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Nell Smith, Retire to the Life You Love

Nell Smith, Retire to the Life You Love

    Retire to the Life You Love – Practical Tools for Designing Your Meaningful Future Retire to the Life You Love invites you to embrace your future from the inside, out. Through its practical tools and real life examples, you gain clarity and confidence to be the unique individual you are and to do what is most important and joyful to you. This is a work of wisdom inspired by the author’s more than 25 years of experience facilitating the career transitions of thousands of men and women. www.retiretothelifeyoulove.com REVIEWS “One of the most insightful and practical books...

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Douglas W. Ota, Safe Passage

Douglas W. Ota, Safe Passage

    Safe Passage: How mobility affects people & what international schools should do about it Moving is one of life’s greatest challenges. The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning. But moving not only challenges students. The experience of lost identity extends across the lifespan, also affecting parents and school staff. Firmly grounded in psychological theory and cutting-edge neuroscience, Safe Passage maps the challenges and charts a course for individuals, schools, and accrediting bodies to navigate them. Although primarily...

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Valérie Besanceney, B at Home: Emma Moves Again

Valérie Besanceney, B at Home: Emma Moves Again

      B at Home: Emma Moves Again Emma is only ten years old, but has already moved twice. Now, her parents are telling her the family is moving again. She’s furious, sad, nervous, and a little excited, all at the same time. Unsure of how to tackle these conflicting emotions, she turns to B, her faithful teddy bear. While trying to come to terms with the challenges of another move, what Emma really wants is just to ‘be at home’. As the journeys of Emma and B unfold, home changes once again, but home also begins to take on a new meaning that Emma can take with her wherever...

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Trisha Carter & Rachel Yates, Finding Home Abroad

Trisha Carter & Rachel Yates, Finding Home Abroad

      Finding Home Abroad: A guided journal for adapting to life overseas Let’s be honest: expat life can be tough. Although exciting, exhilarating and enriching, it can also be one of the greatest challenges you face. Get the tools you need to succeed in this guided journal, created by Trisha Carter (cross cultural psychologist), and Rachel Yates (expatriate resource developer). In a world where the rules are different, the environment unfamiliar and your support network far away, they will guide you through the process to a successful overseas relocation. Whether this is...

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Margaret A Frame, Passage to Persia

Margaret A Frame, Passage to Persia

Dr Adelaide Kibbe Passage to Persia: Writings of an American doctor during her life in Iran, 1929-1957 Adelaide Kibbe was a 27 year-old missionary physician when she set out from New York on the steamer SS American Banker, headed for Iran, in 1929. Her route to Persia took her through England, Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland and Egypt, all detailed in her letters. Little did she know it would be 28 years before she returned home, and during the ensuing decades would see huge cultural and political changes in her adopted country. She saw the development of modern roads, railway and air transport,...

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Paul Allen, Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Paul Allen, Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Moving to a new country is certainly not as hard as it may seem, but it does take a concrete decision, followed by decisive action. This book helps you make that decision, and points you firmly in the right direction to not only move but live successfully in your new home. Once you’ve read this book you will be able to answer all-important questions such as … Is moving abroad really right for me? Do I have a temperament suited to the expatriate life? Am I considering emigrating for the right reasons? Would I be best placed staying where I am? Where in the world, home or away,...

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Natalie Tollenaere, The Art of Possibilities

Natalie Tollenaere, The Art of Possibilities

The Art of Possibilities: Creating our path in an international mobile life Natalie is a bilingual (English and French) life coach specialising in services for globally mobile families. An artist and an art therapist, she combines her creative life and her life experience with her professional training. In essence she practises “the art of coaching through art”. This creative journey helps internationally mobile individuals and families develop life skills for life on the move. Also available in French: L’Art des Possibles www.natalietoll.com           Follow...

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Jo Parfitt, A Moving Landscape

Jo Parfitt, A Moving Landscape

A Moving Landscape: A Memoir in Poetry of a Life Overseas After living abroad in France, Dubai, Oman, Norway and the Netherlands, author and journalist, Jo Parfitt, has compiled here, an anthology of the poetry that has ‘saved her life’ during the 20 years she has been on the road. This is a memoir in poetry of a life overseas. Join the author on her journey through culture shock, repatriation, motherhood, the world of work and self-discovery as she shares the moments when she was on top of the world, in the valley of shadows, and many places in between. This is a book in which...

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Deborah Fletcher, Bitten By Spain (2nd Ed.)

Deborah Fletcher, Bitten By Spain (2nd Ed.)

Bitten by Spain: The Murcian Countryside – A Baptism by Fire Following a popular, if somewhat jaded, trend of Brits to pursue the good life in sunnier climes, Deborah Fletcher and her husband John eventually came to be the proud owners of a large and extremely beautiful piece of land in a river valley in Southern Spain. There, with three dogs, a cat, six parrots and an awful lot of spiders, they lived between a static caravan and a huge old barn as they battled perpetually – with the elements, the wildlife, the authorities and the natives – to build their dream home from a pile...

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Book reviews

Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Dr Adelaide Kibbe On March 1st 2014 we publish the memoir and writings of a doctor, based in Iran in the first half of the last century. It is a fascinating insight...

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I talk to Toni Summers Hargis about her new book Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States

I talk to Toni Summers Hargis about her new book Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States

I first heard about Toni Summers Hargis when I was sent a copy of her first book, entitled Rules Britannia,...

 
 
Is Wendy Williams your fairy godmother?

Is Wendy Williams your fairy godmother?

In her review of Wendy Williams’ The Globalisation of Love (Summertime, 2011) for Dutchnews.nl, journalist Shelley...

 
 
Expat novel Sunshine Soup strikes a chord

Expat novel Sunshine Soup strikes a chord

Fellow author Kama Frankling recently penned this 5-star review of Jo Parfitt‘s Sunshine Soup...

 
 
McKerley & Schippers’ Bloodlines is “intriguing right from page one”

McKerley & Schippers’ Bloodlines is “intriguing right from page one”

Authors Thomas McKerley and Ingrid Schippers were delighted to receive this rather glamorous reader review...

 
 
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Articles and tips

Now in its second year – new writers need apply for the FIGT ParfittPascoe Writing Residency

Now in its second year – new writers need apply for the FIGT ParfittPascoe Writing Residency

Jo Parfitt and the writing team including the scholars 2014, left to right, Nikki Kazimova, Dounia Bertuccelli, Cristina Bertarelli, Terry-Anne Wilson, Becky Matchullis,...

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the mystery of the mundane

the mystery of the mundane

Thanks, Nova! I’m inspired again. And again it’s the Writers’ Café that did the trick....

 
 
The birth of our Writers’ Café

The birth of our Writers’ Café

thanks to Nova for the photo! Today, we held our first Writer’s Café in Kuala Lumpur. I have to admit,...

 
 
Why I Love Living with Other Writers

Why I Love Living with Other Writers

I love living with other writers – not permanently, mind, and I don’t think I’d want to...

 
 
How I Keep On Plodding Along

How I Keep On Plodding Along

When people tell me that they are ‘finding it hard to write these days’, I usually advise...

 
 
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Author interviews

I talk to newly published author, Nell Smith, about her book, Retire to the Life you Love

I talk to newly published author, Nell Smith, about her book, Retire to the Life you Love

Nell Smith                         I first met Nell in a coffee bar in The Hague when she was visiting...

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I talk to newly published author, Christopher O’Shaughnessy, about his new book, Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between

I talk to newly published author, Christopher O’Shaughnessy, about his new book, Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between

    It is hard to believe that I had never even met our latest author, Christopher, until...

 
 
I talk to newly-published author, Doug W Ota

I talk to newly-published author, Doug W Ota

Doug Ota It has been a long time in the coming, since I first met my newest published author, Doug Ota,...

 
 
Author to author, I talk to our latest author, Valérie Besanceney

Author to author, I talk to our latest author, Valérie Besanceney

Valérie today   Valérie aged 2, with B B today, sewn onto a new bear It was almost exactly two...

 
 
Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Dr Adelaide Kibbe On March 1st 2014 we publish the memoir and writings of a doctor, based in Iran in...

 
 
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Book news

SUMMERTIME PUBLISHING REDUCES PRICES OF FIVE TITLES FOR CHRISTMAS

Summertime Publishing is reducing the Kindle edition of the following titles to $3.99 (Amazon.com) and £2.99 (Amazon.co.uk) during December only. It’s a great...

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Summertime publishes its 70th title

During 2012 we published a whopping 25 titles in print format, with almost the same number again being...

 
 

Summertime book launch gets on TV

Book launches are the perfect way to celebrate a newly published book and get your promotion off to...

 
 
The Thinking Tank #48 Women’s Fiction!

The Thinking Tank #48 Women’s Fiction!

Yes, I know I am supposed to bang on about life’s crappy stuff and how to deal with it, but honestly,...

 
 

We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Robin Pascoe’s first publication – Culture Shock, A Wife’s Guide

A big thanks to my good friend, Robin Pascoe, for allowing me to repost her recent Facebook post here...

 
 
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I talk to newly published author, Nell Smith, about her book, Retire to the Life you Love

My passion is to help people choose a life direction that is personally meaningful, joyful, or important to them. The bigger message is that individually and collectively, the large generation currently retiring has an unprecedented opportunity to make a difference for the greater good of society.

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Nell Smith, Retire to the Life You Love

Through practical tools and real-life examples, Nell Smith’s “Retire to the Life You Love” (Summertime Publishing 2014), helps you gain clarity and confidence as you move to the next stage of life.

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I talk to newly published author, Christopher O’Shaughnessy, about his new book, Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between

I’d say just get things down on paper (or on a screen) – even if it’s initially a mess; once it’s out of your head it can be tidied up, organized and polished. That initial step of getting what we want to say out of our heads seems to be the biggest hurdle: get that out of the way and the rest flows!

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Why do you write? Expat novelist, Brittani Sonnenberg, explains

I write to understand, to grapple with what I can’t fathom around me, or I write about places I miss, in Asia or the US.

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I talk to newly-published author, Doug W Ota

While running the marathon is the single most demanding physical endeavor I do, writing this book has been the single most demanding intellectual feat I’ve ever undertaken. In his review of Safe Passage, Graham Ranger described it as a “life work.” He hit the nail on the head. It feels like a singularity in life to be able to put 45 years of living into a single book. Wholesome. A release.

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Now in its second year – new writers need apply for the FIGT ParfittPascoe Writing Residency

If you have expat experience and long to turn your writing hobby into a portable career and want to be published in blogs, magazines on and offline, websites and maybe even books, this might be for you.

If you have already proven your desire of turning your dream into a reality with a blog, a few articles published in newsletters and online (not necessarily for money), then you are definitely the kind of person we want.

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Author who sells ebook memoir for 99cents sells 20,000 copies

I subsequently increased the price of the e-book from 99c to $2.99 and have now sold in excess of 20,000 copies and have 65 reviews on Amazon UK. Many of the situations in the story are loosely based on my own experiences and those of fellow expats, so it was gratifying to read that some reviewers ‘recognised’ the characters and one even commented ‘this could have been our family.’

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