Monday, April 15, 2013

"EMPOWER!": now available

This week marked an important milestone for me, the aspiring writer. One hundred copies of our book, "Empower!--Stories of Breakthrough, Discovery and Triumph" arrived at my house the same day the book appeared on Amazon. We are now officially open for business!

I say "we" because twenty-five of us contributed to the book, and I want ot give credit where credit is due. In fact, today I am going to introduce you a few more of the women who share their stories in this book. If you are ready to break through your fear, overcome the obstacles to your fulfillment, and embrace your life, the stories in this book will inspire you to share your special gifts with the world.

Mandy Cunningham is a marketing and lifestyle expert who strives to be an agent of inspiration and positive energy in the world. She is a founder and president of West Virginia Young Professional Women in Energy (YPWE). Her passion is to inspire women to succeed in life and in business. Learn more about her at She writes about difficult decisions and making the right choices for ourselves:

"...take time to develop your dreams,
nurture your passions and
determine what is non-negotiable in your life.
Define the life that you want to live
and hold tight to the path that will produce that life."
Susan Purifoy is the director of Convey Services at Copper Services in Atlanta, Georgia. She learned to persevere against the odds following a disabling stroke at the age of 41. You can learn more about her journey at She writes:
Susan Purifoy New Photo
"That's the resolution of the whole thing,
my ability to accept who I am today and to see others around me.
I know that my stroke was a gift
to help me focus less on the woman in the mirror,
to pay attention to life as it presents itself, and to encourage others who  struggle."
Marcie Mauro is driven to help women find more freedom, more fulfillment and more fun by creating a satisfying and financially rewarding business they love. You can meet her at She overcame her own inner critic to allay fear of the unknown. She writes:
"Fear is not an indication that you should give up
or that failure is imminent.
It's simply an opportunity to check in to see if you're on track,
if you are growing in the work you are meant to do,
if you are helping the people you are meant to help,
if you are caring for yourself in the way you would care for others."

Finally, Amelia Roncone insists that:
"Decision is the biggest barrier to making a change.
If you risk nothing, you risk everything.
Most people think and dream of better lives or sexier jobs,
but the courage to make that leap is what separates
the dreamers from the doers.
You are not a finished product until you choose to be."
Amelia founded Young Professional Women in Energy and also serves fine cuisine to business and social gatherings through her catering business, Amelia's Elegant Catering, at .
This is just a small sampling from a few of the women who contributed to "Empower!".  I can almost guarantee that you will see yourself in one or more of these stories, that you will be touched by the honesty and truth of what you read, and that you will be inspired to think about your own life, why you are here, and what you are meant to do.
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as we enjoyed creating it for you. We would love it if you could give us a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
"EMPOWER is an international soup of inspired stories
flavored by women of all persuasions
who have been there and lived to tell about it."
--Gima Mazza--
Happy reading!