Monday, September 26, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Shining Brightly by Howard Brown

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Shining Brightly by Howard Brown. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a lovely guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Shining Brightly
Author: Howard Brown
Publication Date: September 27th 2022
Print Length: 360 pages
Genre: Memoir
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In Shining Brightly, Silicon Valley pioneer, cancer survivor and interfaith peacemaker Howard Brown shares keys to resilience for successful entrepreneurs, patient advocates and community leaders. He shows us how to reach out through our families, our communities and around the world to form truly supportive connections and friendships. From Howard’s career as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, to his conquering metastatic stage IV cancer twice, to his compassionate outreach as a peacemaker, to his love of sports—this ultimately is not one man’s story. Shining Brightly is a story shared by countless men and women—and may wind up changing your life as well. With each true story he tells in the pages, Howard invites readers to picture how they might join him in shining more light in our world.

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EXCERPT:
As an entrepreneur, cancer survivor and interfaith peacemaker, I have found it helpful to sum up these ideas as the currency of hope. A century ago, Roger Babson wrote about this idea in his inspirational books. In fact, each morning he wanted to equip himself with fresh words of hope he could share with others. That’s why he was an avid collector of inspirational books and organized them into what he called his “good cheer library.” Every day, he took quotations from these books to pass along to friends, colleagues and students to boost their spirits. Sometimes, he wrote out favorite quotations from his good cheer library on slips of paper that he could share during his day—literally stuffing his pockets with a paper currency of hope. Can you imagine what a powerhouse Roger Babson would have been in the age of the internet?

What I have tried to illustrate through my own life story is that, when we shine brightly, we can give many forms of hope to others. Chapman had his five labels: gifts, affirmations, time, service and touch as forms of love. We can learn a lot about sharing hope by starting with that list. For example, during both of my life-and-death struggles with cancer, I experienced the power of physical touch to revive my hopes. Effective cancer treatment depends on the compassionate physical care of countless doctors, nurses, technicians, aides, caregivers and loved ones.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Howard Brown is an author, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, interfaith peacemaker, two-time stage IV cancer survivor and healthcare advocate. For more than three decades, Howard’s business innovations, leadership principles, mentoring and his resilience in beating cancer against long odds have made him a sought-after speaker and consultant for businesses, nonprofits, congregations, and community groups. In his business career, Howard was a pioneer in helping to launch a series of technology startups before he co-founded two social networks that were the first to connect religious communities around the world. He served his alma matter—Babson College, ranked by US News as the nation’s top college for entrepreneurship—as a trustee and president of Babson’s worldwide alumni network. His hard-earned wisdom about resilience after beating cancer twice has led him to become a nationally known patient advocate and “cancer whisperer” to many families. Visit Howard at ShiningBrightly.com to learn more about his ongoing work and contact him. Through that website, you also will find resources to help you shine brightly in your own corner of the world. Howard, his wife Lisa and daughter Emily currently reside in Michigan.

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GUEST POST:
Have you ever stopped to think about your life? I mean, have you ever set aside time to reflect on the meaning and purpose of your life?

I have.

I decided to take stock after years as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, a mentor to college students, an interfaith peace advocate—and a cancer whisperer to other patients after having survived two long-shot bouts with cancer myself. After fully expecting to die more than once in my life, I wondered: Why am I still standing? Who helped me? And then: What can I share to help inspire people to build their own resilience?

As you will learn in the true stories in this book, one key to resilience is not trying to tackle life on your own. We are always at our best when we draw other people around us and, right there, you’ve got a central theme of this book.

That leads to the questions: How do we draw people around us? How do we make and keep friends? How do we build a community? How can each of us contribute to our families, our friends and to the larger world?

Answering those questions will give you hope and will lead you to greater strength, love and joy in your life. Taking those questions to heart will help your light shine brighter in this often very dark world.

I set out on my journey in an unusual way that you will discover in these pages—and may want to try yourself. Over a two-year period, I sought out people who had played a significant role in my life—from camp counselors and basketball coaches I knew as a kid to family and friends to business and community leaders to some of the world’s top faith and health professionals. Because my quest unfolded during the COVID pandemic, I met these more than 100 men and women via Zoom.

And here’s the biggest surprise: Everyone loved the experience. While they were doing me a favor—and I am thankful for everyone who shared stories with me—the truth is: Most of them enjoyed the experience as much as I did.

That’s why I am confident you will enjoy this adventure, too, and you may decide by the end of the book to set out on such a quest yourself. No matter how you choose to reflect on your life’s purpose, I hope this book fans your inner flame so you can shine ever more brightly.
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GIVEAWAY:
Howard Brown will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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90 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. Love the cover, how did you decide on it?

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    1. First, we're so pleased to see the enthusiasm in this blog tour and we hope that folks do buy the book and get involved. There are lots of opportunities, invitations and questions in the book itself.
      Second, I'm a co-founder of Howard's publishing house and this cover was designed by award-winning artist Rick Nease, who we think really captured the book's central theme in a powerful way. Thanks for the kind words about the cover.

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  3. We all need to learn more about keys to resilience

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  4. this sounds like an interesting read

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  5. Thank you for sharing your guest post, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading your memoir

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  6. This book can really be a helpful guide for many others Thank you

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  7. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  8. Sounds like a great Memoir. I like the excerpt and cover.

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  9. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  10. The book sounds interesting, email> r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  11. What beverage do you like to keep on hand while writing?

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  12. Do you ever read your own books?

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  13. Sounds like an interesting read. Thank you for the excerpt! :)

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  14. The book sounds like a wonderful, inspiring read. Great cover!

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  15. I enjoy reading memoirs very much and your book seems very interesting. thank you!

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  16. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  17. Great giveaway!

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  18. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  19. This sounds like a very interesting book.

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  20. was it hard choosing the title for the book

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  21. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. What is your favorite genre of book?

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  23. Where is your favourite place to shop?

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  24. What inspires you?

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  25. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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  26. Do you find it hard to write on sunny days?

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  27. Happy Friday!

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  28. Have you ever been to a GLBT+ pride parade?

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  29. David HollingsworthOctober 1, 2022 at 5:26 PM

    Happy weekend!

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  30. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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  31. What's the worst weather you've ever been in?

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  32. I really like your book cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. do you like it real quiet when you write

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  34. David HollingsworthOctober 2, 2022 at 1:54 PM

    Congrats on the cover!

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  35. I hope you have a productive week

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  36. What will you dress up as for Halloween?

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  37. hope the book tour is going great

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  38. My daughter would love this book!!!

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  39. David HollingsworthOctober 3, 2022 at 7:43 PM

    This would be a great book teens.

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  40. I enjoyed reading the excerpt for this great read!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  41. does the same person design all your covers

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  42. DAVID hollingsworthOctober 4, 2022 at 6:24 PM

    What inspires the books you write?

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  43. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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  44. I hope to inspire my daughter to build her own resilience, I love this book!

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  45. What's your favorite snack?

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  46. looks like a fun one

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  47. I hope you are having a great Thursday!

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  48. What is your favorite holiday of the year?

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  49. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  50. thanks again for the giveaway, best wishes on the book

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  51. Sounds like an interesting life, mine is pretty boring lol.

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  52. David HollingsworthOctober 7, 2022 at 7:56 PM

    Hope your life is better than mine

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  53. Nowadays, humankind is facing more frequent and more complex health challenges. It’s crucial to share information and spread positivity. I welcome the idea that you’re never alone.

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