I’ve Fallen Off the Wagon: 17 Day Diet Here I Come…Again

Earlier this year, I reviewed Dr. Mike Moreno’s book, The 17 Day Diet  (2011 edition)  that I used to help me lose weight back in 2012. I was very satisfied with the weight-loss program advocated in the book, and I lost a total of 51 lbs picI  was so proud of myself! I felt great both mentally and physically. I’m also vain enough to admit, I went out and bought lots of new smaller-sized clothes. photo firework_zpseyapxs0d.gif

Now as  2014 draws to an end, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I have fallen off the proverbial wagon, the  one that calls out to us,

“Come aboard and have some baked chicken and steamed broccoli. Or even better, eat that broccoli raw, yum yum.  Your body will thank you.”

And from my own experience I know my body will appreciate all the healthy nutrients I’m giving it, even though I’d rather be eating fried chicken, creamy mashed potatoes, and cheesy mac-and-cheese.  Living here in Texas, I ‘m constantly tempted by “Texas Cookin'” – Guy Clark’s song says it all:

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Musings about TESOL & A Look at Oxford Picture Dictionary (Monolingual English)

I am preparing to venture into the world of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). This fall I have volunteered to teach and tutor ESL classes for students through two different local community organizations. I am excited about this prospect but also a bit apprehensive because, although I’ve taught English in the past to adult learners, teaching English to students from foreign countries requires an approach that differs from the methods I’ve used in the classroom.  As I embark upon this new journey, I’d like to periodically share with you my experiences and an assessment of the multitude of ESL learning resources for both teachers and learners.

After browsing through numerous reference books for students who are at a beginner’s level in learning to speak English, I’ve decided to use the Oxford Picture Dictionary (Monolingual English) 2nd edition as the primary medium for tutoring.

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Review of Waking Up White: And Finding the Story of Race

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Waking Up White: And Finding the Story of Race by Debby Irving

Publication Date:  January 16, 2014

Genre: Nonfiction

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Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race. She also explains why and how she’s changed the way she talks about racism, works in racially mixed groups, and understands the antiracism movement as a whole. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. Waking Up White’s personal narrative is designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.

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Release of The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition & Review of The 17 Day Diet (2011 edition)

Dr. Mike Moreno’s recent release of his updated version of The 17 Day Diet is timely since many of us include weight loss on our list of New Years’ Resolutions. It’s difficult to write a review of a book about weight loss unless you have actually tried the diet, which I did in 2012. My review is primarily based on my experience in following the diet described in the 2011 version of the book, but I also include feedback on the content and organization of the book itself.  Of course, every person’s body chemistry is different and what works for one person may not be beneficial to another, but perhaps my feedback may be useful to you in deciding whether to look further into this diet.

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The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition by Mike Moreno

THE # 1 BESTSELLING DIET IS NOW SUPERCHARGED!

Since Dr. Mike Moreno first published The 17 Day Diet in 2010, millions of people have lost weight using his fast, safe, and extremely effective plan. Dr. Mike listens to his 17 Day Dieters as carefully as he listens to his own patients, and he is always on top of the cutting-edge research in the field of weight management. Using vital reader feedback and the latest science, he has enhanced The 17 Day Dietwith three new chapters; 50 new, deli­cious recipes; and the ability to customize your diet with an optional fasting day. The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition makes everyone’s favorite diet the best and most up-to-date diet on the market. 

Whether you need to lose 10 pounds or a hundred, Dr. Mike’s plan can help you achieve your weight loss goals quickly and permanently while always ensuring that you feel full, even as you enjoy a wide variety of the foods you love. In fact, that variation in the diet is the key to losing weight: it confuses and boosts your metabolism to help you burn fat rapidly during these four 17-day cycles: 

ACCELERATE: The rapid weight loss cycle. You’ll flush sugar and fat from your system and introduce foods and nutrients into your diet that have been proven to trim belly fat, thigh fat, and other stubborn fat zones. 

ACTIVATE: The metabolic boost cycle. You’ll alternate between low- and high-calorie days and watch the fat melt away. 

ACHIEVE: The steady weight loss cycle. You’ll learn to control portions properly and start the exciting (and quick!) 17 Minute Spot Reduction Workout. 

ARRIVE: The efficient control cycle. You’ll be firmly in the habit of healthy eating to support your goal. On weekends, you can even enjoy your favorite foods! 

PLUS: A new, optional transitional day of liquid cleansing that kicks your fat burning into overdrive and a dietary supplement program to support your success.

The 17 Day Diet can work for you even if you have food allergies or PMS or are pregnant or constantly traveling. It can be adapted to a wide variety of cuisines, from Chinese to Tex Mex and everything in between. Brimming with helpful tips, interesting facts, and inspiring testimonials from fellow 17 Day Dieters, The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition is the very last diet book you’ll ever need.  (from Goodreads)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17936284-the-17-day-diet-breakthrough-edition?from_search=true

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The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results

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Published January 2011

“We’ve all pledged, promised and bullied ourselves to eat better and exercise more, but so many times even the best intentions fall short. I incorporate healthy habits into my work and home life and you can too.” –Dr. Mike Moreno

If you need to shed pounds fast and in a safe, effective, and lasting way, this is the book for you! Unlike many diet programs that starve you down to size, Dr. Mike Moreno’s 17 Day Diet relies on proven methods to help you take weight off and keep it off for good—whether you’ve got 10 pounds to lose or 100. His revolutionary program adjusts your body metabolically so that you burn fat day in and day out.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10422976-the-17-day-diet?from_search=true

Amazon:  The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results

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Book Spotlight for Real Dogs Don’t Whisper

As the owner of two dogs,  I think this book will be an uplifting, motivational read.  The book’s cover and description just make me want to go and hug my own furry, four-legged babies

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Real Dogs Don’t Whisper: Life Lessons from a Larger Than Life Dog -And His Owner! by Kelly Preston

Do you believe in second chances? Real Dogs Don’t Whisper book is about second chances and miracles. Read about four rescue dogs that were ready to be given up on because they have special needs; they teach their human about life, love, and hope.

Kelly Preston, co-author of a newly published book, “Real Dogs Don’t Whisper”. Her co-author is Mr. MaGoo; he is a larger than life dog and has a lot to say.

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Meet her family like no other: Kelly, Mr. MaGoo, Buffy, Carla Mae, and Betty Boop. A girl, her two Lhasa Apsos, one Cocker Spaniel, and one adorable mutt – each with their own challenging set of difficulties to overcome. One puppy has serious neurological disorders and is blind. Two were severely abused. All are on a journey of discovery. Together, learning love and patience along the way, perhaps none so much as Kelly.

Real Dogs Don’t Whisper: Life Lessons from a Larger than Life Dog! (and his Owner), is the true story of a remarkable family as told in a unique way by both Kelly, the owner of the household, and her spunky, hilarious, nine-year old Lhasa Apso, Mr. MaGoo. The narrative is at times tear-jerking, at times hysterical, and always enthralling.

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Spotlight for Getting Rooted in New Zealand

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Getting Rooted in New Zealand by Jamie Baywood

Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country’s population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

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Mini Review: Angels by My Side

Angels by My Side: Stories and Glimpses of These Heavenly Helpers by Betty Malz

Angels by My SideGod knows your needs–and He has His angels ready to help you!

Have you ever had a close call? Do you sometimes sense that you are not alone? Do you wonder if you have ever met an angel “unaware”?

When Betty Malz was a young mom, she suffered a ruptured appendix and, after many fatal complications, was declared dead. Twenty-eight minutes later, she returned to life–bringing with her a vibrant and encouraging message about these heavenly helpers called angels.

Over the years that followed, Betty spoke and wrote about her amazing experience–including the armies of angels she saw awaiting God’s commands to help His people. And it seemed that everywhere she turned, she met others eager to tell her about their encounters with angelic beings.

This book is the culmination of that journey. Here you will discover biblical answers to questions such as:
• When do angels help us?
• What do protecting, rescuing and messenger angels actually do?
• How do we know if an angel is God’s servant or one of Satan’s hosts trying to deceive us?
• Can angels intervene when we face temptation?
• How do we pray for divine assistance?

This book will help you understand God’s purpose for these heavenly helpers in every area of your life. Be encouraged to trust in His loving care–for He truly has angels by your side.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Matrix and Alice Books

I loved both Alice in Wonderland  and The Matrix so I look forward to reading this book to learn more about the literary connections between the two creative works!

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The Matrix and the Alice Books by Voicu Mihnea Simandan

MEDIA KIT the-matrix-and-the-alice-booksThe Matrix and the Alice Books presents aspects of intertextuality in three primary sources: the script of the motion picture The Matrix written by directors Andy and Larry Wachowski, and the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Intertextuality is a set of relations with other texts, which can include direct quotations, allusions, literary conventions, imitation, parody and unconscious sources amongst others. In The Matrix there are few explicit references to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

This book by Voicu Mihnea Simandan presents both the explicit references and the less direct ones, giving evidence from primary and secondary sources. In doing so, it makes use of a literary construction developed from Gérard Genette’s structuralist theory of transtextuality as a framework to present how a web of intertextual relationships is clearly formed between the Alice books and The Matrix.

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“In The Matrix, Neo comes from the Oracle a bit disappointed with what he had just found out, but Morpheus tries to show him the way: “Neo, sooner or later, you’re going to realize, just as I did, that there’s a difference between knowing the path… and walking the path…” Alice wakes up only when she is ready to face the real world, just as Neo has to understand that, in order to defeat the agents and end the war, he has to face his demons and take control of his own life. […]

In The Matrix, Cypher confesses his regrets to Neo over getting unplugged. “You know, I know what you’re thinking, because right now I’m thinking the same thing. Actually, I’ve been thinking it ever since I got here… Why, oh why, didn’t I take… the blue pill?” The repeated phrase shows hesitation and the intensity of Cypher’s emotions. Neither Alice nor Cypher understand the new world they have entered, and both have second thoughts about remaining there. But, while Alice tries to unlock the secret of wonderland and eventually is able to control it, just as Neo does in the end, Cypher betrays his crew members in a desperate move to be reinserted into the Matrix.

Despite an ever-changing environment and logic, both Alice and Neo continue to deal with the challenges that beset them. No prior experience in wonderland or the Matrix can teach them about what to expect in their next undertaking; nevertheless they manage to get through each encounter, ready to face new situations.”

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Voicu Mihnea Simandan is a Romanian writer and freelance journalist who was born in 1978 in Arad, a small city in Transylvania. He has published short stories, non-fiction, and books for children. He has been calling Thailand home since 2002 and he has been a member of the Bangkok Writers’ Guild since 2009 and a member of AP Writers since 2012. He is now teaching Language Arts and Social Studies at an international school in Bangkok. His upcoming debut novel, The Buddha Head, a suspense thriller set in Thailand, is scheduled for publication in late 2013. He loves archery, martial arts and travelling.

Author links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/vmsimandan

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/vmsimandan

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11078279-the-matrix-and-the-alice-books

Blog: http://www.simandan.com/

Website:  http://vm.simandan.com/

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Virtual Book Tour for Pro Resumes Made Easy

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Date Published: 9/30/2012

Pro Resumes Made Easy by Andrea Drew

Written by a professional resume writer of 15 years, this book takes you through the step by step process to write your resume and cover letter like the Professionals do it – at a tenth of the cost!

Contains samples and examples to assist you along the way, along with a free resume critique with every book sale. 

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Chapter 1 – Some basics

What is the purpose of a resume?  If you ask most people, they will tell you it is “to get a job interview.”  Yes, that’s right it is designed to get you a job interview.  But a resume is also designed to sell you, or generate enough interest in you to make the reader make contact and schedule a meeting time.  Your resume has had enough impact, that out of the hundreds of resumes a recruiter receives in their email inbox daily, yours has stood out.

If you’ve heard the saying that recruiter’s look at most resumes for between 5 and 20 seconds, it’s true.  Add to that equation the fact that resumes are now received via email inbox, and you need to consider the fact that this means that the top third of your first page will be the first thing the recruiter sees when they click open the attachment.

I’ll be running you through the step by step process I use when writing a resume.

My resumes are written in a way that they;

a)    Catch the recruiters eye immediately

b)    Give them a reason to keep on reading

c)     Stand out by writing them in a way that only 5% of all job applicants use effectively; and

d)    Works with scanning software sometimes used by recruiters

e)    Makes the reader want to meet with you!

About the Author

andrea drew resume writer resizesAndrea started her professional resume writing career in 1998, forming a professional resume writing service online for all professions.
In April 2011, she successfully transitioned the business over to new management, in order to focus on her specialty niche, IT professionals, Executives and Managers.
Why?
Well, in Andrea’s words “Executives and Managers are accustomed to collaborating to produce cutting edge results, and so are professional in their dealings enabling a unique and top class result and enabling me to write even better career marketing documents.”
 
This doesn’t mean that if you are not an executive or Manager she can’t help you.  It simply means that unless you understand this is an investment and will involve some work on your part (providing the information needed) then it’s probably best you look elsewhere that’s all.  
 
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 Guest Post from Andrea

How to Write and Get Published 

 

So for many writers, finishing the book can seem like a huge relief – I know it was for me.  Then came the editing, reviewing, editing, proofing and cover design etc.  Once all of that was done, I decided once I uploaded it to Kindle/Amazon all I had to do was sit back and wait for the money to roll in right? Wrong.

Yeah, sure I got some sales.  But nothing like what I imagined I would make after such a herculean effort.  I’m currently selling about 50 a month, but then it’s taken a year to get to this point.

Then I read about an indie author who made $40K in royalties on a book about….bees.  yes, that’s right a spiritual allegory about bees.

His name is John Penberthy and he made this money in less than a year selling foreign rights.  So I figured, if he can do it, then so can I!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve gone down the whole contacting literary agents road with very little success.  I’m based in Australia, and down under there are only a total of between 15-20 literary agents for a population of 23 million.  My response was generally “thanks but no thanks.”  Ditto for US agents.  This is despite writing a book about resume writing, and having been a professional with what I thought was a pretty good platform established over 16 years as a pro resume writer.

For me, foreign rights is the best way to get around this.

So, what did I do?  Well I followed John’s tips and advice.  Firstly he suggests having a video trailer made about the book which agents can look at very quickly.  So I hopped onto fiverr and got one of these made for 5 dollars.

I then bought a list of all foreign rights and literary agents from this website (it cost $6) http://www.bookmarket.com/authors.htm

I then prepared a short(ish) email and sent it out to all relevant agents.  That’s right I highlighted the relevant part.  Once you read the list you will see that not all agents necessarily are interested in your work.  So this list  purchased for $6 can save you a lot of time and help you target the right agents.

Yes I received quite a few rejections.  Many didn’t respond at all.  Then, two weeks later I received an acceptance from an agent!  It seems my book has good possibilities in Asia, where they love “How to” books.  Who would have known?

So while I haven’t yet landed a “traditional” publishing deal – I do now have an agent for foreign rights.  From here, my plan is to reinitiate contact with US and Australian based agents once my book makes some sales overseas.

Here’s to your success!

 

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Spotlight & Giveaway for The Dinner Creations Cookbook by Diane Krause

 

Author Bio:

Diane Krause is a Southern girl who began cooking and baking at a very young age. She’s the former owner-operator of Dinner Creations, and still enjoys sharing Jalapeno-Stuffed Chicken and King Ranch Chicken with those she loves. Diane currently works as a freelance writer and editor. She’s the author of a short inspirational book for writers, 25 Ways to Create Classic Characters Readers Will Love, and is currently at work on her second cookbook.

Author and book links:

http://www.thedianekrause.com

http://www.dinnercreationscookbook.com

Twitter: @DianeKrause2

Genre: Cookbooks

Publisher: Southern Road Press

Release Date: 2nd edition released 7/14/13; Original release September 2009

Purchase link (Amazon):The Dinner Creations Cookbook: A Collection of Freezer-Friendly Recipes

Book Description:

The Dinner Creations Cookbook is a collection of more than 130 delicious freezer-friendly recipes.


Dinner Creations was a meal assembly business that operated in Friendswood, Texas from 2004 to 2008. With this cookbook, you can enjoy the Dinner Creations favorites in your own home. Among those favorites are:

  • King Ranch Chicken
  • and Dumplings
  • Jalapeno-Stuffed Chicken
  • Baked Salmon in Puff Pastry
  • Herb Crusted Flank Steak
  • Guiltless Brownies
  • ….and many more!

Each recipe includes freezer preparation instructions, and as an added bonus, printable freezer labels – complete with thawing and cooking instructions – are available at www.dinnercreationscookbook.com.

INTRODUCTION

Dinner Creations operated in Friendswood, Texas, from 2004 to 2008 and was one of the first meal assembly businesses in the Houston area.

Through the business of Dinner Creations, we gained a whole new family. We shared life stories, celebrated weddings, and rejoiced over the addition of new little ones to families. We watched people provide care and comfort to others through the gift of food and considered it a blessing to be a part of that caring. We made new friends, and we had a very good time doing the business of Dinner Creations.

This book is a collection of the recipes from Dinner Creations. Perhaps these recipes will enrich your family, and maybe even help you extend a bit of care to those around you.

From all of us who have been a part of Dinner Creations, thank you for letting us have a place around your dinner table.

—Diane Krause

Owner, Dinner Creations

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Yields 24 bars

3/4 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup sugar 1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp. baking soda 2 cups quick-cooking oats 3/4 cups chocolate chips, or other flavored chips 1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, or line with foil.

Cream softened butter with sugars. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix well. Stir together the flour and baking soda, then add to butter mixture. Stir in oats, chips and raisins. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan, then cut into bars.

FREEZER PREPARATION:Mix batter as directed and spread in pan; do not bake. Cover tightly, label and freeze.

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Review & Giveaway for Hope is my Wingman

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Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18054465-hope-is-my-wingman

Hope is my Wingman by Michael Antcliffe

Book Description

You don’t know Michael, but he’d like you to owe him 10 bucks.

Imagine you were told that your life was ending. Would you run off for a last hurrah, or spend every moment with your friends and family? 

One incredible man decided that the last 16 months of his life would be dedicated to appreciating loved ones, petting strange dogs and trying to raise a million dollars for cancer care. Along the way, he brought the dreaded C-word, Cancer, out into the open. Join Michael on his journey to make 5,000 Facebook friends, publish a book, meet a couple of Hollywood comedians, and let him show you what living is really about.

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“If cancer wants to take me it will have to come for me piece by stubborn piece.”  Michael Antcliffe

Hope is My Wingman is a collection of Michael Antcliffe’s Facebook postings and notes written during his battle with cancer, that dreaded “c”word that makes us all uncomfortable.  When I began this book, I expected it to be a memoir; instead, it is a series of chronologically arranged messages describing his physical and emotional journey to the end of his life.

Michael created a Facebook page to help raise awareness about and raise funds to fight this aggressive disease that discriminates against no one.  It takes a courageous person to reveal and share their innermost thoughts and feelings with not only friends, but strangers as well. I don’t know too many people, myself included, who would be willing to do this. He doesn’t hesitate to be open about his fears, anger, pain, and also the joys he finds during the last year of his life.  Also included are notes written by those whose lives Michael has touched.  I cannot help but be awed by this warrior who refused to give in to self-pity and bitterness and chose to fight until the end.

I think one of his major reasons for making his experience public is to take away our fears and discomfort about cancer.  I really hadn’t thought about it much before, but cancer is one of those topics that we don’t always know how to address and deal with.  I feel the need to mention that about an hour before I began to read this book, I learned that a member of my extended family has bone cancer. Immediately,  I wanted to reach out to him and his parents, but I found myself stalling, just staring at the telephone. I didn’t know what to say; “I’m sorry” just didn’t seem like enough. I also thought if I called, I might upset them by mentioning “cancer.”  However, by the time I finished Michael’s book, I knew what I needed to do to help his family.

Michael is open and honest in describing what it’s like to have cancer and how it’s so important that we open our minds and hearts and take the time to connect others.  I appreciated his frankness at the start of the book when he admits that before he got cancer, he was like many of us who don’t know what to say or do, yet by avoiding the situation, we miss the opportunity to share our love and support with those who need us despite our awkwardness. Michael’s story is a gift reminding me to embrace the present and try to live a life that I can look back upon without regret.

Hope is my Wingman is an inspiring read!

I received a copy of this book to review from Split Tree Publishing for an honest review.

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Michael Jack Antcliffe was born May 13th 1975 in the old McKellar Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The youngest of three children (siblings Christopher and Jennifer) in a working- class family, Michael spent his early years raised by his parents, Alan and Mary, in a country setting in the township of Scoble, a short distance southeast of the city of Thunder Bay. He enjoyed a childhood that inspired a love of nature and the outdoors. Michael moved back into the city in time to attend Sir Winston Churchill High School and continued his education at the University of Manitoba, where he stayed and worked as a Youth Care Worker at Jessie Home Inc., for five years following the completion of university. Missing his family, Michael returned to his home town and began earning his way doing home renovations and construction, eventually finding employment with a university friend at First Class Finishing. Always choosing to keep life simple and concentrating on time spent with friends and loved ones, Michael continued to follow this philosophy after being afflicted with malignant melanoma and forced onto disability.

During the last year and a half of his life, Michael explored fundraising avenues and sought to improve the lives of those stricken by cancer whose fight each day is simply to reach the next. He made the most of his time, choosing to spend it with family and friends. Michael’s siblings, Christopher and Jennifer still live in Thunder Bay, along with their parents.

Michael Jack Antcliffe passed away on August 18th 2012 at the age of 37. He will never be forgotten.

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Author Links

Michael’s website:  http://michaelantcliffe.com

HOPE is my Wingman on Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/HopeismyWingman

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Spotlight & Giveaway for How to Get Good Reviews on Amazon

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How to Get Good Reviews on Amazon by Theo Rogers

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How To Get Good Reviews On Amazon is a simple, no-nonsense guide that teaches exactly what it says it does. Based on both psychological science and thousands of hours of conversation with some of Amazon’s top reviewers, it takes you behind the scenes into the reviewing subculture that has grown up on Amazon’s website. It gives you a deep, insider’s knowledge of how the top reviewers think and operate. It not only shows you what to do: it takes you inside the reviewers’ heads so that you can see for yourself both how these techniques work and why they’re so effective.

Lessons include:

  • A simple, four-part formula for writing emails that get your work reviewed.
  • Three things never to say when communicating with reviewers!
  • How to pick reviewers who are more likely to give you a good review.
  • How to reduce the chance that a reviewer you contact will post a bad review – even if it turns out they don’t like your work!
  • How people get caught out when receiving reviews from friends and family.

This book teaches an honest, straightforward approach that works. It works because it’s not based gimmicks or tricks but on a real understanding of how Amazon reviewers operate: most of all on what they expect from authors and other sellers. If you want to know how to talk to Amazon reviewers in a way that will make them respect you as a professional and see you as the kind of seller they actually want to help, this is the book for you.  

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Sellers do quite often turn up on forums on Amazon, specifically asking for reviews. Unfortunately, a while ago Amazon changed its policies to expressly forbid this sort of behavior in all forums but one: the Meet Our Authors forum. The trouble with this is that the Meet Our Authors forum is very largely just a bunch of authors spamming each other. Very few seem to have any real interest in what the others are saying.

Despite Amazon’s rule against using its forums for self promotion, people still do it. And in practice the reception that authors and other sellers get when they post on any of the multitude of forums does vary. To some degree it depends on how the author or seller handles themselves.

The other thing you should always be extremely careful about is paying close attention to the codes of behavior considered appropriate among the forum regulars. Different forums have different levels of tolerance for authors or other sellers seeking reviews, or otherwise promoting themselves. For example, the Romance forum has a reputation as a place you should absolutely never leave this kind of post – unless you actually want to be ripped to shreds. Indeed, the Romance forum has developed a reputation as an extremely hostile place for authors in general. So it is important to do your homework on the specific forum you’re considering using.

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Author portrait - Theo. Copic markers from sketchTheo Rogers combines years of coalface experience on Amazon’s website with formal training and qualifications in a range of business and social science disciplines. He’s spent literally thousands of hours talking with Amazon reviewers, getting inside their heads, and learning what makes them tick. He’s spent almost as many hours observing the carnage that so often takes place on Amazon’s forums. In the process he’s developed a deep insider’s knowledge of the reviewing subculture that’s grown up on Amazon’s website.

He’s also seen a lot of authors and other would-be sellers make the same mistakes in their dealings with that subculture – over and over again.

As a result of his experiences, Theo has come to believe that yes, there is a simple formula that works: a way of dealing with reviewers that’s honest, powerful, and extremely effective at winning reviewers over, getting them on your side, and making them actually want to help you.

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Review of How to Write a Book Review

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How to Write a Book Review by Rebecca Graf

Book Description

Have you wondered what makes a good book review? Have you wondered what you might be missing in writing a book review? You can find out how to write a quality book review in these pages.

Length of book: 73 pages

Publication Date: February 27, 2013

Book Review

This is a fast and helpful read for anyone who writes book reviews. I read this in one sitting and couldn’t believe how fast I finished this brief, but concise book.

The concepts in the book are not meant to be absorbed at once but are for use as a reference when preparing to write a review. As I read, I highlighted and bookmarked pages I can go back and read more closely and consider the ideas Graf presents. The author provides great tips supported by detailed examples of what you should and shouldn’t do when writing a book review. I especially liked how the Graf demonstrates ways you can be honest to readers while providing constructive feedback to the authors.

There is one particularly helpful chapter that recommends reviewers create a template of the components you plan to discuss after reading the book. Graf even provides a simple, straightforward template to use as a model.

I really think this is a must read for anyone who shares a review of a book. Even if you don’t write book reviews but enjoy reading, this book can help you in identifying and following reviewers who write fair and balanced reviews.

Note: I purchased this book on Amazon without expecting to write a review; however, the book was so informative, I really wanted to share its merits with fellow book  bloggers and readers.

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About the Author

Rebecca Graf

Rebecca Graf was born in Russellville, Kentucky but grew up in Dothan, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Montevallo with an accounting degree. Given the chance to try her hand at writing, she began writing online articles leading to her first published book, A Gift for a Mouse. From there she ventured into romance, mystery, comedy and drama. The passion of writing was discovered. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children.

Rebecca is partner in a publishing company, Silver Tongue Press, at http://www.silvertonguepress.com.

She can help you edit your material as well as market your book at The News in Books – http://www.thenewsinbooks.com.

Check out her book tour company, Celestial Book Promotions, to get more attention for your book or to be a host. (Information from Amazon)

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Killing Kennedy

Guest Blogger: Review of Killing Kennedy

Killing Kennedy

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Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

Book Description

A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln.

More than a million readers have thrilled to Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln, the page-turning work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor; recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy–and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

In January 1961, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of Communism while he learns the hardships, solitude, and temptations of what it means to be president of the United States. Along the way he acquires a number of formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and Alan Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, powerful elements of organized crime have begun to talk about targeting the president and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

In the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down by an erratic young drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes the scene, only to be caught and shot dead while in police custody.

The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and deceit of Camelot, bringing history to life in ways that will profoundly move the reader. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.

Book Review

In Killing Kennedy, authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard cover one of the saddest events in United States history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The authors spend much of the book exploring the paths taken by President Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline, and Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald leading up to the day of the assassination. Only in the final chapters does O’Reilly and Dugard reexamine the events of November 22, 1963.

One of Killing Kennedy’s strengths is the authors’ ability to take the reader behind the doors of Camelot. Readers not only get to see how President Kennedy handled events such as the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Civil Rights movement, but also how he struggled to manage his cabinet and his friendships with Hollywood’s elite. O’Reilly and Duggard do an excellent job of providing a balanced description of John Kennedy. By the end of the book, readers see Kennedy as an extremely devoted father and astute politician who had numerous extramarital affairs and made some shady political alliances during his lifetime. It is important to note here that the authors do go into detail about Kennedy’s sexual affairs. This may not be suitable for younger readers, i.e. middle school and high school aged children.

Another strength of Killing Kennedy is the authors’ depiction of Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy as both the influential first lady and a guarded individual. Although Jackie Kennedy was adored by millions around the world, readers discover that she hated the spotlight. For example, before giving the famous White House tour, we learn that Jackie Kennedy smoked a pack of cigarettes to calm her nerves. Moreover, readers get to see Jackie Kennedy in the role of loving wife to John F. Kennedy. While the Kennedys did not have a perfect marriage, O’Reilly and Dugard show how Jackie Kennedy grew closer to her husband during his presidency.

In providing balance to the story of Kennedy’s assassination, the authors describe the transformation of Lee Harvey Oswald from a troubled United States soldier to assassin. Through interviews with former FBI agents closely involved with following Lee Harvey Oswald, readers discover more about the man responsible for killing John F. Kennedy. We learn that Oswald was involved in promoting the Communist Party and even attempted to talk with Fidel Castro and the Cuban government. However, O’Reilly and Dugard stop short of accusing anyone outside of Lee Harvey Oswald of killing President Kennedy, despite demonstrating evidence that many individuals disliked the President.

Overall, Killing Kennedy is an excellent read for anyone wanting to learn more about United States history and President John F. Kennedy. Killing Kennedy is perfect for individuals who dislike reading non-fiction because the authors tell the story in present tense. This allows readers to travel back to the early 1960s and relive the Kennedy presidency with each turn of the page. The foretelling references to Kennedy’s death (example “the man with three years left to live”) can be annoying to some readers, but once one gets into the story these references become less bothering. Another word of caution is that Killing Kennedy may not be the ideal book for serious readers of history (otherwise known as history buffs) With the exception of the FBI interviews regarding Oswald, O’Reilly and Dugard fail to provide any new information about the Kennedy assassination. However, I would still recommend Killing Kennedy to anyone looking for a quick, interesting historical read.

Pros: Great summary of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald’s lives. Balanced portrayal of Jackie Kennedy. Easy reading format that will allow fans of fiction enjoy a historical account.

Cons: No earth shattering discovery about Kennedy’s assassination and essentially a rehashing of known facts.

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Brent

Brent has a B.A. in History and Peace War and Defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has served as an educator for the last two years. His reading interests include nonfiction historical accounts, southern literature, and the occasional mystery novel.