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 3, 2013

Interview with Carrie Golden

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

Carrie GoldenCarrie was born in a small city of Plattsburgh near the border of Quebec, Canada and grew up in the Adirondack Mountains. She now lives near Raleigh, NC with her husband and son, and a small cat farm.

Christine: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

Carrie: As a girl, I pretty much lived in my imaginary worlds. I felt like an outsider; different from the others mainly because of my hearing disability and my strange accent. The problem was I tended to act out whatever went through my mind. One time this landed me in the ER. When I was in 5th grade, a good friend and I decided, just for fun, to see who could write the best short story. From this single experience I discovered another way (safer too!) of bringing things to life. Writing changed everything for me. Since then, it helped me to stay out of the ER!

Christine: What types of writing do you do?

Carrie: I like to write different types especially micro-poetry, short stories, screenplays, and web novels.

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

Carrie: One day I’d love to be able to stay home and write on a full-time basis; in the meantime, I work in the banking industry as a Loan Servicing Specialist so my husband can complete his Engineering degree.

Christine: What do you like to read?

Carrie: I enjoy reading apocalyptic types of books that have elements of fantasy in them (books written by Terry Brooks for example).

Christine: What genre do you write, and why?

Carrie: I tend to write cross-genre. My favorite is blending Fantasy with Horror while sprinkling in a bit of Science Fiction. I primarily do this because I don’t like being confined to one genre.

Christine: Where can we find your published writing?

Carrie: I have several short works published on Piker Press as well as Zombie Poetry and Literature for Kids

Christine: What seems to be the recurring theme(s) in your writing?

Carrie: Death and hopelessness as well as hope and faith. I like to include most if not all of these in my stories. No matter how bleak things get, if you just hang on, there is an end to this darkness and misery. The light is just around the next corner.

Christine: Where can we find you on the Web?

Carrie: On Twitter or on my writing blog A writer and her adolescent muse.

Thanks so much for interviewing on my blog today, Carrie. Good luck with your writing and your writing career.

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!

January 23, 2013

First draft of “Chronicles of a Troubled Girl” finished!

Posted in Books, Editing, Publishing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:57 am by Christine Rice

The day after my last post, which was about how I hadn’t worked on my manuscripts in a few months, I resumed working on my work-in-progress: Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I wrote for one to two hours a day most days, and I’m happy to say that I finished the first draft the other day! It feels great to have completed the writing part of the book project.

The next step is to edit. Since it is a compilation of my journal entries from childhood to adulthood, and I want the book to be as accurate of the times as possible, I will not be doing a lot of editing. I will just review what I have written for spelling and grammar. Since I did that as I typed the journals, there will not be much editing to do. It will be a fairly quick review process and I will only need to go through the manuscript once, since I am also a professional editor.

Lately, I’ve been trying to spend less time on the computer since my body has been feeling stiff and uncomfortable when I sit for too long – due to previous leg injuries. But I’m sure I will begin editing soon. And since my last post motivated me to finish the first draft, I am hoping this post will inspire me to begin editing. I will just need to spend less time online each day so that I’ll be able to spend time editing the manuscript, and I’ll only be able to work on it for an hour at a time so that I can get up and stretch my legs.

I am looking forward to editing Chronicles of a Troubled Girl and moving on with the publishing process and getting it out to the public. I will not be doing a blog tour, since it is a very personal memoir. I prefer that people I know, and those I announce it to, will be the first to read it, and I will allow word-of-mouth to be the main method of marketing.

I hope you all have a joyous day. Happy writing and reading!

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