just wasn’t making enough money to make it reasonable to keep going, in fact I was sustaining it with my salary because it was just not doing well. John’s messages and quotes touched me at the very core and left me questioning every decision I had ever made about my life. I kept saying to myself, this is so painful, why isn’t there some guidance out there to help me make these decisions. I realised my limitations but I had no-one to turn to, no big brother to run to for advice. I was confused about life, I had many questions but no answers. I have always been quite ambitious and hungry for success but at this point I was really afraid. I had a family that depended on me for everything and I needed to make sure that whatever decision I made would enable me to be successful and be able to continue being the provider.  There was no room for mistakes.  Failure was just not an option. How was I going to make this happen?

I have since gone through a long path of self-discovery and self-development that has led me to discover something:

One of the greatest challenges we face in life is DECISION MAKING. As you weigh the options for yourself or your company’s next step, how do you decide which way to turn? Successful outcomes can only be evaluated after the fact. But by the time the results are in, it’s normally too late to take corrective action. Often our decisions involve risk, and our big failures come from failing to manage the risk. Some people consider themselves risk-averse, while others consider themselves risk-takers. This drives their decision making and the strategies they implement to achieve what they want. The cold, hard truth is that everyone is a risk taker, what differs is the size, type, and amount of risk you take. The key element that distinguishes the successful from the unsuccessful is how we manage our risk. To take a risk is not the same as being careless. Many people confuse the two.


My name is Wellington, I was born and raised in one of the most populous townships in Harare, Zimbabwe. Yeah, you’ve heard of that country. Does one million percent inflation ring a bell for you?? At some point we were millionaires and billionaires but could barely afford a loaf of bread. I come from humble beginnings. No silver spoon in my mouth. I get that you don’t know me that well yet. Usually when you have a background like mine, you are not given much of a chance. But I have lived this one truth that has transformed my life forever: The battle for success is an internal battle. Great things always begin from your inside.
That is why I fell in love with learning expert, Jim Kwik’s saying the first time I saw it;
“If an egg is broken from outside force, life ends, but if it is broken from inside, life begins.”
Failure to understand this is the reason one can be sitting on a treasure but be treating it like trash.
I have discovered an intensity and passion that has led me through a journey of self-discovery, adventure, conquering doubt, fear, and many limiting beliefs to establish the Well of Inspiration. My team and I work with individuals and companies providing them with information, ideas, and strategies that help to take their lives and businesses to their next level of success.

The book is on sale for $0.99.


Wellington Manjengwa will be awarding an autographed copy of Take a Chance and Win (US/international) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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‘All Things Now Living’ Blog Tour and Kindle Fire Giveaway

While on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle in Rondi Bauer Olson's All Things Now Living. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are. Amy’s feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn’t end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer. Time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome’s collapse, but if Amy doesn’t find her father’s contact in time, she’ll die, along with everyone else.

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Author Q&A ft Charles O'Keefe | THE CHAOS STORIES Book Tour | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents #Fantasy #/SciFi

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for THE CHAOS STORIES: Tales of Magic, Terror, Passion and Blood by Charles O'Keefe, a 264 page supernatural/fantasy/sci-fi available now from Four Phoenixes Publishing.

Charles O'Keefe will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.

by Charles O'Keefe


GENRE: Supernatural/Fantasy/Sci-Fi



Here you'll find nine new short-stories, some which have been from my life, or things that could have happened. One is inspired from the many games of Dungeons and Dragons I've played over twenty years while another is from the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game. Some are even some from other authors, who kindly contributed to my collection.

As a treat for fans of my series, I have included six deleted chapters, two from each of the three Newfoundland Vampire novels, which have been all cleaned up and have been made better than ever for your reading pleasure.

I have also included not one, but two chapters from the upcoming fourth book in the Newfoundland Vampire series, War of the Fangs. I've filled this collection with tales that will make you laugh, or will scare you, and will hopefully make you think a little about the world around us and the people in it.



When he opened his eyes   he noticed a red glow to her spine.  WTF!  Steve was too stunned to speak.  The red glow faded as he almost fell off the bed.  Angela kissed his neck, snuggling beside him, not noticing his dismay or wide open mouth.  Finally he summoned the courage to speak.
“Your spine glowed red.  Is there something I need to know about you?”
“Oh come now, you didn't know?  Why do you think I loved your Battlestar shirt so much?  Didn't you notice I look just like Cylon Number Six?  Sure you did.  Disney wanted to test me out on one of its tech geeks.  You got lucky.  So, I was good?”
“You're a Cylon?  Does that mean we're starting a whole new race?”
“No silly,” answered Angela, slapping Steve playfully.  “It means the bosses finally granted you a promotion.  You'll be featured as the main exhibit at the new Disney theme park.  It's quite an honor being bestowed upon you.  I hope you fully appreciate the confidence Disney has in your work. “
Realizing the full extent of his situation, Steve made a break for the door.  Too late.  Angela was on him, wielding handcuffs as she slammed him to the floor.   
“This is kinky,” commented Angela as she slapped on the bracelets.  
Angela dragged Steve by his hair, still naked, to a waiting van outside, where Daffy Duck and Pluto robots drove him away to his new Disney adventure.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

My latest book is called "The Chaos Stories: Tales of Magic, Terror, Passion and Blood." I've always been obsessed with the idea of chaos (disorder). I basically see any kind of writing or gaming as an escape and a chance to do things that I would never do in a real life. The title really came from a Dungeons and Dragons campaign I ran for years  and the state of the world we live in. 2017 has been a mess of a year (for various reasons) and this book is (partially) my commenting on our current state, along with my hope that people will reflect and try to make positive changes. The second part (the "Tales") was just a descriptive note my editor and I came up with.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?

Sure, I hired a local artist (and friend) named Kevin Kendall ( to do the cover for "The Chaos Stories" and my last vampire book "The Gathering Dark". I met him a convention here (in Newfoundland, Canada) years ago and was immediately impressed with his work. So when I decided to become self-published he was the first person I thought of to design the cover. I trust Kevin so I let him have a lot of freedom but still gave some direction. I always like the idea of having an attractive woman on the front cover and the back part I was sure that he included elements from different stories (the zombie head, the rifle, the raven and the wolf). A beach is also featured in one story and I like hidden aspects (the woman the sun for an eye for example). Finally I also wanted it to display a notion of foreboding and the supernatural, which is also on the back cover.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I love Marlon (from "Footprints I and II") as he is based on a character I played in Call of Chthulu (another role-playing game). He's an very flawed character (not the most brave, drinks too much, keeps secrets from his boyfriend, obsessive, often breaks rules and has PTSD) but as I played him for a number of years in real life, I found he was quite developed and had some interesting qualities. I also wanted to write Marlon to clearly show how I feel about gay people, which is they are just people and I have no bias or predigest. I believe ultimately once you're an adult, who cares what your sexual preference is? As long as you're not hurting anyone I'm fine with it. I'm also fascinated with both the supernatural and war, the fact that he combines both of these ideas just leaves so many possibilities. Does he really see supernatural creatures or is he slowly losing his mind? I also wanted to do someone who faced true evil (in this case Nazis, cultists and zombies) and how it left a permanent mark on him. While in the game I'm not playing him, I can write stories about him for years to come and that has great appeal to me.

If you could change ONE thing about your book, what would it be?  Why?

There is a story that I shortened (my editor advised it and she was right), so that left a part of that story untold. I wish I had fleshed out a part two for "From a spark to a flame" as it would have made the collection and a little longer and not left a cliffhanger. I know that some people love cliffhangers in a story but I've never been a big fan of them.

Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?

I think it started young, being read to as a child (I have always loved audio books, I had them as tapes and CDs) certainly helped foster it. I was lucky to have friends who always encouraged me to read and lent me books. I had a teacher in Grade 8 who lent me all sorts of comics and really helped boost my love of reading and writing. My dad was always telling jokes and stories and I enjoy doing that as well. I realized from an early age when teachers called on me to write out loud in class that I was good at it, which gave me some confidence. For a long time I read constantly, soaking up knowledge like a sponge, I enjoy being knowledgeable on subjects. I wrote a little in high school but it was really a lot later for me before writing became a passion in my life.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I'm not sure if it's still unique but I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons (and other role-playing gamea) for over 30 years. It's a great hobby and I'm lucky to still be able to play (in person) at least twice a month and sometimes as much as 6 times in a month.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?

When I was writing one story set in Alaska I looked up if there any Bisons left in that part of the world in the early 1950s. Another story I checked into how dangerous space heaters were and that also played an important role in the story. Finally I also had to look up how long ammo could sit around and still be effective, I'm not into hunting or guns at all in real life, so it was an odd thing for me to look up.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I maintain a blog and website, I also love to hear from a fan (or anyone really who wants to chat), feel free to e-mail me at

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

A review is so helpful to authors. It not only makes me feel great knowing someone enjoyed my book (and I handle negative reviews fine, so please be honest) it also gives future readers the confidence to buy it when it has a decent rating. I'm a big believer in word of mouth too, if you enjoy my book, please tell a friend/relative/co-worker anyone you think might be interested and lend it to them. Hopefully they'll do the same.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Thanks so much for having me, great questions, I had fun!


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline ‘children,’ Jude and Eleanor. He is a part-owner of a beauty wholesale business. He enjoys many hobbies and activities that include reading, gaming, poker, Pilates, Dungeons and Dragons, and of course, fantasizing about vampires. Charles is the author of three books in the Newfoundland Vampire series, but this is his first collection of short-stories. Look for the fourth Newfoundland Vampire book sometime in the near future.

To find out more about Charles or his other books, go to Twitter and Facebook or visit his web site at



Charles O'Keefe will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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CREATING PLACES by @RandyEllefson + World Builder's Package #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #Nonfiction

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for CREATING PLACES by Randy Ellefson, a non-fiction available now from Evermore Press, LLC.

Randy Ellefson will be awarding an ultimate world builder's package to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more they comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.

Creating Places
by Randy Ellefson


GENRE:   Non-fiction



Creating a unique, immersive setting one place at a time.

CREATING PLACES (THE ART OF WORLD BUILDING, #2) is a detailed how-to guide on inventing the heart of every imaginary world - places. It includes chapters on inventing planets, moons, continents, mountains, forests, deserts, bodies of water, sovereign powers, settlements, and interesting locales. Extensive, culled research on each is provided to inform your world building decisions and understand the impact on craft, story, and audience. You’ll also learn how and when to create history and maps. Experts and beginners alike will benefit from the free templates that make building worlds easier, quicker, and more fun.

Learn the difference between types of monarchies, democracies, dictatorships and more for realistic variety and believable conflict. Understand how latitude, prevailing winds, and mountains affect climate, rainfall, and what types of forests and deserts will exist in each location. Consistently calculate how long it takes to travel by horse, wagon, sailing vessels, or even dragon over different terrain types and conditions.

CREATING PLACES is the second volume in THE ART OF WORLD BUILDING, the only multi-volume series of its kind. Three times the length, depth, and breadth of other guides, the series can help fantasy and science fiction creators determine how much to build and why, how to use world building in your work, and whether the effort to create places will reap rewards for you and your audience.



All flying animals that are depicted as being ridable are imaginary. The likelihood is that none of them would get off the ground with a rider, but there’s no fun in that. We must take being realistic with a bigger grain of salt than normal. This can suggest doing whatever we want, and we certainly can, but there are often useful details and considerations that arise from trying to being realistic anyway. And these serve to make our work more believable.

While flying can generally be assumed to be done in a straight line, factors change this. Mountains can be tall enough that they must be circumnavigated. Real birds struggle to get over the Himalayas, for example, because the air is thinner. Larger creatures like a dragon would suffer even more from this. Dragons are often depicted as all powerful, but this is one way to make them less formidable and realistic at once. The difficulty of climbing over tall mountains is one reason, along with rain shadows, for characterizing any land features we’ve created; in this case, we’ll decide which mountains ranges are this tall (hint from chapter 4: the tallest peaks are in the interior of a continent, not on its coast).

Hostile territories can also change flight patterns, whether that hostility is other animals or sentient beings like humans. Even dragons are preyed upon by other dragons. A lone dragon might fear to fly through an area full of other dragons, especially if the latter are territorial or of another kind hostile to its own kind. If the dragon is unafraid, his rider might be more cautious.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Randy Ellefson has written fantasy fiction since his teens and is an avid world builder, having spent three decades creating Llurien, which has its own website. He has a Bachelor’s of Music in classical guitar but has always been more of a rocker, having released several albums and earned endorsements from music companies. He’s a professional software developer and runs a consulting firm in the Washington D.C. suburbs. He loves spending time with his son and daughter when not writing, making music, or playing golf.
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