21 Days To Happiness By Ingrid Kelada

21 Days to Happiness by Ingrid Kelada.This book has some wonderful tips for becoming happier. Each one is backed up by lots of information from research, and each includes links to where you can find more information if you want to.

My favorite tip was to get enough sleep. I have been working on that one for a long time, way before reading this book. Because I do NOT function well at all if I don’t get enough sleep. I like winter because I can go to bed at 7:30 or so and get up early and I sleep really well. Summer is harder because of the days being longer.

Some of the other tips are to be grateful, to laugh more, to get outside more, to be kind, to eat properly, manage your time, and have good relationships. Each has several different things you can do. she recommends picking two or three to start with.

That time management thing is a really good one. Gave me some more ideas for how to get everything done, that really NEEDS to get done.

I liked this book and I am going to try a few of the things that I wasn’t already doing. There were a few ideas to help with the things I was already doing.

If you want to be happier, read this book, practice at least a few of the tips, and in a few weeks you will be a happier person.

Got to actually do the things. Just reading might help some, but it won’t help much.

 About the book:

Struggling to find work-life balance? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just 10 minutes a day!

For some of us, feeling busy or stressed has become the new normal. Others feel okay, but just want a boost to productivity, energy and motivation.

Instead of hoping for happiness, what if happiness is something you DO, something you CHOOSE every day? The good news: it is and the solutions are simple.

Psychologist and happiness expert Ingrid Kelada provides a practical, step-by-step guide to help you increase your personal happiness and feel more motivated. You can learn how with simple 10-minute strategies. Each day of the 21-day journey focuses on one key area of your life, including:

Time: how to break the cycle of chaos and manage your time effectively.
Body Language: exploring the surprising links between body language and happiness.
Relationships: how to make the most of the number one predictor of happiness.
Work: how to use your strengths and talents so that you are engaged and motivated.
Money: what you should spend your money on to feel most satisfied.

The book is interactive. Each chapter features resources like apps to try, videos to watch for deeper understanding, or tools to help you master these new habits. At the end of three weeks, along with increased happiness, you’ll find you’ve become more:

• productive
• focused
• patient
• energetic
• healthy
• motivated
• positive

Happiness is a choice. A daily decision to choose happy can be easy, fun and rewarding. With this book, in just a few minutes per day, you can practice one new happiness habit, add resources to your arsenal, and jot down your notes in the journal section.

Buy 21 Days to Happiness today to create a happier more satisfying life.

About the author:

Ingrid Kelada

Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at www.keladacc.ca

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Mistletoe And Murder By S. L. Smith

Mistletoe and Murder by S. L. Smith.
I enjoyed reading this mystery.  It is well written and has a few twists. I didn’t have a clue who did it till right at the end. I like that.

It is set in Minnesota in the winter. Made me really glad I live farther south. I don’t care for the cold too much. Made a good background for the story though.

This is part of a series about the same detective Pete Culnane. You don’t have to read the others to understand and like this book, but you will probably want to read them too.

Good read.

About the book:

Auld Lang Syne with a Twist

As Collette Hammond orchestrates an elaborate New Year’s Eve wedding reception for her brother in St. Paul’s historic Union Depot, she never anticipates the evening might end in her own mysterious death. She collapses just beforemidnight. A fresh needle mark suggests narcotics. St. Paul police detectives Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney are called away from their holiday celebrations to investigate, launching a trip through a labyrinth of intrigue and deception.

About the author:

 S.L. Smith is a native of Minnesota and has spent most of her life there. So, it comes as no surprise that her Pete Culnane Mystery series takes place in the Twin Cities. Thirty-two years working with the Department of Public Safety gave her the experience and the contacts to bring her stories to life. Mistletoe and Murder, the fourth book in the series, launched July 26, 2017 and will make its debut August 24 at the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul.

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The Waystation By Laurie Jameson

The Waystation by Laurie Jameson.This is a well written and easy to read book. I liked it.

It is about what happens to people after they die.  In this story the good folks, or at least those not really bad, stop at The Waystation, on their way to heaven.

Some stay for a while. Some move on quick.

Bad guys have to drive the good folks to the gates. Makes for an interesting situation.

Some really neat characters. For the most part I agreed that they got what they deserved.

About the Book:

Welcome to the Waystation, a place where time has no meaning. Consider this your first stop after exiting your life. Everyone passes through here on their way to one place or the other (if you know what I mean).
People die every day. They choose a life of crime, love the wrong person, see things they shouldn’t, or maybe they simply grow old. There’s no escaping it. Death comes to us all eventually, so there’s no point in running. But be encouraged; death is not the end.
Behind every death there’s a story of life, love, and sometimes tragedy. I’d like you to meet Cara, Rachel, Tony, Marco, Sarah, Samuel, Loreli and Wren…this is their story. Come on in and I’ll tell you all about them. Sit down and have a piece of pecan pie and a cup of coffee, or maybe a glass of sweet tea. We’ve got sandwiches if you’re hungry. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, just ignore that nasty smelling mist you see creeping along the ground. And don’t worry about the screams, they’re not here for you.
In a cross between hard crime fiction and a spiritual parable, The Waystation takes you on an odyssey from the darkness of this world, to the serenity of the afterlife. It carries you from the ugliness of the drug business, racism, abuse, and murder, to the joy that comes when all that ceases to matter anymore. Existing as a stopping point on the journey between life and death, The Waystation is a place to rest and prepare for your real life to begin.

 

About the Author:

Laurie Jameson never had any intention of becoming a writer. She stumbled on it quite by accident after having a rather intense dream and telling her husband it would make a great book. He talked her into writing it by presenting her with a new laptop and telling her to get on with it. Five years, lots of tears, many glasses of wine, way too many toffee peanuts and too many chicken enchiladas later, success.

 

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A Brush With The Beast By Richard Sones

A Brush with the Beast by Richard Sones cover. I had trouble getting into this one. It got a bit confusing to me with the character changes.

 

The characters were interesting. Especially Sarah. I liked her. I think it really sucks how people who have been in trouble get treated. It seems no matter how hard they try, other people just won’t let them get past whatever it was.

 

I was really glad she ended up finding a Bible and learning that everyone in the world isn’t mean and out to get her.

 

The idea of the super computer in this book is really cool. I always wondered exactly how the anti-Christ was supposed to be able to keep track of all the people in the world, even with half the population dead, that is still a lot of people. A super computer (or two) would do the trick.

About the Book:

You will laugh, cry, and cling to the edge of your seat as you follow this thrilling, international adventure, and epic battle between the ultimate good set against the ultimate evil.

A brilliant and exceptionally talented IT executive, Nick Gooseberry, is at his wits’ end trying to rid himself of chronic debilitating pain. In desperation he turns to The Order, a shadowy organization that promises him freedom from pain and much more. With The Order’s help behind the scenes, Nick lies and blackmails his way into the highest levels of government while plunging into the blackest corners of hell until he sets his sights on ruling the world.

Sarah Johnson is a thirty-something ex-con that the system abandoned in a small town in Texas. As a dime store cashier, her biggest worries are what to eat and what to wear, but she’s always late for work. Her boss decides to get rid of her for good by sending her back to prison, enticing her with a shortcut to riches. She meets the Lord along the way and manages to escape from the authorities, but the fact that she’s pregnant attracts the attention of the Beast. After being whisked to the other side of the planet, her biggest worry becomes surviving.

A Palestinian schoolboy who witnessed the death of his parents grows into a world renowned terrorist driven by his thirst for revenge on his family’s murderers. He hates Israel and their number one ally, the United States. Known by his Arabic nickname, Fanak (the Fox), he orchestrates terror on every continent never realizing that he’s a puppet of the Beast.

The gripping plot, tender moments, plights and ambitions of each character will draw you in to this page turner you won’t be able to put down.

About the Author:

Richard Sones grew up as a citizen of the world. Moving every three to twenty-four months from continent to continent, he was exposed to many cultures. As an adult, he continued his tour of the world as a chaplain in the U.S. Army having served 28 years. As a consequence of many deployments, he has first hand knowledge of many varied customs and peoples. Happily married now 38 years, he is a father to four and grandfather to another four. He is still in ministry as the chaplain of a major hospital in El Paso, Texas. He lives just outside the city in the semi-desert where he has time to write, build things in his wood shop, play his guitar, and tinker with the yard. His latest novel, A Brush with the Beast, was published in June 2017 and is available for sale on Amazon.

 

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Sparked By Helena Echlin And Malena Watrous

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Cover of Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous. Interesting from the get go. It starts with Laurel waking up to find her sister gone. Things pretty much stay exciting from that point on.

Some of the stuff that happens is just weird. That comes from the “gifts” the kids have.

You might think having that sort of gift would be really neat, but it can also be a lot of trouble. It seems that people with gifts are always having to use them to right wrongs and be heroes.

Even if you didn’t, I’m not sure I would want to be able to hear what people were really thinking about.  And feeling like you “have” to use it, wouldn’t be much better than being addicted to something.

These kids handle it all pretty well though. One good thing about being young. You tend to take things in stride. Adults would be gibbering.

About the Book:

Sparked by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Geek & Sundry

Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.

Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.

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The knocking woke me up from a dead sleep.
Whack, whack.
I sat up, blinking myself awake. The sky outside our porthole-shaped window was still dark,
the silhouettes of the redwoods just a shade blacker. Rain lashed at the glass. Wind rocked the
Airstream back and forth.
Whack.
There was that knocking again. I leaned over to wake Ivy. Our beds were so close, they
practically touched—
But Ivy wasn’t in her bed.
Whack, whack.
She must have snuck out and forgotten her key. I needed to let her in fast. Our mom was a
heavy sleeper—especially if she’d smoked a “medicinal” joint before bed—but there was a limit
to what she could tune out.
When I eased open the accordion door to the bedroomette, a river of cold air whooshed
over me. I hurried to the front of the trailer, where the door was wide open, banging in the wind.
I stepped out onto the top cinder-block stair, straining to see through the rain. “Ivy?” I called
into the darkness, but no one answered. The icy wind cut through my pajamas and I shuddered,
wrapping my arms around myself. Ivy must have left the door unlocked, and the storm had
blown it open.
Still, it creeped me out.
I wasn’t used to living in a tin can on the edge of civilization. Our new property bumped up
against the state park. We had no neighbors for miles, but hikers, poachers, and the occasional
homeless person liked to use our land as their playground. Mom said that we were safer out
here than if we lived in some apartment in town. Statistically, there were fewer weirdos in the
vicinity.
But all it takes is one.

About the Authors:

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Hello! We are both novelists, but if you’ve ever tried to write anything, you know that writing can be a lonely, angst-filled business. So one night over a cocktail or two, we came up with a solution: write our next book together. Malena already had an idea: a girl’s sister is kidnapped and she has to rely on mean girls with superpowers to get her sister back. We couldn’t resist seeing where that story would take us – a wild ride that includes a loner girl who wants to be a writer and a gorgeous boy who can shoot fire from his eyes but also loves to talk about books. And an ancient Zoroastrian prophecy. And pie shakes. (OK, so maybe we got a little carried away.)

We’ve both published solo novels (check them out here and here) and had no idea how co-writing would work out, but we pounded out the first draft in a white-hot frenzy of inspiration we called “the Vortex.” One of us would write a scene and send it to the other with a note: “My apartment is a pigsty and I haven’t eaten all day. #inthevortex.” We wrote the book we wanted to read as teenagers: a supernatural thriller with healthy doses of horror and humor. Oh, and of course there’s romance. You have to wait a long time for the only kiss in the book, but isn’t that the case with all the best kisses in books?

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Never Apart By Romily Bernard Blog Tour

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This one keeps you guessing. Right up till the end.

Very interesting back story too. I would probably be totally nuts after the second or third go round, but Grace keeps on keeping on. Seems to be a pretty well developed and sensible teenager.

Teenagers being young and inexperienced tend to have problems that older folks would (hopefully) know how to avoid.

They sure make for some good stories though. The ending is good but a bit sad.

Good read.

About the book:

Never Apart by Romily Bernard
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

How many times would you die for love?
What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?
And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…
And you have to watch. Every time.
You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.
But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:
Wake Up.
Run.
Die.
Repeat.
Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.
Combining heart-pounding romance and a thrilling mystery Never Apart is a stunning story you won’t soon forget.

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About the Author:

Promo picture of author Romily Bernard. Romily Bernard graduated from Georgia State University with a literature degree. Since then, she’s worked as a riding instructor, cell-phone salesperson, personal assistant, horse groomer and exercise rider, accounting assistant, and, during a very dark time, customer service representative. . . . She’s also, of course, now a YA novelist. So don’t let anyone tell you a BA degree will keep you unemployed. Romily currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her debut novel, Find Me, won the Golden Heart Award for YA Romance from the Romance Writers of America in 2012.

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Winter Warning By Jerome Charyn

Cover of Winter Warning by Jerome Charyn Winter Warning started slow for me. It took me a while to get into it.  It might have been better if I had read any of the other books about the character of Isaac Sidal. It took me a while to really understand what all was going on.

It picked up after the first few chapters and got a lot more interesting. Weird too. The president in this book is even more far fetched than our current one. Easier for him though, since the book is set back in the 80’s, before the world went really nuts. And way before twitter.

There are some interesting characters in this story. I liked the chief pilot and the Israelite guys that keep showing up to warn Sidal that someone is out to get him. Those guys are really cool.

Pretty good read if you like detective stories or political thriller type novels.

About the book:

Prices/Formats: $25.95 ebook, $25.95 paperback
Genre:
Political, Espionage, Thriller
Pages:
256
Release:
October 1, 2017
Publisher:
Pegasus
ISBN:
9781681773483

Reflecting our own world like a volatile funhouse mirror, Winter Warning lures us back to the 1980s, an era that could have been ripped right out of our most recent political upheaval. Isaac Sidel should have been vice president, banished to some far corner of the West Wing, but the president-elect has been forced to resign or face indictment for his crooked land deals—and Sidel becomes the accidental president. He’s a maverick, a crusader with a Glock in his belt, who defies both the Republicans and the Democrats. He seems haunted by Lincoln’s ghost, and the presidential palace becomes his own “great white jail,” as it did for Harry Truman.

There’s never been another president quite like Isaac Sidel, New York’s former police commissioner and mayor. There’s a secret lottery created by some bankers in Basel to determine the exact date of Sidel’s death. And Sidel has to outrun this lottery in order to save himself. His greatest allies are not the Secret Service or the DNC, but a former Israeli prime minister who was a explosives operative during the British occupation of Palestine . . . as well as a mysterious billionaire who belongs to a brotherhood of killers and counterfeiters. His only companions in the capital are the captain of his helicopter fleet and a sexy naval intelligence officer who realizes that something has gone amuck at Camp David, when a band of mercenaries arrive with their sights trained on Sidel.

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Picture of Author Jerome Charyn.Jerome Charyn published his first novel in 1964. He’s the author of Johnny One-Eye, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, I Am Abraham, and dozens of other acclaimed novels as well as nonfiction works. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, and Ellery Queen. Charyn’s popular crime novels featuring homicide detective Isaac Sidel inspired a new animated drama series: Hard Apple debuts on the small screen in 2017, helmed by Hollywood insider James Gray (The Immigrants) and illustrated by famed artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka. Charyn lives in Greenwich Village, New York.

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Overwhelmed Writer Rescue By Colleen M. Story

Overwhelmed Writer Rescue by Colleen M. Story.

This is a wonderful book for writers! Any kind of writer. Doesn’t matter if you write books, essays, blog posts, newspaper articles, or just letters. This book can help you get it done.

Many of the suggestions in this book will work just as well for other crafty people.

The  author wants to help you find time for whatever it is you want to do. It written to people who want to find time for writing, and set goals for writing, but it will work for other things.

I liked the bit about time perception. She has a link to a site where you can take a test to find out just how you perceive time. It seems that can make a big difference. I took it. Seems I’m a bit hedonistic, who would have known? Pretty neat test.

The books has tips for focusing faster, saying no, tricking yourself into getting started, and ways to not get too tired.

Lots of good stuff! Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to do more writing.

Book Details:

Book Title: Overwhelmed Writer Rescue: Boost Productivity, Improve Time Management, and Replenish the Creator Within
Author: Colleen M. Story
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 280 pages
Genre: Self-help
Publisher: Midchannel Press
Release date: Sept 3, 2017
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Content Rating: G

Book Description:

FIND THE TIME, ENERGY, AND CONFIDENCE TO MAKE YOUR CREATIVE DREAMS COME TRUE.

Do you feel like you’re always behind? Do less important tasks frequently flood your schedule and sink your creative motivation? Are you frustrated and out of touch with your inner artist?

After 20 years experience in the writing industry, author Colleen M. Story extends a lifeline to pull you out of the sinking swamp of “busyness” and back into the flourishing creative life you deserve.

Today’s demands on writers and other creative artists are overwhelming. Not only must you produce the work you love, but build and maintain a platform and market your finished products to the world—all while holding down a day job and/or caring for a family.

You teeter on the edge. What waits on the other side are burnout, exhaustion, and a complete loss of creative motivation.

“Overwhelmed Writer Rescue” provides practical, personalized solutions to help beginning and experienced writers and other creative artists escape the tyranny of the to-do list to nurture the genius within. You’ll find ways to boost productivity, improve time management, and restore your sanity while gaining insight into your unique creative nature and what it needs to thrive.

Ultimately, you’ll discover what may be holding you back from experiencing the true joy that a creative life can bring.

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Colleen M. Story has worked in the creative writing industry for over twenty years. Her novels include “Loreena’s Gift,” an Idaho Author Awards first place winner, New Apple Solo Medalist winner, Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, Reader Views award finalist, and Best Book Awards finalist; and “Rise of the Sidenah,” a North American Book Awards winner and New Apple Book Awards Official Selection.

As a health writer, she’s authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women’s Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg’s; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. She finds most rewarding her work as a motivational speaker and workshop leader, where she helps writers remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers.

Colleen is the founder of Writing and Wellness (writingandwellness.com), a motivational site helping writers and other creative artists maintain their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being throughout their careers. Sign up for your free weekly email containing tips for living your best creative life at: www.writingandwellness/newsletter.

To find more information on Colleen and her work, please see her website or follow her on Twitter. She loves to hear from readers—feel free to use the “contact” form on either her website or Writing and Wellness to get in touch with her.

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In your book you make reference to time perspective, and how it’s a personality characteristic, just like being an extrovert or introvert. How did you come up with this idea?

I was doing some research and came across a study by a Stanford University professor named Philip Zimbardo. He found that attitude toward time is a personality trait, and defined three basic types:

Past Oriented
Present Oriented
Future Oriented

We all have some characteristics of each, but tend to favor one more than the others. Past people prefer to focus on the past rather than the present or future, and base their decisions on past experiences, as it’s difficult to imagine things being different.

Present people live in the moment, and do everything they can to make that moment enjoyable. Future people are all about creating a better future for themselves and their loved ones.

That’s a very brief overview, and I go into it much more deeply in Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, but the point is that once we determine our unique time perspective, we can use it to become more productive and to more successfully fit our creative work into our busy lives.

In your book you state that dreaming of the perfect writing life can actually stop you from getting it. Why is that?

Most creative people would love to ditch the day job and create to their hearts’ content. They have a picture of the ideal writing (or painting or other) situation, and odds are it is a lot different from the lives they’re currently living.

Dreaming is fine… unless it stops you from progressing, and unfortunately, it often does. When we compare the dream we have to reality, we can get discouraged to the point that we don’t work with the life we have.

The truth is that there will never be a time when everything in our lives is done, set, and perfectly in order, and we can just sit back, relax, and do what we want to do. That means we must make the lives we have now work for us, creatively.

Time management skills, especially in today’s fast-paced world, are critically important in accomplishing this. The good news is that these skills are easy to learn, and they can be applied again and again, even as your life evolves, so you can always make room for what matters to you.

What is one thing that you think is making it more difficult today for creative people to get time on their projects?

I’d say distraction is the main thing messing us up right now. We have so many things vying for our attention that we have to be more disciplined and self-directed than ever before to be sure that our time isn’t soaked up on a Facebook feed or YouTube page.

We are exposed to more data and information today than we have ever been in the entire history of the human race. By some estimates, we spend more hours consuming media than we do sleeping!

A Pew Research Center report stated: “There is more information flowing into people’s lives now than ever—much of it distressing and challenging. There are more possibilities for interruptions and distractions….These technologies are said to take over people’s lives, creating time and social pressures that put people at risk for the negative physical and psychological health effects that can result from stress.”

Unfortunately, there are no instructions as to how to manage all this. We have to seek out solutions ourselves. I give readers several options for how to manage these things in Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, so that they can feel less stressed out and more in charge of how they’re spending their time.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

I’m a full-time freelance health writer by day, and a novelist by night, but I’m not always at the computer (just most of the time!). I’m also a musician, and play French horn in several area symphonies and pit orchestras. I also teach private lessons to students of all ages.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

Some writers say there’s no such thing as writer’s block, but I have definitely experienced it, at least when working on a fictional story.

I talk about one experience I had in Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, where I was blocked on a novel. I tried a lot of things to fix it, but only when I took some time away did I figure out what the real issue was.

I use this experience to help other writers find solutions that are more unique and individual to them. Sometimes the standard advice to work on plot or characterization just doesn’t work, and you have to figure out your own creative mind. I’ve got tips to help readers do that.

Boost productivity, improve time management, and restore your sanity while gaining insight into your unique creative nature and what it needs to thrive. Find practical, personalized solutions to help you escape the tyranny of the to-do list to nurture the genius within in Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, available today at Amazon and all major book retailers. Enjoy your FREE chapter here!

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The Pursuit of Lady Harriet by Rachael Anderson.

This book is just as good as the earlier ones!

The Pursuit of Lady Harriet by Rachael Anderson is very entertaining. The story starts just after where the last one left off.

In The Rise of Miss Notley, Lady Harriet is left at Tanglewood while the newlyweds go on honeymoon. A friend of Jonathan shows up while they are still gone and this is the story of what happens.

It was a really fun read. I did think Christopher needed to be slapped a few times, but eventually Lady Harriet does convince him to be more considerate. Too bad she waited so long, but I guess better late than never. I enjoyed the way she told him off too. She was actually pretty nice about it.

Really liked the way that happened. She climbed a tree! That was cool. I love the way the characters in these books seem like folks you might meet just anywhere.

Good read!

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When wills clash and hearts collide, who will reign victorious?

Termed an Incomparable during her first London season, Lady Harriett Cavendish is beautiful, spirited, and confident, capturing the attention of a great many suitors. Unfortunately, they all failed to capture her attention, and she concluded the season as unattached as she’d begun it.

Only weeks prior to her second season, Harriett encounters Lieutenant Christopher Jamison while visiting Tanglewood Manor. Recently returned from war, the lieutenant is everything that Harriett’s previous suitors were not. He’s arrogant, ungentlemanly, irritating, and challenges her at every opportunity. When he goes too far, Harriett decides that it’s time to turn the tables on him. But as she sets out to put the lieutenant in his place once and for all, she discovers there is more to him than meets the eye, and when it comes to matters of the heart, she has no control whatsoever.

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Harriett looked at what remained of the cake. Appar-ently, he didn’t intend to finish it off after all, so she collected their forks and stood. “Forgive me for saying so, but you look quite done in, Chris. If you do not go up to bed now, you will probably fall asleep here. Only imagine what Mrs. Caddy might say if she discovers you here with the mostly-eaten cake. For your own sake, you ought to retire. I will do my best to tidy things up.”
Before she could move away from him, he grabbed her hand and guided her to sit back down, keeping hold of her fingers. “Not so fast, my lady. I meant it when I said that I’m in desperate need of the distraction that only you can provide. Thus far, all I have done is burden you with my troubles.”
“I do not feel at all burdened, sir.” Indeed, Harriett suddenly felt breathless and somewhat giddy. The effect this man had on her was something of a wonder.
“Sir?” he asked. “I thought we were beyond that.”
“I thought so as well, but you only just called me ‘my lady.’”
He frowned and blinked as though he hadn’t realized he had. “Forgive me, Harry. I fear my exhaustion has muddled my thinking.”
This time, she did not let the name slide. She snatched her hand free and frowned at him. “Obviously it has.”
He laughed—not a tired attempt at a laugh, but a real one filled with the richness that warmed her straight through. Only this time, it did not bother her at all. In fact, it felt wonderful, almost like a compliment.
“I knew you’d come through for me,” he said, leaning close enough to touch shoulders with her. “You have no idea how much I needed to laugh or how good that felt. I could honestly kiss you right now.”
Harriett tried her best not to blush or appear astonished by the suggestion—he had obviously made the comment in jest—but when his smile widened into a devilish grin, she knew she’d failed. He leaned in closer, and his gaze wandered briefly to her mouth before returning to her eyes. She could smell vanilla and lemon and a hint of something else—leather perhaps? A delightful pulse whipped down her arm, and she was hard-pressed not to shiver.
“Admit it,” he said. “You have missed me.”

 

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Author Rachael Anderson.

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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Perfectly You By Robin Daniels Review

Cover of Perfectly You by Robin Daniels.I liked Perfectly You by Robin Daniels.

The characters were pretty cool for the most part. There were a couple of spoilt brats in there, but has there ever been a school that didn’t have at least one of those?

I like stories where things are not really as they seem to be. Several of the teens in this book turn out to be more than I thought they were. Which is pretty realistic, because you can’t always tell about people, just from seeing them around.

People who look like bums turn out to be millionaires. It goes the other way round too. Some folks like to pretend to be way richer than they are, or to like things just because it is “popular”. The coolest people are not always the coolest looking ones.

Fun read. Check out the excerpt below for an example.

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Ivy Nixon is the student body Vice President at Franklin High School. Each year, the school holds a date auction to raise funds for the senior class graduation party, and this year, Ivy’s in charge. Planning the event is a huge task and Ivy is determined to prove she can get the job done right. Unfortunately, she’s still one participant short and her deadline is looming.

Andy Walker, her cute but socially reclusive art class table mate, is her last resort. He may not be popular, but he’s funny, talented, and full of surprises. With a makeover and some major social marketing, Ivy is sure he could fetch a decent price at the auction.

Andy reluctantly agrees to help, but the more time Ivy spends with him, the more her feelings shift from professional to romantic in nature. To top it off, she’s done her marketing so well, that other girls are starting to notice Andy too. Come auction time, will Ivy be able to let him go to the highest bidder? Or will she find a way to keep him for herself…

Content Description: This is a stand-alone YA contemporary romance with companion novels set at the same high school. It contains minor language, innuendo, and crude humor, some steamy kissing, a party scene where underage drinking is taking place, and a brief but tasteful conversation about sex. The author has attempted to write characters who make good choices in questionable situations, in effort to keep the content appropriate for teens. This book contains no sex, written or implied, and no explicit language. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

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“What about tonight?” Andy suggested.
“I suppose I could get away for a minute. What did you have in mind?”
“I’m not ready for another argument today…so, do you like cheesecake?”
“Um, hello? I am a girl…” I responded playfully.
“Of course.” He laughed, smacking his forehead. “How could I forget?”

 

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Promo picture of author Robin Daniels.About the author:

Robin Daniels is a wife, mother of five and avid consumer of books. She loves reading SO much that she was actually grounded from it as a twelve year old. No Joking! Her mom caught her reading when she was supposed to be cleaning, which was a common occurrence. At that point mom took the books and instructed her to go watch TV or play outside like a normal kid.

Robin is a sucker for home design shows and magazines, watches way too much Netflix and has a very codependent relationship with with a certain diet soda who’s brand shall not be named. (Though anyone with a similar problem could probably guess which one.)

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