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When Abigail falls in love with Justin she can’t begin to know the world of hurt she is heading into. Gorgeous, kind, rich – he’s the man we all dream to meet. BUT, all is not what it seems because Justin is a true demon from hell, disguised as a mortal being. He wants her and will do, kill or maim anyone who tries to stop him. Namely Shaun the real hero, who wants Abigail more! So what does a mortal man do against a demon? He enlists the help of a gypsy of course. But not any old gypsy. Rosa knows Justin very well and has the powers of the spirit world on her side to fight him. Using crystals as a powerful weapon, the light of the spirit world to lead them, they embark on a battle with the whole of the underworld. Many loved ones will lose their lives. This isn’t a book where everyone survives. In real life, bad things happen. In Abigail Cottage, terrible tragedies occur too. Believe... not every story can have a happy ending.

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Thursday, 5 August 2010

Welcome to Diane Griffin

I’d like to welcome today Diane Griffin . Here is a bit about this astounding woman.

President and owner of Security First & Associates, Diane says her motivation for writing Everything You Wanted to Know About the Security Clearance Process, But Are Afraid To Ask: Professional Guidance for Obtaining and Maintaining a Security Clearance came from the more than two decades of people she has assisted, both in her role as a private security contractor, and as the head of personnel or security within major governmental contractors, in finding their way through the complicated security clearance chain. Diane, is nationally recognized as an expert in the design and delivery of security throughout the intelligence community and has worked with a variety of clients throughout the US Government and industry. Diane is a past membership chairperson and current secretary of the National Classification Management Society (NCMS) and is active in several professional security organizations. Diane received her B.S. degree in Human Resource Manager from Colorado Christian Univ. and MBA degree in Management from University of Phoenix. Author of several articles on Security and she volunteers with shelters, collecting used Cell phones for Women of Domestic Violence. In addition, volunteers with the foster care program, creating a program called Bags & Bears for Foster care, collecting pack backs and teddy bears for children in the foster care program. Diane is single and has one child.

What drew you to write this book?

As a security consultant I am constantly asked about the security clearance process. I thought an ebook guide covering the bases of the process out help those interested in the process out.

How much time do you spent on plotting etc before you start writing?

It took me about 3 months to outline who I wanted to reach with the book. I reached out to various individuals to provide me security clearances questions that they wanted answered. I found some of the questions were of a sexual nature and I did all I could to keep from laughing. But, I had to be professional and take all questions in serious nature and to guide the person asking in the correct way. This is where I came up with section.

Tell me about your latest release.

Here is a brief synopsis.

If you have plenty of time to click around through myriad government websites and the patience to cut through red tape and make sense of confusing bureaucratic talk, you may be able to find some of the answers to your questions about the security clearance process,” Griffin says. “Chances are, however, that you will still be left with some of your questions unanswered, because there are some questions that the government just doesn’t address. So, unless you know someone who is well acquainted with the process from a first-hand perspective, good luck.
“What I sought to do was compile all of these answers into one easy-to-read compendium of advice and guidance, giving my readers signposts along the way to assist them in navigating through the clearance process. I believe I’ve come up with a volume that will greatly help its users, and being able to assist folks in working through this process is extremely gratifying to me.” GROUNDBREAKING SECURITY CLEARANCE EBOOK A ONE-STOP KNOWLEDGEBASE FOR THOSE CONFUSED BY THE SECURITY CLEARANCE PROCESS

The Ebook guide is called Everything You Need to Know About the Security Clearance process, But are Afraid to Ask. It covers the process of obtaining and maintaining a
Security clearance. It is a lengthy process and people should know in advance what kind of questions will be asked. Why should they care about this? The United States is under constant threat of having individuals, fundamentalist groups and foreign countries compromise the nation’s security. In order to combat this threat, the U.S.Federal Government maintains a process for identifying credible and trustworthy individuals, companies and industries to assist with protecting our national interests and citizens.

These dynamics make Trust a precious commodity. Nothing can take its place. In order for the U.S. government to identify trustworthy candidates, it must take them through a stringent process prior to granting them access to sensitive data and critical positions.
A security clearance is a privilege and not a right. The award of a security clearance does not give the recipient access to classified information in and of itself. The recipient must have a need to know about the specific classified data that he or she is given access to.

Everything You Need to Know About the Security Clearance Process, But Are Afraid to Ask is now available for $19.95, from my website, Amazon & Lulu.

How can your readers keep up with your news?

The readers can keep up on the news through my website


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If you received one, how do you deal with a rejection letter?

I deal with rejections and negative comments very well. It helps me to understand the process and appreciate the positive comments. I must say being self-published, I haven't received rejection letters. My book is very important to people who need a job and would like to work for the government.

Who helps you promote this book?

I use a virtual assistant, Janis Friesler to help me promote my book. There is too much to do for an author who also owns a business. I think instead of getting an agent using a virtual author's assistant like Janis from Your Virtual Assistants Plus is a plus.

What is your favorite part of writing?

I love using self expression.

How do you get past all the frustrations that come with trying to be a successful writer?

Marketing and not getting a ROI on your money is very frustration, when you know that you have written a useful book and not knowing or having the funds to market it successfully if frustration

When you’re not working, what do you like to read?

I love Danille Steele.

Thank you so much for visiting today, Diane. Before you leave, what actor/actress gets your pulses racing?

Pulse racing in a good way is Denzel Washington,

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  1. Interesting post. I gather than anyone who wants a job in a government positon would do well to read your book.
    A very useful tool.
    Thanks for sharing and good luck with the book.

  2. Love the change of pace with a non-fiction book interview, Margaret.

    Diane: I would love to hear more about how a virtual assistant has helped with promotion.

    Wishing you many sales!

  3. Hi Margaret and Diane. Nice post. My husband had a top secret clearance at one time, but they downgraded him and his co-workers to secret a few years ago to save money because every so often the FBI would have to investigate them to keep the TS clearance. They asked my neighbors and my husband's family all sorts of private questions. Scared my mother-in-law to death.



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