Golf Book Giveaway

Golf Book Giveaway

How Short Hitting Bad Golfers Break 90 All The Time by Fred FieldsSimple Wyrdings is happy to be able to give away another copy of How Short Hitting, Bad Golfers Break 90 All The Time by Fred Fields.

This is a great book for anyone who plays golf and would like to improve their game.

This giveaway is open to entrants from the US and Canada only. It ends on the 22nd of December. Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below.

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The Enchanted Truth Giveaway

The Greenleaf Book Group is giving away a copy of The Enchanted Truth by Kym Petrie to one of my lucky US readers!

This is a wonderful book and would be especially great for younger women. It is however a good read for any woman of any age.

This is open to the US only and ends at midnight on October 24. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to reply. If the first winner does not reply to the email a new winner will be chosen.

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The Enchanted Truth: A Modern – Day Fairy Tale for Grown – Up Girls by Kym Petrie Review

The Enchanted Truth: A Modern – Day Fairy Tale for Grown – Up Girls by Kym Petrie Review

Cover picture of The Enchanted Truth: A Modern - Day Fairy Tale for Grown - Up Girls by Kym Petrie. The Enchanted Truth: A Modern-day Fairy Tale for Grown-up Girls is a wonderful book! It is short (43 pages), and small. It looks like a children’s book but it is really for grown up girls.

It is about how girls (of any age!) shouldn’t wait around for Prince Charming because even if Prince Charming shows up at all he isn’t going to miraculously make everything in your life perfect. At least not after the new wears off.

The point of the story is to show that you need to be living your life and making yourself happy. Not waiting around for some perfect man to come and “fix” things.

For one things…there are no “perfect” men out there. Or women either. And even the ones that come close to being perfect (for you anyway) are not going to be able to do everything for you. You will still need friends and hobbies and family and things you like to do just because.

So you might as well be making those friends and enjoying those hobbies and being happy now!

The author makes the point in a very amusing story that is fun to read. I really enjoyed it and it made me do a bit of thinking about my own life. While I’m not waiting for Mr. Right anymore (already found him!) I have been putting some other things off. And waiting for things to be “right” before you start just as bad. You might wait forever.

From the front cover flap :

Believe it or not, a girl can’t count on Prince Charming to wake her from a hundred years of heavy sleep . . . and happily ever after doesn’t always meet you at the end of the aisle.

In this humorous and insightful tale, a modern day princess finds herself single and asking for magical intervention to change her sorry love life. Rather than casting a spell to bring Prince Charming to her rescue, a savvy fairy godmother gives the tenderhearted damsel an unexpected gift. By entrusting her true thoughts and desires to an unlikely confidant, the young royal soon discovers that the person who could make her life everything she dreamed it would be has been with her all along.

About the Author :

Kym Petrie wrote The Enchanted Truth for a friend who was caught up in a disenchanting/disappointing search for Prince Charming. The tale had an unexpected impact; it inspired Kym to take a closer look at the choices she herself was making. Canadian born and bred, Kym is now living happily ever after with her family in South Carolina.

For more information visit The Enchanted Truth on Facebook, Goodreads, and their blog.

Use Your Words by Kate Hopper Review

Use Your Words by Kate Hopper Review

Use Your Words by Kate Hopper.Use Your Words A Writing Guide For Mothers by Kate Hopper is a really good book for any mother who wants to learn how to write about her life and children.

Actually it is good for anyone who wants to learn to write. It is however, addressed to mothers, and is about writing about motherhood.

It doesn’t matter if you only want to write for yourself or for publication. If you have written before or never have. This book can teach you how to do it or how to do it better.

I liked it.

From the Press Release :

Award-Winning Writer Teaches Nuts and Bolts

of Writing Creative Non-fiction about Motherhood


USE YOUR WORDS: A Writing Guide for Mothers by Kate Hopper is the first book to focus on the craft of writing using motherhood as the lens. According to an October 2011 article in Ad Age, there are 3.9 million mommy bloggers. Unlike other writing guides for mother writers that focus on journaling or how to fit writing into a busy life, USE YOUR WORDS is a writing workshop between covers. Each chapter contains a lecture, a published essay by a contributing writer, and exercises that will serve as jumping-off points for the readers’ own writing.

When award-winning writer Kate Hopper began writing about what she felt was the central experience of her life, motherhood, she found that some people weren’t taking her writing seriously. Through her years of blogging and teaching, Hopper discovered that mothers crafting memoirs and essays deal with issues of identity, loss and longing, neurosis and fear, ambivalence and joy. She found stories of transformation in how the authors see themselves in relation to the world in which they live.  As she says in her introduction, “Last time I checked this was the stuff of which real literature was made.”

Together, the chapters of USE YOUR WORDS teach the skills beginning mother writers as well as more advanced writers to hone their ability and turn their motherhood stories into art. Topics include:

  • an overview of creative nonfiction as a genre
  • the importance of using concrete details
  • character development
  • voice
  • humor
  • tense
  • writing the “hard stuff”
  • reflection and back-story
  • structure
  • revision
  • publishing

Essays and poems by a wide variety of mother writers including Cecelie S. Berry, Anne Greenwood Brown, Jill Chirstman, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Chitra Divakaruni, Ona Gritz, Beth Kephart, and Catherine Newman illuminate Kate’s lectures, helping readers understand the art of creative nonfiction and to read and think like writers.

USE YOUR WORDS reflects Kate’s style as a teacher, guiding the reader in a straightforward, nurturing voice. As one student noted in a class evaluation: “Kate is a born writer and teacher, and her enthusiasm for essays about motherhood and for teaching the nuts and bolts of writing so that ordinary mothers have the tools to write their stories is a gift to the world. She is raising the value of motherhood in our society as she helps mothers build their confidence and strengthen their game as writers.”

Kate Hopper holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She teaches writing online and at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Kate has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and a Sustainable Arts Grant. Her memoir, Small Continents, is about the power of stories and learning to live with uncertainty in the wake of her older daughter’s premature birth. Her other writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Brevity, The New York Times online and Literary Mama, where she is an editor.

For more information including an author interview visit Viva Editions.

Check out my reviews of other books published by Viva Editions including The Frugal Foodie Cookbook, Girlfriends Forever, The Gratitude Power Workbook, The Lazy Gourmet, and Lemons And Lavender.

Content Rules Giveaway

Content Rules Giveaway

Content Rules How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and more) that Engage Customers and Ignite Your BusinessI’m giving away my used copy of Content Rules How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and more) that Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business.

It is a really good book with lots of good advice for bloggers or anyone building a website for a business.

If you are in the U.S. and would like to win it just enter on the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway ends on September 5th and the winner will be emailed. Winner will  have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

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Hear Your Life by Melissa K. Rodriguez Review

Hear Your Life by Melissa K. Rodriguez Review

Cover picture of Hear Your Life by Melissa K. Rodriguez.Hear Your Life by Melissa K. Rodriguez is an excellent book about hearing loss and hearing aids.

It has a lot of information about hearing loss, how the ear works, how hearing aids work, and how having hearing aids can make a huge difference in your life.

My own hearing loss was discovered when I started school and failed the hearing test they give each year. I was sent to an audiologist and it was determined that I had a sensorineural hearing loss.

This kind of hearing loss is permanent but hearing aids can and do help. Especially since the new digital hearing aids have come out.

I have worn hearing aids all my life. Without them I would not have been able to go to a regular school or to college. They make a huge difference in the quality of life. I can say that for sure because an ear infection prevented me from wearing them for a while and I can say that truly sucks!

This book contains many stories of people like me. Some of them got hearing aids and improved their lives. Some did not. The difference in quality of life between those who chose to hear and those who didn’t is really sad.

If you or a friend or family member is starting to have problems with your hearing. Please seek help. If you are scared then read this book first! After reading this book I’m pretty sure you(or your family member) will be ready to get your quality of life back.

From the front cover flap :

Imagine waking up in a world of silence. You may see the world going on around you, but there is no laughter of a child, no bird singing, and no soothing sound of the ocean as its waves gently tickle the shore.

It is believed that at least ten percent of the world’s population suffers from some level of hearing loss. Children, adults, seniors—hearing loss does not discriminate and will cause a student to struggle to learn, a businessman to lose a sale, and a retired couple to withdraw from a life that could have great meaning.

Many don’t seek help because they don’t notice the gradual onset. Others try to deny the loss and live with it, not realizing its dramatic effect on their quality of life.

In Hear Your Life, you’ll learn how to avoid these adverse effects. Expert Melissa K. Rodriguez shares revealing and inspirational stories about the life-changing benefits of hearing aids. She answers commonly asked questions about the causes of, signs of, and types of hearing loss. She explains the importance of safe volume levels, duration of sound exposure, and how to protect your hearing. And a short questionnaire will help you determine if and how frequently you should have your hearing checked.

If you are ready to live your life to the fullest, Hear Your Life can help!

About the Author:

Melissa Kay Rodriguez grew up around the hearing aid business. Shortly after high school she obtained her license to fit hearing aids and obtained her National Board Certification in 1995. She is currently the owner of Hear On Earth Hearing Care Center in El Paso, TX and an active volunteer with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Rodriguez sat on the board of the Texas Hearing Aid Association and served a six-year term on the Texas Governing Board, regulating the fitting and dispensing of hearing aids. She has made multiple humanitarian trips to fit hearing aids in Juarez and Mexico City, Mexico; Peru; as well as many other locations. She is currently a member of the International Hearing Society, the Texas Hearing Aid Association, and eWomenNetwork.

Rodriguez is an avid ballroom dancer who directs stage productions semiannually for her husband’s dance studio. She currently lives in El Paso, Texas with her husband Mando and their two rescue dogs, who frequent her hearing center to mingle with the patients.

Melissa Rodriquez can be found on Twitter @HearWithMelissa and on Facebook.

For Better Or For Work by Meg Hirshberg Giveaway

For Better Or For Work by Meg Hirshberg Giveaway

For Better Or For Work By Meg Hirshberg I’m giving away my copy of For Better Or For Work by Meg Hirshberg.

I don’t want to just shove it on my bookshelf and have it sit there gathering dust.

This is a VERY useful book for anyone thinking about starting a business…or anyone with a family member who is thinking about starting a business.

Lots of my lovely readers are already in business for themselves and could really use the information in this book as well.

Just enter on the Rafflecopter form below. Since I will have to pay the shipping costs myself this is only for U.S. residents. Ends on the 28th of June.

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For Better Or For Work by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg Review

For Better Or For Work by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg Review

For Better Or For Work By Meg Hirshberg For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Familiesis a really interesting book. I had never really thought about how hard it must be for the families of entrepreneurs.

I did know that the statistics say that a very high percentage of new businesses fail but for some reason it never occured to me that the people who started those business went broke too.

The author writes about her own expieriences married to the founder of Stonyfield Yogurt and also adds some stories from other entreprenuers and their families. Both the successful ones and the ones that failed.

My husband was thinking about starting a business of his own. After reading this book I’m not sure I could handle that. Maybe an already established one, but even then it wouldn’t be easy.

If you are your family are thinking of starting a business…read this first. Then you will know some of the things likely to come your way…and can be a bit prepared.

From the back cover and front cover flap :

Discover how to build a successful business and follow your passions without sacrificing healthy family relationships to the financial and emotional rollercoaster that is entrepreneurship.

Insight, hope, and strategies for building a business and a family at the same time.

How does someone who is obsessed live peacefully with others who are not? That question summarizes the quandary faced by company founders and their families. To answer it, author Meg Cadoux Hirshberg examines the impact—for better and for worse—of entrepreneurial businesses on families and relationships, and vice versa.

Practically, this is a vital guide to navigating the emotional and logistical terrain of business-building while simultaneously enjoying a fulfilling family life. From the trials of co-habiting with a home-based business to the queasy necessity of borrowing money from family and friends to the complexities of intergenerational succession, no topic is taboo.

Psychologically, this book is a reminder that no entrepreneurial family trudges the hard trail of company-building alone. If you have embarked on such an enterprise, you and your spouse will find comfort and guidance in the experiences of others like you. Meg draws on the struggles and triumphs she and husband Gary Hirshberg experienced as he built Stonyfield Yogurt, and also shares powerful stories and insights from other families, gathered through hundreds of interviews.

For Better or For Work will remind you that the long hours and late nights—spent on the business or with the family—are worth the effort and will give you tools for making both endeavors successful.

About the Author :

Meg Cadoux Hirshberg is a freelance writer, the author of the “Balancing Acts” column for Inc. magazine, a highly regarded speaker, and the wife of Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Yogurt. Although it took nine painful years to become profitable, Stonyfield is now the largest organic yogurt company in the world. Meg has written two yogurt cookbooks and her writing has appeared in Yankee, New Hampshire magazine, and the Boston Globe magazine, among other publications.

Meg and Gary have three children.

You can learn more about Meg Hirshberg on her blog.

How Short Hitting, Bad Golfers Break 90 All The Time by Fred Fields Review

How Short Hitting, Bad Golfers Break 90 All The Time by Fred Fields Review

How Short Hitting Bad Golfers Break 90 All The Time by Fred FieldsHow Short Hitting, Bad Golfers Break 90 All the Time seems to be a great resource for golfers who would like to improve their game.

It has a lot of tips for improving your golf game from the grip and the way you stand to how to think on a golf course.

The author claims that the real reason more golfers don’t play better is that they never learned how to figure out each particular course. He says that knowing how to beat the course,  make the game easier, and remove useless strokes is about half the battle.

Apparently even people who get all the techniques right tend not to think about how the course is laid out and which way would be the best way through.

He also says that since most golfers have no intention of practicing like a proffessional does…hitting hundreds of balls a day…then they shouldn’t expect to be able “aim” like pros either.

I didn’t actually understand everything in the book because while I have watched a lot of golfers…I haven’t ever played myself. But the part I did understand makes a lot of sense.

This would be a really good book to give your dad, grand-dad, or uncle who is into golf, Or any other person who golfs a lot and would like to improve thier game.

From the back cover :

How Short Hitting, Bad Golfers Break 90 All the Time is the basic handbook for beginning golfers, and those golfers who can’t break 100. This book explains in light, easy to read language, what your golf pro may not tell you:

  • A simpler, more natural way to hit the ball

  • And why it works!


I’ll show you not only how to hit the ball, but how to play the game, with easy to learn strategies that will help you shoot lower scores!

When you know what to do, how to do it, and why you do it golf is an easy game!

About the Author :

Fred Fields has been playing golf for over half a century. Formerly a 6 handicap golfer, his age has greatly reduced his driving length. But, using these strategies, he still scores in the 80’s. You can follow @golfprofields on Twitter and “like” WeekendGolfPro on Facebook too.

7 Easy Steps To Memoir Writing by Mary Anne Benedetto Review

7 Easy Steps To Memoir Writing by Mary Anne Benedetto Review

7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing by Mary Anne Benedetto 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing is a really great book that everyone interested in writing a memoir should read. Especially if you haven’t ever written a memoir before.

The author takes you through 7 steps that get you to the point of actually writing a memoir.

She starts with the excuses people make for not doing it. She says you just need to kick those excuses out and get started and the 1st chapter is devoted to helping you do that.

The next chapters are helping you to remember what actually happened in your life so you can write about it.

I’m still at that stage in the actual doing. She has you make lists of things that happened in each decade of your life and then try to gather pictures or memorabilia…any visual aids that will help you remember.

Then you start writing. After that is organizing and interviewing family and things like that. It all sounds like fun. I did some interviewing of my great aunt years ago…before she passed away. I’m so glad I did too because now that she is gone..I will never be able to get more stories from her.

From The Back Cover :

Share with others the significant moments of your life. Make available a collection of your written memories for loved ones to cherish! 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing removes the fear and apprehension of starting a memoir preservation project by providing:

  • Step-by-step guidance in jump-starting a lifewriting adventure
  • Assistance in capturing the life stories of loved ones as well as your own
  • Tips and hints that alleviate the “overwhelmed” feeling inherent in tackling a memoir project
  • A comprehensive list of questions for interviewing relatives or for formulating your own story
  • The Mini-Memoir, a fill-in-the-blank form that offers a glimpse into the life of an individual
  • A list of additional memoir writing resources
  • Select sample stories by memoir writing workshop attendees

Loved ones and future generations will be thankful to have in their possession the stories that you choose to write today!

About the Author :

MARY ANNE BENEDETTO is a speaker, blogger, Certified Lifewriting Instructor, ghostwriter and author of fiction and nonfiction publications.  Her passions include helping people preserve memoirs, guiding pet owners in capturing their treasured animal stories, world travel and walking the spectacular South Carolina beaches. She is on a mission to start a memoir writing epidemic. You can visit the author at her website A Writers Presence.

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