Samara O'Shea

Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

The 10% Entrepreneur

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Happy Pub Week to my good friend Patrick. Many people ask me how to get a book published. Not many people follow through. This guy followed through and then some. His first book—The 10% Entrepreneur—is out tomorrow. Preorder today!

Traveling with T

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Happy Monday! Last week, I had a fun interview with a lively book blog called Traveling with T and it was posted today. Check out our digital chat.

The Better Show

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

If you have 6:54 minutes to spare…watch this interview I did with The Better Show. It was a fun powwow!

It’s Pub Day!

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.”
~ Charlie Brown

Don’t move. You don’t have to go anywhere. You can buy my book from wherever you may be. The paperback is available here. While the kindle version is available here. You can buy it in a box. You can buy it with a fox. You can buy it in the rain. You can buy it on the train. I hope you enjoy!

Finished

Monday, June 10th, 2013

At 4:01 p.m. today I turned in my third book. 70,265 words. Whew. I turned it in a few weeks later than originally agreed upon. This was due to school distractions and also consistently finding I had much to say about topic. I still have more to say. I had to scale back some of the sections. I can look at unrequited love from many different angles–sociological, literary, psychological, and personal.

The new book’s Goodreads page has been posted–the cover you see is not the final cover. I was shown the new cover last week and I’m beyond excited. It’s gorgeous! I look forward to sharing.

My second semester of grad school ended on May 4th. I got two A’s this time–none of that A minus nonsense from last semester.

Last week reader Hope sent me an encouraging article about teens who enjoy letter writing. I was happy to hear from her. The timing felt right. It’s time for me to re-join the world–the blogging world and the real world.

It’s been an intense few months. I am at once grateful for the experience and glad the season is changing…Now onto the editing portion of the program.

This Time Next Year…

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

…I’ll have a new book out.

Last fall I had planned to write a summary of the book ideas I’ve had over the years as a way to officially put them on the back burner whilst in grad school. Well, unexpectedly and extraordinarily one of the proposals came through at the end of 2012.

The book is called Loves Me…Not: How to Survive (and Thrive!) in the Face of Unrequited Love and it is scheduled to be published in February 2014. Although the theme is different, this book will be similar to my other two in that it will include a mix of personal stories, history, pop culture, literature, and, of course, advice. If ever there was a subject matter that invites itself into all forms of creative expression it’s unrequited love. I’m going to tell the real story of The Little Mermaid (spoiler alert: very sad ending).

The manuscript is due soon, so I won’t be back to blogging until late spring. Over the next few months, I am going to work full time, take two classes (6 credits), and write a book. I’m not sure how I get myself into these things. I’m not complaining! These are good problems to have. I’m just amused that it’s all happening at once… I guess there is no other way.

Four Immutable Laws of the Spirit

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

I am reading Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son by Anne Lamott. I am neither a parent nor grandparent, but I love her humor and take on the human experience and therefore I read whatever non-fiction she writes. While reading yesterday, she made mention of the Four Immutable Laws of the Spirit and listed them. I was moved by how simple and insightful they are. The truth is usually simple and approachable. Lamott did not come up with these, an organizational expert named Harrison Owen did. They are the following (number three is my favorite):

1. Whoever is present are the right people.
2. Whenever it begins is the right time.
3. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have happened.
4. When it’s over, it’s over.