Pump Up Your Book Presents Waking Up Happy Virtual Book Publicity Tour + Giveaways

Waking Up Happy

Join Jill Muehrcke, author of the addiction self-help memoir, Waking Up Happy: A Handbook of Change with Memoirs of Recovery and Hope (JP Publications), as she virtually tours the blogosphere April 2 – May 25 2012 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!


Juliana (Jill) Muehrcke is the award-winning author of many books and articles. Founder and editor of the international magazine Nonprofit World (snpo.org), she has studied at the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan and has a BA degree, specializing in English and psychology, from the University of Washington. Jill is listed in Who’s Who (MarquisWhoswho.com). In her spare time, she enjoys teaching yoga and eating ethnic food. For many years, in several cities, including Seattle, Honolulu, and Madison, she has written restaurant reviews.

Her latest book is Waking Up Happy: A Handbook of Change with Memoirs of Recovery and Hope.

You can visit her website at www.WakingUpHappyBook.com.

Listen to Jill on the Joy Cardin Show at http://wpr.org/search/ideas_program_search.cfm?StartYear=3&keyword=muehrcke&x=0&y=0.

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No matter what kind of change you want to make in your life, WAKING UP HAPPY: A HANDBOOK OF CHANGE WITH MEMOIRS OF RECOVERY AND HOPE holds the keys. As inspirational as it is practical, this first-of-a-kind handbook focuses on the positive steps of recovery and change.

Powerful, absorbing, and beautifully written, WAKING UP HAPPY tells people’s stories, the turning points that changed their lives, and their secrets to waking up happy. Whenever a storyteller learns a new life lesson, you’ll find exercises you can do to put that lesson to use in your own life.

In WAKING UP HAPPY, Jill Muehrcke tells her true story. She also includes the stories of her daughter and granddaughter. Together, these memoirs shine a light on three generations struggling with similar problems and offer clues to how to break the legacy of addiction.

In addition, Jill includes the memoirs of over 30 others recovering from addictions, harmful habits, and intolerable situations. Brave and honest, these stories are filled with triumphs and epiphanies, as well as concrete, step-by-step advice and guidance.

Lessons learned are summarized into secrets you can use to forge your own life-changing journey. The book ends with 365 Steps on Your Journey – one simple step for each day of the year. If you do just one thing from this book every day, you’ll see dramatic growth.

WAKING UP HAPPY is the first book ever to combine memoirs with exercises in a way that ignites change in an almost magical way. Readers say that the combination of true stories and concrete exercises has helped them change their lives as nothing else has been able to do. The memoirs inspire them and the to-do lists prompt them into action.

The exercises are based on decades of research into how people transform their lives. The memoirs provide hope. They show that change really can happen.

Ideally suited to people recovering from addictions or self-defeating habits, WAKING UP HAPPY is also for anyone who has watched a loved one struggle and felt the anguish of not knowing how to help. Indeed, it’s for anyone who longs to move past fear to joy.

One reader calls WAKING UP HAPPY “a treasure trove of delight. It’s like a work/play book in the style and spirit of the Motherpeace books. You can read it straight through or just open it at random and find wisdom.”

Half of all proceeds from WAKING UP HAPPY will go to the Recovery Foundation (recoveryfoundation.net), helping people lead new lives.


There are many reasons why you may want to change your life. If you’re in a relationship that’s diminishing rather than enhancing your best self, or if you’re eating the wrong foods, hurting your body, or doing other self-destructive things, you know, deep inside, that you can’t continue on that path. And as you pass through different phases in your life – as you become a parent, for example, or an empty-nester or a retiree – radical adjustments are necessary.

Changing your life isn’t easy. It means learning to know yourself. It means creating yourself anew. Because you’re both the sculptor and the stone, it’s a wrenching task.

And yet every sculptor knows that the piece of art that’s meant to be already exists: It’s a matter of carving its essence from material that’s already there. When asked how the granite bear came to be, the sculptor says, “I just cut away everything that wasn’t a bear.”

Everyone’s life cries out for transformation. If you don’t change and grow, you die: Bit by bit, day by day, your innermost soul dwindles and perishes. The cost of not continuing to grow is ultimately feeling half-dead.

You’re the artist of your own life. All you need do is pick up the tools for change and begin to use them. Each false start is a carving crucial to the final piece of art, paving the way for you to sculpt your greatest creation: the beautiful self that lies within the stone.

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Pump Up Your Book & Jill Muehrcke are teaming up to bring you a great giveaway.  One lucky person who comments the most on her blog stops will receive a $25 gift certificate.  The blog host who receives the most comments through the tour will also receive a $25 gift certificate!  Also check out her schedule below to find out how you can win a FREE copy of her book.  Good luck and we’ll see you on the blog trail!

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Waking Up Happy Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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books kk 1232 Monday, April 2

Interview at Blogcritics

1232 Tuesday, April 3

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Suddenly Books

1232 Wednesday, April 4

Book Giveaway at Let’s Book It

1232 Thursday, April 5

Interview at SheWrites

1232 Friday, April 6

Interview at Examiner

1232 Monday, April 9

Interview & Book Giveaway at The Writer’s Life

1232 Tuesday, April 10

Interview at Between the Covers

1232 Wednesday, April 11

Interview & Book Giveaway at Literarily Speaking

1232 Thursday, April 12

Interviewed LIVE on Blog Talk Radio’s A Book and a Chat

Interviewed at Digital Journal

1232 Friday, April 13

Read the first chapter at Beyond the Books

1232 Monday, April 16

Interview at Beyond the Books

1232 Tuesday, April 17

Guest Blogging at Coffee and a Keyboard

1232 Wednesday, April 18

Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking

1232 Thursday, April 19

Guest Blogging at Motherhoot

Book Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

1232 Friday, April 20

Interview at Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog

1232 Tuesday, May 1

Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking

1232 Wednesday, May 2

Book Giveaway at Bookworm Lisa

1232 Thursday, May 3

Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

1232 Friday, May 4

Book Review at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

1232 Monday, May 7

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Reviews by Molly

1232 Tuesday, May 8

Interview at Review From Here

1232 Wednesday, May 9

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at The Book Faery Reviews

1232 Friday, May 11

Interview & Book Giveaway at Cafe of Dreams

1232 Monday, May 14

Interview at As the Pages Turn

1232 Tuesday, May 15

Interview at The Dark Phantom Reviews

1232 Thursday, May 17

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

1232 Friday, May 18

Interview at The Top Shelf

1232 Monday, May 21

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer

1232 Tuesday, May 22

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

1232 Wednesday, May 23

Interview at American Chronicle

1232 Thursday, May 24

Interview at Divine Caroline

Friday, May 25

Guest Blogging at Literal Exposure

Interview at Broowaha

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Jill Muehrcke’s WAKING UP HAPPY VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on April 2 and end on May 25, 2012. Please contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing her book. Thank you!

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