Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kary Oberbrunner... REVEALED


It's a cesspool out there ... *holding my nose*
The internet is swarming with online pitches to become authors, coaches, and entrepreneurs—but how do you know whom to trust? A stranger’s face, a gimmicky click-bait tagline, and the premise of selling you something that is more self-serving to them rather than helping you start your business—all too scary for me! No, I needed something that worked in my life, someone whom I could trust, and someone who believed in the vision I had. Enter Kary Oberbrunner.

You can’t do that!

After writing the first book of my fiction novel series, I knew I wanted it to become more than just a book on a shelf. I saw it not only as a story but a way to launch a coaching-type business for families. No one I had spoken to about this understood my vision. I felt discouraged, resigning to the fact that I had to publish this book by myself without expanding it into a business. I felt alone until I clicked on an online webinar about Author Academy Elite.

Could Author Academy Elite be another scam?

The webinar was given by Kary Oberbrunner—author, coach, speaker, and founder of Author Academy Elite. AAE is a collaborative publishing and marketing company that not only helps you publish your book but teaches you how to turn it into a business. There was nothing to buy at the end of the webinar—big surprise to me! Instead, he asked us to fill out an application to see if we would make a good fit. That impressed me—he was screening potential clients to see if our ideas were worth developing and if he could be of help. I sent him my proposal and was shocked to get an email saying he wanted to personally talk to me about the potential business around my book—speaking engagements, supplemental materials, online webinars—ideas I hadn’t even thought of. Finally, someone who saw what I saw and believed I could make something more of this. I’m a woman of faith, so after much pondering and prayer, I signed up.

Selling is Serving? What’s up with that?

Kary’s signature style of teaching is all about serving. Using video modules, pdf guidebooks, and live chat sessions each week, he makes himself available to every member of the group. Never did I feel he acted as if he was better than the rest of us. Rather, he was there to serve. For those of us who have a strong foundation in our faith, this is precisely what we’re told to do and how we are expected to act if we are to live our faith. How refreshing to find someone in the business world doing this with humility and teaching us to do the same in our own business and lives.

Igniting Souls Conference—did I join a cult?

After I published my first book, I was given a chance to present it at the Igniting Souls Conference 2016 last October. Can I tell you I was scared of what to expect! Would I meet a bunch of slimy salesmen? Crazy cultists? Boring business people?  It was nothing like that at all. Kary and his team ran the event with respect, integrity, and passion—all while giving us more value than we could imagine. In ISC17, the guests were informative, motivational, hilarious, and generous—who leaves a conference with the PowerPoint notes from several of the big-time conferences speakers and a free book from another speaker? Yes, Amy Schmittauer gave over 200 books away. Why? She learned what all the other presenters had learned (and what Kary is teaching us)—how to serve your clients first.


Were the newbies eaten alive?

We didn’t only hear from giant rock stars like David Branderhorst, Dexter Godfrey, Mike Kim, Brian Dixon, and Amy Schmittauer—Kary gave every new author a chance to speak about their book and business. I can’t tell you how inspiring it was to hear the stories of our fellow journeymen and women who’ve struggled in life and have used the wisdom they’ve gained to propel them forward through coaching and writing services. Each story was more uplifting than the last.

Is this the real deal?

I’ve attended two Igniting Souls conferences since joining AAE, and I can tell you I’ve never been more energized about growing my business. I’ve struggled all my life with the sense of feeling like I matter. Kary and his team prove to me over and over that I matter, that my message is worth telling, and that people are starving for what I have to give. The difference now is that I too see those people as souls whom I can serve—and I so desperately want to serve them to give them what’s lacking in their lives. Igniting Souls Conference 2017 did that for me.

Take-aways for you:

Your faith is moving forward, or your faith is in reverse. ~ Dexter Godfrey
Stop getting ready to get ready. ~ Dexter Godfrey
What’s obvious to you is magic to other people. ~ Brian Dixon
Don’t be the newspaper at the end of the driveway. ~ Brian Dixon
Your pain is your platform. ~ Kary Oberbrunner
Refuse to stop trying—if you’re not failing enough, you’re not trying enough. ~ Kary Oberbrunner
Create awareness by serving your audience. ~ Amy Schmittauer
Marketing is what you do for people, not what you do to people. ~ Mike Kim
When we influence language, we influence thinking. ~ Mike Kim
The power of the product is to serve people. ~ Brian Dixon
Believe in what God has given you, learn from those around you, work hard, and serve people to the best of your ability. ~ David Branderhorst

 I hope to see you all at Igniting Souls 2018 Conference in Columbus Ohio, October 20th - 21st.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Questions about A Doorway Back to Forever

Where did the idea for A Doorway Back to Forever come from?


 A great story entertains. But a good story—one that speaks to your soul— can change your heart forever. Never underestimate the power of a good story! 

Think back to when you were a child—what was your favorite story? It may have been a tale of good triumphing over evil or a happily-ever-after story that brought the heroes home.  Whatever it was, I’m sure it spoke directly to your heart and made a lasting impression to this day. This is not a coincidence. I believe the power of story is a gift from God—a gift that speaks directly from His spirit to ours reminding us of eternal truths that span all generations and cultures touching hearts to remind us of things we have but forgotten. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? A timeless story doesn’t simply entertain. It inspires us to be better than we were yesterday. We need more good stories!

My desire to help people reconnect with their spiritual nature propelled me to write A Doorway Back to Forever. It is a fantasy series with symbols of faith for those who have eyes to see them. It is a written for YA, upper middle grade, and older, especially families and those who are looking to strengthen their divine connection with God. The main characters, Kit and Robyn discover they have a secret gift called magic-sense—a forbidden power to see and hear beyond earthly sight and sound. It is considered a taboo, but they are strangely drawn to it. Unable to control their curiosity, it leads them to the doorway back to Forever: a magical realm where magic-sense began. They’re given a challenge to explore the kingdom and fight with the royal family for its existence. But a madman beyond the doorway wants to see the royal family destroyed and the girls dead. Kit and Robyn know what they must do—do you have the courage to join them?

Do fictional stories really have the power to do more than entertain?



Fiction has the power to teach and to heal. We come to this life with a connection to God, but something happens to us along the way. We lose sight of our divinity due to the trials we face while negotiating this journey called life. We become tattered, soiled, sold for cheap. We’re lied to and told that this broken image of ourselves is who we are. In reality, we’re worth more than we can even imagine, more than what we remember. Some people are fortunate. They experience a foundation of faith that helps to ground them, refocus their worth, and teaches eternal truths through spiritual instruction. Others aren’t so fortunate and spend their lives searching for their worth. There are more ways to remember one’s worth, and storytelling is a powerful venue for teaching these truths. A Doorway Back to Forever is an exciting series, but it is more—it points us in the direction of our eternal home.

Is it preachy?


Not at all! The symbolism is woven subtly within the story and character arcs. For those with a spiritual upbringing, you may notice it. For others without, it’s simply a fantasy story. I’ve had people of both backgrounds comment on how the message touched them at their own level of spirituality—even hardcore agnostics!  In the seven-book series, readers will rediscover what they have forgotten—their eternal connection to God. It is perfect for families to read, then discuss and compare it to their own ideas of eternity. It is the kind of story that reintroduces us to our relationship with God and helps us move closer to Him. The series has something for everyone at any age.


What are the first two books about?


A Doorway Back to Forever: BELIEVE takes two families on a journey of faith and courage discovering the magic within them. It begins by introducing the reader to the two families and the magical world they find beyond the doorway which leads to Forever. It is there where they learn of the royal family that beckons them home, the madman that vows to destroy them, and how to gain strength to overcome the challenges they face.  

A Doorway Back to Forever: TRUST is the second book in the series. It asks the question, “Now that you believe, can you be trusted to go further?” It explores the trial of temptation as the main characters are lured from both sides of the doorway. 

The rest of the series explores moral, ethical, and spiritual trials which fall in the realm of the fantasy world, the Kingdom of Forever.

Where do you see this going?
A Doorway Back to Forever will not end with the seven volumes. Supplemental material will be released, including study guides, podcasts, and inspirational fireside chats discussing the spiritual topics in further depth. A mastermind course called A Doorway Back to Forever Awakening will offer insight into connecting with your spiritual nature and will be available online in early 2018. I even have hopes to make this into a movie in the distant future.
Tell us more about the first book, BELIEVE:


FULL TITLE: A DOORWAY BACK TO FOREVER: BELIEVE
GENRE: YA, UPPER MIDDLE GRADE, AND FAMILIES
BACK COVER BLURB:

Welcome, Skyborn warrior. Your Awakening is now.

Robyn and Kit are best friends who share everything—except their darkest secret. They were born with forbidden magic-sense, the ability to see and hear beyond Earthly sight and sound. It’s been called a taboo, but Robyn and Kit are strangely drawn to it—could there be more to this curse than they’ve been told?
When their secret spills out, it opens a doorway back to Forever—the realm where magic-sense began. It is a gift, connecting them to the Skyborn people. They are summoned back by the forces for good to preserve the kingdom and revive magic where it once flourished—on Earth. It can thrive again if Robyn and Kit are brave enough to follow.

However, the doorway awakens more than magical fairy-tales. A dark force is unleashed—one that has battled the Skyborn since time began—and it wants the girls dead, the Earth destroyed.

Beyond the doorway is where the adventure begins—trickery, kidnapping, a prison break, rescue teams, sword fights, magical gold-dust, holographic medallions, and singing orbs—but only for those who have the courage to believe.

Tell us more about the second book, TRUST

full Title: A Doorway back to forever: Trust
genre: YA, upper middle grade, and families
Back cover Blurb:
FORBIDDEN … AND YET. THE BLACK VIAL CALLS TO YOU.

 “Mark my word,” Dr. du Monique said, “One-third of your team will fall to Midnight—and this black vial will be the cause of it.”

Robyn, Kit, and Cam are called to be on the Elite Skyborn Warrior Team, but the Legend’s prophecy points a guilty finger—three of the nine are destined to turn on the prince. They swear none of them would ever fall, but the vial has a secret, mesmerizing appeal.
While learning to control their powers, their younger siblings, Shirley, Grace, and McCoy, are taught to spy on suspected magic-users and turn them in to the police. When the older kids discover a plot to kill Mr. Fischer, they must use advanced skills they’ve secretly cultivated—skills that could push them over the edge into Midnight. 

Will they be the ones to fall to the dark side, or will their younger siblings have them arrested before their mission is complete?

A Doorway Back To Forever: TRUST, is the perfect sequel to BELIEVE. It takes two families on an adventure to Midnight and back that challenges their ability to trust who they are, why they are here, and what they’ve been chosen to do. Do you have the courage to join them?
 “Nanette O’Neal spins another great tale of faith, this time asking who can resist temptation—would you pass the test?” Kary Oberbrunner, author of ELIXIR Project.



ENDORSEMENTS FOR A DOORWAY BACK TO FOREVER: TRUST 

The second book in the Doorway Back to Forever Series by Nanette O’Neal, A DOORWAY BACK TO FOREVER: TRUST takes the fantasy to the next level with mystery, suspense, and temptations that leave you guessing who the villains really are! Robyn, Kit, and Cam continue their training while battling the dark forces of Sylvare beyond the doorway. Their younger siblings, Shirley, Grace, and McCoy, secretly investigate their forbidden use of magic. The three younger siblings add comedy to this thrilling tale as each side questions who and what to trust. This is a story of faith, courage, and knowing how to follow your gut. A perfect sequel to BELIEVE.  ~ Kary Oberbrunner, author of ELIXIR Project.

A DOORWAY BACK TO FOREVER: TRUST is an inspiring book about revelation and finding yourself. I felt like I was in the story learning and growing with each character. I felt inspired reading TRUST, and I am excited to have a book that I can enjoy with my kids. ~Whitney Rockwell, reader.


A DOORWAY BACK TO FOREVER: TRUST reminds me of the "Chronicles of Narnia" with a touch "Aragon" ... battling good vs. evil.  It is a perfect read for any age. I am a father of 3 young-adult children, and I couldn't put it down!  ~ DeLane Davidson, reader.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

TRUST! Release date May 4th 2017

Hello Skyborn Warriors! 

A Doorway Back to Forever: TRUST will be coming out May 4th, 2017
Pre-Sales will be announce asap.


WHAT IS IT ABOUT??
Forbidden … and yet. The black vial calls to you.

 “Mark my word,” Dr. du Monique said, “One third of your team will fall to Midnight—and this black vial will be the cause of it.”

Robyn, Kit, and Cam are called to be on the Elite Skyborn Warrior Team, but the Legend’s prophecy points a guilty finger—three of the nine are destined to turn on the prince. They swear none of them would ever fall, but the vial has a secret, mesmerizing appeal.
While learning to control their powers, their younger siblings, Shirley, Grace, and McCoy, are taught to spy on suspected magic-users and turn them in to the police. When the older kids discover a plot to kill Mr. Fischer, they must use advanced skills they’ve secretly cultivated—skills that could push them over the edge into Midnight. 
Will they be the ones to fall to the dark side, or will their younger siblings have them arrested before their mission is complete?
A Doorway Back To Forever: TRUST, is the perfect sequel to BELIEVE. It takes two families on an adventure to Midnight and back that challenges their ability to trust who they are, why they are here, and what they’ve been chosen to do. Do you have the courage to join them?

 “Nanette O’Neal spins another great tale of faith, this time asking who can resist temptation—would you pass the test?” Kary Oberbrunner, author of ELIXIR Project.

Endorsements for A DOORWAY BACK TO FOREVER: TRUST


     The second book in the Doorway Back to Forever Series by Nanette O’Neal, A DOORWAY BACK TO FOREVER: TRUST takes the fantasy to the next level with mystery, suspense, and temptations that leave you guessing who the villains really are! Robyn, Kit, and Cam continue their training while battling the dark forces of Sylvare beyond the doorway. Their younger siblings, Shirley, Grace, and McCoy, secretly investigate their forbidden use of magic. The three younger siblings add comedy to this thrilling tale as each side questions who and what to trust. This is a story of faith, courage, and knowing how to follow your gut. A perfect sequel to BELIEVE~ Kary Oberbrunner, author of ELIXIR Project.

A DOORWAY BACK TO FOREVER: TRUST is an inspiring book about revelation and finding yourself. I felt like I was in the story learning and growing with each character. I felt inspired reading TRUST, and I am excited to have a book that I can enjoy with my kids. ~Whitney Rockwell, reader.


A DOORWAY BACK TO FOREVER: TRUST reminds me of the "Chronicles of Narnia" with a touch "Aragon" ... battling good vs. evil.  It is a perfect read for any age. I am a father of 3 young-adult children, and I couldn't put it down!  ~ DeLane Davidson, reader.

Monday, January 23, 2017

I GOT HACKED!!

Well, it’s been too long since my last blog / update. I was hacked—but now I’m back.
Hacked?? Yes. Not my computer, not my bank account, not my home security system, but my brain.
It was brutal, let me tell you.


After publishing my first book, A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe, I was flying high with the success. Sales were good, reviews were all positive, even friends who had doubted my abilities were sending me messages about how much they enjoyed the first book. I was well on my way to advancing the series and developing the idea even further. I had already written the first drafts for books two, three, and four, and I began to delve into the publicity and marketing of book one.

That’s when I got hacked.

Sales for book one began to fizzle after two months. Wasn’t it good enough? Hack.
Facing the task of learning marketing techniques was daunting. Am I smart enough to learn this? Hack.
Waiting for edits and critiques to come back for book two was taking longer than I expected. Did they secretly hate the second book? Hack.
How am I going to keep up with my deadlines? Hack. How can I speak at the Igniting Souls conference when I’ve lost faith in my own series? Hack. How could I ever believe this book series could be expanded into a successful business? Hack. Who would ever want to read more? Hack. Maybe I should give up now. Hack. HACK. HACK!!

Visions of Rocky Balboa getting crushed in the ring with Apollo Creed, his face brutalized, swollen, and bleeding, filled my mind’s eye. It was my idea that stood in that ring, and every doubt, all my fears, pummeled it mercilessly. I watched it happen, powerless to stop it—


—until I discovered the secret. I was the hacker. I had the power to stop it all along.

You see, we all have the power to create and to destroy with equal zeal. We have God-given talents to create beauty, goodness, and positivity in our world. We have the power to be more than who we are today. We have the power to reach our own Awakening, to see the doorway that leads to the Kingdom of Forever—a place where perfection already exists. We have the power to open that doorway and remember who we once were, to become that perfect being again.

But we also have the power to destroy our own hopes and dreams of reaching perfection simply by letting doubts and fears blind us to anything beyond what we see in this life. We live in a world where brutality, corruption, and devastation seem to reign, and we submit to being the servant, the pawn, the underdog of our own story. If we persist in this negativity, we are the ones who crush our dreams. We are both the Rocky Balboa and the Apollo Creed of our lives. We get hacked.
It is our choice who we ultimately give the power to.

How did I learn to resist the hacker in me? It wasn’t easy—I’m still working on it. But I have to tell you, I needed help. I read a fiction novel called The ELIXIR Project by Kary Oberbrunner. It deals directly with the idea of unhackability—learning to have faith in your flawless idea and developing the talent of pure focus and unwavering flow in the actions you take to develop that flawless idea. His fiction book was the foundation for his master class, The ELIXIR Project Experience, where he takes you step by step through the process of becoming Unhackable.

The result—I have more energy, more focus, and more faith in the validity of my idea. I have more determination than ever to continue my series and to develop the master class I dreamed it could become.


Do you have an idea to create something amazing? Maybe you have the desire to be a better mom or dad and you need a push to make it happen. Maybe your productivity at home, school, or work could use some fine tuning. Maybe there is a marathon runner inside you itching to step up to the starting line. Maybe there is a musician inside you craving to perform a solo in a concert. Maybe there is a novel inside you hoping to be read by millions. Maybe, just maybe, you’re ready to see the doorway back to YOUR Forever, and all you need is the confidence to reach for the knob and open it.

To find out how unhackable you are, take this free hackability assessment
I'll see you on the other side of the doorway!

Nanette


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Exciting News Beyond the Doorway

So much is happening!

A Doorway Back to Forever: TRUST 

scheduled for release 
Spring of 2017

But that's not all ... 

The Doorway Back to Forever AWAKENING

June of 2017

A master class experience designed to help you discover your own doorway, AWAKENING will be coming this summer!  More details will follow. 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Autographed Copies Available for Christmas


Now available at a discounted price for Christmas, you can get an autographed copy of

 A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe for $12.00 (shipping and handling included) 


LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

Please send an email request
  BY DECEMBER 12TH
to nan_oneal@yahoo.com
for a guaranteed delivery by Christmas 


Payment accepted by check or through PayPal.

Any requests after December 12th will require additional charges for shipping.

This offer ends on  December 16th, or when supplies run out. Order today!


Friday, July 29, 2016

The Evolution of the Doorway: Part Five—The Gateway Between Two Worlds


A Doorway Back to Forever is a gateway between two worlds—ours, and a fantastic place where magic-sense was born. Not everyone can see the doorway. Your magic-sense, the ability to see and hear beyond Earthly sights and sounds, must be awakened to summon the door. Once it is, there’s no turning back! Get ready for an adventure that will awaken more than you expected.


As a child, we use our imagination freely—it’s the nature of childhood. But as we grow older, we put child-like things aside. The danger lies when we do this so often, we lose our ability to wonder, and we forget the possibilities of hope. We dismiss the value of believing in things greater than what we see around us. We become trapped in a finite world, routine patterns, and cloudy expectations. We lose sight of the Doorway.

But whether we see it or not, the Doorway is always there.

Have you had a secret dream that took you to a world of wonder and magic? Have you ever heard a call, beckoning you to be more than who you are? Have you had questions that no one seems to have the answers for? My guess is, you have—we all have. Maybe these thoughts are telling you something—persuading you to look beyond what you see and find your own personal Doorway. In a sense, they invite you to find out more about who you are, where you come from, and why you’re here—questions that break you free of the limitations of this environment.



We have access to a Doorway similar to the one in the story. For some it is unlocking the imagination and creative process of the brain. For others it is enlightenment in a spiritual sense. For all, it leads to a place of peace, clarity, and the hope that all things will be made right again. The sorrows and struggles of this world try to keep you from seeing it, try to burden you with self-doubt, cloud your mind with every reason not to search for answers. But answers are there for everyone. The trick is to find your personal Doorway—and when you’re ready, you’ll see it.

When life bears down on you, when the chaos of the world seems unending, when you are tempted to give up and give in to the pressures around you, stop. Take a deep breath. Find your Doorway and visit the magical world beyond. Escape, explore, energize, then come home and live as you were meant to—enlightened beyond imagination.