Extraordinary Tales From a Rather Ordinary Guy by Ed Marx

Extraordinary Tales From A Rather Ordinary Guy by Ed Marx
Extraordinary Tales From A Rather Ordinary Guy, by Ed Marx, was published in December 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon.
Ed Marx considers himself an ordinary guy, raised from humble beginnings and possessing mostly average qualities. He struggled through his early adolescent and adult years and truly believed that his life was headed nowhere. But through the examples set by his parents (both holocaust survivors) and the lessons he learned from his early mistakes and failures, Ed began to experience what he calls his extraordinary tales, experiences that changed his life and helped him create his own playbook for living an inspired life. In Extraordinary Tales from a Rather Ordinary Guy, Ed shares many of extraordinary stories he has experienced in his life and sets out the 14 rules he lives by every day. He found that integrating these rules into his daily life resulted in even more of these amazing experiences. Extraordinary Tales is not a magic bullet; simply reading it will not change your life. But Ed Marx believes that if you take the stories to heart and fully embrace this playbook, you can be inspired to create your own extraordinary life.
“The youngest of seven, born of holocaust survivors, I had an auspicious upbringing in Bavaria. Raised with a wooden spoon and not much else, I knew fate did not rule my future, but I could shape my journey. Despite humble beginnings and average qualities, I have experienced life in a way never imagined, except in my heart,” says Ed Marx. “These are true stories collected over my first fifty years. May they inspire you to believe, whatever your present circumstances, that extraordinary tales await. Even for those like me. The average.”


Excerpt from Extraordinary Tales From A Rather Ordinary Guy: 
The unEXPERIENCED Life Is Not Worth Living
Socrates’ famous phrase about “the unexamined life” has made its way into many lectures and speeches. It is advice known to many. I’m not a philosopher, but I researched Socrates and, I stumbled across a distinction he made between people (Athenians) who watched life and those who experienced it. Olympic athlete crossing the finish line displays a “semblance of success,” but is it true reality? We love to admire superb performances and bask in a new world record. But what would happen if we personally strove for such experiences ourselves?
I choose to experience life. It doesn’t need be extravagant or expensive. Life can be as simple as turning off the soccer match on TV and joining a local team, or signing up for a ballroom dance class rather than just watching “Dancing with the Stars.” Instead of reading books about the missionaries in India, you can instead sign up to help at your local soup kitchen. You can step away from your Facebook account and instead host a get-together with people you know or would like to know.
Doing is better than spectating.
My original plan in writing this book was to share with you insights from a recent climb I made of Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus. That was a victorious experience tempered by a tragedy that unfolded two days after the climb.
Tradition in the climbing world calls for celebration following a summit. While touring St. Petersburg, I was walking down the city’s bustling Main Street with five members of my team. We were trading climbing stories and talking about what motivated us to climb. People we met along the way said interesting things about the danger of climbing mountains. Our response was, “Life is short, and a sheltered life was no life at all. You might get hit by a car while playing it safe, so you may as well embrace risk.”
Although still light outside, midnight was approaching as we began the journey back to our hotel. Approaching the intersection by the Kazan Cathedral, we formed a quasi-column so we could pass pedestrians coming from the other side. I entered the crosswalk, leading my friends. We were immediately behind two ladies who looked to be in their twenties. Then, in a split second, tires screeched, headlights blazed, and I instinctively dove out of the way. To my left, I heard flesh hit metal…then glass breaking (a windshield). As I landed on the ground, from the corner of my eye I saw the two women cartwheeling through the air. By the time I rolled to a stop, they had landed ten meters away. Unconscious. Contorted. Broken. A surreal scene.
After a few seconds to express our rage and gather our wits about us, we jumped into action. JJ, our mountain guide, took command. We became doc- tors, EMTs and comforters. We stabilized both of the women. A dozen police- men showed up but then stood around completely clueless, staring at us. I have a vivid recollection of my bunkmate Frank clasping one woman’s hand and speaking calmly to her. She told us she was visiting from Siberia. Her friend lay un- conscious with her head held stable by our buddy Zac. At the ten-minute mark, a “first aid” vehicle showed up, and a woman wearing scrubs emerged. But she was with infection control and had no actual medical supplies. Limited to applying smelling salts, she was trying to get both women up and walking without having assessed the severity of their injuries.
Adding to the chaos, a policeman grabbed Zac, thinking he was the negli- gent driver, and tried to arrest him. Bystanders intervened, and Zac was released. We continued providing support to the women, but our counsel to the “infec- tion lady” and the swarming, interfering bystanders was ignored. Ms. Infection Control was forcing the second patient, now conscious, to move despite obvious skeletal trauma. I backed off and prayed over the situation, asking God to send the Holy Spirit for comfort, healing and wisdom. Not having our passports in hand, we left a few minutes later as the mob grew more aggressive. My team prayed from a distance.
Back in the hotel room, I buried my head in a bath towel and sobbed. I Skyped my wife. Every time I closed my eyes, I saw those ladies doing cart- wheels over me. I slept for three hours and then returned to the scene, which had since been cleared. I wondered what had happened to the two Siberian women and how they were doing. Who was looking over them? Who was holding their hands? Were they still alive? I spent another thirty minutes simply praying and reflecting on the evening’s events. I could not stop crying.
To this day, my team is still processing what we experienced. As traumatic as it was, we were glad we’d been there and hoped the aid we provided had helped to save a life. We witnessed first-hand how quickly life can be taken away in a blink of an eye by while doing something as innocuous as crossing a street.
Life is filled with tragedy and heartbreak. You can bank on it. But does adversity really hold us back? I’d venture to say it’s our fear-based beliefs gleaned from painful incidences or even simply the possibility of tragedy that paralyzes us. Instead of falling prey to paralysis, when we experience the depth of heartbreak we grow stronger from it. Conquer the fear and keep living.
Living life with no regrets means requires us to crawl out of the ashes of tragedy and walk away stronger. With purpose.
Determine to live a life fully experienced. We live.


About the Author:
Edward W. Marx is the senior vice president and chief information officer for one of the largest faith-based non-profits in the country. Additionally, Edward is the governor-appointed chairman of the Texas Health Services Authority, providing leadership over health information exchange. He has served in this position since 2010. Concurrent with his healthcare career, he served 15 years in the Army Reserve, first as a combat medic and then as a combat engineer officer.
Edward earned his B.S. in psychology and a M.S. in consumer sciences from Colorado State University. He began his career working in the OR and then with physician services at Poudre Valley Health System. Recruited to Parkview Episcopal Medical Center, he served as CIO for its management services organization and director over physician systems. In 1997, he joined HCA as chief technologist for its physician services organization. In 1999, Edward moved to University Hospitals, a multi-hospital academic health system. In 2003, he became CIO and served for five years before being recruited by Texas Health.
Edward is active with professional organizations, advisory boards and higher education. He is a Fellow of both the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He is on the CHIME Faculty for the CIO Boot Camp, training aspiring health care technology professionals. He served as president of the Ohio and Tennessee Chapters of HIMSS and chaired the Membership Services Committee. Edward is a member of the CIO advisory boards for HP, Cisco, AT&T, KLAS and Microsoft. He serves on boards for Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Dallas, and Southern Methodist University.
The HIMSS/CHIME 2013 CIO of the Year, Edward is branded as one of the top 10 disruptive forces in healthcare.
Edward published his first book in 2014, an autobiographical volume called Extraordinary Tales From A Rather Ordinary Guy.
To learn more, go to http://edmarx.guru/. Connect with Ed on Twitter.


D.A. Karr’s Latest Novel ‘Link’ is a Sci-Fi Mystery Thriller

Link by D.A. KarrLink, by D.A. Karr, was published in December 2014 and is available for sale on Amazon. Genres: Science Fiction / Mystery / Thriller
In a future apocalyptic world where time enforcers fight outlaw raiders and corruption, technology becomes the new “human” and time fights its own war.
Link is suspenseful, intriguing, and action filled. Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler fans will enjoy reading this book.


Space Time, 2800, Earth
As the Earth shifts on its axis, mankind is caught in a war of survival and time. Imprisoned in this time war, Captain John Garrick and the N.S.T.E.A. Phoenix become a pawn between technology, humans, and what’s left of civilization.
No amount of careful planning can prepare the time jumpers for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move.
As the N.S.T.E.A seals a deal to deliver time technology to the notorious outlaw, Menser, Garrick plots to undermine the N.S.T.E.A.
Technology becomes the enemy and time an illusion as Phoenix’s crew prepares for the inevitable – a fight to the finish. Garrick doesn’t live by the rules, and he knows one thing is for sure: kill or be killed.
Tick, tick, tick… Timeliners never die… They never leave.


Excerpt from Link:
Suddenly an ear-piercing boom was heard across the desert as the Phoenix broke the sound barrier. The golden warship pitched then dived hard to the left, circling, slowing its descent. It was pre-dawn in Mediteranea, only to be dimmed by eerie reddish-orange clouds of dust.
The Naimen territory of Mediteranea, once a thriving sea town, was barely visible through the red dust. The Mediterranean Sea disappeared when the meteor hit leaving nothing but desert turned to dust, inhabitable only to criminals and drifters.
The Phoenix lowered its thrusters slowing the massive ship, as it sunk its struts in the desert sand. The ship shuddered slightly as her hull settled into the gravitational pull of the desert. Hidden by a vast craggy outcropping, blending into the landscape, Phoenix glowed red against the rock walls like a Chameleon letting the heat dissipate into the hot desert air.
“Status,” Becker demanded across the bridge deck.
Mr. Dessa replied, “Hull integrity is holding, sir! We’re down!”
Becker looked out the shielded windows at nothing but red dust, “Lieutenant Chiang! How bad is this dust?”
Lieutenant Chiang reported, “Zero visibility, sir.”
Garrick got out of his seat as Farber, Gillie, and Wexler joined him on the Command Center, “Not good at all. Maybe to our favor. Phoenix is hidden behind these rocks, then maybe we can get in and out of this hell hole unnoticed.”
Becker advised Garrick, “We can’t stay on the ground for more than four hours in this dust, before the engines choke.”
Garrick didn’t divulge his real plan, but he never went by the rules either, “I agree. If we’re lucky, this won’t take long.” Garrick’s only concern right now was Phoenix, and getting rid of Menser.
Becker ordered, “Suit up. You’ll need breathing gear.”
Garrick replied, “Good idea. Less chance of being recognized too.”
Becker responded, “Just take what you need. Small arms only.”
Garrick commanded, “Farber! Wexler! Gillie! Pack light in case we need to run. Farber! Bring a couple of Heshi’s. Hey! Wear something red and dusty!”
Gillie, Wexler, and Farber left the bridge to pick up their gear. Garrick turned to Becker, “What’s the distance to the city from here?”
Becker looked at the scan grids, “From this viewer, maybe one, maybe two klicks.”
Garrick looked out the shielded windows at the craggy wall hiding Phoenix, “Too close but at least we’re behind this rock.”
Suddenly, Becker grabbed Garrick’s arm unexpectedly however, for a different reason, “Garrick! I know what you’re feeling. There’s something wrong here. Really wrong. I’m giving you a direct order! Find Menser and take him out. Blow the Penteract. Understand?”
Garrick contemplated Becker expecting a different conversation, “My hair’s standing up on my neck. I’ve got a bad feeling myself.”
Becker seemed concerned, “One last thing. You’ll be out of communication with Phoenix. So you’re on your own.”
Garrick answered knowing he had his secret weapon in his pocket, “I’ve got A.L.I.S.”
Just then, Gillie, Wexler, and Farber came back dressed in desert gear with breathing masks. They had an extra robe for Garrick. Gillie handed the breathing mask to him, “Here Cap.”
Garrick put his robe on and hung the mask around his neck, “Stay away from the Dragars. They can smell humans a mile away. They’re dangerous.”
Farber replied meekly, “I just wished your blue genie is following behind us.”
Garrick pointed towards Mediteranea, “She’ll be close enough. City is that way. Find Menser and the Penteract. Get it?”
Gillie, Wexler, and Farber yelled, “HOORAH!”
Garrick barked, “A.L.I.S.! Command!”
A.L.I.S. materialized in her blue haze, “Guardian waiting!”
Garrick ordered, “Link!” Then A.L.I.S. disappeared waiting for his command.


About the Author:
D.A. Karr has been writing books and screenplays for the last ten years. Her experience and employment includes firefighting in the U.S. Forest Service, law enforcement, IT engineering, and several years with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego (SSC San Diego). She has a Master’s in software engineering.
D.A. Karr enjoys writing in a variety of genres including sci-fi, thriller-mystery, historical fiction, and screenplays. She is the author of several books including Link, The Legend of Pendyne, and The Racehorse with Magic Shoes.
To learn more, go to http://www.racehorsewithmagicshoes.com/. Connect with D.A. Karr on Twitter.


2015 Author & Reader Convention in New Orleans

BTS eMagNovember 19, 2014 (NEW ORLEANS, LA) – BTS eMag, the publisher of BTS Book Reviews Magazine, announced today that they, with Vickie Dold of ARC Conventions, will be hosting the 2nd annual Author & Reader Convention in New Orleans. The event will take place July 30 through August 1, 2015 at the Holiday Inn New Orleans – Downtown Superdome.
“Our goal is to bring book lovers and writers together for a fun and educational event,” says Myra Nour, CEO of BTS eMag. “This convention promises to be even bigger and better than the 2014 Author & Reader Convention in Phoenix. We have a wonderful line-up of talented authors and a growing number of readers attending the 2015 convention.”
Authors attending include Abbi Glines, Robyn Peterman Zahn, V.A. Dolds, Myra Nour, Sandy Sullivan, Julia Mills, Quinn Loftis, and many more. To see the full list of authors attending, go to http://www.authorreadercon.com/nola-2015-authors.html
Abbi Glines will be the Keynote Speaker for the 2015 Author & Reader Convention. Abbi Glines is a New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her works include the Rosemary Beach series, the Sea Breeze series, the Vincent Boys series, and the Existence trilogy.
The first annual BTS eMag Red Carpet Book Awards will be presented at the 2015 Author & Reader Convention. The awards will honor the best in literary and genre fiction. Robyn Peterman Zahn, author and actress, will be the Master of Ceremony at the Awards. Award categories include Readers Choice, Reviewers Choice, Best Book of Year, Best Cover, Rising Star, and Best Short Story. All genres covered in the BTSemag will be considered: Contemporary & Romance, Historical & Western, Erotic, Mystery & Suspense, S/F, Fantasy & Paranormal, Young and New Adult. Awards for 2014 will end with the November/December 2014 issue of BTS Book Reviews magazine.
The convention also includes a variety of fun activities including author & reader meet and greets, book signings, workshops, speed dating, games, carriage rides, the 2nd annual Mr. BTS contest, and more.
It is $125 for authors to register for the 2015 Author & Reader Con, which includes access to the event all weekend and a 1/2 table for book signing. For readers it is only $15 for access to the event all weekend.
For more information and to purchase a registration ticket, go to http://www.authorreadercon.com/
For media inquiries, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.
2015 NOLA Author & Reader Convention

Book Publicity Services Proudly Supports The 2015 Lake BookFest

2015 Lake BookFestBook Publicity Services is excited to participate as a sponsor of the Lake County Library System’s 12th annual Lake BookFest, which will take place March 12 – 14, 2015.
The 2015 BookFest, titled Dreams and Nightmares, will feature authors of fantasy and science fiction and related genres. In fantasy, events occur outside the ordinary laws that operate within the universe and often, magic is central.  It can open up new possibilities and it offers a new perspective on the “real” world. The 2015 BookFest featured authors include Dana Cameron, Lucienne Diver, Karen Chance, Christina Farley, Leigh Perry, Caighlan Smith, and C. L. Wilson.
The Lake BookFest’s mission is to present the highest quality literary and cultural events and activities to encourage the love of reading and to connect readers and writers in a way that enriches both by providing informative and entertaining programs to the community.
The Lake County Library System consists of an administrative office, located in Tavares, FL and 15 service outlets. Libraries include the following: Astor County Library; Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library in Groveland; W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora; Cagan Crossings Community Library in the Four Corners area; Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont; East Lake County Library in Sorrento; Fruitland Park Library; Helen Lehmann Memorial Library in Montverde; Lady Lake Public Library; Leesburg Public Library; Marianne Beck Memorial Library in Howey-in-the-Hills; Minneola Schoolhouse Library; Paisley County Library; City of Tavares Public Library; and the Umatilla Public Library.
To learn more, go to MyLakeLibrary.org

Author Karen J. Hicks Announces Book Signing In Las Vegas, NV

The Coming Woman book coverNovember 3, 2014 (Las Vegas, NV) – Author Karen J. Hicks announced today that she will be signing copies of her novel The Coming Woman at Books or Books in Las Vegas, NV on November 15, 2014 at 1:00PM.
The Coming Woman is a novel based on the life of feminist Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. President. Victoria Woodhull had the courage to enter the political arena before women had won the battle to vote. This is a timely, relevant, and compelling look at one of the women who paved the way for women like Hillary Clinton to claim their place on the national stage and in our history books.
“It is a riveting account of an amazing woman and her struggle for justice and human dignity, told in an engaging and eminently readable style.” – Tim Wise, author, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.
“The Coming Woman is a great read and a long overdue biography written beautifully by Ms. Hicks. Victoria Woodhull comes alive in each and every paragraph; a vital strength and spirit in Woodhull propels her to run for president of the United States when women weren’t even allowed to vote! What a woman, what a book! An inspiring must read for every woman and any adventurous men! Thank you, Ms. Hicks for finally telling her colorful story.” – Jennifer Lee Pryor, author of Tarnished Angel: A Memoir and President, Indigo, Inc.
“What kind of confidence would it take for a woman to buck the old boy’s club of politics in 1872? More than 140 years pre-Hillary, there was Victoria Woodhull. This book takes you back with a breathtaking, present-tense bird’s eye view into a time…I couldn’t put it down.” – Ruth Buzzi, Golden Globe Award winner and Television Hall of Fame inductee
The Coming Woman, published by Sartoris Literary Group, is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Books or Books is located at 3460 E. Sunset Road, Suite R, Las Vegas, NV 89120. To learn more, go to http://www.booksorbooks.com/
For further information, to request a review copy of The Coming Woman, or to interview Karen Hicks, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at Kelsey@BookPublicityServices.com or 805.807.9027