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 1, 2013

Review of “Brain Fog and Stress”

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

Brain Fog and StressBrain Fog and Stress: Better Brain Health by Managing Stress Now is a book written by an expert on stress’ impact on the brain and how to deal with stress to improve brain health. The author discusses all aspects of stress and how it affects the brain. The author tells us that not all stress is bad; some is a necessary part of life. But most people stress over things that aren’t life-threatening, which negatively affects the brain and the person’s happiness.

Stress not only affects the brain, it also affects other aspects of health as well. The author discusses this and it’s quite eye-opening how much stress affects us. The author talks substantially about brain fog, which involves a lot of different symptoms that a good majority of the population has. But not to worry, because the author tells you different practical ways that you can manage stress to live a more peaceful life.

Lastly, the author provides a 5-week plan for getting to the bottom of your stress and turning your life around. There is also a final chapter that provides 20 stress help tips. This book has substantial information in it that many will find helpful. There are also references and resources with links, and further reading suggestions.

I recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn more about stress and how it affects you, and how to tackle stress and change your life for the better. You will learn a lot from this book. You can get your own copy here. I’m sure you will find it beneficial.

April 7, 2013

Editing and formatting my work-in-progress

Posted in Books, Editing, Publishing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:02 pm by Christine Rice

Hello, World!

I am pleased to announce that I have resumed working on my work-in-progress, Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I’m in the editing and formatting stage. I worked on it for over two hours yesterday. What got me working on it again? Well, my husband mentioned my book, asking how I was coming along with it. I told him I had finished writing it and I just needed to edit it. That conversation created a spark in my mind that motivated me to resume working on it. I intend to spend as much time on it as I can until it’s finished and ready to publish.

I’m enjoying reading the book as I’m editing it. I think it’s going to be a great book that tells the story – in the form of personal journal entries – of my challenging life. There are a few journal entries from when I was 9 and 10 years old. Then it glides into my teenage years, starting with age 14 and continuing all the way up to age 30. That was the last time I wrote a journal entry, because I didn’t need the therapy of journal writing to get through tough times, because my life had smoothed out and improved.

In the book my personal thoughts and unique actions are communicated. I talk about the people who meant the most to me. My feelings are as clear as day and permeate from the words I wrote. My experiences of growing up with controlling parents, my rebellion against my parents and life, my use of drugs and alcohol, my mental illness, my eating disorder, my career changes, love and relationships, and going to school to pursue my passions are all revealed in this book.

The book is personal, deep, revealing, and honest. The words were written respectfully and tactfully, so I did not go into extreme detail about uncomfortable matters; therefore, the book will not embarrass me or my readers.

If you would like to read and review my book, email me at christine@christinerice-author.com, and as soon as it’s published (which I anticipate will be in a couple months or less) I’ll email you an ebook copy in exchange for your promise to write a short review on it.

I can’t wait to wrap up this book and get it out to the world!

Have a great day!

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!

January 7, 2013

Books Update

Posted in Books, Editing, Personal, Publishing, Reading, Self-Publishing, Writing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:20 pm by Christine Rice

Hello everyone,

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been posting mostly reviews and interviews for the past couple of months. And you are right. Since mid-October I haven’t posted about my books, namely my works-in-progress. Back in early September, I pretty much stopped writing in my works-in-progress due to publishing one of them (Freelance Writing Guide) and having a blog tour. I have no regrets, of course, because I was ecstatic about publishing a book I had been working on for eight months, and the blog tour was an absolutely great experience.

During the blog tour, I got my first client project in which I edited and formatted a novel. In case you didn’t know, I wear a few different hats in the publishing industry, including freelance writing, editing, and formatting in addition to being an author. A part of my freelance writing business is writing book reviews, which I post here for you all. Additionally, many of the books I review are free kindle books, so I hope I have helped you choose some great reads for cheap.

Shortly after my first client, I got another client, and many more, and I’ve been doing client projects ever since. My time is spent on client projects, reading and reviewing, blogging, networking, and also my health. In addition to being a writer, I am a health-conscious person, because I know without my health, I am nothing. So I work on being healthy, and becoming healthier, each day, in addition to my career.

I haven’t resumed working on my works-in-progress, besides updating Freedom from Fat with posts from my health blog, but I am 100% interested in finishing my works-in-progress and plan to do so in the future. I just cannot promise when that will be. Right now my interests lie in my health and growing my freelance business, and since I move through life naturally based on how it flows, I go with the flow.

I am certain that someday I will return to my works-in-progress, because I love writing and publishing books. It makes me so happy to get my thoughts and experiences in a permanent state that can be enjoyed for years to come. For now, I will go with the flow, and I will resume working on my works-in-progress once the flow returns to that part of my life.

I just wanted to reassure you all that I will be publishing the books I was working on, and I will keep posting on this blog.

Thanks for your kindness and support,


December 24, 2012

Review of “Life Lessons from the Heart”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , at 8:38 am by Christine Rice

Life Lessons from the HeartI really enjoyed Life Lessons from the Heart by Teresa Morrow. It is such a deep and honest book where the author shares some important life lessons that she learned from her personal experiences. I enjoy hearing other perspectives on life and it was refreshing to read about Morrow’s suggestions on how to live a quality life. I got the feeling that she wanted to teach others these tips before they make a mistake and have to learn it for themselves the hard way.

The lessons are definitely smart insights that everyone should learn about, and the way that Morrow shares about her personal experiences and speaks from the heart, it allows you to connect with her and feel like she is on your side – as a friend trying to help and guide you. I sympathized with her experiences and truly gained insight and knowledge from this book.

I suggest that everyone read this book. The book is heartfelt and wise. You will be a better person after reading Life Lessons from the Heart. You can obtain your copy at Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

October 2, 2012

Interview with Katrina Rychling

Posted in Interviews tagged , , , , , at 10:14 am by Christine Rice

Today I will be interviewing Katrina Rychling, a published writer and scholar. We met at the Yahoo! Contributor Network where we published articles, poetry, and other writing assignments to their online platform. I haven’t written for them since the end of last year, but Katrina and I have remained in touch through Facebook.

Katrina Rychling enjoys networking and helping fellow writers. She holds a Bachelor of Science – with a concentration in psychology – from Charter Oak State College; a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University; and a writing diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. Katrina is published in the May/June 2011 issue of Writers Digest Magazine. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three pet snakes.

Now, on to the interview.

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

Katrina: Sometime after high school I rediscovered my love for reading. My love for reading then developed into an interest in writing and then a passion for writing. I had not considered writing as a career, only as a hobby. It has only been in the past few years that I have decided to turn my writing into a career.

Christine: What is your writing experience?

Katrina: In high school I began to despise writing. By my senior year when I had a paper due I would throw tantrums and become hysterical. In college I found myself taking more and more writing classes to help overcome my fear of writing. Somewhere along the way I slowly found writing easier, but my fear was not totally gone. I would turn papers in late and reuse the same piece multiple times.

Now I have come to realize that I was sabotaging myself because I wanted it to be perfect. I would stress out so much about getting it right, that I did not get it done at all. I have since learned to let go and find it much more enjoyable to write. I still have my days where I can’t seem to finish anything, but then there are others when I write for 30min and come out with something fantastic.

Christine: What types of writing do you do?

Katrina: I write a little bit of everything. I’m not sure there is a genre I have not had an idea in or tried writing. This makes my skills versatile and helps me find more ways to earn a paycheck through my writing.

Christine: What have you published recently?

Katrina: I try to update my blog, Star’s Escape, as often as possible. Star’s Escape is about everything and anything writing related. It has tips on writer’s block, marketing, improving your writing, and finding more time to write. I’m always looking for more contributors to help build the community and to support each others’ writing. Contributors get a link to their website of choice and are welcome to write anything, as long as it pertains to writing. I also publish my non-fiction, poems, and an occasional short story on the Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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

Katrina: Currently, my only source of income is through my writing.

Christine: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

Katrina: Since becoming a mom, I have learned to write whenever and wherever I can. My writing time has taken a drastic drop, but the reward of caring for my son is worth it. I am still learning new ways to squeeze more writing time in every day.

Christine: How do you come up with ideas for your writing?

Katrina: Many of my ideas for my non-fiction and fiction work come from reading other people’s work. I also get a lot of ideas from things I wonder or am interested about. As for my fiction writing, I find myself using what happens in some of my dreams as a springboard for a story. On rare occasions I actually dream in words, so I guess you can say I write in my sleep (which is a good thing, because I love to sleep).

Christine: What interests you about writing nonfiction?

Katrina: Reading non-fiction books and articles is one of the things that has made the biggest impact on my life. I love learning new things, and I constantly strive to become a better person. Reading teaches me how to live and how to improve every aspect of my life. Since others’ writing has made such an impact on my life, I want to return the favor and help even more people to become the person they are meant to be.

Christine: What do you like to read?

Katrina: When reading non-fiction books I tend to gravitate towards self-help books because I’m constantly striving to improve my life. My favorite genres of fiction are fantasy and science-fiction. I get enough reality in everyday life, so when I read I want something completely different.

Christine: Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

Katrina: Yes! I find myself constantly editing other writers’ works as I read them. The biggest problem with this is I always want to tell the author what they did wrong. I sometimes need to work on holding my tongue, because if an author does not ask for criticism I feel it is rude of me to mention their flaws. However, another part of me wants to tell them so that I can help them improve and become an even better writer. It would be interesting to hear what other writers think about unsolicited advice from fellow writers.

Christine: Where can we find you on the Web?

Katrina: My website: www.katrinarychling.com
Yahoo!: www.contributor.yahoo.com/user/885162/katrina_rychling.html
My writing blog: www.katrinarychling.com/blog
My health blog: www.cavemanparty.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KatrinaRychling
Twitter: www.twitter.com/KatrinaRychling

Christine: Thanks so much for joining us today, Katrina!

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