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Essence Of Courage from the bible

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

 

As women we encounter multiple challenges, while simultaneously wearing
many hats. We need courage to face our challenges and commitments. In Song
of Solomon 4, Solomon ascribes the essences of his locked garden to the
courageous woman he has taken as his wife. This inspirational study will
provide an opportunity for you to discover:


• The secrets of the fruit, spices, and essential oils in Solomon’s locked garden.

• A deeper meaning of these fruits, spices and essential oil essences in Scripture by studying different women in the Bible.

• How others learn through their struggles and triumphs when you meet Cinnamah-Brosia and the women with whom she does life.

• Encouragement to allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate the essence of courage in your heart.

• Fun facts about the spices and essential oils, along with ways for you to
enjoy incorporating reminders of the fruit they represent into your life.

 

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Pulled reluctantly into women’s ministry nearly four decades ago, Lynn Watson now treasures the opportunities that were provided to lead, encourage and mentor women through relationships and Bible studies. She wrote a few of the studies, too. Drawing from those experiences, along with years serving others professionally in the complementary healthcare field and her love for essential oils, Lynn delights in bringing her readers freshly inspired insights drawn from and focused on the many fruits, plants, oils, and spices mentioned in God’s Word. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve call Bartlett, Tennessee home. Their home is filled with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren.

 

 

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The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…
According to Pastor Lynn Watson, the woman described in Proverbs 31 is the absolutely ideal woman and she goes about to prove it in this book.
You will find Handy Hints for Using this Inspirational Volume to its best. I believe many people young and old will find a refreshing tale, mingled with scriptures. The story doesn’t start until page 27 and that is when what this book is all about became more clear to me. The book was a bit confusing as it jumped from one thing to another.
In between the story you will find a spices, fruit, and essential oils mentioned and explored totally–What its name means, where in the bible verse it was mentioned, how it was used and its role in the arts.
The story is so full of love, compassion and real care for all characters. and this includes the readers. I found it inspiring with warmth emanating from each page. The problem is, with all the explanations about the fruit or spices, it becomes confusing to me of where one ends (Fruit, spices, essential oils, and bible histories) and the other continued (the story of Cinnamah-Brosia).
 The way it was written is quite different from what I am adjusted to reading and I am sure that is what caused my confusion. That said, I loved the story and I liked the history of the fruits and spices and where to find them in the bible. I just didn’t enjoy it mixed together. This book will be loved and enjoyed by all who have a bit of knowledge about God and His written word. Also those who love essential oils.
This is a Christian story, full of love from serving the only true God.
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Children’s author Karl Beckstrand, Winner: 2016 International Book Award

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Karl, welcome to my blog
Thank you, Anna
Tell us where you were born
San Jose, CA
Beautiful place. What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Taking time to market books!
Amen to that, my friend. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
Having time to write and getting my first publishing contract. (Reviews are a great help too!)
Great! Who or What inspired you to write this book?
It came to me after I’d visited many schools and observed no curriculum on earning a living.
How interesting… What is the name of your new book?
The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money
Intriguing… Tell us more about it. 
A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated folk tale teaches the value of work and comes with money-making activities; ideas for businesses; and online resources (for ages 5 and up). 8.5″x8.5″, 26 pages, 530 words. I did some of the illustrations too.
Wow, that sounds awesome. What genre does your book fall under?
I’m marketing it to children, but I’m also going to put it under business books.
Here are my thoughts about the book
Review:
What an entertaining bookThe Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn Money is entertaining and educative at the same time. The story of a kids who help a fish, is a great idea to teach children how to earn money. I remember when I was young, and even just barely married, how much stress I had trying to find ideas of how to make extra money for our small family.In this book, you will find great ideas and all your children need to get into an entrepreneurial mindset. It will help you to teach your children the value of money and hard work. It will also guide your children to ask more questions and start thinking in a more down to earth manner. Most kids don’t know how to use their money or lack ideas and motivations to find and do something real to better themselves and their future. This book will help with this task. I think that it will be a great fit for all kids from a young age to adults alike. They are many adults who have no idea what to do with their future either, and this book will give them a little taste of reality. Great job Karl Beckstrand.
Where can we find your book?
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Thank you!

The Woman Behind the Smile, Triumph Over the Ultimate Online Dating Betrayal

Saturday, December 10th, 2016
 


How I Lost a Million Dollars on a Dating Service could be the title of this book but The Woman Behind the Smile is so much more than a “Catfish” story – a term used to refer to someone who creates a false online persona to reel someone into a romantic relationship. Many people are looking to online dating as a way to get back into real life after the death of a spouse, divorce or a failed relationship. We paint ourselves as the “perfect partner” with a profile that reflects our life’s story, or does it? In The Woman Behind the Smile, Debby shows how during much of her life she hid behind the mask of being the perfect wife, mother, Air Force Officer, banker, legal assistant and friend – until life was completely changed by “The Call.” The subsequent rebuilding of her life would include a journey only seen on Lifetime Movie Channel! Like Debby, we all have some hidden stories and like her, it’s now time for us to STAND UP in our power.

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Debby Montgomery Johnson is a woman on a mission. In her book, “The Woman Behind the Smile” she shares her personal experience with a love that turned into betrayal and financial disaster and she removes the mask of shame and shows others how to do the same. Many of us have something, something we’re hiding, something we’re ashamed of, something that through no fault of our own or through our own making, something that we keep hidden and that,  in turn, keeps us hidden, from each other and the world.
From Vermont and a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Debby is the President of Benfotiamine.Net, Inc, a vitamin supplement company that provides an alternative for the pain of neuropathy, a nerve disorder.  (Benfotiamine.Net).  Benfotiamine makes an extraordinary difference especially for diabetics and their families.
Her background is diverse, from working as a paralegal and bank branch manager to being a U.S. Air Force officer, serving as an Intelligence Officer at the Pentagon, the Defense Intelligence Agency and in Wiesbaden, Germany.   Debby is just like you. A woman on a mission to live an authentic, joyful life as the Woman WITH the Smile rather than behind it.
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Top Ten List

  1. Walks (hand in hand) with my hubby
  2. Surrounding myself with my kids and playing with my 3 grandchildren
  3. Sitting around with my parents and brothers (and their families) and just talking!
  4. Swimming with the dolphins out in the bay in Hawaii (just did that!)
  5. Having a quiet evening at home with my hubby
  6. Speaking to a group of women about subjects I’m passionate about!
  7. Doing a random act of kindness
  8. Baking chocolate chip cookies (with butterscotch chips and Health Bar crunch chips)
  9. Organizing my house (de-cluttering!)
  10. Reading – scriptures, spy books, women’s stories
 
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Avalon, A Heartwarming True Cat Story

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

OPEN-UP!: Six Steps To Getting Unstuck And Move Forward In Your Life

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

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The book:

This book is written for anyone who has a genuine desire to move forward in their lives but, despite numerous attempts, nothing seems to be working and you keep ending up with the same outcomes year after year. You will learn how to recognize habitual patterns of thought that are sabotaging your life on an unconscious level. Everyone has good intentions for their lives and ultimately wants the best outcomes, but oftentimes we get in our own way by allowing self-destructive thought patterns to impede our good intentions—without actually knowing we are doing so. I know this all too well because this was my life for several years.

This book was written because of my own personal experiences in life, and the experiences of my clients that I serve in my practice. This book gets right down to your core by unveiling the good, the bad, and the ugly about the way you think about yourself and everything that is happening in your life. In essence, this book is entirely about YOU! Most of us try to change ourselves at the level of our thoughts, but true transformation happens at the level at which you vibrate. You will learn how to completely shift your vibrational way of thinking and allow better circumstances to come into your life, whatever they may be. Whether you want to get unstuck in a relationship pattern or a financial pattern that keeps coming up, this book serves as a guide that will explore the moments when you get into trouble, and offers tools for learning to stay with your uneasiness, and offers concrete steps to get unstuck so you can finally move forward in life.

You will learn the O.P.E.N.U.P. steps: Observation, Permission, Experience, Not Identifying, Understanding, and Practice. These steps will serve as your doorway into revealing the very thing that is keeping you stuck. Once you discover those “hidden” truths about yourself, your entire state of being will be altered, and you will no longer resist all the good that life has in store for you.

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Excerpt:

It was tough to fight the urge to return to my ex-partner, who tirelessly tried to maintain the relationship months after it was over. However, deep within me, my paradigms were beginning to shift: the more I did the work on myself, the more self-love I felt, and I could feel the shift in my energy. As my “antennas” were being re-wired, I found myself becoming naturally drawn to different types of people and experiences.

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My Pineapples Went to Houston- Heartbreak, Humor and Hope

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

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The Book Synopsis:
“Heartbreak, Humor and, ultimately, Hope

That’s the message that comes through loud and clear in My Pineapples Went to Houston, Lee Gaitan’s personal and powerful tale of surviving a decade of relentless chaos and loss. The “shock and awfulness” began in 2002 when her father died, her mother teetered on the brink of a coma and her husband of 22 years secretly lost all their money and ran off with a stripper. And it was all downhill from there!

Then one day in the midst of all the chaos—somewhere between loud cursing and crying—she recalled an amusing anecdote she’d heard about pineapples that spoke to her circumstances in such an unexpectedly humorous way that she couldn’t help but laugh out loud. “That moment of laughter was a small epiphany for me. I realized that I had allowed my sense of humor, which had always mitigated the bad breaks in my life and enhanced the good ones, to fall victim to the machete my ex-husband had taken to my life. I determined right then and there that I could no longer permit that. I instinctively knew that humor was the most potent, and just about the only, protection I had at my disposal to survive the crises unfolding around me, and I vowed to keep it alive.”

Told with honesty and insight—and, of course, humor—My Pineapples Went to Houston both inspires and entertains readers and offers hope and encouragement to those struggling with their own “plans gone outrageously awry.”

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The author:

Lee Gaitan is a wife, mother, teacher, author and speaker, but above all she is passionately committed to overcoming life’s obstacles, surviving sometimes by the skin of her teeth, but always with humor and optimism. She shares her experience with anyone who will listen with the intent to encourage others to use humor to their benefit.

In the past twelve years Lee has had to deal with more than a healthy helping of “are you kidding me?” moments. In 2002, she hit rock bottom. It was so bad shelovingly refers to it as a year of “shock and awfulness.” That year her father died,her mother was in the hospital, semi-comatose from grief, and her husband of 22 years lost every penny of their money BEFORE running off to Arizona with his girlfriend, who just happened to be a former stripper.
That was just the beginning. She spent the next decade struggling with loss and challenges on every front, from finances and family to health and career.

Character Casting

Me—Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Jorge—Andy Garcia

Dick—Vince Vaughn

 

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Winning or Losing By Author Robert D. Lamoreaux

Monday, July 11th, 2016

 

 

Robert Lamoreaux JD is a successful attorney who has specialized in estate and financial planning throughout his career. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University and University of Utah College of law as well as certificates from many other institutes of higher education around the country. He has lectured extensively from coast to coast and has traveled the world managing assets, which have been gifted, to an international charitable organization. Robert has given legal counsel to numerous corporations, colleges and universities, prominent individuals and the IRS. He has vast knowledge, which has come from planning numerous estates of all types and sizes. Robert currently has a successful private practice and continues to be in demand for his work on estate law and financial planning.

 

 
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This is not a “”get rich quick”” book. This book is for readers who are concerned bout their financial state. Robert Lamoreaux JD uses his extensive knowledge and experience to create a straight-forward, easy-to-read, behind-the-scenes look at the factors influencing all aspects of personal finances and future retirement.

 

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Loving the book Important Announcement

Saturday, June 25th, 2016
We are sad to inform you that Jess is no longer with our team. Her husband recently graduated from the Police Academy and we are so happy for them. They have now moved and she is spending time focusing on her 3 kiddos, husband, and her new MaryKay business. We’re very excited to see her thrive.
However, we are excited to announce that we have a new team member! Welcome to Corinne Prost – our new Freelance writer. Her responsibilities will include writing fabulous articles about writing, reading, reviewing, and blogging. She’ll be putting together some great tips for all book lovers, and helping up as we build our blogger/review team.
To celebrate her joining us, we are doing a giveaway and showing her some support at the same time! In order to see some of her fantastic articles, sign up for our monthly newsletter.
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Introducing our new team member
Corinne is a BA at Hillsdale College, and her declared major is American Studies with a projected minor in Journalism. Although these choices sound informed and thoughtful on Corinne’s part, what really happened is that a really cool, successful senior did the same major and minor and went on to do really cool, successful things. So even though Corinne doesn’t know what she will do with these life choices, she does know one thing: her dream is to become as great as the classical authors.
While growing up, Corinne battled a severe condition that afflicted her for many years: she could not see because her eyes were glued permanently to books. This caused her to be the girl at recess who hid in the shade to read from her pile of library books, and her occasional companion was the library lady. One day, Corinne finally found she could look up, and after the initial shock she realized that her college applications would need to say more than “loves to read”. Her solution: to become involved in as many things as possible.
As a result, Corinne came to the realization that she also enjoys creative writing, drawing or painting, traveling, playing tennis, and spending inappropriate amounts of time thinking about the money it would take to adopt all the unclaimed dogs at the animal shelter. In the near future, she hopes to spend less time thinking about those dogs and more time writing.
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Interview (Part 2)
6. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?
Let’s talk about a dinner I had with my professor, Dr. Hart. The first week of finals, my friend’s boyfriend had stopped me after an exam and asked me if I’d like to come along to an auction dinner he’d won. In addition to my friend and her boyfriend, another fraternity brother would be coming along for a homecooked meal at our professor’s house. I accepted, all grins despite nearly two hours of exam-induced cold sweats. I would be able to have a regular conversation with the professor that gave students a hell worth enduring. Without fail, his lectures were peppered with student answers and explanations to the readings, most of which we never fully understand–and it showed. By mid-semester, those of us who hadn’t had the pleasure of being in his class knew the routine. Dr. Hart would pose the tail end of an insanely convoluted statement as a question, usually one bridging political philosophy with history. The two students in charge of discussing for the day would stare past him at the whiteboard or pretend to flip through their book, waiting until the other would answer. Dr. Hart never broke these silences. Eventually, one blurted out half of a sentence, paused. Every student trained their eyes on Dr. Hart from behind the podium. His face would twist and coil in shows of discontent, confusion, or thought. He would stare up at his victim from a tilted head, one fingerless glove on the reader, the other adjusting his glasses. Once his mouth opened, all other students would put down their pencils. If the student was lucky, he would get a simple, “No, that’s wrong” or “Yes, but there’s more”. Most of the time, Dr. Hart would dismantle an answer–while the valiant but clueless student squirmed and chewed at his mouth–before he redirected the question. As a victim of several of these encounters, this invite should have induced anxiety rather than excitement. And yet, there was something about Dr. Hart in his complex and paradox personality that made his presence slightly more intriguing than anything else. Each class, without fail, he dressed the part of a senile retiree who appeared to believe he was both a competitive biker (hence the fingerless gloves) and a gentlemen in the roaring 20s. His appearance played as a heavy distraction from his manner, but his ability to command a room incited respect and awe. What was the explanation for the large discrepancy between the outer shell of this man and his inner wealth of knowledge?
I must tell you, it is the disturbing result of a man who has amassed great knowledge on top of his lack of empathy and caring. His wife, the woman who set the table, took our coats, and waited on us while dinner finished cooking, was the first and ongoing victim of the evening. While she shared the story of how she met her husband, Dr. Hart chewed on in grimaced silence. His ashen face with eyes peeking over lowered glasses was no different than the look he gave to students as they spoke. And just as in class, he interrupted her to trump or correct her details about just how long they spent at a place or why they met. “It felt like we were there forever!” She would gleam in a false-show of a tough time passed in her youth, cut short by his “We only spent two weeks there, at most.” Each time, she would smile wider with his answers. When she had finished, Dr. Hart gave a smile. It didn’t quite reach all of his eyes, only the corners, and he showed no teeth. “The only reason we started dating is because your friend turned me down,” he began. All four of us emitted short, abrupt laughs, and I snuck a look to my friend seated next to me. I didn’t want to appear rude and turn my head, so I only glanced for a second. Her eyes had widened, too. Dr. Hart went on to explain that while his wife’s old college friend was much more attractive, she didn’t reciprocate his advances. So, he settled for talking to his wife. He did not end the story with a sweeter tone. Just as with his students, he left his response cutting and incomplete.
He offered us wine. All four of us shifted uncomfortably, not sure if accepting the gesture would be appropriate since we were underaged. “Do your parents normally let you have a glass with dinner?” He posed a question, and when none of us spoke he made several comments about how we shouldn’t be so modest, us being college students. Three of us obliged, but my friend insisted that she was driving and shouldn’t anyways. “Oh, so good.” He purred, almost sarcastically. Everything he said, no matter what it was, had some trace of sarcasm to it. He even asked what the dinner was for, anyways, and my friend’s boyfriend reminded him it was a part of the auction. Dr. Hart gave no other response than a shrug; he would sip his wine when he didn’t want to continue the subject.
When my friend notified Dr. Hart that her and her boyfriend were dating because of his class, he didn’t bother looking up at her from cutting his steak until she finished. All he said was, “Are you boyfriend and girlfriend too?” He chuckled to himself, brandishing his steak knife at the fraternity brother and I. The brother beat me to a response:  “Actually, no we’re just friends,” and I gave a nervous, close-lipped smile. My friend folded her hands in her lap and tore at the edges of her napkin. On the car ride over, she’d told me how her boyfriend had talked with Dr. Hart about her before they’d even had a conversation. It seemed as if he didn’t remember.
The wine loosened the boys up a bit, and they engaged in politics with Dr. Hart. Most of the conversation went along like this: the professor posed a statement and questions, and the boys would answer and debate. Half an hour after that, both dessert and the topics were finished up. Before the silence passed too long, Dr. Hart’s wife wrapped the dinner up with a pleasant remark on how nice it was to have us over. We shuffled out, half turned to the couple and to the door. With our coats in hand, we gave quick waves at the two and thanked them until we stepped outside. When we reached the car across the street I turned to look at them one last time, but the door was already closed.
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The World’s Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Where are the authors from?

All 3 authors, Amy White, Mark H. Pulham, and Dallin Blankenship are currently in Utah.

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Amy if you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

There are two people that I would love to spend some time with — Aristotle and/or Albert Einstein — oh for a time machine!

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would be? What food would you serve?

I think Kevin (the blue monster on the back cover) would be my dinner companion of choice. I’m certain he would share my love of chocolates.

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On the other hand, I must warn anyone wanting dinner with a certain single-toothed old lady (bottom right, pg 81), she’s a bit hard of hearing, won’t take no for an answer, and is known for her Hairy Toe stew.

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If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

Oh, I’d definitely have the Commander (found on the back of the title page) take me to realms and worlds unknown.

Describe your dream writing spot.

Oh, to dream!  My spot is in a warm and bright open-to-the-air Hawaiian seaside room with a resting couch, the walls filled with my library of reference books, stocked with my favorite office supplies, a never-fail computer, and ever full-of-ink printer.

How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?

I wondered myself at times. More than anything, you need to understand why you want to write a book. Deadlines come and go. Complications multiply like rabbits, despair looms menacingly on an almost daily basis, but what keeps you going is that goal, that deep down inside you reason to not just ‘want’ to write, but the ‘need’ to have written.

What is the name of your book?

Dressing the Naked Hand: The World’s Greatest Guide to Making, Staging, and Performing with Puppets

Give us a back blurb of your book

Created by a team of master puppet builders and performers, Dressing the Naked Hand is the go-to manual for all things puppet. With workshops on stuffets, hand puppets, advanced puppets, stages, acting, voices, and much more, it’s the world’s most comprehensive puppetry guide–ever!

What genre is it?

Non-fiction How-to / Crafting

What kind of research did you do for this book?

After years of being a children’s librarian, and years watching Mark’s puppet shows entertain hundreds of kids and adults, I finally convinced him to teach me puppetry. I also joined the Utah Puppetry Arts Guild, attended guild workshops, and dedicated myself to learning from every expert I could find.

Additionally, in the final months of creating images and editing, I realized, for this particular image-heavy and image-specific book, I’d need to teach myself Adobe Photoshop. That was a learning curve!

Any special appearances or events coming up that you want to mention?

Puppetry is a hobby–a beloved, obsessive hobby–for each of us. This curtails our performance and workshop opportunities. We traditionally perform in June at the Orem Library’s Teddy Bear Picnic; on Labor Day weekend at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival; and the 3rd week of December at the SCERA Center for the Arts. Outside of those venues, Dallin and Mark do commission work for Imagine Learning, and Amy lectures on script and text analysis, as well as non-fiction at writing conferences such as Life the Universe and Everything (LTUE.net), World Horror Con 2016 (WHC2016.org), and Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR.com)

Updated information can be found on the DTNH website at http://dressingthenakedhand.com/

Where can we find your books? 

Wherever books are sold–

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Cruise Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Deb Graham was born in  New York state, and have resided in Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, and  lived north of Seattle for 27 years. She have visited 26 countries, and all fifty US states.

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I have written my entire life, as far back as I can recall, including a 3 act play in second grade that the class performed. I write copious letters, and I ‘collect’ neglected missionaries, having written consistently to over 130 of them. I’ve kept a daily journal for four decades. I write! My husband began publishing several years ago, and encouraged me to write a book.

 

Having never written a book, it seemed apparent I’d better choose a topic about which I know something. We enjoy traveling; Husband accuses the women in the family of having a Gypsy Gene; if there’s a place to go that involves a suitcase, or better yet, a passport, count us in! I’ve been on dozens of cruise vacations.

 

As we enjoyed multiple cruises, I realized I just plain know more than most of our fellow passengers we spoke to; likely a factor of my being a compulsive reader, as well as a writer. I have a fear of missing Something Wonderful when I travel, so I go well-prepared. As I interacted with travelers, amazed at how few know routine things (such as how to order meals on a ship, what to do in port, how to book the best cabin for their needs), I found myself thinking “why don’t they know this stuff?” I realized there was no one place to go to learn the things I know.

So I wrote Cruise Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife. It’s a travel book with a twist, loaded with tips and tricks on how to save money, while seeing more and doing more and knowing more than any other passenger onboard, laced with humorous stories gleaned from my travels. Currently, it has 215 reviews on Amazon, including profuse thanks from people who insist I changed their lives by writing this book. Not bad, for a first –time author!

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Mediterranean Cruise With The Cruise Addicts’ Wife is my newest book. We planned our first-ever trip to Europe with friends; a cruise, with private tours in all ten ports, plus stays in Stockholm, Venice,  and Barcelona. I take pride in being frugal —some say ‘cheap—and as usual, I wanted to see and do as much as possible, while saving money. As I prepared, I realized all my research was too good to waste!

 

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It’s in three parts. The book’s first section is the before-the-cruise planning and comparing, the middle was written day to day during the journey, insights, impressions, and  the people we came to know. Part three is afterwards, including what I did best, what I would change, and the dry details and comparisons on tours, so a person planning a similar trip could skip all that effort. Again, it’s laden with humor, stories, first impressions, and how anyone can save time, energy, and 45%-65% while having a better experience than most fellow passengers.

 

As an author, I think part of my role is to improve a reader’s life in some way. Often, a cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, long anticipated, and I want travelers to make the most of their precious time. Both of these book accomplish that in style. I also think there are enough dry, yawn-worthy travel books out there. With my background in stand-up comedy, these books are different.

 

I’m currently working on my first novel, a cozy mystery set on –where else?—a cruise ship. Having never written a novel, my first step was researching How To Write A Novel, literally typed into Google. If I can do it, what’s stopping others? I’m aiming for a February 2016 release.

 

I chose to self-publish, after hearing the experiences of others with traditional publishing routes. Titles, characters, covers, even genres changed, and being under contract, they’re stuck. And for their trouble, their royalties are pennies.

We live in a time where self-publishing options abound, and it’s surprisingly easy. I wouldn’t do it any other way. For me, it’s been rather lucrative; we’re not wealthy, but that Mediterranean cruise was paid for, private tours, airfare, 5-star hotels and all, with my book royalties. I’ve also used book money to pay for two week-long cruises, along with new carpet and a remodeled bathroom in the house.

 

My advice for new authors would be to write. If you can string together a sentence, you can write, and there are so many helps out there! I’ve given seminars on self-publishing, and I try to be encouraging, because so many in the industry are not.  Due directly to my talks, I know of at least eight books that have been published, after languishing in a desk drawer for years, as their authors hesitated.

 

Please contact me at hideb@frontier.com if I can answer any more questions, and thanks for this opportunity!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CJ18IAC   Tips From The Cruise Addict’s Wife

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00USBHWYS Mediterranean Cruise With The Cruise Addict’s Wife

 

 

Climb your own personal mount Everest, it will change your world.

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Today we have Jeff Griffin, Author & Speaker visiting our blog.

Jeff, how long have you been writing? This is my first book!  I started it in 2004 and published it this summer

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Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.  I was born in cache valley Utah in God’s country!  I currently live in West Jordan Utah

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?   (more…)

multicultural/multilingual children’s books… Oh my…

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

International publisher/speaker Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning author of fifteen books and more than 40 online titles (reviews by Kirkus, The Horn Book blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, California, USA, he received a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a film certificate from Film A. Academy. Two publishers produced his early titles; since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing & Gozo Books. An engaging speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, public policy, film, radio, and TV broadcasting. He teaches media at a state college and contrasts traditional publishing with digital publishing (in English or Spanish). His e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish & bilingual books (with pronunciation guide), and app feature diverse characters and usually end with a twist. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). Beckstrand’s multicultural work has appeared in: Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble/Nook, Border’s Books, Brodart, Costco, Deseret Book, EBSCO, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Kindle/Amazon, Kobo, Mackin, Overdrive, Quality Books, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Papercrafts Magazine, LDS Film Festival, and PremioBooks.com. Find: “Karl Beckstrand” on FB, Amazon, Twitter, and KarlBeckstrand.com. https://karlbeckstrandblog.wordpress.com/

                                                                                    Premio Publishing & Gozo Books, LLC

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Sizzle Quote: His first publisher passed away the day his first book was to print (or: How technology is turning publishing on its head)

How long have you been writing? Since 1991. I began writing by accident (I didn’t used to like to write). Stories just kept coming to me.

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The Paleo Cardiologist is not a Band-Aid fix of the conventional medicine

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Dr. Jack Wolfson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was the
first osteopathic physician at the Cleveland Clinic. The family moved to
Chicago where Dr. Wolfson was raised and did all of his training. He
received his B.S. in Biology from The University of Illinois with dreams
of following in his father’s footsteps. He then enrolled at Midwestern
University for his medical school training. He did a subsequent
three-year residency in Internal Medicine and three year fellowship in
Cardiology. In his final year, Dr. Wolfson was appointed Chief Fellow.
After
finishing his training, Dr. Wolfson moved to Arizona in 2002. He joined
a large cardiology group and was elected as a senior partner in 2006.
After years of angiograms, pacemakers, and other procedures, Dr. Wolfson
met the woman who opened his eyes to the wellness paradigm. Dr. Jack
and Dr. Heather now practice as The Drs. Wolfson.In 2012, Dr.
Wolfson opened his own private practice with the idea of providing
patients in-depth information about their health and the risks and
benefits of all treatments. The focus is to use nutrition,
evidence-based supplements, chemical avoidance, exercise, and relaxation
to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Patients seek his
consultation from all over the world.The Drs. Wolfson have two
beautiful boys and live in Arizona. They have a rescue lab-mix named
Sal. They love to hike and bike as a family. They are active soccer
parents. The family eats organic food, grass-fed meats, and wild
seafood. Both boys were born at home and breastfed for over three years.
The Drs. Wolfson practice attachment parenting and co-sleep with their
boys.

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Fantastic sale… Get Your Reading for the Summer Here

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

We’re having another FANTASTIC sale on different genres!! If you have friends who love to read, please let them know about this sale!
Thanks!

Imperfect Love

SALE Price $.99

Regular Price $3.99


Lauren Wilson is well on her way to her happily-ever-after. She’s passionate about her career as a middle school English teacher, she adores her handsome, hard-working husband,
and with a baby finally on the way, her perfect life is within her grasp. 

But then a devastating test result changes everything. 

Forced to choose between her baby and her
husband, Lauren makes the only decision she can live with, and she returns to
her small hometown in hopes of rebuilding her shattered life. 


Ethan Campbell is a gifted photographer who
travels the world and has no desire to settle down. When his mother dies, he
must go home to settle her estate. Then it’s back to exciting adventures across
the globe. 
When Lauren crosses paths with Ethan, her
teenage crush, old feelings resurface—feelings she’s not prepared to face. Will
Lauren have the courage to trust again or will she spend her life alone? 

Imperfect Love is a story about sacrifice,
healing, second chances, and discovering that although love isn’t always perfect,
sometimes it’s the imperfect love that’s the sweetest of all. 

Purchase Imperfect
Love
 on Amazon.

Spinster’s Folly
Marsha Ward
SALE Price $0.99
Regular Price $3.99
 
Marie Owen yearns for a loving husband, but Colorado Territory is long on rough characters and short on fitting suitors, so a future of spinsterhood seems more likely than wedded bliss. Her best friend says cowboy Bill Henry is a likely candidate, but Marie knows her class-conscious father would not allow such a pairing. When she challenges her father to find her a suitable husband before she becomes a spinster, he arranges a match with a neighbor’s son.
 
Then Marie discovers Tom Morgan would be an unloving, abusive mate and his mother holds a grudge against the Owen family. Marie’s mounting despair at the prospect of being trapped in such a dismal marriage drives her into the arms of a sweet-talking predator, landing her in unimaginable dangers.
 
2013 Winner of the USA Best Book Award for Western Fiction.
 
 

A Portrait for Toni

Annette Lyon

SALE Price $0.99

Regular Price $2.99

Toni has no idea what she’d do without her best friend, Carter. Who else would she be able to vent to about her parents, her job at the dance studio, or her latest relationship woes? When Toni’s father lands in the hospital, Carter, as always, is there for her.

That is, until he starts questioning Toni, saying he thinks she has an eating disorder. Then she starts dating Clint, the hot new guy at the studio, and somehow that puts a deeper wedge between her and Carter. When she’s hospitalized after an on-stage collapse, and Carter stupidly starts in with advice about food and weight, she sends him away—then instantly regrets it.

Toni tries to mend the hurt between them, but instead of finding Carter, she stumbles onto proof that he has feelings for her that go way beyond those of a friend. Toni is left with the very real prospect of losing Carter forever, unless somehow she can return his feelings—but that’s impossible.

Isn’t it?
Purchase A Portrait for Toni on Amazon



Grounded for Love: A Reunion Romance Novella

Rebecca Talley

Price $.99

After being burned by her college boyfriend, Graham, book editor Serena Johnson
believes the only dependable men are the ones found between the pages of a
book. Her life in San Francisco is thrown into chaos when her father suffers a
heart attack, and she books a flight to her small hometown in Colorado.
Graham McAllister, now a civil engineer in Phoenix, is dating a woman who has
it all—except his heart. As the best man for his brother’s wedding, Graham must
fly back to Grand Junction in time for all the festivities.When a massive snowstorm grounds all the planes in Denver, both Serena and
Graham are stranded overnight. Will this storm lead to love or will it simply
prove that there are no second chances? 

Purchase Grounded for Love on Amazon.


Once Upon Two Kingdoms (A Royal Romance)
Anna del C. Dye
Price $2.99
 
Freedom to Choose is Paramount for any human.
 
An arrangement made when Elizabeth was just a babe ties her to someone she has never met, never spoken to, never loved. 
 
Now she desires freedom—a way to choose her own path—her own husband. The moment Elizabeth meets Patrick she knows he is her soul mate. 
 
But when you are bound to a crown how is any choice your own?
 
 
 

Ring on Her Finger

Lisa Swinton
SALE price $.99
Regular price $3.99

What happened in Vegas should stay there, not follow Amanda home, newly wedded to the man who broke her heart.

After celebrating college graduation with her friends in Las Vegas, Amanda St. Claire wakes up with a terrible hangover and a ring on her finger. Her day gets worse when she finds out she’s married to rich playboy Blake Worthington—the guy she has loathed the past four years. Amanda convinces Blake to legally terminate the marriage and they both return home like nothing ever happened. That is, until Blake shows up on her doorstep and Amanda has to come clean with her family. 

Together for better or worse while the legalities are cleared, Amanda reluctantly plays along, but then the unthinkable happens—she finds herself falling in love with Blake. 

Can they overcome the past? Or will it end their future before it even starts? 

Those who enjoy What Happens in Vegas and The Prince and Me will find a kindred spirit in Ring on Her Finger.

Nourish & Strengthen
Maria Hoagland
SALE Price $.99
Regular Price $2.99
 
Chloe Taylor has the perfect life: a model’s figure, a husband who adores her, three healthy children. So why does she feel so much less than perfect?
 
After losing forty pounds, Chloe Taylor is finally happy with her body. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s not the one in control. When Chloe is called as the Primary president, she discovers that managing the highs and lows of a chronic illness may be easier than the ups and downs associated with family, friends, and church callings. Consumed by her own challenges, Chloe fails to recognize the issues her friends are facing and is in danger of losing their friendship.
 
As Chloe strives to develop Christ-like love for herself and those around her, she learns that outer appearances are far less important than inner peace and spiritual strength. But is she strong enough to face her most difficult trial yet?
Family Size
Maria Hoagland
SALE Price $.99
Regular Price $2.99
 
Is it one-size-fits-all, or all sizes fit? A novel about friendships, faith, and fertility by LDS women’s fiction author Maria Hoagland. 
 
Jessica loves being the mom of an ever-expanding family, but when an ultrasound throws her a curve, can she adapt with grace? 
 
Dragged away from home, Maya feels deserted by her workaholic husband in a land of confusing accents and church cliques. What will it take to acclimate and save her marriage–or does she even want to? 
 
Sloane is an algebra teacher and runner who would give up both to be a mom, but no matter what she does, pregnancy remains elusive. Can she adjust her thinking and find purpose in her life? 
 
As their lives intertwine, can friendship and faith help these women hurdle expectations of an ideal family size? 
Intercession
Vicki Hunt Budge
SALE Price $.99
Regular Price $3.99
 
In The Darkest Hours of Addiction, A Light Shines 

When Jessica Mobley’s husband abandons her and flies off to Mexico to meet another woman, it’s the tip of the iceberg. She soon unravels his porn addiction and her financial ruin. 

Jessica tries to keep up an appearance that all is well, but ultimately she resorts to drastic measures to support her three children. She guts part of her home to start a preschool and rents out another two rooms. 

Her life is soon filled with new friends and activities, but the new friends bring problems of their own. Is hope and healing possible as they strengthen one another and rely on the Lord? And will romance find its way into Jessica’s heart again? 

Intercession is a story of love and friendship loaded with drama, inspiration, loss and the tenacity of one woman who finds her strength in the Lord
 
 

Begin Again

Brittney Mulliner
SALE Price $.99
 
Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey ends up in the middle of three rivals that each wants her to themselves. 
 
Mike claims her first and declares himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. 
 
How will she navigate her new life while she’s still haunted by her past?
 
IDEAL HIGH
Valerie Ipson
Price $2.99
 
There’s no way I’m taking Blake’s place as president of the student body. As soon as the memorial for him and six of our friends is over, I’m resigning as VP. Really.
Except people say the fire was no accident.
(I say it’s way too easy to blame someone who’s dead.)
When I read the writing on the wall, literally, the bathroom wall, I know what it means. To get to the truth I have to come out from under my paisley comforter.
But, seriously, what stage of grief says I have to be the one to fix what’s wrong at Ideal High? Maybe I’m the one who’s broken.
 
What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know: 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters
Rachelle J. Christensen
Connie E. Sokol
Price $1.99
 
Is your daughter asking questions about friends, peer pressure, school, and even her weight?
 
As a mom, are you wondering how to answer them?
 
Welcome to the club.
 
But you can relax. Because we’ve asked real sixth-grade girls to dish on their top secret questions. And, we’ve provided time-tested real-life answers that work.
 
Add to that an enjoyable format. The “Just for Girls” section speaks right to your daughter in words and ways she understands. The “Just for Moms” section talks straight to moms, giving you information, resources, and easy-to-share answers. We include tips for how to start, handle, and enjoy the conversations no matter the situation.
 
Create connected conversations with your daughter as you explore these life questions together. Get plain facts and jumpstart questions. Discuss the provided scenarios so she can practice responses to use in real-time. Download decorative cards with positive statements and fun fill-in sentences.
 
Use What Every Girl Needs to Know About 6th Grade to make it happen. Together, answer questions and create connection.
 
You got this.
 
Interlude at Cottonwood Springs
Liz Adair
Price $2.99
Audiobook: $21.83 (or free with Audible trial)
 
Ruth Reynolds moves in wealthy New York circles. Heck Benham rides the range in the high plateau of New Mexico. 
 
When she comes west during the Great Depression chance throws them together, and they fall in love. But she’s a married lady, and he’s an honorable man.
 
 
The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones (MG)
Tamara Hart Heiner
SALE Price $.99
 
What’s special about Cassandra? Absolutely nothing. She’s as ordinary as any other fifth grader. And yet her ordinary life is riddled with hilarious and sometimes heart-breaking mishaps as she guides herself through the world of pre-teens on the brink of adulthood. Cassandra Jones is the new girl at school. She’s been uprooted from her beloved state of Texas and relocated to the hillbilly Ozarks of Springdale, Arkansas. She wonders if she will like her teacher or if she will have any friends. She can only hope school won’t be harder than it was back home. She doesn’t expect to have two close friends, and even worse, two friends that don’t like each other. As she tries to make a spot for herself, will she keep her friendships intact? 
 
 
 
Best Kind of Love: A Reunion Romance Novella
Rebecca Talley
Price $.99
 
Brynn Sawyer
is a successful project manager in Houston. When her best friend from high
school convinces Brynn to attend their ten-year reunion, Brynn hopes she’ll
have the chance to reconnect with Troy Richards, the guy who stole her heart
back in middle school. 
Craig
Dawson, an attorney in San Diego, is in a relationship that’s going nowhere and
wonders why he can’t seem to commit. When he sees Brynn at their reunion, he
thinks he might finally understand why. The only problem—she’s still infatuated
with Troy what’s-his-name. 
Will
Brynn find the love she seeks with Troy, or will she realize the best kind of
love has always been right in front of her? 
 
 
 
 
Silver Linings
Kaylee Baldwin
Price $.99
 
Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of “smart” business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he’s broke and has nowhere else to go. 

Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she have to sell her house to pay for her mother’s medical expenses, but she had to drop out of school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn’t the wallowing type. Instead, she spends most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Assisted Living. When she learns that her boyfriend’s new roommate is down on his luck, she reaches out to offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.
 
Six Days of Christmas
Kaylee Baldwin
Price $.99
 
When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. 
 
Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children who seem to be multiplying, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother—someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted. 
 
 
 
Life Soup
Pamela Lynn France

Price $6.99 (ebook)

This is a true story
told using the memories of a child – my inner child. It is a story of survival
– a love story without romance, but hope. It tells of the age old struggle
between good and evil, light and dark forces around us.
Jesus Christ has been
saving souls throughout human history. Thankfully He is a part of my story…
 
 

Can Moms live guilt free?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Amy, what is your typical day like?

Mine is not the day of a full-time author, but rather of a full-time mom (of a small army).  My day begins with some qi gong and stretching, followed by meditation, then pondering my day over a mug of hot lemon water.  Depending on how much sleep I got the night before, I might eat and get ready for my day next, but with a new baby – school time can often find me still in my pjs.  I am currently homeschooling five of my children, with one preschooler, one infant and two graduated and on their own.  Regardless of the subject, we do a lot of reading – together or alone.  I answer questions, discuss assignments, put out fires, and keep everyone off the fridge.

School time is over by 1 pm where we all grab a quick bite, then I (more…)

Can every day Women Inspire Women?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Leslee, how long have you been writing?

I wrote and produced school productions in grade school and was always taking some kind of writing courses. I worked in the movie industry and then started my own production company. I wrote, produced and directed shorts and docs.

I decided that I was going to start writing non-fiction kindle books and my 1st book that I published this month became a #1 best seller.

Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I am a native Calgarian.

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?

You can do a lot of research for non-fiction and see what people are buying. Of course Romance always sells. I do my research and hope for the best.

This book was written because I had a business “Women Inspiring Women” and I wanted to (more…)