Adam Dailey

Adam DaileyAdam Dailey’s history as a professional athlete, entrepreneur, sports marketer, traveler and speaker shows that he has always followed his passion. He’s also tended to go off script more than once in his life. Dailey’s spontaneity (and search for inspiration) are what drove him to spend a year traveling the world – with his family in tow. At the beginning of their year-long sabbatical, this included four children under the age of 7!

Dailey inspires others to change their lives through travel. He is the Co-Founder of FunLy Events and the Founder of Beer Marketing. He has keynoted at various conferences, has sold multiple businesses and is the recipient of awards such as Inc. 500, Forty Under 40, San Diego’s Most Admired CEO and more.

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Dailey and his family call La Jolla, California their home base.

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How to Run Away From Home:

And Bring Your Family With You

by Adam Dailey  (Author)

51fqbpnA8CLPerhaps you’ve dreamed of escaping the stress of your everyday routine by taking a year off to explore the world with your loved ones. Maybe you’ve thought about changing your life but dismissed it as impossible. It’s not. The Dailey family did it, and Adam is here to show you how to take the plunge and stop making excuses.

Adam Dailey’s history as a professional athlete, entrepreneur, sports marketer and speaker has shown that he’s always followed his passion. When he put his professional life on hold to take a twelve month “family sabbatical,” the future of his business was uncertain and his young school-aged son was struggling with a sensory disorder. But instead of waiting for a “right time” that might never come, Adam, his wife, and their four small children set off on an epic global trek.

How to Run Away From Home is an essential how-to guide as well as a fascinating tale that includes castles, narrowly avoiding Brazilian prison, and swimming with dolphins. Dailey supplies all you’ll need for your own successful sabbatical—from how to plan and finance it to schooling on the road to dealing with the unexpected and managing obligations back home.

There are risks, but the rewards are enormous. All it takes is spontaneity, flexibility, and the courage to take the leap!


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Dianna L. Gunn (Author) WINTERVIEWS

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To celebrate 13 weeks of winter, K. J. Harrowick of Hàlön Chronicles conducted one interview a week for 13 weeks. Visit the HC Winterviews page to read all the interviews and partner spotlights.


Dianna L. Gunn


Fantasy Author, Dianna L. Gunn:

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Oh boy, what do I say? I’m a freelance writer by day, a fantasy author by night, and a massive nerd all the time. I play lots of RPGs—mostly video games, although I am hoping to do more tabletop role playing this year—and read less books than I should, but more books than a lot of people I know.

What types of books do you write, and why?

I write alternate world fantasy, both YA and adult books, usually with a darker bent. Why I write these books is a bit more complicated. First and foremost, fantasy is the genre I’ve spent the most time in and these are the stories that pop into my head, often in my dreams. But when I’m building my world, fleshing out my characters and adding details to these stories I am also focusing on something bigger: challenging fantasy stereotypes.

To challenge these stereotypes I write strong female characters with true agency. I create worlds where strong women are accepted, not an anomaly. Many of these worlds also have very different attitudes towards sexuality, gender and relationships. Most importantly, I show my characters having a wide range of relationships, both sexual and otherwise.

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KeeperoftheDawn_FrontCover-1-664x1024.jpgKeeper of the Dawn

Sometimes failure is just the beginning

All Lai has ever wanted is to become a priestess, like her mother and grandmother before her, in service to their beloved goddess. That’s before the unthinkable happens, and Lai fails the trials she has trained for her entire life. She makes the only choice she believes she can: she runs away.

From her isolated desert homeland, Lai rides north to the colder, stranger kingdom of Alanum—a land where magic, and female warriors, are not commonplace.

Here, she hears tales about a mountain city of women guardians and steel forgers, worshiping goddesses who sound very similar to Lai’s own. Determined to learn more about these women, these Keepers of the Dawn, Lai travels onward to find their temple. She is determined to make up for her past failure, and will do whatever it takes to join their sacred order.

Falling in love with another initiate was not part of the plan.

Keeper of the Dawn is a tale of new beginnings, second chances, and the endurance of hope.

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Emily R. King

Emily R KingEmily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.

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The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1)

by Emily R. King  (Author)

Emily R King The Hundredth QueenIn Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

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Shawn Starling (Author)

Shawn Starling
Shawn Starling

Shawn Starling is a native of Richmond Virginia. The father of two girls, grew up in Mosby Court, one of the city’s worst projects where he chose the life of crime. As a result, he end up serving 9 years in federal prison where he taught himself how to write. Shawn was released in July of 2013 and while on house arrest he typed up his debut novel, Real Recognize Real. He’s penned several novels since, including his new release, Wrestling Demons. Keep on reading!

Jacqueline Woodson (Author)

Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson

indies5Jacqueline Woodson’s awards include 3 Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and 3 Coretta Scott King Honors, 2 National Book Awards, a Margaret A. Edwards Award and an ALAN Award — both for Lifetime Achievement in YA Literature. She is the author of more than 2 dozen books for children and young adults and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York Keep on reading!

Dave Ramsey (Author)

Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored five New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership and Smart Money Smart Kids. And check out his new products: Financial Peace Junior and Junior’s Adventures Storytime Book Set! “The Dave Ramsey Show” is heard by more than 8.5 million listeners each week on more than 550 radio stations, “The Dave Ramsey Show” channel on iHeartRadio, and a 24-hour online streaming video channel. Ramsey Solutions offers a suite of products and services to help people get control of their finances and other aspects of their lives.

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