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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Women at the Top

Women at The Top: Powerful Leaders Tell us How To Combine Work and Family
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
If you are a working mother and always trying to keep too many balls in the air, you know what I am talking about. Finding the right work-family balance is a constant struggle. We suffer from guilty feelings of not spending enough time with our children/family and not enough time pursuing our career. To strike the right balance takes commitment, passion, flexibility and support from your loved ones and also knowing that we can’t be “perfect”.
The book Women at The Top is a real eye opener. In it, women from different cultural backgrounds and in high powered share their real life stories. The ups and downs of how they managed to get to where they are, overcoming many challenges along the way. It includes a lot of well written personal advice from these top women leaders. How do you get to be successful in your career but also live a happy family-committed life? This book offers strategies and food for thought for every woman who wants “it all” and wants to succeed in having a successful and rewarding job but also be a happy wife and mother.
I think this book should be read by any working mother who is trying to manage a career and a family. With the right techniques and strategies, you too can enjoy a well-balanced life.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Putting it on Paper

Dawn Josephson, author of 14 books, has composed a marvelous author resource with her newest book Putting it on Paper – The base rules for making promotional pieces that sell books. This book talks about the development and use of contents within a media kit, and other selling materials. From cover letters, press releases, book reviews, bios, sell and catalog sheets to articles – Dawn addresses it all.

Each chapter closes with two brief, but very helpful segments. ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ is an crucial ingredient to this comprehensive book because it touches on creativity and exclusions to the rule. Her section ‘Key Points’ acts as a summery to the primary ideas within the chapter.

There are many superior samples of real promotional bits, which give writers a assortment of options and ideas to use in producing the subject matter for their own selling materials. The samples are also closed out with notes on the structure of the piece so that the reader can fully interpret the intention of each opening, paragraph or by-line. Dawn shows numerous methods to fine-tune text for each piece and then ends with how to lay out promotional materials to various markets.

I genuinely loved the thought provoking quotations she used throughout the book and felt Putting it on Paper was rather inspirational. As a writer who has spent a year of intensive market research and hands on application, I can say that a lot of of Dawn’s tips are unique and I cannot wait to attempt them. The information on multiple press releases, mock book reviews and catalog sheets were especially helpful for my own applications.
I highly recommend this valuable book to any author who is facing book promotion. Putting it on Paper will for certain help writers get noticed.

ISBN#: 0974496618
Publisher: Ground Rules Press
Author: Dawn Josephson

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Prince Caspian

If you lately viewed the really popular Disney film "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", you may be aware that C. S. Lewis composed a total of seven books about Narnia. These are, in order of the inner chronology of events:
1 - The Magician's Nephew
2 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
3- The Horse and His Boy
4 - Prince Caspian
5 - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
6 - The Silver Chair
7 - The Last Battle
The novel "Prince Caspian" starts one year after the events said in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" on a railway platform where Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy are expecting  trains that will take them to their boarding schools. All of a sudden they feel themselves carried into another world, and after a few hours of meandering about they recognize that it is Narnia, where many centuries have surpassed meanwhile.
The second storyline involves young Prince Caspian, heir to the throne of Narnia, who has to flee from his seizing uncle Miraz. Deep in a forest he finds some of the "Old Narnians" - talking creatures and midgets - and later chooses to challenge his uncle for the kingship.
Before long, though, the armed forces state of affairs drops for Caspian and his modest army, and they end up enclosed on Aslan's How, a hill established over the site of the rock table that acted as an essential role in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". When things appear utterly desolate, Caspian uses his most cherished object, Queen Susan's Horn, to rally help.

Lewis does an effective job of depicting the bit-by-bit re-transformation of the four children, who once more turn from being English pupils to becoming Kings and Queens of Narnia.

To me, "Prince Caspian" is among the three best books in the Narnia series, together with "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and "The Magician's Nephew". In many ways, it duplicates themes from "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", but adds an intriguing view by having the events of the earlier book become the stuff of legend.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

"Complete Without Kids"

It is tough being childless in a baby-centric world. A person can be made to feel incomplete and unfulfilled when they don't have children. "Complete Without Kids" by psychologist Ellie Walker touches on the challenges childless people like herself  face through interviews.  She explains how she arrived at her own decision to be child-free by choice and why others choose to have no children.  Her book does not just cover child-free by choice but those childless for other reasons. I thought this was an exellent book because she covred all aspects. So many of these kinds of books are only radical feminist rants or full of self-pity. Wlaker presents a nice balance although it seemed like she was apologizing for her choice. No one should have to aopoligize for thier choices in the 21st century.  In conclusion, "Complete Without Kids"  is a worthwhile read for those with or without kids. For those with kids, they can gain an understanding on why some people may not have or want children. For the childless, it is a good resource full of advice and support.Many misconcpetions will be cleared.I higihly recommend this book.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

How to Become a Medical Transcriptionist

Start up Your Own Medical Transcription at Home Business
Where to buy: www.medical-transcription-at-home.com
Are you considering of beginning up your own job from home? Bored of office politics and your boss? If you like to type and can type swift and precisely, you will be able to make an effective living typing from home by becoming a medical transcriptionist. Arranging a medical transcription commercial enterprise at home has numerous rewards, it comes with flexible operating hours, low operating expense and start up prices and, once you get a mesh of physicians coordinated, a service that will stay coveted permanently.
But as you will be able to guess, arranging a business is never effortless. It calls for difficult work and purpose. The Start up Your Own Medical Transcription at Home Business ebook will help you to accomplish your dream. It furnishes lots of necessary information on how to get moving.
First, you will be able to show up on medical transcription classes available that you could take to speed up your business success. You will be able to discover how to cut down your typing time and make more income and how much you should/could charge for your work. Another positive point I believe is that the writer tells you how to compose sales letters to doctors and hospitals to find work. You get familiar with the HIPAA Act and Patient Privacy Act and why they are significant to your business.
This book is, in my view, a must-have for anyone desiring to get moving in medical transcription at home. The writer has a wealth of experience in medical transcription, knows the ‘ins and outs’ and ‘do’s and don’ts’ and shares them with her readers. If you are considering of a home career in medical transcription, this ebook is by all odds for you.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Elsie Dinsmore Update

I am almost done with "Elsie' Girlhood'.the third book in the Elsie series.  This is better than the first two books in the series. I guess because Elsie is older.  She doesn't cry quite as much. Horace is more tolerable but he still expects rigid obedience. Her little brother, Horace, appears out of nowhere, Elsie spends most of the book with their Aunt Wealthy, a rich widow and meets new friends.She won't even dare defy him behind his back without his consent, not even a hairstyle can change, though she is a young lady.  Arthur hasn't changed one bit. An illness does not stop him. He tries to set Elsie up with a money grubber as revenge fo rnot helping pay off his gambling debt.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fern;s Dragon

Fern’s Dragon is a superbly amusing read that arouses the imagination of both youthful people and the young-at-heart alike. It is a good mystery-fantasy story that is craftily penned.
Fern is a brilliant, aesthetic young girl who is absolutely captivated with dragons. One day she produced a masterpiece with beach sand and loved it so much that she was unwilling to leave her dragon, Nogard. When her mother took Fern to visit Norgard, they were aghast to find he was missing. Later that night, Fern is visited by Norgard, who implores for her help in the  rescue of dragon-kind.
Little Fern finds herself leading the last of the race of dragons, observing hints and attempting to piece together a way to save the dragon king – the only dragon with the power to cease the disaster about to fall.
David Wills has done a superior job on this children’s book. His use of colors and visually energizing words is sure to activate the imagination. The light conclusion will leave a smile on the readers’ face.
I highly recommend this book to parents, as they are unlikely to become bored with their children begging to have the story repeatedly read to them. I know I for certain enjoyed it."
ISBN# 1413770177
Publisher: Publish America, Inc
Author: David Wills

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Moon Lighting on the Internet

Moonlighting on the Internet: 5 World-Class Experts Reveal Proven Ways to Make Extra Cash
Where to purchase: www.amazon.com

Income is scarce these days and everyone is anticipating create a bit of additional cash unofficially. Moonlighting on the Internet teaches you how to make additional money using the internet.
The book was penned by Yanik Silver, a long-familiar internet entrepreneur, expert on web marketing, and self-made millionaire. In his book he furnishes the reader with pragmatic and valuable hints on how to get started in the world of internet business but also has hints and tricks for those already earning income online.

Discover how to make profit being an internet infopreneur, an eBay retail merchant, an associate vendor, a Yahoo! Stores retailer and a blogger. If you already operate a business online, discover how to get additional hits to your site by using ebay, blogs and affiliates.

The book is not intended to represent a ‘becoming rich overnight’ strategy. It is a means to get started in making more money than you are making at the moment on a uniform foundation.
The included success tales from other internet marketers are both inspirational and motivational and give the reader energizing thoughts on how to begin their own moonlighting on the internet.
For more information, go to www.amazon.com

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Top 5 Classic Scary Books

Top 5 Classic Scary Books for Halloween

Halloween makes most people want to bring out their favorite scary book. There is nothing like reading a good scary book or thriller on Halloween. Especially classic novels are good choices as they have all the elements. If you need ideas, here are five suggestions for scary novels to get your fill of fright.
 
Frankenstein (1818) - Mary Shelly
A young Victor Frankenstein had an interest In chemistry since a child. As an adult, Doctor Frankenstein is obsessed with creating a monster out of body parts from corpses. However, the monster does not turn out the way he believed it would.

Turn of the Screw(1898) - Henry James

A narrator is listening to an account of a young governess being read by a male friend. The governess believes she is seeing ghosts of former employees. Even worse, she thinks they are after the children.

Dracula(1897)- Bram Stoker

What is Halloween without this classic novel? Count Dracula moves to England but not without a battle with a small group of men and women. Jonathan Harker, Dracula’s real estate agent, is given crucifixes and other things to ward off evil. Harker is charmed by the old gentleman and find himself prisoner.

Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson

The classic tale of alter egos. A lawyer, Mr.Utterson, listens to his friend’s story about an assault. He talks about an evil figure who wreaks havoc on London but it is only a rumor until someone witnesses a brutal attack.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - William Irving

A teacher, Ichabod Crane, comes to Sleepy Hollow, a town haunted by a headless horseman. The ghostly horseman is believed to be the ghost of a soldier looking for his head. Ichabod falls in love with Katrina Van Tassel but is soon embroiled in a love triangle.
 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Top Secret Restaurant Recipes

This has been one of the most fun recipe books I have used. The Author, Ron Douglas, gives very elaborated information on how to cook the recipes that are in his book. These recipes are from a few of the most popular restaurants in America like McDonald's and Wendy's.
I have sampled many of the recipes for family members and friends they are asking me to cook more of them as they select from their preferred options. Using this book has preserved me time and money from going out to eat and offers any husehold a variety.
Numerous times it was the same old thing from the husband “not this again tonight for dinner” Now adding some of these recipes provided in Ron’s book I hear “You are cooking that for dinner” I capture much more pleasure and grins at the dinner table from a satisfied husband.
I have also used a few of the restaurant recipes to impress my guests at dinner parties. My preferred thing to do is when I have to go to a party that calls for me to bring a dish to pass, I will use one of the restaurant recipes and everyone would like to know how I cooked it. I have fun devising conversation with friends and showing off.
I advocate this cookbook to anyone who relishes cooking and likes to get compliments.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Little House Books

Most all kids read The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Some still are not aware she was a real person and not just made up. Her books were written between 1931 and 1943. Her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane was also a writer. . The Little House books were even banned once because of racism. I 200, CBS aired a move called "Beyond the Prairie": The Real Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder" and a sequel in 2002. There are vast differences in her actual life and the books. The books are classified historical fiction since the stories are based on Wilder's life.

Some characters were a combination of people she knew. There was a Nellie but her last name was Owens and her family really owned a general store and she had a brother named Willie. The parents were Margaret and William. Laura changed the name to Olsen in the books. It is believed the Nellie character in the book was also based on two other girls Genevieve  Masterson and Stella Gilbert. Laura did not get along with Genevieve and Stella was a girl who went riding with her and Almanzo . Carries' birthplace was Kansas and not the Big Woods. The little brother that died is not mentioned in the books because she thought it too harsh for children. Anyway, the books are still enjoyed though she left out many details..

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Letter Writer

I Loved reading this book. The characters were depicted first-rate. Jack, a multimillionaire who goes through mid-life crisis and finishes encountering significance to his life – but it costs him millions of dollars and emotional anguish. Adele is a heavy-drinking, independent, multimillionaire with an autonomous head and a sense of humor. Wendy, a single mother who discovers the love of her life. Baffled educators diddling with their pupils’ lives in their conquest and the retiring professor who defies this secret plan has a heavy secret. A married consultant continues an affair with another man and when he is found out, he believes his world has stopped.
I would allege this fable is a clean comedy that is rather amusing and has a few romance components likewise. Author Robert Mercer-Nairne brings attention to basic human vices with a sense of play. He distinctly discloses the desire to ‘get rich fast’ in North American Society. Members of this order incline to hear what we prefer to hear and perceive the greener grazing land out there somewhere – instead of in the present moment.
Readers are presented the craziness of pursuing others blindly and the risk of where our covetousness can carry us. Innocents can have their life irrevocable changed by another persons desire to climb a corporate or societal ladder. The benefit of spiritual leaders to help anchor the characters in this novel, helping them learn to forgive themselves and move on in life is used at several aims in the chronicle.
I advocate this book for anyone looking for a light, entertaining read.
ISBN#: 0974814105
Publisher: Gritpoul, Inc
Author: Robert Mercer-Nairne

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Science of Getting Rich


The Science of Getting Rich

Self-improvement is a popular category of books. The most popular sub-categories are money and wealth creation. However, a few of these books stand out among the rest because they are unique.. One of them is the “Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace D. Whattles published in the 1920’s. This book may be almost  a hundred years old but contains some useful concepts for today. The title makes it seem like science is needed for wealth creation that maybe comparable to advanced physics. Therefore, many people would assume the same principles can guide them to achieve wealth.  This assumption presumes the reader grabs the techniques and ignores rhetoric. Furthermore, the reader believes they will for certain create wealth by following these scientific laws.

Wallace D.Whattles wrote the book as the Enlightenment period gradually changed to Modernism. This explains why a great deal of similar books  on wealth creation were founded on Modernism which means being certain one can accomplish wealth if they have a focus and do all they can to achieve it. During this time people worked through shortcomings to make things right.Modern welath creation books are about leverage  while The Science of Getting Rich focuses on creative aspects.

Bringing Together the Craft and Science of Wealth Building

Though the book alleges certainty, it can actually be classified as philosophical work. Wattles discusses  the importance of a unified theory that is part of Hindu beliefs gradually coming into the Western world. The main concepts behind wealth creation now  are embedded  in the universal system. Whattles believes we all have a right to get wealthy in the system  and gives the basis to help accomplish the right. Whattles describes the Science of Getting Rich as the growth of life and development of mankind. A person should have a positive outlook about wealth creation as their right.

Monday, August 27, 2012

An Explosive Thriller "Lost Lake"

Phillip Margolin's books have blasted each leading best-seller list in the United States, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly. The best-selling author and Edgar Award nominee comes back with "Lost Lake" (HarperTorch, $9.99), an mind blowing thriller about how a young journalist's "paranoid" theories just might be true.

The main character, Vanessa Kohler, is a tabloid reporter residing and employed in Washington, D.C. She writes fantastic tales about a huge government conspiracy headed by General Wingate, a well known presidential candidate who as well happens to be her dad, and most waive her as a crackpot making use of sensationalism to sell papers.

Pulling from 25 years of courtroom knowledge to produce true characters and high-intensity activity, Margolin's novels just continue getting better and greater. Critics statethat "Lost Lake," with all of its murderous intrigue and plot-driven suspense, is not going to let  down.

"Lost Lake" belongs to HarperCollins' Premium Plus initiative, that provides a more legible type and dimension, and offers an extra benefit: Fans who relish Margolin can signup online to receive a free mass market "pick of the month."

Phillip Margolin fans make a note: HarperCollins Publishers is issuing the author's latest hardcover thriller, "Proof Positive" ($25.95), in which the author relates just how unreliable CSI evidence can get-when misused by a serial murderer with no remorse.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"Don't Go Alone"


This 284-page whodunit thriller written by  by Margaret Lenois has spins and twists that leave  readers thinking right until the conclusion.

Good-looking, well-built Michael Bannagan is chief executive officer and founder of a booming computer company – he’s also a philanderer. Unused to to hard knocks or a messy life, Michael is having a hard time with his frigid and attractive wife. He’s been caught unfaithful, once more (but he’s not the only one), and she wishes a divorce. Out of the blue, he finds he is apprehended for a murder he is not guilty of. All the hints aim to Michael and he is aware he is being set up – but by whom, and by how many? Are they acting collectively? And how come?! After all, Michael has never done anything malevolent in his life.

Don’t Go Alone is a tale of beau monde - of limos, kept wives and fancy homes. It is a tale of passion and disgrace, of regrets and betrayal, errors and love… hate and revenge.

. She may very well be the next female author that we see on the best selling list!

ISBN#: 0-9771971-3-1
Author: Margaret Lenois
Publisher: Better Be Write Publishing

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Color me Beautiful

"Spring,Summer, Winter Fall, Who's the Fairest of them all?"
Rember "Color Me beautiful" from the 1980's. It may seem dated but true certain colors bring out our skin tone better than others. Instead color groups to Group 1, 2, 3, 4, "Color Me Beautiful" uses a seasonal approach. Fall and Spring are warm skin tones. Winter and Summer are for cool skin tones. The book featured before and after photos of model in the 'wrong' season colors and the 'right' season colors. It not only gives you a cosmetic makeover but a fashion make-over. Learn how to simplify your wardrobe by getting rid of the wrong color clothes and find your clothing style. You may end having a clothes swap party with your friends to ensure you wear the right colors. The book has been revised over the yearsand it is till full of good advice.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Two Classic 1980's Scholastic books

"Your Former Friend Matthew"Louann Bigge
Gaeddert
Not many books focus on friendships between boys and girls at least without not being romantic toward the end.  This classic from  1980's Scholastic Book book club feature Gail and Matthew who have been friends since childhood.  However, when Matthew comes back from camp he totally changes. He just wants to hang around the guys. Gail thought her mother would make her feel better but she gets no help there. Gail copes by making new female friends. One is Amanda, an affluent girl whose mother died a few years before and Julie, a studious girl. While trying to figure things out, Gail gets lost on a subway and embarasses Matthew in front of his friends. The author does a good job of capturing teen angst and growing pains. It will probably be enjoyed by 10-13 year olds but even adults will  like it.

"Prisoners at the Kitchen Table" Barbara Holland

What happens when you talk to strangers? Josh and Polly find out fast. Polly is an afflunet girl who has everything anybody could want while Josh lives a modest life. He likes to watch tv so much that his mother forced him outside on a chilly fall afternoon. While he is fishing, he meets up with Polly. A couple claiming to be her aunt and uncle. They offer to give th ekids a ride home. Josh is skeptic but goes along anyway. They soon find themselves miles from town in an abandoned cabin. The kidnapers demand $10000 for each
 kid for their safe return. All they do is watch TV and eat pizza. Will they ever escape? This teaches agod lesson in not talking to strangers.

Friday, July 20, 2012

'Geek On Cal: 5 Minute Computer Fixes"

In the last two decades, the PC has developed from a sophisticated toy for brainiacs with pocket protectors, into a critical function of nearly every American house and business. And with the assistance of the World Wide Web and the newest software, PCs can be employed for everything from communication and productivity to amusement and leisurely pastimes.

As luck would have it for the novice or apprentice PC user, there's no techie boot camp or PC driver's license to secure a kernel competency in personal computing, and it's easy to become bemused or leave out vital particulars in a new computer system.

However, assistance is on the way. Wiley Publishing, the premier personal technology publisher, has created a new series of computer books in conjugation with Geeks On Call-America's premier supplier of on-the-spot computer services. In collaboration, they are casting out four titles that will help home and small-business users with everything from tuning and preserving a Windows XP system to establishing and securing a wireless network.

The "Geeks On Call 5-Minute Fixes" series aspires to distinctly explain the most typically diagnosed issues afflicting PC users and save them both income and time on service calls or telephone tech support. The first four titles in the series include "Security and Privacy," "Windows XP," "PCs" and "Wireless Networking." With these books-which list at $14.99 each-reader finds out straightforward means to have a better and more secure personal computing experience.

Geeks On Call is the leading independent supplier of on-the-spot computer services. Its licensed, trained and tested technicians supply skilled computer instalment and networking services, on-site fixes, security solutions and system upgrades for residential and commercial clients alike.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Sales and Marketing Magazine

Sales and Marketing Management (Magazine Subscription)
Where to buy: www.amazon.com


Sales and Marketing Management (Magazine Subscription)
Where to buy: www.amazon.com

If you run your have prosperous business, you recognize that it is urgent that you remain top of the cutting-edge sales and marketing styles and news. Searching online on suitable websites is one method, a different alternative is by subscribing to a high profile marketing magazine that offers you the most recent first-rate information from well esteemed masters in their area.

The Sales and Marketing Management is a magazine subscription that gives you a wealth of information from specialists and potent and booming companies. It furnishes, in my aspect, a very fascinating blend of content - you will be able to study up on latest research, strategies and pertinent case reports. This information will present you the upper hand in your business and propel it forward.

Overall, if you prefer to learn about becoming a sharper seller and in doing so distribute numerous products, this magazine is for certain money well spent. It is issued five times annuallyr.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Deadly Duplicates

As I first read the primary subject of the book, I believed it appeared implausible. I couldn’t have been more amiss. As a matter of fact, the final 30 pages were so bewitching everything else in my life had to be postponed until I completed the book. Writer Margaret Lenois accepts a hard chore with this serial murderer plot line. Deadly Duplicates is a fiction novel about magical identical conjoined twin* that would conform to i the genres of suspense and psychological thriller.

Separated conjoined twins* Deborah and Doreen Price were the topics of chatter for hospital faculty from the minute they entered the world – and it was not  looking the same or their scars that set them apart. As young kids, their mother’s mind cracked after a few horrific and alarming events including seeing her own parents being inflamed alive in her childhood house. Yet she must rule over her voluntary unconscious state in time to salvage her girls.

Has their mother been lacking so long that she cannot make a difference? Can the love of two investigators – the very men who adore them at home, but look into the murders by day - save them? Read the book and find out!

ISBN#: 0976773244
Author: Margaret LeNois
Publisher: A Better Be Write Publisher

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Teach Yourself to Sing

Have you ever wanted to learn how to sing? If so, "Teach Yourself to Sing"published by Alfred books is for you. It is avialble in print and Kindle editions. The  teaches you how to release the singer within, discovering your natural sound, music theory, breathing, posture, pronouncing words, and more. Also included are popular songs like "Love Me Tender", "Amazing Grace", "Fly Me to the Moon", and "Give my Regards to Broadway". All the songs relate to the lesson. The print version has an interactive CD rom which allows you to mix and match tracks a swell as change tempos.  Though you may not become the next singing sensation, you can definitely improve your voice for fun. The good news is you need no prior musical knowledge and you can learn at you own pace.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

SEO for Dummies

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is an area eclipsed by impressive claims and some of the times questionable practices. If your business features a website, you by nature wish it to get high rankings in the major search engines so that possible buyers can discover you. All the same you may be suspect of companies that promise to sling your website to #1 placing in nearly no time to declare that they will submit your site to thousands of search engines and web directories.

Peter Kent's book in the For Dummies serial provides a valuable presentation to search engine optimization. He begins by going over the assorted search sites and search systems and explains who acquires outcomes from whom. He then advises the way to give your website a fast rework to give it bigger visibility.

Throughout the book, Kent repeatedly emphasiszes functionality over crafty web technologies that could really obstruct search engines from  discovering your site. His next point of  emphasis is on content as a bait for search engines.

Kent uses a made-up website on "rodent racing" to provide the reader very particular advice on picking the correct keywords, getting into search engines, optimizing code, finding specialized directories, and much more. With over 350 pages (and an elaborate index), this book provides you a wealth of hints and useful advice, whether you want to improve your website's ranking by yourself or hire a SEO firm to do it.

While the "For Dummies" series of books varies quite a bit in quality, this volume can be recommended. What is particularly useful is the associated website that contains all the links mentioned in the book.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Second Eden

Carlton Austin has created a fantastic element of work in Second Eden - an action-packed suspense thriller that has a little romance plus some factors of science fiction. Its fantastically made cover incorporates gorgeous images depicting scenes within the plot and the book is accessible in both hard and soft cover. I highly recommend the hard back, folks. This book is guaranteed to be one that you keep amid your preferred writers on your bookshelves. Second Eden is headed for a proficient movie director to take big screen fans on its roller-coaster journey. Greatest of buddies, Peter (an intelligence representative) and Bo (an astronaut), have got a connection that even Peter’s enchantment with Bo’s wife cannot separate. Bo and several other researchers die inside a unexplained fire following finishing an job. The government cover-up promotes Peter to determine what actually occurred and he will become split between patriotism and humanitarianism. He never adored a woman until he met Molly – but can he believe in her? The fact is, he wonders if he can trust any person whatsoever. This is unquestionably an brilliant read; the writer features incredible unfamiliar relics, secrets, deaths, government espionage and complicated cover-ups, cat and mouse pursuit moments, ancient finds and historical cultures, deception and a love story that goes beyond this lifestyle into the following. Second Eden absolutely contains a story that could make its readers think greatly about our planet. Carlton shows us the dangers of where our science could lead. His tale teaches that there are consequences for every single choice that we make - both as individuals and as a community. He delivers cultural concerns, like showing us of the significance of acknowledging the worth of women who choose to be mothers – as a career, rather than as a side task. He even features enlightening views of what might happen to a spirit when the body can no more assist it. I actually won't be able to say enough about Carlton’s novel. Definitely, I could barely put it down to go to work or make meals! Second Eden will remain on my bookshelf for decades and will, without a doubt, be read many times by my family. ISBN#: 0595316530 – soft cover 0595663567 – hard cover Publisher: iuniverse, Inc. Author: Carlton Austin

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dragon Tales

Dragon Tales by Mary C. Fairbanks is truly an exciting publication, full of twenty-four dragon encounters. Ideal for younger generations from the ages of five to twelve to fifteen or even grownups would be thrilled by . this story. The pictures are exclusive and exciting, with a style that leaving me with the impression they were designed on a computer. Parents are likely to discover the values to each tale employed to deal with younger generation concerns and with public relationship, self-image, conquering self-absorption, knowing others and more. The writer discusses many concerns through her lovely, yet egotistical mythical beasts or even through gloomy and solitary mythical beasts. She reveals the value of independence and has neighborhoods cooperating to fix concerns quietly. The misunderstandings between the way that mythical beasts and people view each other in this publication will aid against racial discrimination. Her characters understand to not passively take what everyone else considers right or stay by someone else's prejudices. Instead, the author has the figures discover out for themselves what is the fact. Often, the young figures have to ‘think’ their way out of a scenario or learn to question the right concerns - as opposed to battling it or running away from issues. I would suggest this imaginary, kids publication of brief ordeals to anyone, any time, anywhere. ISBN#: 1554102545 Author: Jessica C. Fairbanks Publisher: Zumaya Otherworlds

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pumping Your Muse

Pumping Your Muse is an author's self-help manual of 1366 pages that is easily offered in both electronic and print format. The print copy is a ring binder – ideal for an alluring book. Released a short time ago in June 2005, this guide should be on each writer’s personal reference bookcase. Donna Sundblad’s objective for her guide has undoubtedly been fulfilled, as Pumping Your Muse is able to expand the readers’ imagination beyond their regular boundaries by creating abilities in addition to concentrating on artistic efforts in fresh ways. The writer concentrates on the skills to develop realms via a wide range of exercises such as insights, viewpoints, harmony, making use of several neurological methods as well as broadening thinking structures. Readers will become familiar with monitoring tools such as cards, journals as well as atlases which enable the writer to create a specific community for the audience and develop a complete encounter. Right after each exercise like a home-school class, it is going to take a number of weeks and will unquestionably increase artistic writing abilities. Pumping Your Muse may also be used like a refresher program, a device for the duration of the editing procedures of a manuscript, or even work through writer’s block. Donna Sundblad keeps the a continual streaming with an exciting speed and has permitted room for notes at the conclusion of each section. Her helpful guide also contains several fantastic writer’s reference websites. I suggest that readers evaluate the whole guide and after that go back to chapter 1 before they in fact commence the system. By doing this, the reader is going to be more acquainted with the causes and objectives for every exercise. I’ve been expecting my come back to chapter one since I started the examining procedure of this book and do not have question that my abilities will be enhanced because of the exercises in this manual. ISBN#: 0970863578 Author: Donna Sundblad Publisher: ePress-online.com ~ Writopia, Inc.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Caleb's Birthday Wish

Caleb's Birthday Wish Be heedful what you wish for! Birthday wishes may just be a little much potent than we give them acknowledgment for… Caleb’s Birthday Wish is a fantastic story about grasping to one’s dream in spite of whatever we could consider as obstructions. Composed by David Villanueva jr. and illustrated by Edmundo Sanchez, Caleb’s Birthday Wish conveys us a marvellous, freckle-faced 8-year-old boy in a wheelchair that desired a great deal to fly. Caleb departs on a amusing and energizing balloon trip where he is shortly caught in a tree, had a little alligator fright, enjoyed a chimpanzee race, met a sneezing giraffe and had a narrow escape with a soaring jet. At last, helped by gracious ducks (and his powerful birthday wish) Caleb discovers his way back to the birthday party that is still going solid in his back yard. The final few pages are well contrived for this age group with a maze, look for and count games and a word search. 40-pages are occupied with a light-humor and the chief character has an upbeat and dream-filled disposition. His faithful dog, Ozzy, is there with him throughout the tale – with the exception of the flight itself. I can allege with honesty, that I relished critiquing this book… ISBN#: 0-9771971-8-2 Author: David Villanueva jr. Illustrator: Edmundo Sanchez Publisher: A Better Be Write Publisher

Monday, May 14, 2012

Beauty, Health and Happiness-A Way of Life

Beauty, Health and Happiness – A Way of Life Where to buy: www.lilyorganics.com The book “Beauty, Health and Happiness” really appeals to me. It contains a lot of great information about how to feel good about yourself, which is so important for your overall well-being. It includes a section on how to lead a happier life, which I think everybody can profit from. You also learn about how to look and feel years younger with nutrition tips for healthy looking skin. Also included are recipes for making your own beauty and skin care products. Learn how to use various different essential oils and herbs in your day-to-day skin care for beautiful and young looking skin. The book also benefits from an introduction to alternative health and beauty and what it means. And I am sure that you also want to hear about beauty secrets that have been around for hundreds of years? In my opinion, this book is a great read. Not only will it teach you how to lead a happier and more fulfilled life, but it also shows you ways to rejuvenate your body and how to create your own skin care products for youthful looking skin. This book would make a lovely and well-appreciated gift for any of your special women friends in your life.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

"Carrie"Stephen King

"Carrie" is a horror novel published in 1974 by Stephen king. Set in Maine, the novel is about Carrie, a teenager with telekinetic powers. She is viewed as an outcast by her classmates mostly because of her radical Christian mother, Margaret White. In the first chapter, she gets her period but has no clue about menstruation. The other girls toss tampons at her only to be caught by the gym teacher, Ms. Desjardin. She is upset with Carrie at first but realizes Carrie is clueless about menstruation. She sends the frightened girl home for the day after explaining the basics of menstruation. While in the principal's office, Carrie's powers cause strange things to happen. Ms.Desjardin is angered by the event and punishes those involved with detention. A popular girls,Chris Hargansen, skips detention. Ms.Desjardin takes away Chriss prom privileges and she gets a three days suspension from school. She vows to get back at Carrie with the help off her boyfriend. In the meantime, Carries has to deal with her mother constantly shoving in the prayer closet for the slightest transgression. Margaret White refers to menstruation as the 'curse of blood' an tells of the night Carrie was conceived. Sue Snell is the only one who feels bad for her part in the fiasco and sets Carrie up with boyfriend Tommy Ross as a date for the prom. Of course, Margaret is not pleased saying it will lead her down a path of temptation. After Carrie discovers her powers, she find it hard to keep them in control. However, she uses them to her advantage even against her own mother. Anyone who likes horror will find "Carrie" hard to put down. It is the classic underdog vs the world story with a horror theme.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A lesson In Hope

In a town where everyone knows everything, the writer of this beautiful, irregular memoir came to live in a place no one knows exists. In "Still Life with Chickens" (Hudson Street Press, $21.95), Catherine Goldhammer arouses at midlife to find herself freshly separated and a few tax brackets lower, pushed by conditions to move from the wealthy New England suburb of her daughter's childhood into a fresh, less sophisticated life by the sea. Against every system of logic, partly to delight her daughter and partly for causes not clear to her at the time, she starts this year of conversion by buying six baby chickens, whose job-she comes to suspect-is to force her and her daughter ahead, out of one life and into a different. As she step by step transforms her new home-with its cheap outside but beaming soul-she discovers her gifted 12-year-old daughter blossomed into a fashionable and advanced adolescent. And as she tends to the needs of six ambiguous chickens, Goldhammer's life slowly shifts from bedlam to blessing. Beautifully composed and quietly fundamental, "Still Life with Chickens" is an unforgettable lesson in hope, in starting over and in the transcendent wisdom that can frequently be found in the most farfetched of places. The courageous, comical and heartbreaking beautiful memoir is available wherever books are sold.

Monday, April 23, 2012

VIolet the Pilot Series

Canadian trade pilot, proprietor of a printing company, mother of two and author of the Violet the Pilot children’s book serial, Bettina Bathe has a gift and vigor for today’s youth. I believe this air travel adventure fiction series is suitable for kids aged between three and eight years old. Her children’s book series center during one time of year in one nation at once, though the escapades in each book are widely assorted and involve diverse aircraft. Beginning in Canada, Bettina’s chief character takes three riders in a floatplane for a camping/fishing trip during the spring. Her second book has Violet the Pilot carrying two young French riders on a hot-air balloon ride to a site where the duo can begin a bike tour escapade and enjoy autumns aesthetic colors. Bettina’s third book in the series is focused on the Hawaiian Islands during the summer season, where two young passengers want a scenic tour of the islands in Violet’s helicopter. In this book, there is an unforeseen adventure when the three were called upon to rescue a marooned baby whale. These books could be regarded educational tools as the illustrator, Barbara Fortin, integrates well-designed scenery describing the countryside, wildlife, appareling and food that are encountered in each country. Bettina uses educational information about air power and the assorted aircraft that are used in her books. The employment of maps and other interesting pictures including each country’s flag – will for certain give the reader tools for additional interaction with the children. Distinctly, Bettina’s series of children’s books are configured to not only educate children about their world and the diverse aircraft technology, but are also composed with the intention to prompt aviation dreams in young girls. The author’s website (www.violetthepilot.com) provides ongoing competitions and awards for readers. Violet the Pilot in Canada – issued October 2004 – ISBN# 1-4120-3215-6 Violet the Pilot in France – printed July 2005 – ISBN# 0-9738290-0-1 Violet the Pilot in Hawaii – released January 2006 – ISBN# 0-9738290-1-X

Monday, April 16, 2012

Holiday At Roselands

Holiday at Roselands is the second book in the Elsie series. It picks up where the first left off. Horace and nine year old Elise take up residence after the holidays in Oaks mansion and traveling to see friends. Horace has converted to Christianity but still expect cheerful obedience from Elsie. For example:
"Elsie," said Lucy, presently, in an undertone, "Carry has been showing
us her bracelet, and I think it is beautiful; she won't tell whose hair
it is--I guess it's her sister's, maybe--but I'm sure yours would make
just as pretty a bracelet, and I want one for my mamma; won't you give me
one of your curls to make it? you have so many that one would never
be missed."

"No, Miss Lucy," said Mr. Dinsmore, looking at them over his paper, "you
can't have one of my curls; I can't spare it."

"I don't want one of _your_ curls, Mr. Dinsmore," laughed Lucy, merrily.
"I didn't ask for it. Your hair is very pretty, too, but it would be
quite too short."

"I beg your pardon, Miss Lucy, if my ears deceived me," said he, with
mock gravity, "but I was quite certain I heard you asking for one of my
curls. Perhaps, though, you are not aware of the fact that my curls grow
on two heads."

"I don't know what you mean, Mr. Dinsmore," replied Lucy, laughing again,
"but it was one of Elsie's curls I asked for."

"Elsie doesn't own any," said he; "they all belong to me. I let her wear
them, to be sure, but that is all; she has no right to give them away."

He turned to his paper again, and Elsie bent over her work, her face
flushed, and her little hand trembling so that she could scarcely hold
her needle.

"I'm afraid I ought to tell papa," she thought, "that I did give one of
my curls away. I never thought about his caring, but I might have known,
because when I wanted my hair cut last summer, he said they shouldn't one
of them be touched. Oh! dear, why didn't I think of that? I am afraid he
will be very much displeased."


Horace also scolds Elsie for asking to play Jacks on the floor which he forbade her to do once.
She went to him then, and said timidly, "Papa, some of the little ones
want me to play jack-stones, to teach them how; may I, if we don't sit on
the floor?"

"Elsie," he replied, in a tone of great displeasure, "it was only the
other day that I positively forbade you to play that game, and, after all
that I have said to you about not asking a second time, it surprises me
very much that you would dare to do it. Go to my dressing-room, and shut
yourself into the closet there."

Arthur is still up to his old tricks. He tries to borrow money from Elsie and she refuses him. H pushes her down a embankment while the kids were walking knocking her unconscious. He is sent to boarding school. Not much else happens. Horace and Elsie make a trip up North and visit Rose Allison and her family.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

"Reality Checked'

Reality Checked – Life through Death, is a striking saga about getting substance in a world of hurting and superfluous hate founded on the color of skin. Former school teacher and theologian, Victor Waller has integrated many of life’s matters by the lives of his characters who were pressured to arrive at decisions in despairing situations. Racial discrimination, retaliation and hate are rampant in this book. Domestic abuse and the perils concealed within our society’s foster care arrangement are also covered.

There is only single primary persona – Catherine Brown – along with a innkeeper of supporting characters. Catherine grows up below the dreaded terror of racial discrimination - which a few apply merely as an excuse to hurt another person. As a matter of fact, her father and uncle were orphaned at a very young age by a racist assault. The fairy-tale love story of her parents slipped away as concerns of her father’s suspected unfaithfulness enforces her mother’s charges that she is being poisoned. Never really recognizing the truth, Catherine staggers through her youth and into adulthood.

Regrettably, a troubled person savagely slays her family and Catherine is hauled away by the law and put behind bars for many years. She came through the brutal surroundings by the friendship of her cellmate – and their hunger for retaliation.

As an elderly woman, Catherine is only free from the bars of her prison. Her body is now her prison guard – it is found that she inherited her mother’s mystifying sickness. Believing she had no family left alive, Catherine is amazed when she is invited to a family reunion. This reunion turns out to be one of Catherine’s biggest challenges. As she tries to amend the family strife, she is contacted by an individual from the past and her chance for retaliation is handed to her on a silver platter.

Victor Waller has produced a significant and meaningful tale in Reality Checked. As a matter of fact, the work is well titled. The novel provokes the reader to question their own options in life - and possibly, to release some of the pessimistic inner voices which influence their decisions.

I give this 377 page novel the highest of ratings with no hesitation, any."


ISBN#: 0976498103
Author: Victor Waller
Publisher: Turn Key Press

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Scrap Facts Guide

The Scrap Facts Guide

Do you enjoy the idea of scrapbooking, but have not a hint about where to start? Have you been covetous of the aesthetic scrapbooks your friends have produced? Or do you prefer to learn, but not know any scrapbookers who could teach you the rudiments?

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The Scrap Facts Guide contains all the information that someone new to scrapbooking needs. Whether you know the fundamentals but can't seem to master the harder methods or haven't even assembled the courage to attempt, this ebook can help. It addresses everything from organizing your pics to creating great layouts to adding lovely embellishments.

Contrary to a few scrapbooking guides, the Scrap Facts Guide is published in terms that even the most naïve scrapbooking beginner can interpret. There's no cryptic, complex language to wade through, just clear, easy to understand directions composed in plain English. Yet there are hints included that more seasoned scrapbookers can use to make their projects even better.

The Scrap Facts Guide even comes with a 30-day money back warranty. If you don't learn everything you need to know to add aesthetic ornamentations to your scrapbooks, you get a full refund. So you truly have zero to lose.

If you would like to learn everything you need to know to get off to a great start with scrapbooking, this informative and easily digestible ebook is for you. It can get you on the road to creating the scrapbook you've been dreaming of in no time.

Monday, March 26, 2012

'Christy"

I read "Christy" by Catherine Marshall as a young adult and loved it. Marshall based the story on her mother's own travels to the Appalachians. Christy Huddleson is 19 yr old in 1912 who volunteers as a teacher on a mission trip teaching in Cutter Gap, Tennessee in a a fictional village set in the Appalachians. Christy came from an affluent family in Asheville, north Carolina. The atmosphere is rather challenging for her as she experiences filthy conditions and fol medicine. She works along side a preacher named David Grantland to teach them a life apart from feuding that has long been a tradition in the community. , Neil McNeill, an agnostic the village considers an outsider, attempts to draw her concern toward the locals. She get s involved ina love triangle between Neil and David plus makes some new friends like Fairlight Spencer. I really can not find much negative except some may find a description of a rape offensive and the stereotyping of Calvinism. "Christy" was made into a series in 1994.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Elsie Dinsmore Revisited

I posted a while back on the Elsie Dinsmore. I finished the first book and started on 'Holidays at Roselands". That will be another review. As I said in an earlier post, Elsie is held up as a role model for young Christian girls. I think some of the supporters forget what century this was written in. Some of the things Elsie endured would be considered almost abusive. In one scene, Lora saves Elsie from being whipped by Horace for destroying her copy book. Actually, it was Arthur. He makes her sit at a piano stool because she refuses to play piano for Mr. Travilla. She falls off and hits her head leaving her ill for a few days.

. He wouldn't let eat certain foods or play jacks. He sends her to the closet for playing jacks. The last half of the book drags out a scene where Elsie refuses to read story on the Sabbabth. Horace instructs the family to associate with her. Elsie is blamed for his illness. He tempts her with a new home if she beys him compety regardless if it is against her conscious. He takes off on a trip refusing to be around a naughty child. Elsie falls ill as well for several weeks. He cuts his trip short after Adelaide sends him a letter. Horace realizes his mistakes and moves into the new home. Horace was absent the first eight years of her life and suddenly lays down the law. Though he changed slightly, cheerful obedience is still expected. Who could treat a child in such a way when all they ask for is love and acceptance from their family? It is nothing I recommend any girl to follow. Elsie is good for historical value but not much else.

Friday, March 16, 2012

"What's It Like Being You"

What’s it Like Being You? – Living Life as Your True Self is co-written by John Roger and Paul Kaye, who have joined forces previously on a different book. Both of these writers are successful and they are coveted lecturers, educators and popular writers in the self-help and spirituality genres.

This 184-page non-fiction book is crammed with useful commentary that readers can use in their own lives to change their attitude towards themselves. By doing this, we can learn more about our aim in life, attain more energy and a confident mindset in every minute of every day.

The dense, long-lasting cover is contrived with big inside flaps that can easily function as bookmarks. To help readers through the in progress challenges to achieve peace within themselves and in their lives, the writers have provided us with an inspirational meditation CD of just over 45 minutes in duration.

Altogether, I felt a relationship with many parts of What’s it Like Being You? . As a matter of fact, it was like the authors had read my book of verse (Towards Understanding) and translated it for me. I was able to see the journey I have been on from a different slant and I found this consoling.

For certain, this book has furnished helpful advice that will aide me in tuning out the noise and tensions of the world and center on what this life – each moment of every day – generates.

ISBN#: 1-89020-25-8
Authors: John Roger and Paul Kaye
Publisher: Mandeville Press
Published: Nov. 2004

Monday, March 12, 2012

"The Garden of Eden :What Really Happened

"The Garden of Eden: What Really Happened" by Marc Mourier talks about secrets hidden in the Bible. Mourier says there is proof Eve was a clone of Adam and God used the Flood to purify the Earth because of an experiment gone wrong. However, he also alleges civilizations existed before Adam and Eve. He believes the Bible has undergone more than 4000 translations which is far from the original meaning and people should be cautious.

He also alleges theologians try to hide matters they don't want to talk about by using a power grid. Mourier describes a very different picture of the Garden of Eden and the true Hebrew version of the Bible doesn't depict it as a flowery garden. Some other things explained are:

The book also gives Mourier's explanations on:

The secret, shocking and hidden revelations" of the Bible

Where the Bible shows "proof of visitors from outside"

Religious "cover-ups"
Who specifically visited the Garden of Eden and created Adam.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The DUggars:"A Love that Multiplies"

A Love that Multiplies” is the new book by Michelle and Jim bob Duggar from TLC’s “ 19 Kids and Counting” reality show. Jim Bob and Michelle live in Arkansas with their 19 kids ranging in age from 23 to 2. Te oldest chlid, Josh is married with two kids. The last book by the Duggars, “20 and Counting” explains their humble beginning to how the became reality TV stars. “ A Love that Multiplies” is a continuation of their first book which concluded before the birth of their 18th child. The book is divided into four parts. Part It begins by talking about they survived an ice storm and about Jim Bob’s parents who moved in with them. after his dad developed a tumor. The premature birth of their 19th child, Josie, takes up a big part of the first half.

Josie was born by emergency C-section at 25 weeks gestation due to Michelle’s gall bladder trouble and preclampsia. Josie spent several months at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The family moved to a rental house so they could be near Josie while two older boys, John David and Joseph , stayed behind in Springdale. It was trying ordeal but they credited their faith-centered lives for helping them through. It explains how they tried to make life as normal a possible for the other kids by taking them on various outings. They met interesting people along the way as told in later chapters. One was a mother who also had a premature baby born around Josie‘s original due date.

Parts 2-4 go into more detail about their beliefs, child rearing strategies, and hopes for the future. The reader learns why they chose to home school, the children’s future plans, and if the kids date. Some things are repeated from the first book. Each chapter starts with a Bible verse and recipes are scattered throughout. On the outside looking in, they can make a person feel second rate. The Duggars are involved in their community and helping others. Three of the older Duggar children are volunteer firefighters and the family takes yearly mission trips to El Salvador. However, they are associated with Christian Fundamentalism and Quiverful but deny being part of the movement. Quiverful followers shun all forms of birth control which is taken from Psalms 127:3-5.

Overall, I think the Duggars are well-meaning people. They are honest in answering questions and responding to critics. With that said, this book reads more like a sermon in the second half and a script for their show in the first half with some added details. It is an interesting book with useful advice if you can get past the preaching.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Crack in the Teacup

The Crack in the Teacup, by C.M. Albrecht, is a mystery fiction novel with a thin flavoring of romance and suspense to zest things up. The plot line is focused on in a little Californian town where an 11-year-old boy, Jerry Beakey, becomes missing on his way to a music lesson. Writer C.M. Albrecht skillfully takes the reader through every scene of the subject and what occurs in police departments, support centers and inside the family of the missing individual.

There are two primary characters in The Crack in the Teacup. Detective Steve Music and his colleagues butt-heads with the FBI while working on the case. Adorable, and likable, Shelly Lambert holds an awful secret and harbors a guilt that causes her to volunteer at the Missing and Exploited Children Coalition whenever she could get away from her job as a Notary.

Whenever Detective Music and Shelly get together during the investigation, something broader between them occurs. Neither of them appears to know what to do about it. Steve discovers Shelly’s secret when he looks into her past and produces a huge rift between them that could destroy their romance.

A standard mystery story written in the Agatha Christi style with a very strange motivation for child kidnapping. I suspected almost everyone involved at some place in the book and I liked that the characters stood for true society, with people of assorted races, ideals and backgrounds. The Crack in the Teacup has very little violence, but more mystery and a happy conclusion.

ISBN#: 1-59466-037-9
Author: C. M. Albrecht
Publisher: Port Town Publishing

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cat’s Cradle and Other Fantastic String Figures: Over 20 String Games

Cat’s Cradle and Other Fantastic String Figures: Over 20 String Games
Where to purchase: www.amazon.com

Do you recall playing string figure games, such as Cat’s Cradle and Jacob’s Ladder, a good deal while growing up. We played it during school recess and at home – as a matter of fact we played it wherever we could, on automobile trips, vacations etc. It can be rather habit-forming and a piece of thread fits into every pocket.

The writer of Cat’s Cradle and Other Fantastic String Figures, Elizabeth Encarnacion, has collected a great book with over 20 string games. It comes with everything your children (and you) need to get going: a colorful string, detailed directions and even a DVD to watch just in case you get your fingers in a twine.

The writer presents a short explanation of the history of string figures, which I think is quite interesting. String figures games have, surprisingly, been around for hundreds of years and still to this day grownups and kids enjoy creating fantastic figures. Learn to create: Witch’s Broom, Jacob’s Ladder, Cat’s Whiskers, Eiffel Tower and your friends will be more than impressed.

All in all, this book would make a well received present for young and old.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wooffer Book Series

Wooffer is an assembling of thirty-three small animal-adventure children tales originally composed by Betty Fasig for her family. The center character is Wooffer, a furry dachshund puppy that “mom”, the writer, gets as a surprise Christmas present from her fun-loving family.

A legion of animals adorn the pages of Wooffer, including Old Agnes the mouse, kind and protective Margaret the hen, Marygrey the expectant hare, a gallant and adorable peacock called Cho Lee who loves to sashay his stuff and falls in love with a quail, and best friends Ibie the Ibis and Maudie the horse.

The tales are thoughtfully placed in chronological order, right down to the season. It even includes a Xmas tale! This is a book about a puppy that converts the feelings of those around him, wins hearts and becomes a dependable, heroic friend. Wooffer gains esteem from all the animals for miles around and becomes a bit of a legend by the time he grows up.

Broadly affectionate, amusing and blithesome, Wooffer also tackles real world events from moving, solitude, acquiring esteem, recognizing fact from what one is told, getting lost, defeating bullies and more. The epilogue furnishes a decent closing by disclosing how all the animals still come back to the same area each year and spend time with Wooffer and his friends talking about the the good old days and having new escapades.

Enclosed at times are several adorable nonprofessional drawings of life and adventures on the farm that are sure to entertain children. The binding is a photograph of the brainchild for the chief character – the writers dog – which gives a more naturalistic feel to the book than a characterization or drawing could have arranged.

The book’s fundamental base is that irrespective how little a human may believe they are, or how small of a thing they may do – they can make a difference to the lives of those around them. And this is an supportive idea.

Wooffer is an excellent book for bedtime stories, but will be best loved when reading to groups of children. Written in such a manner that the reader can easily characterize the animals and situations with their voice, the book is sure to bring giggles of delight to groups of kids. As such, I believe Wooffer would be a superior addition to the bookshelves of libraries, schools, daycare centers and the like.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

" I kIssed a Frog and My Prince Forgave Me"

Naomi Jo Rush new book of poetry, I Kissed a Frog and My Prince Forgave Me, is a well-crafted poetic journey by unfaithfulness.

Naomi discloses the most compromising time in her wedded life. Her verse teaches us that married couples tend to forget about each other’s needs and become absorbed in accustomed daily conduct. While she strained for the attention that her husband would not or could not furnish Naomi put on a public presentation of a merrily content wife, when she was actually hollering with frustration inside.

Her disarray matures with the prospect of enticement. The thrill of spontaneity joined with feeling of being desired draws Naomi to her lover like a drowning individual would urgently clasp at a lifeline.

Craving for her husband to acknowledge the change and discovering she never wanted the marriage to terminate prompts Naomi to confess her wrong doings. When it is all disclosed, Naomi endures the agonizing guilt while watching her husband wrestle in the anguish she brought down upon him.

At long last, I believe Naomi furnishes hope for us all in depicting us the reasons and effects of unfaithfulness by walking us through the steps of recuperating a marriage. Some may feel encouraged that marriages have a chance of crossing this basic error if we show each other love and open the channels of communication .We can thrive in a world of strife and enticement but others never recover.

ISBN#: 1424100275
Author: Naomi Jo Rush
Publisher: Publish America

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Life's a Witch"

"Life's a Witch" is written by Brittany Geragotelis who is a magazine editor. It tells the story of 17 year old Hadley, a seemingly normal high school girl with lots of friends except she is a witch.. She descended from Bridget Bishop,a victim of the Salem Witch Trials and the most powerful of witches at the time. Bridget was betrayed by Samuel Parris's coven. Hadley has recurring dreams about Bridget and soon learns the reason behind them. She belongs to a coven called the Cleri. Samuel's coven is still after the Cleri an after they kill Hadley's mother and parents of her friends, she vows to finish them. I find this a very interesting book that has you hooked from the beginning. It is nice blend of fact and fantasy. Making Bridget Bishop and Samuel Parris witches was clever. The characters are believable as well.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Beautiful Girlhood

"Beautiful Girlhood" by Mabel Hale is a book for girls written in the early 1900's mostly focused on living a Christian life. It speaks using metaphors of how a girl starts as a blossom and grows into a full grown rose.
Have you ever watched the development of a rose from the tiny bud to the open flower? The bud held little more promise of beauty than the foliage about it; but day by day it grew until it was full and round. One day you saw a thread of color, promise of the rose to be, peeping through the covering of green.

Ms.Hale talks about the proper character, keeping good company,how to conduct themselves on outings, and preparing for the big responsibility(wife and motherhood). I find it has a few good tidbits like not focusing on outer appearance, encouraging a vocation and reading but mostly seems outdated. Modern girls can't relate to arguing with their mother on a hemline. Ms. hale forbids the reading of anything that tarnishes the mind. A newer edition is available by Karen Andreaola. You can read the original for free here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Oh That I Had Wings"

"Oh that I had Wings" is the prequel to "Finding Grace". this book focuses on John Langdon Junior or Jack. Jack feels there is life beyond Stones Mill, Virginia. Jack starts out a 9 yr old boy growing up with a stern father. His Grandma Langdon is his the only ray of light in the family that gives him affection. She makes a prophecy one day a great lady will come into his life. When his sister Grace is born, Mr.Langdon wished her to be a boy and her mother paid her little attention. He knew his father's temper too well and wanted to protect her.

Grace accidentally knocks a baseball in a window. Jack saves her from a beating and Mr.Langdon throws a brick at Jack sending to the hospital a few days. He meets a red haired girl named Alice Miller once and thinks he will never see her again. He runs off to join the military during WWI and progresses into a young man among the horrors of war. This is when he first meets Henry Shaw and his first love, a French nurse named Esme. Esme, a young widow, is puzzled by some of his prudish ways but soon opens him up. Upon returning home, he finds out Alice had taken a teaching job there.. Alice is not like the other women he knows. She is independent, wears make up and pants which doesn't set well with townspeople. A relationship develops between much to the chagrin of his family but this doesn't stop them. It is a good coming of age and romance story all in one.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Smart Soapmaking

Smart Soapmaking addresses everything you need to begin creating your own soap. The book’s writer, Anne Watson, loves the operation of creating soap for her personal use and as gifts. In her book, she applies a direct approach to soapmaking,

The book furnishes the primary instruments and steps of soapmaking. It also exposes old-time myths and concerns of soapmaking, such as “soapmaking is unsafe & soapmaking is pricy”.

The easy to follow directions for the cold-process of soapmaking are included. The book benefits from nice examples and is easy to read. The included recipes are easy and well-balanced. Soaps consist of blending fat, water and lye. Color &/or aromas can then be added to suit your individual preference.

This primary soapmaking book is a great beginning point for creating your own soap, whether it is for yourself or as a gift for somebody special.

The book includes the author’s e-mail address, she is more than pleased to resolve any questions that you might have.

For more information, go to www.amazon.com.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Year of Rag Quilts

A Year of Rag Quilts 
What if you could create rag quilts for a year? With this great project book, you can do just that. A Year of Rag Quilts is simple book with easy-to-do projects.  Featuring an authentic homespun look, these 12 quaint wall quilts boast seasonal patterns and wonderfully textured edges. Best of all, they're surprisingly easy to make, thanks to a effortless, unique technique and great step-by-step instructions.
Making quilts is a favorite pastime for many crafters and hobbyist, and if you are in this category then you will love A Year of Rag Quilts. The patterns are not only authentic but they are appealing to the eye. They will also make a good conversation piece.
You can take these quilts and create family memories from them. Get the entire family involved and share some quality time together. Or invite a few girlfriends over, make some hot apple cider, and have a great time creating a quilt that you can give-away to a pregnant friend or someone who may be sick and shut-in.
You can also give this book to a person who enjoys projects like making quilts and blankets. They will love A Year of Rag Quilts. And why not spice up the gift a bit with the material and tools needed to make one quilt. They will really love that. You can even make a basket and take it to a senior citizen’s home. There are a many women, even maybe even men, who would love to have a project book with the materials needed to make a year’s worth of quilts.
There is great possibility in what you can do with A Year of Rag Quilts in your craft basket.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Audio Book:Power of outrageous Marketing

The Power of Outrageous Marketing
Where to buy: www.nightingale.com


Joe Vitale, the writer of The Power of Outrageous Marketing, is a very successful mesmeric marketer. Through his audio platform that executes on 6 CDs, he will teach you the ten tested secrets of giants, moguls and billionaires to become productive in your own business. You hear tales about Harry Houdini, Martha Stewart, P.T. Barnum, Richard Branson, Madonna, Donald Trump, Mark Twain and other astonishing people, who drew in the most attention and money with the least quantity of time and endeavor.

In his audio book he distributes his far-reaching writing experience to you. He instructs you to compose a book, how to negotiate to get what you want, how to give the most beneficial speech of your life, how to compose mesmerizing ads that increase your sales, how to acquire free promotion for your business and more.

By adopting Joe Vitale’s strategies in his audio series, you will be able to step-up your business success in a short time.

The audio program comes with a 100% unconditional warranty for 1 year.