A Social Media Extra, Extra! I Welcome Garrett Mintz of “Ambition In Motion, LLC”.

Hello Friends, Readers, and Visitors,

 

Hello and Welcome all! HereĀ is a New Feature on my Book & Social Media Promoting site. I thought it would be fun to share news and happeningsĀ aboutĀ interesting new friends I meet from my interactions with REAL PEOPLE through all my social media sites. And this young man is my very first highlight!!
I believe in what he is doing to help and mentor students in the right professional field they may want to study in. I was so impressed with his concept that I had to share it! And, …No ladies, I don’t know if he is single! . . .LOL.

I’m happy to introduce you to “Garrett Mintz”, Ā and his organization and website called: “Ambition In Motion, LLC” . . .
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Garrett Mintz
Garrett Mintz of Ambition InĀ Motion, LLC
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He came up with an awesome concept to help students at Indiana University, where he attends,Ā  with a mentorship toĀ direct students toĀ know if the field of study they are thinking about or currently in, to learn if it is the right fit for them. I think Garrett’s description of how he is helping other college students is a wee bit better then how I can describeĀ it! . . . .
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Ambition In Motion, LLCĀ ~ http://www.ambition-in-motion.com

Ambition In Motionā€™s mission is to facilitate young adults in the quest for finding themselves through researching potential careers and majors that make them happiest and providing beneficial, proactive experiences with professionals in the local community based off of those hobbies and interests.
Parents:
ā€¢ Does your child know his/her major?
ā€¢ The average college student changes there major 3 times. This could mean an extra semester or even years of additional college tuition, room and board, and any other living costs you would have to incur.
ā€¢ Does your child have an idea of what career field they might enter?
ā€¢ In 2013 alone, there were over 100,000 recent college graduates in the US that were unemployed.
ā€¢ Would you like to give your child professional experiences and career knowledge in the fields he/she is most interested in?
ā€¢ If you said yes to any of those questions, Ambition In Motion is the company for your child. Not only will AIM pass along the research catered specifically to your childā€™s interests and act as a resource for your child, but most importantly, Ambition In Motion will give your child the opportunity to connect with a professional in the field they are most interested in.

Students:
ā€¢ Are you unsure of your major, let alone which career field you are interested in pursuing?
ā€¢ Are you basing your major off of what you think will pay you the most money, what your parents want, or the classes you enjoy the most as a freshman?
ā€¢ Donā€™t let life blind side you. A job will not fall in your lap just because you have a degree. Just because a certain job coordinates with a certain major, it does not necessarily mean that what you studied and what you will do in the job will be similar.
ā€¢ Ambition In Motion can help you better understand the differing careers that you are interested in and give you a better perspective on what certain careers are like by connecting you with experienced professionals in those fields.

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About The Founder & CEO,Ā Garrett Mintz:
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Garrett discovered his passion for helping young adults when he created a non-profit organization in 2011. The main goal of this organization was to help young adults with substance abuse issues. Garrett could relate to these young adults and was able to aid them in making changes vital to getting back on the right track. Garrett assisted these young adults in finding jobs and gaining career experiences.
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In 2012, Garrett developed a student organization at Indiana University called CLEAR (College Lifestyles Excluding Alcohol and Recreational drugs). The primary goal of this organization is to provide college students with fun, free alternatives to using and abusing drugs and alcohol. CLEAR has grown to over 100 members and strives to change the stigma that Indiana University is a party school. By starting CLEAR, Garrett has directly contributed to a safer and more enjoyable college experience for students.
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Garrett took his experiences and the knowledge he gained from the non-profit and student organization and applied them towards the same demographic, college students, with a different goal in mind. This is what ultimately developed into the commencement of Ambition In Motion. Garrett understands how time-consuming schoolwork, learning about the university culture, and developing a social life is as a college student. With so many options to choose from regarding major and eventual career choice, Garrett understands how difficult it can be to manage all the aspects of college life and make important decisions.
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Garrett is providing relief to college students by offering Ambition In Motion. Ambition In Motion will help students sort through the clutter to find the opportunities that will be most beneficial. AIMā€™s goal is to better educate college students about the career paths that are available and most intriguing to each individual. Ambition In Motion is looking to save college students and their families time, money, and stress by reducing any confusion on which major to choose, which career field will make each student happiest, and which actions to take to achieve those goals.
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On The Personal Side Of Garrett:
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I love to play basketball, golf and tennis. I love to travel. I am a certified scuba diver and have dove at the Great Barrier Reef, and around the Caribbean Islands. I lived in China for a little while. I moved there knowing no Chinese and, picked it up in about a month. I moved to Utah knowing nobody and started a non-profit to help young adults with substance abuse. I believe that life is about challenging yourself and proving things to yourself on a daily basis that you never thought you could accomplish”.
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Now Garrett and I just met a short time ago on the social media Professionals website LinkedIn. When I read his profile I thought? “This guy is going places”! Then after we spoke on the phone a few days ago, I was very impressed with this young man. He gave me more of what he does. He has made it a personal & professional goal to reach out to each person he connects with on LinkedIn, to be able to learn more of what others do in their profession. It helps him personally grow with speaking to business professionals, and he learns much from them just by having personal contact. Then he can use what learns, and shares this in his mentorship.
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So if you’re a business professional and would like to reach out and share what you do? ThenĀ reach out
to Garrett Mintz on LinkedIn too!
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/garrett-mintz/40/860/1b
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You can also visit his blog,Ā  http://www.ambition-in-motion.com/blog/Ā ~ Ambition In Motion, LLC
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AIM ~ FOR WHAT MATTERS!

You can get in touch with him by calling Garrett at:Ā 219-776-9153Ā or by Email:Ā 
garrett@ambition-in-motion.com
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I want to Thank Garrett and his partner in crime, Adam Blazak for letting me Highlight what they do, and so happy to have connected with them. I wouldĀ be happy to help them anyway I can!Ā And as always friends, . . .
“Let them know Author, Catherine Lyon sent you”!
*God Bless*

 

I’m Happy & Honored to Welcome My Guest Author And Friend, “Gerald G Griffin” To My Blog!


Hello And Welcome Readers And New Friends,

One of the wonderful things about Social Media is you meet some really nice people, and that is where I met my guest author, Gerald G Griffin.
We met on LinkedIn, as we are both in the same group, ‘Author & Book Reviews.” So never underestimate the power of networking through social media sites…

I asked Gerald if I could share a little about him, and his books to all of my friends and readers here! And so it’s my honor to share his most recent book titled; “Of Good And Evil.” He has a few other books available on Amazon as well, but I have heard good things of this book. And of course all the outstanding Amazon reviews don’t lie.

I have gone to GoodReads and added his book to my “Want To Read” bookshelf, and as soon as I get it read? I’ll do a follow-up post to share my own Review. But I have heard the Buzz, and read the reviews on both Amazon and GoodReads, and they are fantastic! But before I share the a littleĀ bit about his current book,Ā  just who is Gerald G Griffin?Ā  Well lets find out shall we?

Gerald G. Griffin

Gerald  G. Griffin
Author, Gerald G. Griffin

A native of Flint, Michigan, Gerald Griffin wrote his first short book of fiction while in the 9th grade. Ever since then he has felt compelled to write — his style reminiscent of Frederick Forsythe, with a dash of Damon Runyon and Tom Clancy.

He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University and set up practice as a consulting psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia — though unable to resist writing part-time as his busy practice permitted.
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Following several years of private practice, his two sons grown and away, Gerald eased into writing full-time — non-fiction, fiction, and ghost writing, first turning out the published non-fiction work, THE SILENT MISERY — WHY MARRIAGES FAIL. This was followed by his three published novels, THE CORRUPTORS, THE DEATH DISCIPLE, and THE LAST COMING, this last novel written in collaboration with Robin Moore. After this came his published non-fiction ghost writing works, TRAPPED IN THE LAWYERS’ DEN WITH BLOODSUCKERS and GBI AGENT.
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A nature lover, he relocated from Atlanta to the lake scenery of Gainesville, Georgia. He lives in a quaint home, high on a hill, surrounded by inspiring forest foliage not far from the waters of Sidney Lake Lanier; the forest floor a protective canopy for the passing deer. In this setting, Gerald wrote the novel OF GOOD AND EVIL, followed by its sequel A TIME OF RECKONING.
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Nancy Cline, a member of MENSA, said in review of Gerald’s writings: “In this age, yes, there is a nobility of spirit and the courage to preserve and to protect that nobility. In the field of fiction we have men of great stature… To that list add the name of Gerald Griffin…”
Gerald is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW). While in practice in Atlanta he was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Personalities of America and Notable Americans.
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*Here are a couple of GoodReads Reviews, andĀ one place you can find and connect with the Author, Gerald G. Griffin, as he isĀ in the ‘Author Program on GoodReads!Ā  https://www.goodreads.com/authorGeraldGGriffin/

Review ~ GoodReadsĀ  Rick F. rated it 5 of 5 stars
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In creating the character of Ron Sheffield, Gerald Griffin has proven himself to be a writer of extraordinary skills. Of Good and Evil is a novel that is so finely written, so well plotted and paced that the reader is immediately drawn into the book from the first page. Mr. Giffin, in able to use mere words to introduce the reader to Ron Sheffield is nothing short of breath-taking it is not often that a writer can make so complex a character, a person with such internal torments and external gifts, resonate so perfectly with a plot nad locations that keep the reader glued to the book from start to finish.
Highest recommendation.
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A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READRICK FRIEDMAN
FOUNDER: THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB
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GoodReads Review ~ Starr ReinaĀ 
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ā€œOf Good and Evilā€ by Gerald G. Griffin: ā€œOf Good and Evilā€ by Gerald G. Griffin:A quick pace and an intriguing, action-packed story are what Gerald G. Griffin delivers in this no-nonsense, timely novel.Trained as a Green Beret but born with unique, almost paranormal abilities, Ron Sheffield carries with him guilt for being the lone survivor of his squad during a mission. Which mission puts into his possession documents the government wishes he’d never seen and tries to kill him for.
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He meets Amber Ash while recovering from a severe beating and gunshot wounds, compliments of the Mafia. It is soon discovered Ash has the same special powers as he and together they hunt down evil for the sake of good.But one evil…one major threat against the United States may just be the incident that Sheffield and Ash cannot survive, which means the death of millions of others as well. Will Sheffield be able to stop the terrorists and keep Ash and many other innocent people alive?
An absolute must read! It’s not your typical fight between good and evil and the suspense will grab a hold of you and keep you turning the pages.Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of ā€œDeadly Decisionsā€ for Suspense Magazine…
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*Now as I said, Reviews have beenĀ fantastic, so here are a couple of what ‘Amazon Readers’ had to say about Gerald’s book*…

Amazon Review ~ April 19, 2014 By: Tarzana Kid…

Well!Ā Ā If Ron Sheffield don’t get you, his woman Amber Ash will.
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I’m not going to rehash the plot because other have done that bit. However, I found this a well-balanced and constructed thriller with a slight touch of the paranormal. It is written in an easy-to-read style and whilst obviously an American tale, it doesn’t leave the poor English reader thinking “what was all that about, then?” -as some US writers do.

It will appeal to fans of Lee Child, Stephen Leather & possibly David Baldacci. I have no doubt Griffin will further mould the redoubtable Ron Sheffield into a more rounded character undergoing deeper personal challenges other than contract killing and loving the mysteriously sensual Amber Ash. Sheffield has demons from his military passed to conquer and these resurrect at awkward times to plague his conscience and cloud his judgement and cold killing efficiency.
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Mr. Griffin’s experience in the world of psychology will enable him to exploit this facet of Sheffield’s vulnerability in future sequels. Thankfully the reader will be pleased to know that Sheffield’s victims are thorough ‘bad guys. Sheffield’s feet are kept firmly planted by the equally gifted Amber Ash who ensures his physical needs are fulfilled whilst also providing intuitive help in tracking transcendentally his opponents’ moves.
The climax in tackling the bad guys on a crowded Atlanta street is masterfully done.
‘Nuff said – buy it!
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*And here is one more AmazonĀ 5 Star Review*…

Amazon Review ~ “Of Good And Evil” Feb 2014
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“Of Good and Evil” by Gerald G. Griffin is a fascinating suspense thriller with a story that captivates the reader from the very first sentence. It is a story about an ex-Green Beret soldier, Ron Sheffield, who owing to his supernatural and telepathic gifts was the only survivor on a mission in the Middle East. When he realizes that his discharge from the military was due to his possession of Iraqi secret documents, he sought revenge and eventually became a well qualified hit man working for the mob. Multiple plots follow in an almost rhythmic pattern of equation: ā€œaction minus evil equals good.ā€ Ron battles government cell, Mafia, secret society and at the end is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a city by a terrorist cell.

The book is also a captivating story of true love between a man and a woman, Ron Sheffield and Amber Ash, who possesses abilities similar to Ronā€™s. It’s the kind of romance that women can only dream about ā€“ the gravitational pull between two souls who genuinely love each other and so intensely. It gives a refreshing balance between Ron’s justified-in-his-mind killings and Amber’s sweet love ā€“ a mesmerizing combination that would keep any woman captivated.

Gerald G. Griffin is an intriguing, galvanizing, even a bewitching writer. The story hypnotically trapped me inside the pages as they turned quickly at the speed of the story line. It is action-filled, full of vivid characters, and intriguing happenstance. The book leads the reader to get involved in the never-ending question of how good and evil are perceived by the society, by various groups and by each individual and how they justify their actions. The author ingeniously plays tricks on the readerā€™s psyche as it debates the points of reason. Several times the story introduced the concept of violently eliminating the bad as a good deed, and I found myself questioning my own rationalism.
All-in-all, it is a magnetic read!

-Reviewed by Olga Gladky Verro, Editor of Voices From The Past by Orest M. Gladky…
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*Here is where you can click & purchase a copy ofĀ Ā “Of Good And Evil”Ā  for yourself*
http://www.amazon.com/dp/160976014X
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*Now like many writers and authors, we like to share and continue or stories, or share other places you can find our work through our ‘Author Websites & Blogs’ and Gerald has done the same. His beautiful “Author Bio and Website for his book can be visited here;Ā  http://www.authorgeraldgriffin.comĀ  & his Blog as well here,
http://geraldggriffin.blogspot.com —Ā Here is a sample, and a little more about Gerald’s blog and one of my favorite blog posts of his*…
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Gerald G. Griffin

Gerald G. Griffin
Visit the Official Website ~ Author Website
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IRONIC…

Recently, while reading a blog comment on a sheet of paper, a devoted but perplexed friend of mine, Sue, approached me and stated:

“For gosh sakes, when’s your next posting? Don’t you know bloggers are supposed to post every week…or at least once a month.”

I gazed up at her withĀ a vague look. “Really?”

“Yes, really. And you haven’t posted for over four months, leaving me hanging! I so enjoyed your last fascinating and eye-opening post and have been eagerly anticipating your next one. But after four months — NOTHING?!”

My vague look dwindled. I sighed. “Easy. Sorry, I’ve been quite busy.”

“So busy as to ignore your blog — your followers,” she reprimanded, frowning. “Some darn blogger you are!”

I returned her frown. “For heavens sake, don’t be so critical. I’ve been too pressed finishing my screenplay for OF GOOD AND EVIL to write a new blog post.”

“No excuses. Unacceptable. A blogger blogs –regardless!”

My frown deepened. “Boy, you give no quarter, do you?”

“Not on this!” Sue was adamant.

“Just out of the blue, what do you expect me to post?”

“Anything! Right now, I’d settle for…for…You mentioned your screenplay. How about something on that?”

My frown eased into a profound expression. “Okay, you want screenplay, you get screenplay. But before beginning, you must understand that for the mind a novel is more internal and meditative, where a movie is more external and visually expressive. I learned that in spades doing the screenplay; really learned the difference between a movie and the book it’s based upon”

Sue’s lovely features suddenly sparkled. “Now you’re talking!” she exclaimed, excited. “What did you learn?…Did you have any help with your screenplay?…”

“Actually, the initial screenplay drafts were written by a movie script pro working with my film representative. Then all corrections and changes in their script — plenty of them, no mean task, I can tell you — were left for me to make, this becoming the final draft.”

“I take it that was a problem,” Sue said, a sympathetic tone.

“At first, yes. A big problem. You see, the screen script they gave me was limited in scope compared to the novel. At one point it even lost me.”

“That lousy?!”she shuddered.

“No, no. The screen script was amazing in its own right — still captivating…moving with graphic lure…sticking to the gist of the storyline. But for me the problem was that the perfect resonance between the characters and the plot in the novel was choppy and abrupt in the screen draft; this, as I discovered, dictated by the constraints of movie reality.”

“Oh, my.”

“Oh, my, indeed! Some major scenes in the book…some minor characters…had to be cut, as well as some essential character threads, nuances and developments, sort of deleting part of the book’s soul. I tried as best I could to restore this soul; restore what I felt was needed for plot cohesion, but I couldn’t completely.Ā I had no choice but to compromise for the movie’s sake else the screen script would be too long. The script I ended up with would be two hours of movie as it was.”

Sue stared at me in alarm. “Will the book’s magnificence be lost in the movie?” she asked, a certain sadness in her tone.

“My film representative certainly doesn’t think so. When I presented the final corrected screen script to her, and after she read it, she replied to me, and I quote:

“Griff, YOU ARE AMAZING! THE SCRIPT LOOKS AND READS as in PERFECT! I AM YELLING THIS OUT OF PURE JOY AND DELIGHT! God only knows what they will do when we actually send it out….Thank you so much for helping us to fix your script. It was a biggie because you are a Giant as in…a really good soul. I am honored to know you and to work with such a sweet, kind and understanding spirit as you. I am blessed.”

Hearing this, Sue seemed transfixed, for a momentĀ becoming strangely still. Then she pursed her lips, then spoke in a quiet voice. “I have a feeling about your script. A spiritual one.”

“Spiritual? I’d settle for good timing and good luck.”

“No, I don’t think you’ll need so much of that with this movie,” she said, more energy now in her voice. “If what your film representative says about your screen script is true, the movie will automatically achieve its own unique magnificence. I just FEEL it!”

“Wow, you’re really into this.”

“You bet I am. Now!” Sue’s dark eyes were flaming with spirit. “Besides what you’ve heard from your script pro and your representative, what have others said about the possibility of your movie?”

“Well, for an inkling, read this.” I handed Sue the sheet of paper I had been reading when she arrived. On it was commentary from Leigh Savage. Standing in for me, Leigh had answered as if she were me to a question directed to myself by a reader on her blog ‘Comments’ section at the bottom of Leigh’s author interview with me on my novel.

Engrossed, her eyes glittering with amazement, Sue began reading Leigh’s commentary:

“Vickie, thank you for your question. This is Gerald’s answer. ‘I feel very close to the military. Many on both sides of my family have served in the U.S. Military, as well as close friends, a couple in Special Forces. In addition, while a psychologist in private practice, I had in psychotherapy several returningĀ military veterans having difficulty adjusting to normal society because of continuing combat trauma.
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I was presented first hand what they unhappily endured, as though I was with them in combat. This background with the military –very close to my heart, in addition to the 9/11 attacksĀ and other factors of national security, are what prompted me to write the story of my novel. This type of storyline in OF GOOD AND EVIL, with some of the same characters, is continued in the novel’s sequel. In spite of my novel OF GOOD AND EVIL receiving powerful reviews and presently being explored for the screen, it is lacking in sales one would expect from such a powerful book. It is ironic and unfortunate that it may take a movie to bring this captivating novel to aĀ broader range of readers and the literary world. Whatever can be done to spread the word of the novel, before a possible movie is made upon it, would be a great contribution to that world.’ ”

When finished reading, Sue immediately gaveĀ me aĀ resolute look. “We’veĀ got to get busy on this.Ā Never mind theĀ blog posting!”

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*So in closing, I have to say to my new friend and fellow author, Gerald….. I have to agree with “Sue”, you need to get to your blog buddy and blog post more often for your readers and book fans!…LOL!
I hope you all enjoyed my guest author today, and here are a few more places you can connect with, Author Gerald G. Griffin. What an honor to be able to share such an established author and writer her on my blog today. I hope you’ll go grab a copy of his book and let me know what YOU thought in my comment section her on my blog. I want to THANK Gerald for letting me have the pleasure of sharing him with all my Supportive and Fabulous readers and friends*
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HAPPY WEEKEND AND GOD BLESS ALL,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
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