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I am one of the feeble who have to hit rock bottom before they can put things in perspective

D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer,  Midwest Book Review.  http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/jun_14.htm#donovan

Michael Enzo was a fraud. He was also a philanthropist. He was also a gigolo. And a devout Catholic. He profited from people’s insecurities and when that wasn’t enough he began systematically psychologically destroying those closest to him – including author Benjamin W. DeHaven. So why would DeHaven then salvage his former friend’s journal from his New Orleans estate after Hurricane Katrina and publish it; especially since he was involved in Enzo’s self-help industry deceptions? Simple: the act of publishing a journal exposing the roots of deception is an act of contrition and an effort to undo the harm that they caused . And who will be the likely reader of Confessions of a Self-Help Writer? That would be the reader already interested in the self-help field (possibly even those already familiar with Enzo’s works) who want a deeper understanding of the entire operation, from Enzo’s personality and motivations to the author’s own rationale for participating in Enzo’s schemes. Now, forgiveness is a powerful motivator – and so is guilt. Without either in place, Confessions of a Self-Help Writer likely wouldn’t have seen the light of day. And another powerful force at work here is egotism: specifically, Michael Enzo’s drive to control and change his world and the worlds of others. Without THAT piece in place, he wouldn’t have formed the schemes he did, nor candidly wrote about them in this journal.

Consider the power of the voice that explains his perspective: “”I am one of the feeble who have to hit rock bottom before they can put things in perspective.  Besides, once you hit rock bottom, you can start publishing self-help books in your own name, as long as you’re famous. Mine will be a great testimonial to the will of men. When you’ve physically and mentally demolished the physical representation of your soul, suddenly you become an incredible healer, according to my books.” Add to this dose of autobiography a series of revelations that systematically show how darkness enters a common man’s soul and how it twists motivation to ultimately foster deceptive practices and you have a satisfying blend of autobiography, journal entries, and insights into not just one man’s obsession, but the psychological trappings of the self-help industry as a whole. Eye-opening (even eye-popping, at points) and involving, Confessions of a Self-Help Writer reads like a thriller but is true life confession at its best. D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR (Midwest Book Review)

Donovan’s Bookshelf (http://donovansbookshelf.weebly.com/ ) later in the month.

Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo) Benjamin W. DeHaven Lagniappe Publishing 9780989912686   $22.95 9780988912693    $14.95  www.bdehaven.com

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What Is the Meaning of Life?” and is there really a God upstairs guiding your decisions!-A Must Read

A must read that also asks you- “What Is the Meaning of Life?” and is there really a God upstairs guiding your decisions!

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Here is a novel that is crazy, intriguing and tells of Ghost Writing and bankrupting a New Orleans Newspaper! Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: The Journal of Michael Enzo, Hardcover by Benjamin DeHaven. A ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, a writer, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo. He defrauded an industry for almost 20 years by exploiting people’s insecurities and profiting from them.

After failing to make an impact on society he began to destroy those closest to him, including Benjamin DeHaven, the author of this book. Here’s one book you must read that also asks you- “What Is the Meaning of Life?” and is there really a God upstairs guiding your decisions! ________

If you ever wanted a sneak- look into the madness that festers in Big Easy, pick up this book for a feast of irregularities!

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How could a man armed with knowledge on the things people need to hear toss it all aside instead of truly making something of himself?

How could a man armed with knowledge on the things people need to hear toss it all aside instead of truly making something of himself?

*From “When the Levee Breaks” by Benjamin DeHaven We have a great blog stop this morning, but I also received a copy of a review from the publisher. While the rating was not high-(3 out of 5 stars-or 60% or *F-on this tough scale-Phew) I really liked what the reviewer had to say and wanted to include it. Along with another link to buy the book-or possibly win it on the GIVEAWAY on Writer Wonderland with @morgankwyatt and Hosted by: @GoddessFish

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AND FOR THE REVIEW:

Kim Brooks (Reviewer) has just completed feedback for Confessions of a Self-Help Writer.

@KA_Brooks–I’m not sure if this is the correct Kim, if not I apologize.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Full Text: To be honest, I was torn between liking this book and thinking it was okay. There were a number of great passages throughout the book, whether they’re found in the writings of DeHaven or Enzo. What could’ve been a brilliant career in ghostwriting turned into a wave of destruction that took down everyone and everything close to Enzo.

After one of Enzo’s women gave him a journal, DeHaven sought to make sense of the portion of his life in which he’d been under Enzo’s spell. We, the readers, are then led through the twisted journey of Enzo’s descent, augmented by DeHaven’s own experiences. Some of the passages or anetdotes that come from either author entertained me or made me wonder how someone with such a grip on the things people need to hear could toss it all aside instead of truly making something of himself. Even though DeHaven made it clear that he was using Enzo’s journals, passages from Enzo’s books and other relevant experiences, it was a little difficult to decipher exactly who was speaking when unless I paid close attention at the beginning of each chapter.

Despite the disjointed feeling I had while reading this, there was a clear story of a person’s life dissolving before his eyes. The more Enzo attempted to use his talents and strengths to make himself appear greater than he was, the further away from that very goal he moved. It was obvious the man had talent, but his own demons and little understanding of himself drove whatever good he might have accomplished away.

Definitely wasn’t a bad book, but simply took some time to read without confusion. Entertaining and unapologetic, Enzo was quite the character and one whom would have things his way or no way at all. Not sure to which genre of reader I’d recommend this book. It’s one of those books you simply have to read yourself in order to form your own opinion. You’ll either like it or hate it.

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Don’t be scared to write trash, trash might be your voice!

Don’t be scared to write trash, trash might be your voice!

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* I’m offering some writing tips and sharing information about my book Confessions of a Self-Help Writer.
* Writing tips:
* Hire a great editor. Commit to write on a schedule like you are going to a job. Because you are. Find a book you hate and read genres you never would consider-never stop learning everything you can. Don’t ask, why is Danielle Steele selling a million books, she’s a terrible writer. Is She? Is Tucker Max a writer? They have sold a ton of books. Write and read what blows your hair back, but don’t be scared to write trash either. Tucker Max and Danielle sell a ton of books, because passion comes through a writer’s hand. Sure the writing is terrible, but it grabs people. It’s not all heaving bosoms and creamy thighs-(Howard Fast’s wife gave me that line). Something in those books keeps readers coming back. Something in there spoke to someone’s soul and if you are honest with yours it will come through. Find your own voice because you would be surprised how many people think exactly like you and wish they had the strength to tell a story. Don’t read books on writing—they are just another way for you to avoid work. That’s not entirely true, I think Stephen King’s book is amazing-just don’t over do it. The best tip I can give you is what my grandfather used to say to me, regardless of my new crazy passion was. He’d ask, “What’s stopping you?”

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Author was Blacked Out During Interview

The Rude Awakening Show-CJ DowneyTuesday, July 29th WOCM-FM 98.1

Author Ben DeHaven Spoke all week about how excited he was to be on this show! But after I listened to it I asked, “What in the hell were you talking about.?” When I played this for him-not only did he have no recollection, but he also received a call from his attorney who was not pleased.

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Balancing Life and Writing

Author Joan C. Curtis @JoanCurtis Hosts Ben DeHaven and Confessions of a Self-Help Writer today,to give away some Amazon Gift Cards and She even let me post a blurb about Balancing Life and Writing!

http://joancurtis.com/confessions-of-a-self-help-writer/

Sample Guest Post:

Writing is life in many cases for me. Without the escape of a good story, balance in everyday life would be almost impossible, or there would be a very rich psychiatrist from listening to what bursts from my head. Sometimes it seems difficult to find time, or get in the mood to write. Sometimes I will go weeks without writing something, and then disappear for a month, only to return in a better mood. So I might venture to say I am terrible at balancing the two-I am an all or nothing kind of person. When I was engaged I did most of my writing in the middle of the night or early mornings but now that I am single and time seems limitless, I am completely out of balance.

Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo)

by Benjamin W. DeHaven

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Exposing the roots of deception is an act of contrition and an effort to seek forgiveness.

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Exposing the roots of deception is an act of contrition and an effort to seek forgiveness.

Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviewhttp://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/jun_14.htm#donovan

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Michael Enzo was a fraud. He was also a philanthropist. He was also a gigolo. And a devout Catholic. He profited from people’s insecurities and when that wasn’t enough he began systematically psychologically destroying those closest to him – including author Benjamin W. DeHaven.

So why would DeHaven then salvage his former friend’s journal from his New Orleans estate after Hurricane Katrina and publish it; especially since he was involved in Enzo’s self-help industry deceptions?

Simple: the act of publishing a journal exposing the roots of deception is an act of contrition and an effort to undo the harm that they caused .

And who will be the likely reader of Confessions of a Self-Help Writer? That would be the reader already interested in the self-help field (possibly even those already familiar with Enzo’s works) who want a deeper understanding of the entire operation, from Enzo’s personality and motivations to the author’s own rationale for participating in Enzo’s schemes.

Now, forgiveness is a powerful motivator – and so is guilt. Without either in place, Confessions of a Self-Help Writer likely wouldn’t have seen the light of day. And another powerful force at work here is egotism: specifically, Michael Enzo’s drive to control and change his world and the worlds of others. Without THAT piece in place, he wouldn’t have formed the schemes he did, nor candidly wrote about them in this journal. Consider the power of the voice that explains his perspective: ““I am one of the feeble who have to hit rock bottom before they can put things in perspective.  Besides, once you hit rock bottom, you can start publishing self-help books in your own name, as long as you’re famous. Mine will be a great testimonial to the will of men. When you’ve physically and mentally demolished the physical representation of your soul, suddenly you become an incredible healer, according to my books.”

Add to this dose of autobiography a series of revelations that systematically show how darkness enters a common man’s soul and how it twists motivation to ultimately foster deceptive practices and you have a satisfying blend of autobiography, journal entries, and insights into not just one man’s obsession, but the psychological trappings of the self-help industry as a whole.

Eye-opening (even eye-popping, at points) and involving, Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo) reads like a thriller but is true life confession at its best.

Benjamin W. DeHaven

Lagniappe Publishing

9780989912686   $22.95

Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR (Midwest Book Review)

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In a jacket that was too small for him and a set of burgundy penny loafers, Enzo finally walked through the door of the Nola Shopper. He was followed by the smell of cheap bourbon and menthol cigarettes.

He had a garbage bag with him, which he tossed onto my desk. In it was cash, which he began to distribute as if he were dropping off discarded children’s clothes at the Good- will. He then told me I was the new owner of the Nola Shopper—he had signed the business over to me that morning. I thought the statement very matter-of-fact in its presenta- tion, but he convinced me once again to start the cycle of cleaning up his relationships, his lies, and his financial matters before disappearing into the abyss of society. I once again pushed back a normal person’s questions of why he would simply give me a business or ever mislead me.Before I could settle him down, Enzo passed out and rolled off his chair onto the concrete floor, and I dragged him to the Ochsner Hospital, where they knew him on sight.

From: Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo) by: Benjamin DeHaven

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Having no grip on “normalcy”, but somehow helping others

Authors Reading-Review-Having no grip on “normalcy”, but somehow helping others

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Confessions of a Self Help Writer by Benjamin DeHaven is a work of fiction–based on non fiction. DeHaven and Enzo have a very long history and relationship. Michael Enzo is a ghost writer for self help books. He has written many and at times has written books for those who don’t even know he has written them. Enzo lives quite the life–drugs, alcohol, prostitution-to name a few. He really only surfaces on the book writing scene when he is broke and needs something to finance his lifestyle. Enzo’s journal is found in the aftermath of Katrina, and from this DeHaven writes his book. One has to wonder if all in the journal is true or another of Enzo’s writing “stunts”–no matter what the case it is interesting reading. The eye opener is the revelation that self help books, purchased by thousands and held in reverence could be written by a character like Enzo. The stark contrast between Enzo’s life and what he writes for others is mind boggling. A man that has absolutely no grip on “normalcy”, but can write to guide and help others is truly a testament to his brilliance. No doubt when you read Confessions of a Self Help Writer you will wonder how DeHaven and Enzo stayed so entangled for so many years. Love hate relationship? No matter the reason this is a very good read. You must remember there will be offensive language, lifestyles and relationships. The next time you pick up a self help book—-remember Enzo.

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