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The epic adventure of a 33 year journey surviving 4 open heart surgeries- emotionally powerful. Graphic. Honest. Funny
The epic adventure of a 33 year journey surviving 4 open heart surgeries- emotionally powerful. Graphic. Honest. Funny
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Every year over half-a-million people can look forward to undergoing open heart surgery—and millions have already had the experience. Could you be next? I wasn’t fat, never smoked and always got plenty of exercise—yet, in a span of three decades I underwent not just one, but four separate open heart surgeries. Four. Unprecedented? They were to me.

Straight From My Heart is NOT "Chicken Soup For The Heart Surgery Patient's Soul" . . . and it's definitely not just another "woe is me that I got dealt a rotten hand but I survived and now I'm just happy to be alive and grateful for every moment." Those books have already been written. This one hasn't-until now.

Why would anybody want to read about my 4 heart surgeries?

Here's what I find kinda weird: among the most popular shows on TV are House, Grey's Anatomy, ER- all of which take place in a hospital, which is the LAST place anybody should want to visit! Nah, Bob; people watch these shows because their characters are interesting or sexy and they have great writers.

Well; good news! Straight From My Heart has all of those same ingredients. A charismatic leading man (me)! An improbable world-class plot/story (mine)! Ok, I'm having a little fun here, but, if you add a little intrigue, dysfunction, medical incompetence, sex, drugs & rock 'n roll,  you start to get the picture. And, unlike most TV shows, my story actually IS real, and just as entertaining-maybe more so.

This book is NOT about open heart surgery!

It's about everything else that comes with it. And maybe just a little bit about heart surgery!

Here's a sneak peak . . .

“Are you nervous?”, asked Angi . . . “nah, not really . . . well, maybe just a little bit,” I lied. 
     She knew.
     6 a.m. June 17, 1994 . . . I had just changed into a standard issue hospital gown, you know, the one-size fits all that ties in the back and doesn’t quite close all the way. 
     I was starved and dying of thirst, but I couldn’t have anything to eat or drink—not even water to brush my teeth. A nurse came into the cubicle and handed me a pill, something to make me relax and drowsy, she said. How funny, I thought. They wake you up —just to give you a sleeping pill? Crazy. A few minutes later I was on a gurney being wheeled to pre-op.
     The elevator door opened and out stepped my friend Robert, who had gotten up at one a.m. to drive to Seattle from Salem, Oregon. Little did we know that he’d be making the same trip more than once.
     I had told the rest of my family and friends that there was no point in being there so early—besides, I’d taken them out to dinner the night before to enjoy what was to become a regular event known as “The Last Supper”.  I said my goodbyes to Angi and Robert and was wheeled away.
      The butterflies were starting to flap their wings and head down the runway. The anesthesiologist introduced himself and got to work.
     This wasn’t really happening, I thought. But it was happening, after 15 long years, I was finally having my open . . . heart . . . surgery.
     I was the only patient in pre-op. The room was chilly and I was shivering. Cold or nerves. Probably both.
     The ceiling was covered with pictures of warm tropical beaches and brightly colored birds and plants. Here’s an idea, I remembered thinking—instead of pictures of warm beaches, why not just turn up the freakin’ heat?
     As I started to drift, I felt a sharp pinch and sting in my wrist and heard the doctor say “missed it” . . . missed what? It sure felt like he’d hit something!
     My mind was spinning—trying to ignore the needles that were being stuck in me, saying little prayers asking God for strength and courage, talking myself into that this was a gonna be a piece of cake . . .
   The last thing I remembered was an extremely hairy dark-skinned man starting to shave my chest . . . and for some reason I thought that that was so funny . . .

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity . . . for you and me.

My Kickstarter campaign is crucial- those that know me will tell you that I'm a stickler for quality and always giving my best effort. To date I've been a one-man show; your backing will allow me to hire an editor, designer and consultant as well as cover hard costs: ISBN's, hard covers, color copies, etc.  Simply put, I want to make my project the very best it can be. Plus, it'll be incredibly exciting and humbling to me for you to read my story.

Anything else? . . . YES!

My ultimate goal and passion is to share my experience and perhaps inspire, motivate and entertain others. Events, schools, groups, clubs-anywhere there are people! We all know how well sending out random emails and phoning strangers works-it doesn't. Having a published book will give me the credibility to have access to get in front of the decision makers. Your backing means everything. Your backing WILL make a difference.

Thank you in advance . . .

Didn't Rick Warren recently write about living a purpose-driven life? And didn't a zillion people buy and read it? Why? Because we all have that basic intrinsic need. Purpose. Of course his central focus was to live to please God. But we all still need to belong, to accomplish, create- to leave a legacy. Many travel to the corners of the earth (which is really hard to do since the earth is round) to find their purpose and meaning in life. I found mine, after 56 years, right here inside of me. I truly hope it gets out and whatever happens happens . . . the process of just writing about it was priceless - I highly recommend it. After all, we all have a story . . . right? WRITE!

Here are a few "reviews" . . .

I  forwarded a PDF of Straight From My Heart to a handful of select and trusted friends, and, some complete strangers as well, on the condition that they be brutally honest and not blow smoke! Here's what they had to say.

“ . . . when reading your story my emotions ran from joy to relief, to sadness to awe . . .”            —Kathy

“. . . you put it out there in honesty and truthfulness with all the pain, suffering,  humor and insight that gives this writing substance.”

                        —Dave

“Its a story of perseverance, always bouncing back . . .”
                        —Devorah

“You took a very serious subject, shed answers and light into it and added humor. Honestly, great job . . .”        —Jeff

“I really enjoyed it as it was deadly serious but managed to leave us with a good feeling and as though you didn't let it all embitter you for more than three minutes . . . I'm going to go to the kitchen and cry over some tea. Thanks for sharing, as they say . . .”        —Jenny

“Narcissistic and self-absorbed—yet highly entertaining and 98% accurate” 
                   —Dr.  Block (my EX-cardiologist)

“The best thing you’ve ever done—not a crusade, but interesting”
                        —John

“Very funny, humorous take on some serious, worrisome and painful stuff.   
                    —Dean

"I was truly honored to read your story. I loved it . . .This certainly is a eye opener about how horrible and painful  open heart surgery is. I mean, we all know it’s bad, but your description takes it to a whole new level . . . I would be writing a book too if I had survived that . . . Wow! I really do love reading your writing. Even with talking about going thru pure hell, to put it lightly,  you can still make it entertaining to read about, while still getting across the seriousness of the situation.
"  —Jen

“It’s over? I want more!                —Pat

“Riveting—I don’t know what to say . . .“        —Joey

FINALLY- Meet ScrabbleGuy!

My alter-ego is ScrabbleGuy. I took my longtime passion for everyone's favorite word game and created over 60 short, fun and easy to understand instructional videos on how to vastly improve your skills! Here's the link to my YouTube channel . . .   http://www.youtube.com/facebookscrabbleguy      And, here's a link to my website! http://www.scrabblehelp.net/blog/ 

Bon appetite!

Risks and challenges

Ahhh...risks and challenges. Actually, that's an easy one . . . NONE!!!!!!!!!!
I spent 30 years creating and producing shows, videos and entrepreneurial ventures, and I've pretty much seen it all. Straight From My Heart is ready to go. It's been lived, written and now it needs to be printed and told. With the help of my Kickstarter backers, I will hire a professional designer to tweak my cover. An editor to fine tune the content. The risks and challenges, if any, will easily be dealt with. The wheels are not coming off of this project.

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    EVERY PENNY COUNTS LEVEL- You’ll receive a firm and “hearty” virtual handshake of appreciation as well as a PDF edition of Straight From My Heart emailed directly to you. But . . . $4? Really? Not that I won’t be grateful and still love you . . . *not available to family and friends, if you want to remain one! ;-)

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    BYPASS PACKAGE -For your basic reading pleasure you’ll enjoy a signed softcover black and white edition of Straight From My Heart. May I suggest that you, ahem, bypass this one and sponsor one of my full color editions?

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    SCRABBLEGUY Private Scrabble Lesson! Ooops-I forgot mention that I am a former champion Scrabble player-and for this pledge I will jump on the computer, phone or Skype and in just an hour or so your skillz will become crazy mad! One on one-this will be amazing fun! PLUS, because my long-time friend Trish pointed out that since there's no book attached to this reward, I'll attach one! The B&W signed edition! You're killing me, Trish!

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    ALIVE . . . AND IN LIVING COLOR! A signed full color softcover edition of Straight From My Heart. Also included: a PDF/ebook edition of Memoirs Of A Nobody, a collection of over 60 short and (I’ve been told) interesting essays spanning everything I did in between having heart surgeries. 30+ years of world travels in show biz to social activism to consumer protection and, of course, sex, drugs and rock n’ roll! Actually-mainly just rock n' roll. BONUS REWARD: My THANKS to you, in print, in my book, PLUS the PDF/ebook edition emailed to you as well…. Add additional copies for only $24 each-hey, color printing is expensive!

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    HARDCOVER, YES! HARDENED ARTERIES, NO! A signed full color hardcover limited edition of Straight From My Heart. Also included are the PDF/ebook edition, the PDF/ebook Memoirs Of A Nobody and of course my thanks and recognition in the book. My printing and shipping costs are approximately $25 per book-and so, I’m keeping this as affordable as possible! This is such a great deal, why not get all your friends to buy one, too! ;-)

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    FINE ART QUALITY GLICEE PRINT OF COVER COLLAGE: A beautiful signed and numbered limited edition GiClee print, suitable for framing, of “Get Well Card” heart collage book cover art. Created during a three day prednisone-fueled post-surgery #3 bout of insomnia, this unique piece was made from over 50 get well cards I received. Measures approx. 11x14. This pledge also includes the PDF/ebook editions of both my book and memoirs-and, of course, thanks/mention in the book. This is actually a very cool piece!

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    BOB! I WANT IT ALL! Always give the people what they want, I say! OK-both PDF/ebooks, the signed B&W softcover, the signed color softcover edition, the signed color hardcover edition AND the art print. OH- and special thanks in my book, too! Save $37-This pledge is gonna give me a coronary!

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    CALLING COACH BOB! A one-hour heart surgery coaching call . . . No, I’m not a doctor-heck, I don’t even play one on TV. However, with my vast experience in all things pre, during and post heart surgery I’m a valuable resource-from a patient’s perspective. And isn’t that the one that matters? Are you or a loved one facing a procedure? I will personally spend an hour with you on the phone and will provide you what you will need more than anything-trust me-an empathetic, balanced and passionate ear. Medical advice? Nope-I can’t afford the lawyers. Perspective, yes. And peace of mind, too. You’ll also receive the signed hardcover edition, the PDF/ebooks and thanks in my book as well.

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    CHEAP THERAPY OPTION I'll phone interview you and write a short blurb (500 words or so) about your experience with a heart-related event, to be included in this book. Trust me-the call with me is worth it’s weight in gold and way cheaper than any therapy. PLUS, I’ll include the signed hardcover edition, both PDF/ebooks, plus my thanks and recognition in the book.

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    STRAIGHT FROM YOUR HEART I'll interview you and write a full chapter (up to 10 pages or so) about your experience with a life-altering event. Your story will be included in my next book, a collective to be entitled “Straight From Our Hearts”. People DO want to know-it’s interesting and different because it’s your story. Of course, you’ll receive the signed hardcover edition, both PDF/ebooks, PLUS thanks and recognition in my book

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    STRAIGHT TO YOUR EVENT I will travel to any event of your choosing in the US and speak for up to 45 minutes and do a follow up Q&A. The topic? The number one killer in the US. I will make copies of Straight From My Heart available at the event for a special purchase price as well.This special offer is for this campaign only and covers all of my travel expenses.

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    WHAT’S YOUR STORY? This pledge matters more than the others. It's not about my story . . .
    it's about your story, told in your words and published. YOUR VERY OWN BOOK. I'll travel to your location (US only) and personally interview you-for up to three full days.* I will transcribe, draft, polish and prepare for publication with the same quality and attention to detail as Straight From My Heart. Pictures included as well. This turn-key opportunity will only be available this one time and is limited to two backers. If this seems pricey, trust me, the time, energy and effort that went into Straight From My Heart was monumental . . . and this will be the best money you ever spend. Processing. Therapy. A legacy-whatever your needs and goals are. Also includes the signed hardcopy edition of Straight From My Heart. *Finished book not to exceed 100 pages-I will happily discuss customization, details and foreign travel with you.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Why would anyone make this kind of sizable commitment sight unseen? You wouldn't! If you are interested in having me write and publish your book, please contact me and I will forward you the PDF file for your review and approval as well as conduct a phone call to get to know each other a little bit.

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