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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 18 2012 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!


Jill MuehrckeJuliana (Jill) Muehrcke is the award-winning author of many books and articles. Founder and editor of the international magazine Nonprofit World (, 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 ( 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

Listen to Jill on the Joy Cardin Show at

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Waking Up HappyWAKING UP HAPPY: A HANDBOOK OF CHANGE WITH MEMOIRS OF RECOVERY AND HOPE: Powerful, absorbing, and beautifully written, this first-of-its-kind book of transformation and healing includes memoirs of people who have recovered from addictions, harmful habits, and intolerable situations, along with exercises readers can do to make the same transformations in their own lives.

Half of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Recovery Foundation helping people build new lives – so every time someone buys a book, they will be helping someone TRANSFORM THEIR LIFE!


Those of us who tell our stories here had different time schedules for changing our lives and have taken varied pathways, but all of us were — and are — on the same odyssey. Moving away from our addictions was just one step on that road to a new life.

Before we could create lasting change, we needed to find the root causes that made us turn to drugs – and other addictions – for relief – childhood abuse, neglect, mental illness in the family, secrets and fears that stifled honest communication as we were growing up and made us doubt ourselves and our worth. Confronting those ghosts, we learned to care for ourselves and find peace in our hearts.

It wasn’t about the drugs. There was always something missing at the core. What was missing was love. We had to learn to love ourselves, the people and environment around us, and finally the larger world.

The afflictions that went along with addictions – depression, eating disorders, sexual compulsions – complicated our voyage. We had to be vigilant that we didn’t slip back into those secondary disorders. Doing so required us to become detectives in unraveling the mystery of our own lives, and digging for those answers became one of the most exhilarating parts of the journey. The only thing more magical was sharing our discoveries with others and listening to their stories of self-discovery.

We have come full circle but have discovered that life isn’t really a circle but, rather, a spiral. Each time we come around to what seems like the same place, we’re on a different level, with greater ability to apply the lessons we’ve learned before.

We ask ourselves: How many times do I have to learn this lesson? The answer is: You will be learning your life lessons forever. But each time, you embed that lesson within your psyche a little more fully.

Step by step is the way. Slow and steady is the speed. That’s how change happens – by inches. By millimeters. By micrometers.

It is our brokenness, the jagged parts of ourselves that catch the light like crystal. It’s the glitter of those pointed pieces that beams a light for us and for others.

Taking these lessons to heart, we’re stronger than we ever thought possible. And yet we’re stronger still – immeasurably strong – when we join with others on the pilgrimage. We’re like beads of water falling on stone. Together, we transform the stone into something altogether new. We will never give up.

~ ~ ~GIVEAWAYS ~ ~ ~

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 kkMonday, April 2

Interview at Blogcritics

Tuesday, April 3

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Suddenly Books

Wednesday, April 4

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Let’s Book It

Thursday, April 5

Interview at SheWrites

Friday, April 6

Interview at Examiner

Monday, April 9

Interview & Book Giveaway at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, April 10

Interview at Between the Covers

Wednesday, April 11

Interview & Book Giveaway at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, April 12

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

Interviewed at Digital Journal

Friday, April 13

Read the first chapter at Beyond the Books

Monday, April 16

Interview & Book Giveaway at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, April 17

Guest Blogging at Coffee and a Keyboard

Wednesday, April 18

Guest Blogging at Jagged Edge Reviews

Thursday, April 19

Guest Blogging at Motherhoot

Friday, April 20

Interview at Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog

Tuesday, May 1

Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, May 2

Book Giveaway at Bookworm Lisa

Thursday, May 3

Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Friday, May 4

Book Review at Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Monday, May 7

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Reviews by Molly

Tuesday, May 8

Interview at Review From Here

Wednesday, May 9

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at The Book Faery Reviews

Thursday, May 10

Interview at Divine Caroline

Friday, May 11

Interview & Book Giveaway at Cafe of Dreams

Monday, May 14


Tuesday, May 15

Interview at The Dark Phantom Reviews

Wednesday, May 16


Thursday, May 17


Friday, May 18

Interview at The Top Shelf

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Jill Muehrcke’s WAKING UP HAPPY VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on April 2 and end on May 18, 2012. Please contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at) if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing her book. Thank you!

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