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Story Sparks. S.P.A.R.K.S. An acronym of author Denise Jaden’s own making, this concise 166-page book talks us and then walks us through how to come up with ideas and keep the idea train running at full steam.

Story Sparks: Finding Your Best Story Ideas [book review

An acronym of author Denise Jaden’s own making, this concise book talks us and then walks us through how to come up with ideas and keep the idea train running at full steam.

Although I don’t wrestle with my nighttime thoughts as often as I once did, I have enjoyed flipping through The Nocturnal Journal and allowing the prompts to send my mind in directions I don’t often go. This is a nice way to journal when you don’t have much to say (or don’t know where to start). It also aids in focusing your mind, getting your thoughts organized, and leaving your burden on the page. So you can experience restful sleep.

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I wanted to address the main reasons why I write book reviews. To keep reading, to further my education, and to stay connected to the writing community.

Why Write Book Reviews

I wanted to address the main reasons why I write book reviews. To keep reading, to further my education, and to stay connected to the writing community.

Collaboration (or "collab" as the cool kids call it) is something of a buzz word in the digital world. And I've heard it so often I didn't question it when I saw Kirsten Oliphant's new book Creative Collaborations. I just said, "collaborations, yes please." But now I have questions. As I read through Oliphant's creative collaborations suggestions (for example affiliate partnerships, Twitter chats, and in-person events) I began wondering what on earth a collaboration is. What do I think it…

Creative Collaborations by Kirsten Oliphant [book review

I've heard "colab" so often I didn't question it when I saw Kirsten Oliphant's new book Creative Collaborations. I just said, "collaborations, yes please.

Do you need some tough love? Get the Hell Over It is a vulnerable look inside a creative’s life and what it takes to succeed in today’s world. Sarah Beth Moore shares the points on her writing journey where she had to “get the hell over it” and be brave, make a hard choice, try, and what happened after.

Get the Hell Over It by Sarah Beth Moore [book review

Do you need some tough love? Get the Hell Over It by Sarah Beth Moore is a vulnerable look inside a creative's life and what it takes to succeed.

Looking for 175 recipes for creams, balms, shampoos, and more? Look no further than The Best Natural Homemade Skin and Hair Care Products.

Natural Homemade Skin and Hair Care Products

Looking for 175 recipes for creams, balms, shampoos, and more? Look no further than The Best Natural Homemade Skin and Hair Care Products.

Is reviewing a book on how to get great book reviews too meta?  I don’t care. If you’re an author you need this book.  First of all, this isn’t something you read once and memorize. It’s the text book of getting book reviews. Covering the gambit in six sections plus appendices, How to Get Great Book Reviews addresses everything from Your Review-Getting Arsenal to You Have Your Review. Now What?

How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically

Is reviewing a book on how to get great book reviews too meta? I don’t care. If you’re an author you need this book. First of all, this isn’t something you read once and memorize. It’s the text book of getting book reviews. Covering the gambit in six sections plus appendices, How to Get Great Book Reviews addresses everything from Your Review-Getting Arsenal to You Have Your Review. Now What?

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series. Because who isn't ready for a fun, feminist romp through Victorian London and fresh new riff on classic Holmesian lore? I KNOW I AM! This series is super fun. If you love Sherlock Holmes I know you'll enjoy this series by father-daughter team Charles Veley and Anna Elliott.

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series

The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series. Because who isn't ready for a fun, feminist romp through Victorian London and fresh new riff on classic Holmesian lore? I KNOW I AM! This series is super fun. If you love Sherlock Holmes I know you'll enjoy this series by father-daughter team Charles Veley and Anna Elliott.

No Time to Bury Them. What. Is. This. Book. About!? This was the only thought I had when I read the pitch for Mark C. Eddy's newest book, a fictional historical adventure set in post-gold rush Yukon, Canada.

No Time to Bury Them by Mark C. Eddy [book review

No Time to Bury Them. What. Is. This. Book. About!? This was the only thought I had when I read the pitch for Mark C. Eddy's newest book, a fictional historical adventure set in post-gold rush Yukon, Canada.

Based on a true marriage journey, Extraordinary tells the amazing story of ultra-marathon runner and college professor David Horton, his wife, Nancy, and their attempt to finish their marriage race well. Although proud of his incredible athletic accomplishments and the impact he has on his students, David’s family continuously pays a high price for his years of competitive running. Following his open-heart surgery and irreparable damage to his knees, Nancy is ready for Dave to hang up his…

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Based on a true marriage journey, Extraordinary tells the amazing story of ultra-marathon runner and college professor David Horton, his wife, Nancy, and their attempt to finish their marriage race well. Although proud of his incredible athletic accomplishments and the impact he has on his students, David’s family continuously pays a high price for his years of competitive running. Following his open-heart surgery and irreparable damage to his knees, Nancy is ready for Dave to hang up his…

There's something about nature that calls to me and I don't know how to explain what happens when I go out in the woods except to say the trees and the air whisper to my soul. I don't know what they say but I always feel refreshed and renewed after a nature walk. Perhaps this is why Margaret Dulaney's book To Hear The Forest Sing appealed to me; for the past 25 years she has walked the woods with her dogs. While she walks, she ponders. Then once home from her wandering, she writes.

To Hear the Forest Sing [book review

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Released mid-September 2016, the buzz surrounding Searching the Scriptures intensified as the publish date crept closer. As an employee of Insight for Living Ministries (the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll) I stalked my email in hopes of an advance preview of the book, which I heard was a game changer.

Searching the Scriptures [book review

Searching the Scriptures is Chuck Swindoll's personal Bible-study method, which he has broken out into four easy-to-remember steps.

If you know anything about Canadian history you know the Canadian Pacific Railway company played a role in shaping it. Marc H. Choko's Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand Building a Nation tells the story based on CP's publicity output--their marketing and graphic design in particular. It's a unique take on telling a brand story while educating readers on how public and private interests can align for the greater good. In this case, forming a unified Canada.

Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand Building a Nation [book review

Choko's Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand Building a Nation tells the story based on CP's publicity (marketing and graphic design) output.

Laid out like any other writers guide, there are essays and articles on writing advice, publishing information, and an introduction to planet literary agent before getting to the good stuff. The listings. Who's buying, who's selling, who's looking for what and when. It's all good stuff, and I can't get enough. Jeff Herman has a wonderful sense of humour, which helps make typical writing and publishing advice come alive and keeps the reader engaged. The listings follow an interesting format…

Jeff Herman's Guide To Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents [book review

If you want a lighthearted yet no-nonsense guide to publishing, look no further than Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents.

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