September 3, 2013

New book published – Articles for the Mind

Posted in Books, Publishing, Self-Publishing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Christine Rice

I have good news this week too. I compiled a book of all of the articles I have written and published it. It is called Articles for the Mind. It consists of 58 short articles that are informative and sometimes advising, on the subjects of beauty, health, careers, education, family, pets, financial planning, frugal living, money, food, holidays, home, psychology, self-help, values, and writing. The book is grouped into chapters with those subjects as the chapter titles, so the book is easy to navigate and easy to find what you need. There is also a foreword, an afterword, and an about the author page. The cover is below:

Articles for the Mind - CreateSpace

It is published on Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords. Eventually it will be available at Barnes & Noble (Nook), iBookstore, Sony, and Kobo. It will also eventually be published in print and available as a paperback at Amazon. I’m really happy that all of the valuable information in this book is available to the public. I hope the advice and information helps people.

Thank you for your support. It is because of you that I enjoy publishing books.

Advertisements

August 5, 2013

Review of “Money Smarts”

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

Money SmartsMoney Smarts: 107 Tips on How to Save Money by Pamela “Penlady” Jones is a nonfiction book that is full of many helpful tips on how you can save dollars – or even hundreds of dollars – by making minor changes to your lifestyle.

The tips are grouped by categories, so the book is well-organized and easy to use. You can choose the tips that are most relevant to you and apply them to your life. By applying tips from each of the categories, you will be able to save substantial money. Some of the categories of tips are: air travel, bills, budget, car, plus many more.

Each tip is resourceful and clever. I learned lots of ideas on how to pinch my pennies and dollars in ways that will help my finances. Best of all, the tips are easy to apply and you don’t have to make drastic changes to save significant money.

I suggest that everyone read this book, because we can all benefit from saving money. You could use the money you save for important things, like: paying off bills and loans, going on a vacation, saving for retirement, etc. This book will allow you to do those things.

You should pick up this book now. It will teach you how you can save much more than the small cost of the book, so you can’t go wrong. Click here to get your copy.

July 24, 2013

Review of “How to Write an Essay”

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

How to Write an EssayHow to Write an Essay by Scribendi.com is such a helpful book for writing an excellent essay. It gives practical tips on writing a quality essay in a short amount of time. It is a good teaching tool for writing an essay now and in the future. The tips will allow you to write an essay immediately and will stay with you forever. The tips are so helpful. Some are refreshers, but most are innovative; all are spot-on for writing a winning essay.

The essay writing tips are geared for new college students, but anyone who struggles with writing an essay can benefit from the suggestions in this book. The book is well-written and organized so that you can write an essay from scratch. Five steps to writing an essay are explained in this book. The steps are simple and logical, so that anyone can apply them. The steps involve: getting instructions, researching, organizing, writing, and revising. The steps are explained thoroughly, so that you can write a superb essay, and there are also time-saving tips if you are short on time. The information provided is designed to help you earn an “A” on your essay.

In addition to the five steps of essay writing, there is a bonus section on how to make your essay stand out. This section gives tips on improving your writing technique so that your teacher will favor your essay amongst all the other students’ essays, so that your essay will earn a better grade and you’ll be at the top of your class.

How to Write an Essay is such an invaluable resource that is worth your time reading. It is a concise book that you can read in one sitting, but it’s jam-packed with priceless insight. The tips and techniques in this book will allow you to write an excellent essay in a short amount of time. This book will save you time on essay writing, and you’ll earn great grades to boot.

It’s definitely worth the read, and I highly recommend it. If you need to write an essay, you should pick up your copy now, which you can get here.

July 4, 2013

Review of “How to Write a Letter”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:52 am by Christine Rice

How to Write a LetterHow to Write a Letter, by Scribendi.com, is a resourceful read that explains all the intricacies of writing a letter. It covers everything you need to know to create a well-composed and structured letter that is appropriate for the audience and circumstance.

In addition to elaborating on all the correct methods of composing a letter, the book provides details for different types of letters, such as acceptance letters, complaint letters, confirmation letters, cover letters, and many others. Every type of letter you could possibly think of are included in this book.

Furthermore, after the explanations of each letter type, there is at least one sample letter, so that you can see how to apply the tips for the specific letter, which will help you when you write your own letter.

How to Write a Letter mentions both handwritten and digital letters. Letter writing is not a thing of the past! This book recognizes that, because its tips are not just for old-fashioned letter writing – although, it does say that letters written in long hand are still best for certain circumstances. This book tells you the right medium to use for each type of letter.

This book is very thorough in covering the topic at hand, and I guarantee that you will not have any questions remaining after you’ve finished the reading. While it provides just enough material and details to completely express the strategies of letter writing, it doesn’t bog you down with unnecessary information. Your time will not be wasted from this reading.

I highly recommend How to Write a Letter to everyone, because we all need to write letters, most of us daily. This book is invaluable for composing emails, love letters, letters of apology, and more. This is a great staple to add to your bookshelf. I’m sure I’ll refer back to it time and time again. Great read!

You can get your own copy of How to Write a Letter here. You will be glad you invested in this resourceful book! Happy reading!

June 28, 2013

Review of “Live, Love, Laugh…Relax”

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

Live, Love, Laugh...RelaxLive, Love, Laugh…Relax by Jason Crawford is an uplifting self-help book about how to reduce your stress and live a more relaxed and happy life. It is a short, enjoyable read. The writing is positive, encouraging, supportive, and helpful. It is written in a conversational tone that seems as if the author is talking to you as a friend, sharing his advice on how to live a stress-free life.

There are three parts to the book and about fifteen chapters. Part one tells you all about stress and how it impacts your life. It includes chapters on the purpose of stress, how society has increased your stress, the impact of the technological world on your stress level, and how achievement brings stress.

Part two talks about good and bad aspects of stress, signs and symptoms of stress, and how to recognize symptoms of being overly stressed. Part three is all about live, love, laugh, and relax. It lists and explains the different ways you can reduce stress in your life and live a more carefree life. Part four discusses how you can implement stress-reducing techniques in your life.

Overall, it is a concise, light-hearted book that allows you to decrease your stress. It provides several techniques that you can apply to your life right away to become stress-free. It is an easy, pleasurable read and I highly recommend it.

You can get your copy of Live, Love, Laugh…Relax here. You will be glad you did.

June 24, 2013

Review of “Conscious Calm”

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

Conscious CalmConscious Calm by Laura Maciuika is a self-help book that explains how to reduce stress. Most people think stress is caused by outside circumstances. While that is partly true, how your mind reacts to those stressors is what causes the feeling of stress. Therefore, stress is mostly internal. This book teaches you how to internally manage stress so that it becomes less overpowering and so that you are better able to deal with life’s unavoidable stressors.

This book explains how to have more control of your thoughts and emotions so that you can reduce your stress level when it begins to rise. To gain power over your mind takes certain skills, and this book teaches them to you.

First, the book provides an explanation of exactly what stress is. Then each chapter explains methods for gaining an awareness of your stress and decreasing it. Each chapter builds upon the one before. There are exercises at the end of the chapters that will help you evaluate your life based on the chapter topics.

This book provides valuable techniques that anyone can learn and do well to lower the stress they feel. It is a well-written and organized book. It is practical and resourceful, because there are actual remedies for getting to the source of the stress and expelling it. The last chapter helps you to begin to implement the conscious calm techniques in your life.

This is a deep book that deals with the root problem of stress. If you are seeking a true solution to the anxiety and stress you feel, you will benefit from this book and will enjoy the reading. Feeling less stress, no matter what your life circumstances are, is well worth the small investment. You can get your copy of Conscious Calm here. Enjoy!

June 17, 2013

Review of “Acceptance: A Workshop for Perfectionists”

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

Acceptance - A Workshop for PerfectionistsAcceptance: A Workshop for Perfectionists by Liisa Kyle, Ph.D is a self-help book with writing exercises and activities to help perfectionists accept circumstances, others, and themselves.

The book is very well-rounded in the information it covers to help perfectionists grow out of their perfectionism. First, it discusses how they can accept circumstances that are beyond their control. Many events just happen in life and people are powerless over them. People can only change themselves.

Next it explains how to accept other people as they are, because a person cannot change others; other people have to want to change and decide to change on their own. Accepting them as they are, with their imperfections and quirks, allows the perfectionist a lot of relief and will improve their relationships and interactions with people.

The third section is about self-acceptance. Perfectionists have a hard time accepting themselves because of their high expectations. But they must accept the things they cannot change about themselves in order to feel peace about who they are.

There are suggested writing exercises and activities at the end of each chapter. The author suggests for the reader to write down their answers, because they will gain much more benefit by doing so. The author also suggests reading one of the three sections a week and then reflecting on life and applying what was learned, from the writing exercises, throughout the week.

Many of the activities encourage increasing a person’s self-awareness, because only when people become aware of their thoughts and actions can they alter them to live a higher quality of life.

Half of this book is about self-discovery and working through perfectionistic thoughts and behaviors to live a happier life. If a person is serious about changing their perfectionistic tendencies to improve how they feel and how their life is going, then this book is for them.

If you are a perfectionist, or simply want to stop trying to change everything and everyone, you should pick up this book. You can get your copy here. It is a great read!

June 13, 2013

Interview with Valencia Roner

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

Valenica RonerValencia Roner is a writer and blogger living in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Her work has appeared in Black Enterprise Magazine, USAToday.com, BusinessWeek.com and the Los Angeles Times. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA). She is completing her book, The 7 Most Common Barriers to Success and the Strategies to Overcome Them, which is due out in 2013.

Christine: How, and when, did you decide to become an author?

Valencia: I guess it’s fair to say that I first decided to become an author when I was 7 years old. I was in the 2nd grade and the teacher instructed us to write a story with pictures. I wrote a story about the Bionic Woman and the Bionic Man getting married and having a Bionic baby. Although I don’t remember the exact story, I do remember getting an A. I guess you could say right then and there I at least gave very serious consideration to becoming an author.

Christine: What interests you about writing nonfiction?

Valencia: I have always had a preference for nonfiction writing. I particularly enjoy biographies.  As early as age 9, I recall going into the school library and checking out biographies written about Abraham Lincoln and Wilma Rudolph. While I also tried to get through the entire Nancy Drew series (I think I got up to volume 18), I have always loved reading and studying about how people overcome adversity to achieve a goal or a life of success.

Christine: What is the writing process like for you?

Valencia: I take working on my books in project stages. By that I mean I play around with the title and chapter outlines. I also work on a draft of the book cover which provides me tremendous motivation. Seeing a mock cover lets me know the book can be real. I can do this pretty fast. However, when it comes to the body of the book, I try to write as much as I can in one sitting – even if it comes out to be a couple of pages per chapter.  From there, I begin to tweak and work on one chapter at a time – again in one sitting – until I have a solid, workable first draft. This process can take up to 10 – 15 hours per week.

Christine: Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?

Valencia: As of now, I do have the proverbial “day job”. However, I am working on a plan or variations thereof for that not to last forever. As a former business owner of a marketing and P.R. firm, I understand the value of a flexible work schedule. Meantime, I am grateful for a means by which to pay the bills.

Christine: What topics do you write about in your books?

Valencia: My primary genre is self-help/motivational books.  So many people are looking for possible approaches by which to enhance their lives. I consider myself among that group. I have had some interesting experiences and have overcome some challenging circumstances which allow me to believe I can offer something of value to those seeking encouragement.

Christine: How do you come up with an idea for a new book?

Valencia: I currently have nearly 50 book ideas. Having blogged since 2005, I have no shortage of ideas. Many can be current-event based. However, most of my ideas stem from my seeking to offer new perspectives on traditional ideas like faith, success, trust, relationships and self-awareness.

Christine: What is the title of your most recently published book and a description of it?

Chasing Joy 2Valencia: My most recent and first published book is Chasing Joy: Principles for Making Joy a Core Life Principle.  This book is my effort to address the ongoing quest of many people to find joy in their lives.  I attempt to share how the key to joy is first finding it within oneself as oppose to those things and others outside ourselves.

Christine: What are your strengths as a nonfiction author?

Valencia: My strength as a nonfiction author is that I tend to be able to write quite fast. I am one of those writers who can be laser focused. Once I get started, I tend not to stop until a designated phase of the project is complete. I can’t say that I’ve ever experienced writer’s block. Most of the time, if I have to stop writing, it’s because I’m tired, or because I have another commitment I must fulfill.

Christine: What marketing techniques do you use to promote yourself as an author and your books?

Valencia: Right now I am still working through this based on my current schedule. I do have a blog at www.right2peace.com . I also have Facebook and Twitter accounts. I was sure to have author profiles on both Amazon.com and Goodreads.com. While I know there are a host of other marketing techniques I could and want to employ, I want to make sure I have enough time and resources to ensure that all marketing efforts are executed correctly and of quality.

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

Valencia: I am a self-published author. I chose this path because it is “easier” now more than ever with such tools as Createspace.com. I have more control, and many financial resources were not required to publish this first effort. Also, if I find a mistake it is a lot less stressful to fix with a POD (Print on Demand) format than with the traditional self-publishing route which requires you to order several hundred (or thousand) copies you have to peddle yourself out of the trunk of your car.

Christine: Where can we find your books?

Valencia: Currently, Chasing Joy can be found at Amazon.com in both paperback and e-book formats.

Christine: What advice would you offer writers seeking to become published authors?

Valencia: If you are passionate about your work as a writer and you are confident that your voice can serve of value to a segment of readers within the marketplace, write that book now. Start small. Chasing Joy may be small, but it was written to impact. Don’t be afraid to publish your first book on your own. I am extremely pleased with the process of Createspace and would highly recommend it.

In the meantime, find a way to get paid for your writing. I had my first major article in a national magazine at 27. I sold a movie script at 25 (although it didn’t get made into a movie). Selling my movie script did get me into the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA).

I will leave you with a quote by Stephen King that keeps me inspired:

If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.

Christine: Thanks for joining us today, Valencia. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you. Best of luck with your books.

Next page