Welcome to The Launch Pad – March 29, 2023

Please join us for an exciting Part 3 episode of “Launch Pad: The Countdown To Writing Your Book” with authors Emma Dhesi, Grace Sammon, and Mary Helen Sheriff.


The Launch Pad Book Series

We are so excited to announce our upcoming “Launch Pad Book Series” including:

LAUNCH PAD… The Countdown to Writing Your Book

If you’re intimidated at the thought of outlining your novel or creating rich and complex characters, writing a great scene, or adding just the right amount of conflict, you’ll want to read this book. With 12 focused chapters it brings authors and would-be-authors closer to finishing their novel.

Led by Scotland-based, author and writing coach, Emma Dhesi, and Grace Sammon, author, educator and radio host – Launching on February 28, 2023

LAUNCH PAD… The Countdown to Publishing Your Book

You’ve written – or you’re writing – your book, and the goal is publication. This book, filled with practical insights and guidance from industry experts with a combined xx years worth of experience, brings you closer to that dream.

Led by Stephanie Larkin, publisher, author, TV host and teacher, and Grace Sammon, author, educator and radio host – Launching on April 25, 2023

LAUNCH PAD… The Countdown to Marketing Your Book

Hooray! Your book is written, and published, and it’s time to embrace a marketing plan that will help your book soar. This book engages you in a process that will raise your marketing IQ, build your skill set, and set you on a path for a successful book launch and marketing plan.Led by author, author marketing coach, Mary Helen Sheriff, and Grace Sammon, author, educator and radio host – Launching on June 20, 2023

Emma Dhesi, author of “More Than Enough”Emma Dhesi is a book coach and author mentor who specialises in helping beginner authors write their first novel.  Through her 1:1 Emma guides you through story development, character evolution and provides written feedback on your work. She will navigate you through the emotional rollercoaster of finishing your first novel.  For more hands-off help, Emma hosts the podcast Turning Readers Into Writers and offers weekly support via her Facebook Page. Emma lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her husband, 3 children and 3 cats.

“More Than Enough” – A façade of perfection. A hidden well of demons. When it all tumbles out of control, can she salvage anything from her wrecked world? Scotland. Karen Elliot’s best friend is booze. Convinced she’s coping just fine despite nipping on the clock, the experienced schoolteacher is shocked when she receives an official warning about lecturing intoxicated instead of a promotion. And when she falls over dead-drunk at the school Christmas dance, she sobers up to discover she’s been summarily sacked. With her husband fighting for his own job, Karen resolves to walk the straight and narrow. But when she falls off the wagon at a friend’s wedding and flirts with another man, she faces an ultimatum at home: Get clean or leave. Can Karen admit she’s an alcoholic in time to find help or has she ruined her life forever? More Than Enough is an inspiring contemporary women’s fiction novel. If you like flawed heroines, page-turning drama, and authentic stories about addiction, then you’ll love Emma Dhesi’s path toward serenity.


Grace Sammon, author of “The Eves” – Grace Sammon is an author, radio host, entrepreneur, and educator. Recognized in “Who’s Who in Education” and “Who’s Who in Literature,” Grace utilized skills built up over decades to re-invent herself with her award-winning fourth book and debut novel – The Eves.  Always committed to creative collaborations, Grace is the founder of Author Talk Network; a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers’ Association (WFWA) and the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA); and she is the Director of Membership for one of the fastest growing reader/writer on-line communities “Bookish Road Trip.”  She currently lives on Florida’s west coast with her husband and a small herd of imaginary llamas. 


“The Eves” – The Eves is a multi-generational novel portraying lives lived well and lives in transition. Filled with poignancy and humor, The Eves captures the conversations we wish we had had with our parents, if we had taken the opportunity, and the lessons we would want to impart to our children, if they were ready to listen. Told through the voice of the psychologically complex Jessica Barnet, this is her story. As the primary witness in a messy trial she has been torn from the foundation of her existence—her connection to her children. With a partially finished doctoral degree, and incomplete renovations on her Washington, DC row house, she has let go of her ambitions and her appearance, but not her vodka or her sense of loss and guilt. When Jessica meets five diverse, determined, and sometimes ditzy old women living in a sustainable community everything and everybody changes. Through plot twists and turns that cover three continents, we learn the truth of Jessica’s life and lies just as we fall in love with the vividly drawn characters and the vibrantly described settings.


Mary Helen Sheriff, author of “Boop and Eve’s Road Trip” – Mary Helen Sheriff is the author of the award-winning southern women’s fiction, Boop and Eve’s Road Trip. She serves as an Author Marketing Coach, host of Growing Up Bookish, and the CEO of Bookish Road Trip. She has 14 years of teaching experience in elementary school, middle school, college, and professionals. She earned an MFA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University.



“Boop and Eve’s Road Trip”Eve Prince is done—with college, with her mom, with guys, and with her dream of fashion design. But when her best friend goes MIA, Eve must gather together the broken threads of her life in order to search for her.
 When Eve’s grandmother, Boop, a retiree dripping with Southern charm, finds out about the trip, she—desperate to see her sister, and also hoping to alleviate Eve’s growing depression—hijacks her granddaughter’s road trip. Boop knows from experience that healing Eve will require more than flirting lessons and a Garlic Festival makeover. Nevertheless, Boop is frustrated when her feeble efforts yield the same failure that her sulfur-laced sip from the Fountain of Youth wrought on her age. She knows that sharing the secret that’s haunted her for sixty years might be the one thing that will lessen Eve’s growing depression—but she also fears that if she reveals it, she’ll lose her family and her own hard-won happiness. Boop and Eve’s journey through the heart of Dixie is an unforgettable love story between a grandmother and her granddaughter.