Seek Your Peak to Find Your Spark Book

In “Seek Your Peak to Find Your Spark” anthology, our authors share their stories about what stirs their heart and gets them up in the morning.Seek Your Peak to Find Your Spark

is the second volume of Ignite Your Passion Kindle Your Internal Spark” series we bring you new narratives to inspire and delight you. Learn how to take control of your life and add more fulfillment to your days.

These personal chronicles provide techniques you can use immediately to get more from every day as we lead you through practical approaches that work. We live in an age of change and opportunity. This book offers readers proven methods they can use to transform their greatest hopes into reality!


Meet the “Seek You Peak to Find Your Spark” authors

Matt Hader is a novelist, screenwriter, and producer. In addition to the several screenplays he’s written, optioned, and sold, Matt has also worked as a producer, and creative consultant on various film and television projects.

His novel Bad Reputation was published in 2011 and several Bad Reputation universe novelettes about various side characters will be published in 2013.

He currently makes his home in the Chicago area.

Matt Hader’s novel Bad Reputation can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books and other fine booksellers.


American Hardie Karges took his first extended international trip at the age of twenty-one in 1975 and traveled to his first ten countries within two years, all for less than two thousand dollars. His first book, Hypertravel: 100 Countries in 2 Years was published in 2012. The full initial set of Backpackers & Flashpackers: Guide to World Hostels includes six volumes and will be completed by the end of 2013. Find out more at


Michelle Stien is a stay-at-home mom with two children, Madelyn, 6 and Colin, 4. She and her husband Tom live in Algonquin, IL. In addition to raising her children and blogging, Michelle is a columnist for Shaw Suburban Media magazines; Lake County Magazine, McHenry County Magazine, Kane County Magazine and Suburban Life Magazine. She is also a group fitness instructor at Lifetime Fitness, Dundee Township Park District and Melt Pilates and Hot Yoga. You can find her blog at


Lorraine M. Castle’s passion is writing. Lorraine is a Virtual Author’s Assistance and she shares her passion of writing as she assists authors with editing, proofreading, manuscript formatting, and eBook formatting and marketing their books. Lorraine has a blog. Lorraine’s company is Castle Virtual Solutions LLC where “Your Success Is My Goal!”


When Al Wilson was six years old WWII started. 80 years of living in troubled times have provided a great variety of experiences. He came to America in 1970 to evaluate a job offer prior to accepting it. Since then I have been trying to get Americans to speak English; he is not winning! Every year on Independence Day he throws the ceremonial tea bag into his creek and tries to make peace with the locals. He has met many wonderful people that he proudly calls friends. For over 30 years, Al and his wife Barb volunteered restoring the Prairie State’s preserves.

You are welcome to email questions to LITHfen@AOL.COM.


Gwen Koehler is a retired college dean with over thirty-six years of experience in education working with students from middle school through adulthood. Her most challenging work was teaching in a county jail and youth detention center. She has had the privilege to witness the power that education has to transform lives.

She is currently an educational consultant and is pursuing her writing career. She can be reached at


Joyce Feustel founded Boomers’ Social Media Tutor in 2012. She provides personalized social media tutoring and social media training to people new, or relatively new, to such social media websites as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and others.

She works with job seekers, business owners, retired people and leaders of nonprofit groups to help them become more proficient with social media. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Joyce has worked in education and business.


Gene Seaver enjoys retirement and spending time with his close family. He has been married for 57 years to his wife Patricia and they have seven children and 23 grandchildren. While owner and operator of Eagle Commercial Refrigeration Service he is active in his church including missionary trips throughout the world. To learn more about supporting missionaries, people in need, etc. visit and Contact Gene at


Linda Hayes was born in Southern California to first generation immigrants from the Philippines. She grew up in the Philippines and attended college in the United States. Her life as a mother of five children trapped in poverty with an abusive alcoholic husband for 19 years changed when she recaptured the rebel spirit of her youth and ended her marriage. She has turned oppressive circumstances into building blocks for success.

She is a successful businesswoman, a transformational author and speaker. She encourages changing obstacles into success stories. She authored The Voice Hidden Within Me – A Journey of Discovery and Healing Your Heart and her new upcoming cookbook Simply Tasty-Easy Meals on a Budget. You can visit her at: and Books are available at See her author page at


Joyce Kocinski has a Master’s degree in education and teaches education and student development courses at Elgin Community College. She is also a degreed interior designer certified in Interior Alignment Feng Shui and gives workshops on various design related topics. She helps clients through her interior design business, Design in Balance. She published her first book, Letters from Mom – a Daughter’s Journal of Healing, which is available on You can view her blog, Joyce’s Journal at or contact her at


Ed Finnegan holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate with over 15,000 hours of flight time. He is a former U.S. Army aviator, now flying for a major airline.

As an airline pilot, Ed has flown the following aircraft: the Boeing 727, the Boeing 737, the Boeing 757, the Boeing 767, the Boeing 777, the Fokker F-100 and the McDonnell Douglas MD-80.

He is qualified on and flies several different warbirds ranging from WWII aircraft like the P-51 Mustang to the present day jet aircraft such as the Aero Vodochody AV-L39.

Ed resides in northern Illinois and may be reached at


Combine a ton of real life experience, a wicked sense of humor, resiliency and fearlessness, pack it all in five feisty feet and what do you get? A transition and grief coach named Nancy Jo Nelson who will help you move forward and unleash your own “Warrior Within”. We have more in common than you think. For another taste, visit


Aside from volunteering in the animal rescue world for the last eighteen years, Dale Nelson has been in the dental field for almost forty years. She is happily married for twenty-eight years to my hubby Mark, who supports my passion in life, with a lot of eye rollings and “yes, dear”s. Along with her seven “forever fosters” she has three furless children. Samantha, a licensed clinical psychologist, Jennifer, a licensed cosmetologist, and Brett, a police officer. She has two sons in laws, Kirk, a high school band director and Matt, a State Trooper.

You can find Dale on Facebook, Dale Trackman Nelson, as well as her two main rescue groups:

A Heart For Animals

Rescue Warriors Corp


Terry League is Co-Founder, Social Media Consultant at League Computer Solutions, Inc., and a founding member of the Global Social Media Managers Association.

She holds a B.S. degree in Marketing with a minor in History, and has experience in corporate training. As a small business owner herself, Terry knows the social media challenges small businesses face.

Contact Terry for information on social media training programs, coaching, and account management.





If you’re interested in pursuing this passion as a profitable income stream, contact Kristine Porter at for information on the Professional Certification program to become a Home Stylist and House Stager. In an intensive program, you can learn via hands-on training, along with classroom work, to have your own business following your passion for home decorating.


Michaline Sowatzke’s heart and soul is in the fast paced and ever changing world of corporate travel. A client once said that she has a servant’s heart, loves what she does and it shows. With 35 years in the business, she had a variety of experiences starting with Eastern Airlines, on site at law firms and now with FROSCH specializes in luxury travel.

Her loving Chicago family, twelve years in Girl Scouts and distinguished service as the District Governor in Toastmasters, has shaped her into the person that she is today. Michaline is active in her church, Sts. Peter and Paul, in Cary, Illinois. Contact her at


Dorothy Robin is passionate about people and helping them improve their lives.

Dorothy is currently President of the Crystal Clear Toastmasters Club and invites you to stop in and visit our club to see how you can improve your speaking and leadership skills. Our club’s motto is: Speaking of Fun!

She is also a swimming instructor for both private and group lessons at the Lake Geneva, WI YMCA.


Martha Zavala lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and son. She’s pursuing a BA in English Education. She reads anytime she has a free moment. She has a profound love for literature. Martha can be contacted via e-mail at:


Susan Schuerr has been published in the Love Notes section of the Chicago Tribune, an anthology entitled Falling in Love with You and Ignite Your Passion Kindle Your Internal Spark V1. For more information, contact her at and see her web site Susan Schuerr, an educator, writer and speaker, lives in Fox River Grove, Illinois with her husband, Larry. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. She is a member of Toastmasters International and Algonquin Area Writers Club. She taught English and Drama in District 155 and writes regularly for Compassion and Justice blog.


John J.W. Guanci, III is the Owner/Wordsmith of Beyond Rhetoric and wholly dedicated to enriching and improving organizational health and communications by applying the leadership concepts of John Maxwell. Keying on the notion that the only way to change the space around us is to change what dwells inside of us. With nearly 20 years of managerial and executive experience, John not only possesses insight to business relationships; he also possesses great levels of empathy and understanding. Contact him at


Bill Koza is currently the Vice President of Emerging Business in a multi-million dollar international business. He has worked in companies of all sizes, from Xerox Corporation to a family owned retail store. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from DePaul University and specializes in leadership, strategy development and business plan development. Visit his website at for leadership development articles and training.


Doug Elwell was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised on the prairie in rural downstate where he spent his formative years. He explores the influences of place and community in our lives through creative non-fiction and fiction short stories. His work has appeared in The Oakland Independent, the first edition of Ignite Your Passion: Kindle Your Inner Spark, True Stories Well Told, Every Writer’s Resource and Midwestern Gothic. Doug can be contacted via email at


In elementary school Holly Nagel got in trouble for her chatty ways. Sent to the back of the classroom, she always managed to make new friends there, too. Hollyism: Never underestimate the supposed weaknesses of youth, sometimes they become our greatest attributes later in life! Now, she connects people, one balloon at a time, with professional speaking and training programs, specializing in nonverbal communication and making a great impression. Visit her at


By trade Alexis Williams is an e-commerce and marketing professional. Her other passions are her four legged furry friends, music and travel. She is an avid supporter of Animal House Shelter in Huntley, Illinois. Contact Alexis at


Deborah Todd, CPCC, PCC, is a highly interactive certified professional coach who has the ability to help people push away mind barriers that are stopping them from living their best lives and careers.

Along with Deborah’s professional certifications with the Coaches Training Institute and ICF, Deborah is the first licensed Louise Hay Heal Your Life® teacher in Illinois, and has been described as energetic and passionate about empowering people.

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