Why They Are Winning, and You Are Not: The Steps to Finding Success in Life


Have you ever asked yourself, “Why am I not where I want to be in life?” Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why am I not winning?”

Success looks different for everyone but means the same thing to all of us. We all strive to achieve, and to reach our maximum potential in life. Whether it is success in your personal business, relationships or job success, most people aspire to reach their goals.

Success is illusive for many but not for those who understand the key characteristics one must possess to achieve it. When we take a long hard look in the mirror at ourselves, we realize that often, we are the primary reason for the outcome of our life.

Why They’re Winning and You're Not, is a book that aims to break down the key elements of success and give you insights as to how to apply them to your own life to achieve the success you desire.

The book details various success stories and gives a glimpse into the author’s personal struggles with success. Each chapter details a key element that all successful people possess, and outlines how to apply them to your life.

This book will help to inspire and motivate you to act by taking control of your life and not allowing life to take control of you!


The Polaris: A Guide To Influence People and Nurture Relationships


My goal behind writing this book is to guide the readers on effective communication and developing good relationships in the same way, that the star Polaris guides people to reach Jesus Christ when he was born. A star in the northern circumpolar is referred to by many scholars and astronomers as Polaris, hence also known as the North/Pole Star. It has a magnitude that fluctuates around 1.98, is the brightest star in its constellation, and is readily visible to the naked eye at night. Polaris is so close to the northern celestial pole, that it traces a small rotation around the earth in 24 hours. Hence it seems like it remains almost in the same place in the sky, unlike the other stars that change places as the Earth rotates on its axis. Because of this unique characteristic of Polaris, it became an important point of reference for navigation by sailors and travelers. For centuries, they used to determine their position and direction on the basis of Polaris.


The Diner: A Novel


Jenny entered her forties discouraged that she had failed to reach her number one goal: to leave her hometown. Setbacks and circumstances thrust her into the driver's seat of her own adventure. Through her journey of discovery, she and her co-workers and family find healing and enlightenment as they face their challenges.

Watch as new discoveries open new doors, as well as, further challenges. Feel with her as she struggles with her own demons and darkness and discovers who she really is. Cry with her as she witnesses the pain caused by her adversary and some local town folk. And, finally, celebrate with her as she emerges the hero of her story and the journey of others!

Karl Forehand uses this fictional journey to illuminate the struggles of life and our ability to triumph over trauma from our past. We can be the hero of our own journey.

Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat, the adventure is about to begin!

Queen: Passionate Poetry about Heartbreak and Empowerment


In the depths of shattered dreams, where the fragments of a broken heart lie, a poetic symphony emerges. It is the ascension call for a “QUEEN."

“Queen: Passionate Poetry About Heartbreak and Empowerment” weaves the threads of vulnerability and resilience into a tapestry of profound beauty. With each verse, this poetry book for women breathes life into wounds, giving courage to defeat pain, rise with strength, and embrace the regal power within. Step into the era of change and claim your crown. Long live the Queen!

Poet and writer Connie Sportiello has written the heartfelt poem "QUEEN" with the noble goal of uplifting women from every age, culture, and walk of life and reminding them of their inherent magnificence.

While some have already found their inner queen, others are on their path and this inspired book is here to constantly remind them!

A Mission to Mend Fragmented Hearts

This motivational book is a lighthouse amidst the turbulent sea of heartbreak, guiding souls towards a shore of healing and self-discovery. Through evocative verses and poignant imagery, the ongoing poem “QUEEN” reminds readers of their worth, encourages them to set higher standards, and equips them with the tools to prioritize self-love. With every turn of the page, the mission unfurls—to instill unwavering confidence and nurture a resilient spirit.

May this poetic sanctuary become a compass, guiding readers towards a life imbued with love, power, and unyielding self-belief.

“QUEEN” goes beyond ordinary language - Its well-crafted lines capture unadulterated feelings, and the rhythmic cadence celebrates the melodic art of healing. With graceful metaphors and heartfelt sentiments, this poetry books for teens and adults delicately delves into the complexities of human existence, imprinting on the reader's innermost being.

A Tribute to the Universal Pain of Heartbreak

With a 6x9-inch size, it is a small and portable inspirational book about mental health, here to be your constant companion. Be it home, work, or travel it fits snugly in a purse and sits proudly on a nightstand, serving as a tangible reminder that you are royalty, deserving of love and respect.

Through its positive affirmations, this healing book fuels every woman’s fire to rule over adversity with poise and confidence. Its profound message offers support in navigating the trauma of toxic relationships and difficult breakups.

A Thoughtful Present for the Mighty Women

Whether you are seeking a present for a resilient boss lady, or a headstrong teen girl, a gift for sister, best friend, girlfriend, or mother, this poem book is a fitting choice. By gifting this empowering composition, honor and uplift the powerful women who make a difference in the world!

Celebrate the awe-inspiring feminine force – Order your copy of a Passionate Poetry About Heartbreak and Empowerment today!


The Moron at the End of This Book (Author Interview)



The Moron at the End of This Book looks great.  What can you tell us about it?

Thank you, how sweet of you to say. Well, it’s a collection of short stories that, when looked at as a single piece, read more like a sardonic post-it note to self than, say, a typical narcissism-adjacent autobiography. The stories can all stand alone, so reading sequentially isn’t necessary, but there is an overall story arc. The narrative follows me from the Deep South through a bewildering and mistake-prone childhood into a young adulthood differing only in that it took place elsewhere, and my mistakes featured sex, drugs, and coconut cake. In other words, it’s a fun ride that I hope will make people laugh and forgive themselves for their own moronic behavior.

Any plans to turn it into a series?

I haven’t thought about a series, exactly. For sure, I’ve got more stories to tell. Currently, on my desktop, there’s a fiction project in draft form in need of some attention, and another book about what I call “Compassionate Nihilism” that I could focus on, but I’m a creature of impulse, so there is a decent chance I’ll write something else entirely. If this book is any indicator of what might happen next, I’m just as likely to move to Vermont to do something unwholesome with antiques.

That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us about it?

Thanks, I had help from a robot. First, I paid an artist to design an unnecessarily complicated cover. He did his best, but ultimately, even if you only put in a tiny bit, a turd in a sandwich makes any kind of sandwich a turd sandwich. So, I turned to the machine – AI. I started funneling ideas, concepts, and excerpts from my book into the image generator, “MidJourney”. The image I found most compelling came from the phrase, “Infinite toast.” After many alterations and tweaks to the prompt, the strange mechanical beast I met on the internet gave me the image you see now.

The cover is ultimately a nod and a genuflection to a number of concepts and one influence in particular. Conceptually, it represents the beauty of existence, burned by the inevitability of catastrophe – A blending of the simple and well-defined with the infinitely complex and misunderstood. It is also a nod to a fictional character I once drew while on jury duty, called “The Burnt Toast Mother F’er”, and a reference to the first story in the book, “Toast for Sisyphus.” As for the influence to whom I am bowing, Douglas Adams is probably the reason why I like to laugh while reading - my wife reminded me of that, so I designed the cover to reflect my love for his work. 

What scene or section did you have the most fun writing?

I found myself completely finished writing the first draft of “Captain Flip-Flop Will Have the Hepatitis Alphabet Soup, Please” in a single sitting. I was flood-lit by memory – the danger, the excitement, the footwear, the fried pickles, all of it – and the story poured out like my keyboard, and I were hanging out and having a drink.   

What inspired the idea for the book, and where did you come up with the title?

Two things, really. One, the title has been with me for some time. I always loved “The Monster at the End of This Book”, by Jon Stone. I loved the way that Grover, the most neurotic guy on Sesame Street, was a total mess throughout the book. I identified with that early on.

The second reason the book exists, and probably the main reason why I ever sat down and started writing it, was a single, sensitive, and thoughtful prompt from my mentor, Susannah Rigg. She put me on a path of self-exploration, searching for a writer in my senses. I didn’t find one there, but I did learn that I’ve always related to existence by telling myself stories about it. From my imaginary friends to the fake radio show I host today (or podcast, if you prefer), I realized there is a story worth considering in almost everything that happens.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I play music, hang out with my dog, travel, hike with my wife, and cook. I also work…a whole bunch. My job is different every day. Some days I do voiceover work, others I fix things that need fixing. Most people would say I’m a handyman, but I say I’m an “Ableman”, because it sounds less like I’m doing sex work. To be clear, I’m not opposed to doing sex work, it’s that just nobody has asked, and I don’t want to misrepresent what I do for a living.  Oh, and I co-host a podcast show called, “The Raised by Whoops Fake Radio Show”. That’s something I do just for kicks.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

You can read or hear more stories at Raised By Whoops -  www.rbwpod.com – or buy the book and see photos @ www.MoronBook.com





Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake is the sweeping story of one American family, facing ordinary challenges amidst extraordinary events, while continually being drawn back to a single location, Crystal Lake. From the shores of Normandy during one of history’s most consequential events, to the villages of equatorial Africa rattled by political and ethnic upheaval. From the drug-infested streets of Honduras, to the peace and tranquility of Big Sky Country in America’s Midwest. And from the ultra-modern skyline of Dubai in the Middle East to the farmlands of western Ireland at the beginning of the twentieth century. Crystal Lake follows the journey of a father and son as they search for purpose and meaning across the globe.

Prosperity for All (Author Interview)


Prosperity for All looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

This project came about after many conversations with friends, family and strangers about the most profound lessons they have learned in their own lives and of course I added some of my experiences as well. With that said we wanted to set the stage for the community to learn from each other through failures and mistakes. My grandfather would always say “A smart man learns from his mistake; a wise man learns from other” I have always found so much truth in his words.

Any plans to turn it into a series?

I think down the line it could be many parts to this project because there are so many more people and experiences that we can learn from.

What section did you have the most fun writing?

While the majority of the writing was done by me. the most fun part of getting this done was the collection of individuals I was able to talk to and learn from. I learned about family and friends I have known forever and that was truly insightful.

What inspired the idea for the book?

In the spirit of independence, I always wanted to build a brand or have a product I could sell to an audience and this project was the first step in starting our brand “Prosperity”

How did you come up with the title for the book?

It has the name of our company which is Prosperity and there is a play on the old American adage “Liberty and Justice for All” and at the core that is my hope to help deliver to the masses of this great country.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Prosperity for All?

I wanted a project that could teach those who decided to read and the toughest part in that is choosing whose voice would be in the project along with mine. There were so man great stories and experiences I heard but I wanted to keep it as much of a reasonable read as possible.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Our company has a podcast and we do work in the community hosting sports leagues for the youth so I do my best to stay busy and continue to push our culture forward to a fair and equitable. I would say I am truly a workaholic and I truly have a passion for making the world a better place.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

They can follow us me on all social media platforms check out our podcast on Instagram and YouTube would be the best way. Links below.







Introducing ‘Tenere: A Special Tree in the Sahara Desert’ – a captivating story inspired from a true story. Tenere is a unique tree that stands alone in the heart of the Sahara. Tenere wonders who planted her in the middle of the desert, and how she ended up here, surrounded by nothing but sand.

The story of Tenere is a unique and inspiring one that teaches children about resilience, belongingness, difference, diversity, and sustainability in a relatable and engaging way.


Yes, Veronica, you are a girl! (Author Interview)



Can you tell us a little about Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!

"Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!" is a heartwarming children's book that follows the journey of Veronica, a young girl who questions her gender identity. Faced with confusion about her true self and societal expectations, Veronica embarks on a mission to unravel the essence of being a girl. Through her exploration, she learns that embracing her individuality and pursuing her passions are the key to understanding her identity. She learns that her gender is not defined by her interests.  With its captivating illustrations, this book encourages children to embrace authenticity, and their natural gender empowering them to forge their unique path in life.

What motivated you to write the book?

The motivation behind writing "Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!" stemmed from the recognition of the challenges and confusion children face regarding gender identity in today's society. Witnessing these struggles, I was inspired to create a book that would offer guidance and support to young readers. My aim was to inspire children to embrace their gender and love themselves, regardless of societal expectations. By fostering self-confidence and encouraging children to be true to who they are, I believe we can empower them to navigate their journey of self-discovery with courage and authenticity.

What age group did you write the book for?

While "Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!" is primarily written for children aged 5-10, I believe it can also be a valuable resource for parents to read to younger children with appropriate parental guidance. By engaging in open and age-appropriate discussions, parents can help younger children navigate topics of gender identity and self-acceptance in a supportive manner. The book's heartwarming story and beautiful illustrations provide an opportunity for parents and children to explore these important themes together, fostering understanding, empathy, and self-confidence.

Can you tell us a little about Veronica?

Veronica, the main character of "Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl!" is a young girl who embarks on a journey of self-discovery. She grapples with confusion about her identity and questions whether she truly identifies as a girl. Veronica's curiosity leads her to explore activities that are traditionally considered "boyish," which further deepens her uncertainty. Throughout the book, Veronica's determination and courage shine as she seeks to understand the true meaning of being a girl. Along the way, she learns that embracing her authentic self and pursuing her passions are the key to finding happiness and fulfillment. Veronica's character serves as an inspiration for young readers, encouraging them to embrace their unique identities and follow their hearts.

How did you come up with the title for the book?

The title "Yes, Veronica You Are A Girl" was born out of the central theme of the book: embracing one's true identity. I wanted a title that captured the essence of self-discovery and validation. Veronica's journey reflects the broader experience many children face when questioning their gender identity, and the title encapsulates the affirmation and self-acceptance that is at the heart of the story.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl?

When writing "Yes, Veronica, You Are a Girl," I encountered a few challenges that stood out. One of the main difficulties was addressing the sensitive topic of gender identity in a way that was accessible and appropriate for young readers. It was important to strike a balance between conveying the message of self-acceptance and avoiding overwhelming or confusing children. Another challenge was ensuring that the story resonated with a diverse audience, representing various experiences and backgrounds while still maintaining a relatable and engaging narrative. Through careful consideration and thoughtful revisions, I aimed to create a book that could spark meaningful conversations and promote understanding and acceptance among readers of all ages.

What do you like to do when not writing?

In addition to my work as a children's author, I also lend my voice to adults through my online magazine, Rude Redhead. Here, I explore various topics and share insightful articles, allowing me to connect with a broader audience and delve into diverse perspectives. With a multifaceted approach to storytelling, I strive to ensure that readers of all ages can find connection and meaning in my words.

When I'm not engrossed in the world of writing, I find solace and inspiration in nature. It serves as a wellspring of creativity, providing the perfect backdrop for my next literary inspiration.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers can find out more about my work through various platforms. I have an author page on Amazon where you can explore my published books and stay updated on any new releases. Additionally, you can visit my website at ruderedhead.com, where you'll find a dedicated page featuring my work, including articles from my online magazine, Rude Redhead. On this website, you can delve deeper into my writing journey, learn about upcoming projects, and connect with me directly. Feel free to explore these platforms and immerse yourself in the world of my books and articles.



Attempts (Author Interview)


Attempts looks like a great book.  What can you tell us about it?

From one perspective, Attempts is about a young man’s challenges and journey, about persistence and finding one’s path. From a broader perspective, it is about the difficulties we face, humanity in general that is, in finding solutions when faced with larger conflicts, with wars. The story is set in a fictitious but contemporary world where these issues present.

Any plans to turn it into a series?

Not at this point. With each story I write, I tend to delve into different facets of our lives, and different challenges, so I tend to work with new characters and settings.

That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us about it?

Thank you. The designers and I wanted to express, first, the ideas of a journey and companionship; we also wanted to express the idea that at times it may feel you’re in it on your own, in a lonely and lifeless place, I think those are some of the impressions deserts and very dry places leave us with; on the other hand, such places also leave us with a sense of mysticism, and that is part of the story – mysticism and magical realism. Near the top of the cover, we wanted to express other aspects of the story. On the left is the idea of a violent conflict, a war; while on the right is one of light and hope.

What scene or section did you have the most fun writing?

Tough question, because many different parts were fun to write. That’s one great thing about writing, especially fiction. It’s a blank canvas, one that allows you to bring to reality and to explore whatever you can imagine or wish. Taking it a step further, and to try to answer the question, a part of the story deals with the supernatural and metaphysical. Those scenes were definitely loads of fun exactly because they pushed me to test my imagination; to think about and picture what might be if we were to access what we cannot see with our eyes.

What inspired the idea for the book?

In part my work as an attorney. I’ve been working on civil rights issues for a few years, and before that it was criminal defense. On most days, it was too painful watching, for one injustice, but also unreasonable and unproductive approaches in our judicial system. It’s as if we want to punish those struggling with poverty. It doesn’t make sense. And, to add to this, we often run into conflicts, on an individual level and on a much larger scale, where we don’t even try to find solutions. We don’t make sincere attempts. Instead, it’s as if we actively choose to jump the gun and seek punishment and conflict. So with this story, I wanted to express that punishment more often than otherwise is counterproductive. I also wanted to explore the idea behind finding solutions, behind sincere attempts at negotiating and seeking solutions rather than persisting with conflict.

How did you come up with the title for the book?

The story starts out with an attempted robbery. So the original title was Attempted Robbery. A few friends, however, commented that that title limited the book. I put a little more thought into it and worked with a good friend on the various ideas in the story. The ideas of making effort and persistence came up near the top. So Attempts… that is, working and making attempts toward redemption, toward doing good, toward finding solutions.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Attempts?

Yep. A few things, to be honest. But one in particular was trying to express a fear in one of the main characters. For example, what fear would drive a person to leave his, or her, country? What fear so strong would push them to a foreign land? Working on that part, trying to express it, and be convincing enough so that a reader can connect with this character and understand the character’s reasoning, I found that tough.

What do you like to do when not writing?

Definitely read. There are some great books out there. One Hundred Years of Solitude is incredible. Also Salinger’s work. I hike often, and also like to volunteer as a sports coach for kids.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

For now, Amazon, Apple, and Kobo, and I am working to get my work into bookstores. A few bookstores in my area and Los Angeles are carrying Attempts.


Genesis Awakens: An Action Adventure Fantasy with Historical Elements (Footnail)



“An action-packed fantasy that hooks you in from the first page and leaves you craving more.” Pikasho Deka, Readers Favorite

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She’s just found the most powerful relic in history – and she’ll need all the help she can get to protect it.

Reeling from the death of her grandfather, young and ordinary Gen returns home from University to mourn. But it’s very odd that her family doesn’t seem to be grieving, and that no one will tell her the truth behind his death. When an accidental brush against a nail in his workshop suddenly floods her with visions of an ancient time, Gen learns that she’s not so ordinary after all.
As it happens, the nail she touched was one of three that were used in the crucifixion 2,000 years ago. It has been anointed with a supernatural gift. And in turn, has unveiled Gen’s magical abilities. . .and her true destiny.
She’s not alone, but she’s in mortal danger.
Because a group of condemned souls have sinister plans to unite the nails. And their path of damnation leads right to Gen.

Will she be able to harness her true powers in time?
Or, is history about to be rewritten – with apocalyptic consequences?
It’s up to one woman to recover the lost nails of the crucifix and restore ultimate good in this action/adventure fantasy with historical roots.
This is the first installment in the FOOTNAIL series.

"FROM THE MOMENT I READ THE FIRST PAGE, I COULDN'T STOP UNTIL I REACHED THE LAST PAGE. I finished the book in one sitting. The authors did a good job with the narration of the book. It was also a short read which made me yern for more. I commend the writers for using different stylistic devices like humor and suspense to make the book interesting. These were among the things that I liked in the book." - June for OnlineBookClub
"The first book of the Footnail Series surely left a good impression, as it is WELL WRITTEN AND EASILY READ. The description of environments and situations make the reader travel side by side with the protagonists, making the reading experience even more vivid and consuming." - Angela for OnlineBookClub
2022 Hollywood BookFest Award Runner-Up: Spiritual/Religious
2022 Readers Favorite Finalist: Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi


Confessions of a (Maybe) Heel Striker: poems (Author Interview)


Confessions of a (Maybe) Heel Striker looks like a great poetry book.  What can you tell us about it?

Confessions of a (Maybe) Heel Striker is a merging of two passions of mine: running and poetry! This chapbook is comprised of eighteen poems on running. Topics include pacing, running in the rain, getting lost in space, and more!

Any plans to turn it into a series?

I’m working on assembling a complete collection of poems and hoping to have them published by the end of 2023. This will be considered a separate book from the chapbook.

I may consider releasing an expanded edition of Confessions of a (Maybe) Heel Striker in the event I write more poems on running in the future.

That’s an amazing cover.  Can you tell us about it?

Thanks! I get a lot of my running in during the early morning or at night and wanted the cover to convey that experience. I feel the cover ties in well with a poem in there titled Lost Among the Stars.

The silhouette of a shoe seemed appropriate for a chapbook on running.

What section or poem did you have the most fun writing?

It’s hard to choose just one. Each poem has its own unique experience as it unfolds while being written. A few of my personal favorites are Good to See Ya!, Bo, and The Steep Hill Down the Street from My House. Running into Bo (a black Lab) is one my favorite parts of my runs, and I’m hoping to see him later today.

What inspired the idea for the book?

I challenged myself to writing a poem every day during National Poetry Month in April 2023. After writing a few poems on running, I decided to run with that theme and committed to creating a chapbook.

How did you come up with the title for the book?

It’s a title to one of the poems, and I felt that title best summarized the book as a whole. It’s also more interesting than a title of another poem in there, I Don’t Want to Run Today, which just doesn’t sound as fun and mysterious.

Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Confessions of a (Maybe) Heel Striker?

I wrote a few of the poems in my mind while running, and the most challenging part was trying to remember them by the time I made it home.

What do you like to do when not writing?

I’m assuming by now you know I enjoy running (well… most of the time). I also enjoy reading, occasionally riding my old motorcycle (currently a 93 BMW K75), and spending time with family. My partner, Jessica, and I have three kids so there’s always new adventures on the horizon.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

You can learn more on my website at https://daviddemropoetry.com/ and on Instagram @david.demro



THE BEST RESEARCHERS IN THE WORLD Present the Right Strategies to Prevent a Climate Catastrophe!



Do you want to learn everything about climate change in just one book, as it has never been published in a single book before?

Not only do we discuss the causes of climate change, but also the solutions and how we can, in a few years, really stop climate change.

      Lower the temperature on Earth again!

      Prevent the poles from melting!

      Stop the rise of sea levels!

      Minimize or completely prevent damage caused by tornadoes!

      Reduce the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere again!

      Convert CO2 in the atmosphere back into oxygen without using trees!

      Build earthquake-proof houses with straightforward measures, meaning no house will be destroyed, and no one will become a victim!

      And how to eradicate water scarcity in all countries!


With this book's knowledge, we will easily stop climate change together.

Because the world's best researchers and inventors have joined forces and analyzed and written down all the problems and causes of climate change on Earth in this unique book.

But we don't just analyze the causes, but also what we can do about climate change so we can live in this world for several thousand years to come.

Let yourself be surprised. You will not regret it. Read this book and finally understand what really causes climate change and what we humans can do about it.

To know more about Author Volker Mothes and his book, visit: www.fidegogard.biz/Author-Volker-Mothes

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