Thursday, January 12, 2017

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for Food Junkies by Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for the audio version of Food Junkies by Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell and narrated by Lisa Bunting.  Please leave a comment or question for Vera or Phil to let them know you stopped by.  You may enter their tour wide giveaway, where one (1) randomly chosen commenter will be awarded a $50 Amazon/B&N GC, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  Good Luck!

What Scares Me the Most as an Author by
Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell

Negative criticism. A negative comment could trigger a reaction that could quench my creative process and my enjoyment of writing. It would bully itself into the forefront of my thoughts and crowd out the space I need to let random thoughts develop into a creative flow.

Writing puts me into the public sphere, and invites commentary from others. After all, they have heard me “speak”, why shouldn’t I hear them? It is the nature of the beast that I will draw people who will appreciate my message, as well as those who will misunderstand or who may simply no agree with my message. Not everyone is skilled in couching constructive criticism or voicing alternative views. I ought not to take this personally and hear the valid message that is somewhere embedded in the response.

This is an ideal mental stance, but writing, especially personal material, makes me especially vulnerable, exposed. As any artist knows, this is when criticism can really sting. As a result, I deliberately choose not to read anything about my work, especially before I sit down to write. Or go to bed – I have found that reading a review is a great way to develop insomnia!

I have read that many writers or artists do NOT ever read reviews about their work for this reason. My curiosity and ego would not stand for that. 

Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction
By Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell
Audio Version Narrated by Lisa Bunting

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press
Release Date: July 7, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help
Version: Audiobook
Listening Length: 8 Hours and 20 Minutes

Buy Links:  Dundum | Amazon | B&N 

About the book:

Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in 'comfort' food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can't stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is - and isn't - food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.

Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her "calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing," while another noted the audiobook version "brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can't 'skim' or 'rush' through the life-changing content."

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Vera Tarman is a medical practitioner who focuses on addictions. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. Dr. Tarman conducts workshops and speaking engagements on the science of food addiction and "comfort food" abuse. She has reached audiences across the world. She lives in Toronto.

Phil Werdell is a recovering food addict, a social work clinician, and an educator. He is the primary organizer of the Food Addiction Institute and the International Society of Food Addiction Professionals, and is Director of ACORN’s Professional Training Program. Phil currently teaches Addictions Studies at Springfield College, School of Human Services, Tampa. He lives in Florida.


Lisa Bunting is a stage, screen and voice actor, drama instructor, audition coach, and professional skills development simulator.  For Post Hypnotic Press, she has narrated the non-fiction self-help titles The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, The Remarriage Blueprint, Voice Arts Awards-nominated Food Junkies and the forthcoming i-Minds. She was named Best Supporting Actress at LA’s Focus International Film Festival, Winter 2015. She is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity and ACTRA.



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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. What was the hardest part of writing your first story?

  3. I once heard that you're not really influential as an author until you've had negative criticism...


  4. What books are you looking to read in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

  5. Great post - I'm looking forward to reading this one :)

  6. I have to walk fast by those aisles in the grocery store that have the goodies. I am a firm believer that if you don't buy it, bring it home, you cannot eat it.

  7. Thanks for participating in our audiobook virtual tour!

  8. Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed following the tour