May 30, 2013

Review of “Chasing Joy”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

Chasing JoyChasing Joy is a self-help book on the topic of how to live a joyful life. The author points out that joy does not mean being oblivious to what is going on, but, rather, being realistic about life’s circumstances and choosing to be joyful even in negative times. Joy is a state of mind that stems from our thoughts, so if we change the way we think about life, we can have joy in our lives the majority of the time.

The book is exquisitely written and pleasant to read. The words flow in such a way that you feel as though you are being guided carefully through the book by the author. The book is informative and insightful. In addition, the author weaves in her experiences in relation to the topics she discusses, so you know she understands your perspective and is an expert on the topic. The book is structurally written, but it is also creatively written with a unique touch.

The author covers several main topics related to joy: self-care, anxiety, acceptance, being present, and spirituality. She expands on these topics, goes into detail on how they are a part of living a life of joy, and discusses how you can apply them to your life to live a more peaceful, content, and positive life. It is not a long book, but it is a fulfilling book of great quality.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in being happier and improving the quality of their life. There is a lot of helpful information in this book. If you are seeking inner-peace, or simply wish you had more peace of mind, this book is for you. It will change your perspective on life.

If you get a copy of Chasing Joy you will not be disappointed.

May 29, 2013

Review of “Top Life Coaching Tips”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

Top Life Coaching TipsTop Life Coaching Tips is a self-help book that offers multiple ways to live life with more peace, passion, energy, and joy. It is a book that everyone could benefit from, because any one of us could use more of those traits in our lives.

The book has 31 tips on how to live a better life. It is perfect for perfectionists, pessimists, and people who could use more happiness and less stress in their lives. And, as the author explains, we have the power to make it happen; we have control over our happiness and our level of stress.

If you are under a lot of stress – you might not even be aware you are – or feel depressed about your life, this book will give you hope that your life can change, and it all begins with you. If you change your thoughts, you’ll change your perspective, and since life is based on perspective, your life will change.

The author’s writing instills peace in your heart when you read it. Her positive words calm you and give you the idea that your life doesn’t have to be so bad. She shares poems, quotes, and affirmations in the book. The variety those features bring to the book, and the fact that it’s broken up into a series of different tips, makes the book a breeze to read.

The tips the author provides are on the topics of thoughts, generosity, time, passion, awareness, goals, trust, inspiration, collaboration, song, support, disappointment, intuition, play, love, celebration, fear, success, and many more. As you can see, there is a wide variety of topics the author discusses and they are helpful to many facets of a person’s life.

Each tip is followed by a quote or affirmation, making it a nice way to start each day – by reading a tip that will get you started in the right direction. The entire book is uplifting.

I recommend this book to all readers. It is a very easy and quick read, but it’s full of helpful advice on how to live a positive life.

You can get your copy of Top Life Coaching Tips here. I know you’ll enjoy it!

May 27, 2013

Interview with Jennifer Raygoza

Posted in Interviews tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

Jennifer RaygozaJennifer Raygoza was born in Riverside, California. She attended Fullerton College with a Major in Psychology.

She lives with her husband and two children in Corona, California.

“I have always wanted to write a book that readers would love. I spent a lot of my High school years writing poetry, but never had the nerve to put a story down with pen and pad. I hope everyone enjoys the story as much as I did writing it.”

Christine: Welcome, Jennifer. Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?

Jennifer: For the last six years I was a manager for a Market Research firm. I also had a purse retail business on the side, but I had to manage some health issues so I have been off work at home working on my writing.

Christine: How much time do you spend writing each day/week and what do you normally work on?

Jennifer: I try to dedicate parts of everyday to writing or promoting my work.

Christine: What marketing techniques do you use to promote yourself as a writer and your writing?

Jennifer: I use Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. I also run ad campaigns once in a while to keep the audience fresh.

I made my own press releases and located online sites that would post them for free. I also do giveaways to get the readers excited.

Christine: Where can we find your published writing?

The GuardiansJennifer: www.amazon.com/The-Guardians-ebook/dp/B00C13CKVG

Christine: What interests you about writing fiction?

Jennifer: I love creating events that don’t happen in life. It makes me laugh when people read a fantasy fiction book and say that’s not realistic. Isn’t that the point to writing a fantasy fiction book-to make things happen that wouldn’t normally?

Christine: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.

Jennifer: I love Gianna and Caleb. They are my two leads. I wrote them and watched their relationship develop and it was fun to see them unfold together.

Christine: Are you traditionally published or self-published? Why did you choose that path?

Jennifer: I did my homework and read about how many authors who tried to traditionally publish and were constantly declined. The thought of that was discouraging. I didn’t even try that route. I didn’t want anyone raining on my parade. I had heard about self-publishers who were successful and I thought I would give it a go. It’s been tough because when you self-publish you don’t have the man power of a publishing house doing all of your work for you. You have to get a good editor, publish it, promote and advertise until you drop. I love it though.

Thanks for joining us today, Jennifer. Good luck with your book!

May 25, 2013

Review of “How to Relax – Mind Body & Soul”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

How to RelaxHow to Relax – Mind Body & Soul is a self-help book for people who are uptight and could use some tips on how to let go of stress and relax. This book is for everyone, since we all need to relax sometimes. The book is written with calming language that makes it relaxing just to read. It is a helpful and informative book.

This book covers the following topics: external and internal stressors, taking control of your stress problem, self-awareness, putting yourself first, living in the present, quieting your inner voice, relaxing the body, sleeping, eating, taking vitamins, exercising, breathing, drinking water, meditating, being mindful, getting a massage, doing Reiki, Yoga, and Tai Chi, performing progressive muscle relaxation, and various relaxation techniques – both physical and mental.

The book is short and to-the-point. It gives you a way to discover what you need to do to relax and what relaxation techniques you can try to find the ones that work for you. I recommend this book to everyone, since most of us could benefit from relaxing more. Plus, the book is informative and a good guide to decreasing stress.

Get your copy of How to Relax and you will be glad you did.

May 24, 2013

Review of “Losing Control, Finding Serenity”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , at 1:07 pm by Christine Rice

Losing Control, Finding SerenityLosing Control, Finding Serenity is a self-help book about how being controlling – over people and events – disrupts the natural course of life and hinders life and relationships. This is a book for everyone, because almost everyone does some degree of controlling in their lives. This book will help you realize where you have been controlling in your life and how to be less controlling. It also discusses the author’s past experiences as a controlling person and how his life is different since he stopped being controlling and began trusting in the natural “waves” of life. He speaks about how various aspects of his life – finances, relationships, career, and hobbies – has improved since he stepped out of the way and let life take over. His personality and perspective on life has improved by being less controlling. He has less stress and worry. He shares how you too can let go of control and find happiness and success.

The book covers many topics that are helpful for losing control: what being controlling is like and how it hurts people, how to stop controlling behaviors, how to learn acceptance, how to embrace your personal truths, how to be less fearful and trust that life will turn out how it’s supposed to, how to let go of anger and resentments, and how to stop avoiding tasks that you are apprehensive about. The book also describes and explains how to let go of control in certain parts of life, such as parenting, relationships, sports, the arts, and work.

This book is well worth the small investment. It is full of information on control, examples of the author and his friends of their controlling lives and how they changed, and how to change your controlling behaviors and your controlling personality. This book has the power to change your life for the better. I learned a lot from it and I highly recommend it.

Get your copy of Losing Control, Finding Serenity! You will be happy you did.

May 20, 2013

Great Blog Hop of 2013

Posted in Blog Hop tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

Hello everyone,

For a little fun today, I’m participating in a blog hop, which is an interview with myself about my soon-to-be-published book and some fun trivia about myself. I hope you enjoy it!

Book cover image1. Tell us a little bit about the book you’re promoting.

I’m in the editing stage of my memoir – Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. It is a collection of all of my personal journal entries from childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, from the ages of nine to thirty. That was a time in my life when I experienced a lot of changes – internally and in my environment. It reveals my thoughts, emotions, experiences, dreams, and wishes as an independent girl living a challenging life, while learning and growing along the way.

2. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

A friend mentioned to me that she was going to type up her journals. When I thought about what I had written in my journals, I thought it was a great idea to create a book out of them.

3. What can you tell us about your main characters?

I’m the main character in my book. In the beginning, I’m an innocent, carefree girl. But the story quickly takes a turn for the worst. I begin rebelling against my parents and I become angry and depressed. Eventually I move out, but then I find myself in another strict household that leads me to rebel even more. I experience mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and homelessness. Will things get better for me? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

4. What actors or actresses would play your characters if your book was made into a movie?

Lindsay Lohan would be a good fit for the part of myself, if the book was made into a movie, because she is troubled and rebellious and has addictions, but she’s really a good person deep down.

5. Give us a brief synopsis of your book.

Chronicles of a Troubled Girl is the story of a good girl with a strict upbringing that eventually leads her to rebel and experience addictions, mental illness, an eating disorder, and homelessness as she tries to find herself and learn what life is really about.

6. If you could live anywhere, where would you rather live?

A. Mountains
B. Beach
C. Country XX (I grew up in the country. I didn’t like it then, but I like it now. Ironically, I live in the city now, but I really enjoy the peace of the country.)

7. Which do you prefer?

A. Salty foods
B. Sweets
C. Both XX (Because each taste brings out the taste of the other.)

8. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you couldn’t live without?

A laptop.

9. Choose one of these books:

A. Pride and Prejudice
B. Alex Cross
C. Twilight XX
D. Snow White and the Huntsman
E. The Shining

10. Which word most suits you?

A. Crazy
B. Funny
C. Carefree
D. Studious XX (I love to learn!)
E. Anxious

11. Tell me something about yourself that might be funny to others (other than writing)?

My legs extend past the straight point of the knee (in other words, they straighten further than straight), and so do my fingers at the knuckles. Not really funny, but weird :)

12. Which group of words best explain what you are like?

A. Fly by the seat of your pants
B. Drama queen
C. Don’t sweat the small stuff XX
D. Footloose and fancy free
E. Too tightly wound

I enjoyed the interview! Thanks for joining me today to learn more about me and my soon-to-be-released book. Please check out these other wonderful authors who are a part of this blog hop:

Katie McKnight- www.writergirlkatie.wordpress.com
Bonnie D Tharp- www.bdtharp.com
Divon Delgado- www.divonville.com
Cinta García de la Rosa- www.authorsyouwanttoread.wordpress.com
Tracy Kauffman- www.tracykauffman.blogspot.com
Julianne Grider- www.jpgrider.com/jps-blog.html
Ruthie Derby- www.madisonpost.wordpress.com
Catalina Egan- www.4covert2overt.blogspot.com
Jack Strandburg- www.jstrandburg.wordpress.com
Kathryn Williams-Platt- www.kathrynwilliamsplatt.blogspot.com

Have a great day!

May 15, 2013

Interview with Will McClinton

Posted in Interviews tagged , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

Will McClintonI’d like to welcome Will McClinton to my blog for an interview. Here is a little about him:

In high school, my passion for writing grew. By the summer after graduation it was a possibility. Then I was blindsided by a MVA (motor vehicle accident) that changed the direction of my life. I lost sight of my joy in writing. This is still sending ripples through my life. After two decades of work in the healthcare field (I’m a RN now), I recognized a need to connect with the creativity that was missing from my personal life. So Lineage was begun. I refused to stop writing even for shoulder surgery. My mom typed and painted in classical oils for over thirty years, even with having lost an arm during the great depression. So I took the strength I had learned from her and went on as I do now in her wake. Reading, writing, and gardening will always be a part of my life, as she will.

Christine: It’s nice to meet you, Will. What inspired you to write your first book?

Will: My inspiration to write came out of necessity – needing a creative outlet that is year round of which writing can be. Unlike gardening, one of my pleasures, time, is limited. There is nothing like getting my hands into the soil – a way of connecting with the earth, its energy. Writing is a seedling at the beginning of a story, small and fragile, but as time goes on, the characters grow and change, developing before your mind’s eye.

Christine: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

LineageWill: There are several messages that readers can take away from Lineage – The Descendants. First, but only one of several. Beauty can often be a disguise for evil, appearing innocent and harmless. Take a page out of resent American or French politics; we all need to look beyond the surface of the story. Do not accept on blind faith that the truth and the facts are one in the same. The news communication networks like nothing better than a good – or is it bad – sex scandal to sale time or space.

Christine: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Will: I was in 9th grade English, a creative writing class taught by Ms. Woodring. Not a typical English teacher, for she was aggressive and outspoken. By the time I finished that semester, I was bitten by the graphic arts bug and wanted to write for my life.

Christine: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Will: The hardest part of writing a novel was committing to it. Then it was choosing a subject. I enjoy reading over a range of genres.

Christine: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Will: I tell anyone that will listen that wants to write a story or a book, make the time and sit down and do it. Once you begin, a fertile imagination will bring the story, as in planting a seed.

Christine: Where can we find out more about you and your book on the Web?

Will: Blog: www.mcclintonlineage.wordpress.com
About the Book: www.mcclintonlineage.wordpress.com/about-the-book
Twitter: @WillMcClinton1

Thanks so much for joining us today, Will!