Musing Mondays (Feb.16)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: ((nothing today — it’s a holiday))

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a brief comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 😀

Friday Finds (Feb.13)

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! 

My Finds:

UngerLisa_CrazyLoveYou  RobsonJennifer_AfterTheWarIsOver  AveyardVictoria_RedQueen

BoggessLaura_PlaydatesWithGod  MearsHenrietta_WhatTheBibleIsAllAbout-VisualEdition  HarrisonSam_Ideaspotting

 

Crazy Love You” – Lisa Unger
After the War is Over” – Jennifer Robson
Red Queen” – Victoria Aveyard
Playdates With God” – Laura Boggess
What the Bible Is All About (Visual Edition)” – Henrietta Mears
IdeaSpotting” – Sam Harrison

(special note)

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!😀

Hate Twitter? You Don’t Have To! (re-post)

Twitter-icon1When people mention that you really should be using Twitter for your business or blog, does it make you cringe? Do you balk at the thought of adding yet another social media platform to your list of to-do’s?

Personally, I don’t use Twitter all that often. But, I still like it, and here’s why.

 

Twitter is great for networking.

If you follow people, quite often they’ll follow you back. Then their friends/followers will be able to see that they follow you, and you’ll get even more followers! It’s a share-the-love kind of platform. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to have gotten more followers, lately — all because I went out and followed a bunch of new people, myself.

Twitter connects you to those you’d otherwise not have contact with.

I followed some great business gurus like Danielle LaPorte & Marie Forleo. And guess what? They followed me back! How cool is that?

You can keep up with your competitors. 

Twitter has this great feature called “Lists” — and you can choose to create Private lists that only you can see. Find your competitors, add them to a private list, and voila — you can see what they’re doing, who & what they’re “tweeting” about, learn about trends they’re following, etc.

I honestly believe you don’t have to be active on Twitter if that’s not your thing. Yes, you should have an account. Yes, you should try to get on there, every now and then, and find new people to follow. But, do you have to Tweet daily or weekly? Nope. Do what feels right for you and your business/blog. (Side note: If most of your target market hangs out on Twitter, as opposed to other social media platforms, it might be wise to learn to use the site more frequently — you want to go where your market is, and participate where they do).

Feel free to leave a comment and say why you agree, or disagree! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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This post was originally published at mizbooksmedia.wordpress.com

Teaser Tuesdays (Feb.10)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

BryanShelene_LoveSkipJump“This experience helped me realize the value in being the real thing. You see, for much of my young adult life, I was faking something far more important than being a secret agent.”

~ p. 110, “Love, Skip, Jump” by Shelene Bryan

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teaser’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 😀

Musing Mondays (Feb.9)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you have people in your life (face-to-face) that are readers like you? Or, do you find that you have to reach out to those online in order to find like-minded folk?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a brief comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 😀

WIN A COPY of Steven Pressfield’s “The War of Art“!

Hey, folks! I am planning some further changes for Should Be Reading {SBR}, and I need your help to make them the best they can be! And, for whomever is willing to help me out, you get the chance to win a copy of Steven Pressfield’s book, “THE WAR OF ART: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles“. Here’s the description:

PressfieldSteven_TheWarOfArtA succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul.

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor — be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

Sounds good, right? I have ONE copy to give away! So, please take a few minutes of your time, and complete the survey {by clicking on the picture below}. It is completely anonymous –if you choose– and should take you less than 5 minutes to answer. Help make SBR better than ever!

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** ETA:  I will leave the survey up until Friday, February 13, 2015 — and the winner will be chosen on Valentine’s Day! (Feb 14th)

Thank you so much!


Friday Finds (Feb. 6)

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! 

My Finds:

HayDaisy_YoungRomantics  MollRob_WhatYourBodyKnowsAboutGod  HudsonSophie_HomeIsWhereMyPeopleAre  HatmakerJen_Interrupted

BoozLaura_BloggerBehave  KonieRobin_Improvised  AraizaJohn_26ThingsIWishSomeoneWouldHaveToldMeAboutElearning  LegrandClaire_Winterspell

LinderApril_LoveLucy  MlodinowLeonard_Subliminal  StanleyAndy_TheNewRulesForLoveSexAndDating  MarquitMiranda_ConfessionsOfAProfessionalBlogger

Young Romantics” – Daisy Hay
What Your Body Knows About God” – Rob Moll
Home Is Where My People Are” – Sophie Hudson
Interrupted” – Jen Hatmaker
Blogger Behave” – Laura Booz
Improvised” – Robin Konie
26 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me About E-Learning” – John Araiza
Winterspell” – Claire Legrand
Love, Lucy” – April Linder
Subliminal” – Leonard Mlodinow
The New Rules For Love, Sex, & Dating” – Andy Stanley
Confessions of a Professional Blogger” – Miranda Marquit



PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!😀

Update re: “SWYK” meme (Share What You Know)

Hey there, folks. Well, it’s been a month, and the SWYK (Share What You Know) posts don’t seem to be very popular. As such, I am going to retire them.

However, don’t be discouraged! For those who were enjoying the knowledge these posts provided, please know that I will be sure to give you what I can in my Thursday posts. Maybe I’ll even write on Wednesdays, too — occasionally. We’ll see. But, for now, I’m going to just stop posting the SWYK meme. My apologies.

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Teaser Tuesdays (Feb. 3)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

BryanShelene_LoveSkipJumpMy Teasers:

“Someone at our hotel told us about a local waterfall that had carved a smooth waterslide right into the rocks. We were up for the adventure, so we went to check it out.”

~ p. 49, “Love, Skip, Jump” by Shelene Bryan

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teaser’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 😀

Musing Mondays (Feb. 2)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What do you think about re-purposing old books (eg. into art journals, etc)? Why?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a brief comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 😀

PROMO: “The Magician’s Lie” by Greer Macallister

MacallisterGreer_TheMagiciansLieWater for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician’s Lie, a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband’s murder —and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden’s husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.

But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless-and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free… and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist whose work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review,  The Missouri Review, and The Messenger. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. She lives with her family on the East Coast. Her debut novel THE MAGICIAN’S LIE was a weekly or monthly pick by Indie Next, LibraryReads, People Magazine, SheReads, PopSugar, Publishers Weekly, the Boston Globe, and Audible.com.

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A complimentary copy of this book was sent to me via Sourcebooks.com as part of the SheReads.org Book Club.

Partial REVIEW: “Soul Tattoo” by Samuel Kee

You may not have a single tattoo on your body — or you may have run out of space for new ones. Either way, God offers something far more permanent than ink on skin.

In Isaiah 43, God declares eternal promises of His love … four tattoos for your soul:

  • You Are Mine
  • I Will Be With You
  • I Love You
  • I Created You for My Glory

Engraved by the hand of the Master, these soul tattoos will never fade.

Samuel-KeeABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samuel Kee is the founder of Hope Stands Ministry, the teaching pastor at North Suburban Church and author of Hope Stands. His mission in life is to rid the world of hopelessness through the message of God’s love. Growing up in a rural part of Northeastern Ohio in a family of artists, Kee worked on wrecked cars with his dad and often wrote poetry with his mom. He wrestled from his elementary years into college and helped build log homes. He also serves as a chaplain at SkyWord Ministries (an interfaith ministry at O’Hare Airport and Midway Airport), when he’s not playing with his boys, jogging, reading or dreaming. You can hear his radioblogs nationwide on the Moody Radio Network. Kee earned a BA in Psychology (Ashland University) and a Masters in Divinity (Trinity International University). Kee and his wife Shante’ have two sons and have lived and served in churches in OH, NJ, and currently in the Chicagoland area. His website is www.hopestands.com.

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I’m only about half-way through this book, but it is really, really good. I like that it isn’t preachy, and feels somewhat ‘edgy’ or “out-of-the-box” (different from other mainline Evangelical books — David C. Cook is known for publishing these, and that’s why I enjoy getting books from them!)

I’d most definitely recommend this book to others.😉

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A complimentary copy of this book was sent to me for review via David C. Cook publishing.

PROMO: “The Distance” by Helen Giltrow

GiltrowHelen_TheDistanceA dark, ultra-contemporary, and relentlessly paced debut thriller about a London society woman trying to put her secret criminal past behind her, and the hit man who comes to her with an impossible job she can’t refuse.

Charlotte Alton is an elegant socialite. But behind the locked doors of her sleek, high-security apartment in London’s Docklands, she becomes Karla. Karla’s business is information. Specifically, making it disappear. She’s the unseen figure who, for a commanding price, will cover a criminal’s tracks. A perfectionist, she’s only made one slip in her career—several years ago she revealed her face to a man named Simon Johanssen, an ex-special forces sniper turned killer-for-hire. After a mob hit went horrifically wrong, Johanssen needed to disappear, and Karla helped him. He became a regular client, and then, one day, she stepped out of the shadows for reasons unclear to even herself. Now, after a long absence, Johanssen has resurfaced with a job, and he needs Karla’s help again. The job is to take out an inmate—a woman—inside an experimental prison colony. But there’s no record the target ever existed. That’s not the only problem: the criminal boss from whom Johanssen has been hiding is incarcerated there. That doesn’t stop him. It’s Karla’s job to get him out alive, and to do that she must uncover the truth. Who is this woman? Who wants her dead? Is the job a trap for Johanssen or for her? But every door she opens is a false one, and she’s getting desperate to protect a man—a killer—to whomshe’s inexplicably drawn. Written in stylish, sophisticated prose, The Distance is a tense and satisfying debut in which every character, both criminal and law-abiding, wears two faces, and everyone is playing a double game.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helen Giltrow was born and brought up in Cheltenham and read Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford. She has worked extensively in publishing, including ten years as a commissioning editor for Oxford University Press. She went freelance as an editor in 2001 and has since worked on a range of fiction, non-fiction and education titles. The Distance is her first novel.

MINI-REVIEW

I’m still reading this one, but wanted to do a quick promo, since it’s the January feature for SheReads.org.

You’d be hard-pressed to tell that this is a first novel by author Helen Giltrow. It’s really well-written, and she seems to know her stuff.

There were a few times where I felt I was missing something — like there was a previous book I’d forgotten to read. But, being that this is a first novel, I gave it time, and wasn’t disappointed.

I am thoroughly enjoying this book, and can definitely –already– recommend it.

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A complimentary copy of this book was sent to me for review by Random House, as part of the SheReads.org Book Club.

Friday Finds (Jan.30)

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! 

My Finds:

ClarksonSally_OwnYourLife  WytsmaKen_TheGrandParadox  MorganRobertJ_MasteringLifeBeforeItsTooLate  StrattenScott_UnSelling

Own Your Life” by Sally Clarkson
The Grand Paradox” by Ken Wytsma
Mastering Life Before It’s Too Late” by Robert J. Morgan
Unselling” by Scott Stratten


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

** sorry it’s a day late… yesterday was really busy, and I forgot **