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Trials and tribulations of independent writer

Following advice I switched all my digital sales to Amazon.com. I run a free promotion which was quite successful, but as soon as it was over I was back to square one. Does anyone have any other ideas as to how to increase book sales? My assistant is helping me with the social media so I am up to date with that. Most of my Twitter followers are fellow writers. I believe my book carries a lot of important messages to the world. Thank you in advance.

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Healing my Anxiety – now FREE on Amazon Kindle

Dear Readers,

As a thank you for your continued support I’d like to let you know about my free book promotion. From June 16 – 20th you may download the book on Amazon Kindle. Please download, re-tweet, re-blog and share the word with your network. I’m looking forward to a successful promotion and appreciate your efforts.

Download now and enjoy your read!

Tragedy at my building

The father of a teenage boy who died after taking a synthetic drug says he had never heard of the lethal substance until this tragedy.

Henry Kwan, 17, jumped off the balcony of his family’s Killara home on Wednesday night, while in a psychotic state induced by what he thought was LSD.

Today his father Stephen said the government needs to ban synthetic drugs.

“I am surprised they are still legal, it should not be the case,” Mr Kwan said.

“Until this happened to my son, I did not even know about synthetic drugs”.

It’s believed Henry purchased a tab of drugs from a school mate, who may have bought them over the Internet.

In a drug-induced psychosis on Wednesday night, Henry stripped naked then plunged from the top-floor balcony of his family’s north shore home in Sydney – because he “believed he could fly”.

A tragic story emerged of the final moments before the Year 12 Killara High student died just hours after ingesting a tab of what he thought was LSD – but was in fact a synthetic drug – which he bought from another teen, police said.

Last night, his devastated father Stephen Kwan said Henry had “confessed” to his mother that he had taken the drugs.

“He thought he could fly,” Mr Kwan said. “Whatever it did to him, he just kept saying he could fly. He was behaving very irrationally and strangely and my wife tried to stop him … she grabbed hold of him on the balcony but he was too strong.”

Just after 8pm, Henry fell from the third floor of the Killara Ave apartment block, in front of his helpless mother and younger sister. He died from massive head injuries.

Mr Kwan said it was the first time he had known Henry to touch drugs, with his son ordinarily very focused on school and study.

“I just don’t understand why he would take drugs, Henry would never do something like that, he wasn’t like that,” Mr Kwan said.

“He was such a smart boy, very good at school. He wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer, but mostly a doctor.”

RIP Beautiful Angel

On a surface little Keisha had a normal life. But only on a surface. Little girl was viciously beaten on a regular basis. One day she was knocked unconscious and passed away on the next day after not receiving any medical help. Her “carers” pretended she disappeared and disposed of her body. Everybody was looking for Keisha: police, neighbours and volunteers. Eventually police received a tip off and “carers” were arrested. Keisha’s step-father was sentenced for 16 years for not taking unconscious Keisha to the doctors and letting her die. A second person is awaiting trial for murder.

Someone must have known that Keisha was abused. Post-mortem revealed multiply unhealed fractures.

Angels are taking care of Keisha now and she is free of pain. Do not let abusers get away with abusing innocent little girls and boys. See something! Say something!

RIP KEISHA, WE COUDN’T SAVE YOU. PLEASE FORGIVE US AND ACCEPT OUR LOVE.

Words for Susan Jeffers

Years ago I read “Feel the fear and do it anyway” by Susan Jeffers. This is a ground-breaking book by well known American author. In my book “Healing my anxiety” I describe how this book and Susan’s relaxation tracks helped me when my anxiety was at it’s worst. I am a subscriber to Susan’s newsletter. A short while ago I was shocked to learn that Susan passed away from rare form of cancer. On YouTube I watched an interview with her recorded in July 2012  – no one would have guessed she was ill. I guess she was a private person and didn’t want to publicize it. RIP Susan, you are missed greatly!!

Thoughts on Boston

It has been a very emotional week. On Saturday morning I got up to have breakfast and my daughter was watching the news. They were translating live updates about hunt for Boston bomber. I saw his name on a screen and was very surprised as I could tell from his family name that he is from Caucasus.

At first I felt sorry for him, a 19yr old hiding underneath a boat from police bullets. But once I read more about him and his brother I realised that despite of their ages these two young people are evil.