Monday, October 15, 2018

Joy to You and Me (at Work!) ~ Book Blog Tour Promo, Author Interview, & Giveaway!

by Amy Thornton
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Sub-Genres: Self-help, Business
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Pages: 179
Release date: June 5, 2018
Content Rating: PG (This book is for ages 16+, so there is the occasional mild profanity

Book Description:
Are you one of the 48% of employees worldwide who doesn't like their jobs? Do you feel constantly stressed at the office? Or maybe you're just feeling "blah" about your job and want to bring some life back into your workplace. If you talk to anyone about their careers or jobs these days, most of the time you won't hear positive stories or excitement. You'll probably hear words like "busy", "stressed", "exhausting", and "mind-numbing." And with the good old 40-hour workweek becoming a distant memory for many of us, this reality is just plain sad.

Joy to You and Me (At Work!) helps turn these situations around by giving the reader easy tips they can implement quickly to start making a positive difference in the workplace. Being joyful isn't just a "fluffy-cutesy-nice" thing to do each day - it actually increases productivity and is good for any company or organization. The book helps anyone learn how to:

- Be a more joyful person

- Bring joy to co-workers

- Bring joy to customers

- Bring joy to networking

This fun, easy-to-read guide shows people of all ages and personalities how to make a difference immediately to make not only themselves happier, but to spread that happiness throughout the workplace - and beyond!

By sharing stories from the author's 25+ years of making a joyful difference in the workplace and examples from truly kick-ass companies, Joy to You and Me (At Work!) is a life-changing, fun read for anyone who wants to improve their work life.

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MEET THE AUTHOR: Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been bringing joy to her workplaces for over 25 years thanks to her innate enthusiasm. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant professional for 17 years, is a former columnist for the Noblesville Daily Times, and is current board member of Noblesville Main Street.

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There are many books out there about how to become happy and successful at work. What makes yours different?
My book is easy to read and pertinent for anyone in the work world, from teenagers to those approaching retirement age. My ultimate goals when I wrote it were to help people not only be more joyful at work but also increase their productivity. I wanted to stay away from something long and complicated. Readers should be able to implement most any of the book’s suggestions quickly and easily, no matter their personality. 

I share not only my own experiences but also those of others in a variety of professions. The reader will see examples of joy in the workplace in small, medium, and large companies or organizations. And I don’t just write about office workers but salespeople, factory workers, and others.

Do you have another profession besides writing?
Yes, I’m a grant consultant. I currently help 3-4 non-profits to find and apply for grant opportunities. I also conduct training on the basics of the grant profession. I’ve been a grant professional for over 17 years now.

And, later this fall, I’ll be starting a weekly column for one of our local newspapers, the Hamilton County Reporter. “Sandwiched” will feature my adventures of being in the sandwich generation. For those of you not familiar with this term, it’s when you’re “sandwiched” between raising your own family and taking care of elderly parents, often while working and managing a household.

Do you write every day?
Almost! When I’m not working on a book, I save my weekends for volunteering, activities with family and friends, and reading. But Monday – Friday, you can most always catch me writing a grant proposal, column, or marketing piece for my book or any of the organizations I volunteer with.

If you’re a mom writer, how do you balance your time?
When my kids were babies/toddlers, I was able to work from home and did a lot on my computer with them at my side. My two sons took great naps, so I made sure to do most of the work that needed immense concentration during those 2-3 hours every afternoon.

When I worked as a grant coordinator for a Central Indiana municipality for nine years, my husband was at home with the boys until they both started school.  

Now, my sons are teenagers who have part-time jobs in addition to going to high school. Thankfully they both drive now, so I’m able to do my grant and book promotion work during the day without barely any interruptions.

When I’m working on a book, my husband and sons know that my evenings and weekends will be dedicated to writing, so they’re not surprised when I disappear for hours at a time. 

My bigger struggle now is getting work done while taking care of my mother. Thankfully, technology is a Godsend! For example, when I’m waiting in the lobby during a procedure for my mom, you can find me on my laptop proofing or working on projects. And it’s great to quickly check emails on my phone as well.

The biggest sanity savers on this topic include Amazon and the new grocery delivery services offered by many stores. Both of these are worth every penny! I’ve cut down dramatically on the trips to my mom’s assisted living facility.

Name a quirky thing you like to do.

I am a hoop dancer! Dancing with a hula-hoop is my number one exercise and meditative activity. If I don’t hoop at least twice a week, I get quite cranky.

Enter the Giveaway!
One winner: paperback copy of Joy to You and Me at Work + $25 Gift Card
Two winners:  each get a paperback copy of the book 
(open to USA only)
Ends Oct 27, 2018

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  1. Thank you for hosting me! Your site is awesome. :)

    1. You are quite welcome! I hope to read this -- sounds like tips we all could use!

  2. Looks like such a fun book from the look of the cover. I am a new follower and look forward to reading more of your posts.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. Doesn't this look like a great read? Thanks for stopping by, Sherry! I just checked-out your blog and WOW! It's great.

    2. Thank you, Kristine! I hope it makes you smile and spread happiness to others.