Only one week into launch and Stand by Me RP has already sold over 100 copies, made back its production costs in royalties and launched on Kindle. This has been a great title to work on for Kissed Off Creations Ltd.
The book was created to raise awareness of RP, as well as helping those who have been diagnosed with the condition.
As a first time author the publication of my first book was something I was very nervous and excited for. Natalie and all at Kissed Off Creations put me at ease straight away guiding me through every step of the process whilst showing a real care and understanding for the content of my work. From editing developing the structure and content of my book to designing the cover, Natalie made each step stress free and exciting as we moved closer to the release date. My Book entitled Stand by me RP has been out for only a week and has already been noted as the number one European poetry release by American Amazon and with the support of Kissed Off Creations it looks certain to go from strength to strength. I plan with following it up with an audiobook and other versions with Natalie’s help in the near future.
Kissed off creations have made a dream come true and this is just the beginning of a long and successful relationship.
Ice Cold Chef AKA John Joyce has launched his first book!
You can now pre-order #CookerySOS by The Ice Cold Chef. Through the support and encouragement of his social media followers, John has finally put some of his great recipes into a book we all can learn from – along with some ‘donated’ recipes from his friends, chefs and more that have discovered him on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
The book will feature approximately 200 (it is still growing as I write this post!) recipes aimed at the new cook, with simple ingredients that focus on fresh food served on a family budget. This book will be wire bound for ease of use by all in the kitchen, which mirrors how this book came into existence…
John became known as the Ice Cold Chef because of how he learnt to cook – while holding a glass of Ice Cold Beer! Here is the story as told by his wife, Bev.
John is not, nor has he ever professed to be, a qualified chef. He is an ordinary man, who works and also happens to care for me, his wife.
Eight years ago, we were your “average” couple, with one daughter, Louise who were living life as we wanted, going along nicely. John was a brick layer, I worked for the DWP and our daughter had just moved into her first house. John had decided on a career change as he didn’t want to work away from home any longer. He applied for and secured a job with Blackpool Council. It was a big change adapting to the office world, but as with everything he does, John put in one hundred per cent and really took to it.
Unfortunately, at the same time, I began to have strange symptoms and feelings in my legs that resulted in me being referred to a neurologist and eventually being diagnosed with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
I enjoyed and had always done all the cooking at home. However my progression into MS was so fast that it soon became apparent that I could no longer continue to do this. We tried various processed foods, but within a couple of weeks knew that this wasn’t for us. John asked me to teach him to cook. I taught him the basics but as ever John took to it and decided to take things a lot further. He started to talk about cooking on social media and was soon receiving encouragement, ideas and recipes from chefs and other amateur cooks from all over the world. This support gave John the idea to put his and their recipes into a book, firstly to show anyone they can cook if they really want to and secondly to raise money for charity.
John has since taken Ice Cold Chef further than he could ever have originally imagined and won Adult Carer of the Year in 2014 and now teaches young carers to cook. He also cooks at events raising awareness of MS and has been invited to the Houses of Parliament to discuss his work.
#cookerysos started out as a dream of mine through the need to cook simply using fresh produce. This book is the fruit of our labours and I hope it will go on to be a great help to many people.
Ice Cold Chef
This book serves as encouragement to all those facing adversity, and teaches us all about how positivity can make even a bad situation something not always so sad.
This book is now available for pre-order from us. Profit from the sale of the book will go back into raising awareness and more for MS sufferers and carers.
In a lot of the Charity work we are currently doing, a repeating theme is “Let’s Talk!”. Issues vary from miscarriage to mental health, but often the first step to dealing with a situation is talking about it.
Future Kissed Off titles will cover subjects ranging from miscarriage to MS, and many will be raising funds for charity. Our first title focussing on mental health covers the mostly misunderstood condition of Bipolar. This condition can debilitate, however with the right approach you can lead a more stable life.
Our latest book to order, Behind Every Cloud, follows one 25 year olds experiences of living a positive life with Bipolar Type II. Its a great title; both for those newly diagnosed as well as those looking for alternative ways to live with the condition or those living with someone who has been diagnosed. This condition affects more people than you may think, and includes some well-known actors, singers and artists amongst its ranks.
The original Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy opened up about her life with bipolar in her book The Best Awful. Admitting that she lived in denial about her diagnosis for some time, it took a full psychotic break before she came to terms with having bipolar.
His Emmy award-winning documentary The Secret Life Of A Manic Depressive documented his experiences of living with bipolar.
Stephen has long been an advocate of breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. After his diagnosis drove him to attempt suicide, Stephen has worked tirelessly to speak out and give a clearer image of mental illness.
Jean Claude Van Damme
The Belgian born actor battled drug-addiction and a near suicide attempt before he was given a diagnosis of bipolar.
As Sarah Connor in the Terminator movies, Sarah became a household name, and after coming to terms with her diagnosis, she used this as a platform to raise awareness on mental health issues.
“Somebody needs to come out and make this okay for people to talk about and get help and take advantage of the resources”.
Vincent Van Gogh
One of the most talented artists was affected by bipolar throughout his career. His periods of increased productivity while painting where put down to manic episodes, while in between he was said to have suffered debilitating depressions.
Academy award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones hit the headlines when she was hospitalised after seeking treatment for Bipolar Type II.
McFly’s lead singer Tom Fletcher only recently opened up about his struggle with Bipolar on ITV2’s Fearne and McBusted. After he “realised that I was struggling more than other people around me were” he sought help and now says that medication and the support of those around him have helped change his whole outlook on life.
Robbie Williams has had a very public battle with drink and drug addiction, but this could be related to the fact that he also suffers from Bipolar Type II.
He was involved in a BBC documentary on bipolar disorder, in which he talked about his battles with depressive states.
About the Author
Samantha O’Flanagan is an office manager and runs the successful blog All The Buzz. Winner of Blogger of the Year 2014 in the Samsung Digital Media Awards & finalist in the UK Blog Awards, Samantha decided to use her platform to speak about a subject very close to her heart. Diagnosed with anxiety attacks, and subsequently Bipolar Type II, Samantha is passionate about breaking down the negative stigma surrounding mental illness. Samantha lives in Dublin, Ireland with her husband Keith and their dog Ozzy.
Supporting Reach Out
Profits from this book are being donated to Reach Out – an Irish charity that provides supports those dealing with tough times, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.
Independence Ring: Rock the Female Revolution reveals timeless teachings about the vast, innate power of women. What is the power of a woman like? Like a tsunami, risen.
The book explores a new and more accurate meaning of power and offers practical ways for women to become positively powerful. Celebrate? Why not! The Independence Ring ceremony celebrates freedom from limiting and imbalanced views of women and men. In order to reclaim the well-being of societies and the planet, there must be a female revolution.
Learn how the many aspects of our lives impact on our own image of power, and how to turn it round to a positive. Embrace your own innate power and rebalance the battle of the sexes in this great book that is sure to alter your perspective.