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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

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

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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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I can’t thank you enough for my freedoms!

Thanks to all the Veterans on this Day. I hope I can honor your service everyday, and thank you for my freedoms!

If you haven’t ever read this. Please click the link to “The Things they Carried” by Tim O’Brien.

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First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha,

a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not

love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in

plastic at the bottom of his rucksack. In the late afternoon, after a day’s

march, he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap

the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour

of light pretending. He would imagine romantic trips into the White

Mountains in New Hampshire. He would sometimes taste the envelope

flaps, knowing her tongue had been there. More than anything, he wanted

Martha to love him as he loved her, but the letters were mostly chatty, elusive

on the matter of love. She was a virgin, he was almost sure. She was an

English major at Mount Sebastian, and she wrote beautifully about her

professors and roommates and midterm exams, about her respect for

Chaucer and her great affection for Virginia Woolf. She often quoted lines

of poetry; she never mentioned the war, except to say, Jimmy, take care of

yourself. The letters weighed 10 ounces. They were signed Love, Martha,

but Lieutenant Cross understood that Love was only a way of signing and

did not mean what he sometimes pretended it meant. At dusk, he would

carefully return the letters to his rucksack. Slowly, a bit distracted, he

would get up and move among his men, checking the perimeter, then at

full dark he would return to his hole and watch the night and wonder if Martha was a virgin.

The things they carried were largely determined by necessity. Among

the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives,

heat tabs, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy,

cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits,

Military Payment Certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of

water. Together, these items weighed between 15 and 20 pounds, depending

upon a man’s habits or rate of metabolism. Henry Dobbins, who was a

big man, carried extra rations; he was especially fond of canned peaches in

heavy syrup over pound cake. Dave Jensen, who practiced field hygiene,

carried a toothbrush, dental floss, and several hotel-sized bars of soap he’d

stolen on R&R in Sydney, Australia. Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried

tranquilizers until he was shot in the head outside the village of Than

Khe in mid-April. By necessity, and because it was SOP, they all carried

steel helmets that weighed 5 pounds including the liner and camouflage

cover. They carried the standard fatigue jackets and trousers. Very few carried

underwear. On their feet they carried jungle boots—2. 1 pounds—

and Dave Jensen carried three pairs of socks and a can of Dr. Scholl’s foot

powder as a precaution against trench foot. Until he was shot, Ted Lavender

carried six or seven ounces of premium dope, which for him was a

necessity. Mitchell Sanders, the RTO, carried condoms. Norman Bowker

carried a diary. Rat Kiley carried comic books. Kiowa, a devout Baptist,

carried an illustrated New Testament that had been presented to him by

his father, who taught Sunday school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a

hedge against bad times, however, Kiowa also carried his grandmother’s

distrust of the white man, his grandfather’s old hunting hatchet. Necessity

dictated. Because the land was mined and booby-trapped, it was SOP for

each man to carry a steel-centered, nylon-covered flak jacket, which

weighed 6.7 pounds, but which on hot days seemed much heavier. Because

you could die so quickly, each man carried at least one large compress bandage,

usually in the helmet band for easy access. Because the nights were

cold, and because the monsoons were wet, each carried a green plastic poncho

that could be used as a raincoat or groundsheet or makeshift tent.

With its quilted liner, the poncho weighed almost two pounds, but was

worth every ounce. In April, for instance, when Ted Lavender was shot,

they used his poncho to wrap him up, then to carry him across the paddy, then to lift him into the chopper that took him away.

They were called legs or grunts/

To carry something was to hump it, as when Lieutenant Jimmy Cross humped his love for Martha up the hills and through the swamps. In its intransitive form, to hump meant to walk, or to march, but it implied burdens far beyond the transitive.

 

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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!

What are you going to tell us about today? from @CRMoss @GoddessFish 
* 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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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!

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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.

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If you hate Free Money and Books-Don’t click these links.

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Starting in a Few Hours. Goddess Fish Promotions is running an awesome Blog Tour for Confessions of a Self-Help Writer (The Journal of Michael Enzo). These are the links to a few of the amazing blogs that were kind enough to host information, ask great questions, and even sometimes show a cover, but always offer to giveaway Amazon gift Cards and some signed Hardcover books. *If we are already friends on Facebook, or Twitter, or you have seen some fun youtube interviews–You are already registered for free-but to confirm, you need to see one of these sites and click to confirm on the day listed below. Who knows-you might actually find some other cool things to see! But if you hate free Money and books, then just keep watching those virtual cat videos and please disregard!

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Laugh-out-loud funny at times and a very quick read.

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Full Text: A short and very funny novel that rips into the self-help and celebrity culture of modern times. Michael Enzo writes self-help books, many under the names of famous celebrities, even though his own life – financially, spiritually, and romantically – is a complete shambles, complete with heavy drugs and illegality. Ben DeHaven, his friend and colleague, finds Enzo’s journal after he disappears and publishes it with his own notes regarding the mess that is Michael Enzo. Laugh-out-loud funny at times and a very quick read.

The Journal of Michael Enzo

Confessions of a Self-Help Writer

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Strictly for Grownups-bc Confessions seems so real, but it is never boring?

Strictly for Grownups-bc Confessions seems so real, but it is never boring? 

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Confessions of a Self-Help Writer: A Journal of Michael Enzo by Benjamin W. Dehaven ($22.95, Lagniappe Publishing), is strictly for grownups, as much a comedy as a tragedy, as it tells the story of Enzo, a ghostwriter for the rich and famous, and the author of successful self-help books in his own right who faces having to write another to pay his debts. He may be able to tell others how to cope, but his own life has been filled with all manner of misdeeds that include depravity, substance abuse, and emotional complexity. This is a difficult book to describe because it seems so real, but it is never boring.

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

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

There are really only two stories to tell

“The two basic stories of all times are Cinderella and Jack the Giant Killer—-the charm of women and the courage of men.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald