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Life Without Fiction? … Tagged by a Blogger

I was tagged by Shannah at Book Reviews by Shannah. Thank you! What To Do: This is a “make you think” tag. List three to five things that would be different in your life without fictional books/characters. … I’m supposed to tag three other people afterwards, but I beg to break the cycle. Without fictional books/characters, well … I certainly wouldn’t be reviewing books, which is something I love. Connecting with other writers, authors and bloggers have been such an awesome experience that I gasp (horrifically) at the thought that it wouldn’t have been a part of my life. I’m presently putting finishing touches on my manuscript and soon to hand it over to my editor, Amber Stokes ( it’s about time!). And yes, you guessed right, it is a work of fiction. To think that I wouldn’t have been a writer … no, no!! I wouldn’t have watched those lovely movies adapted from books/characters of fiction. You all know what I’m talking about! My personal favorites include: Love Come Softly series, Man of Steel, …

Nominated For The Leibster Award~Yay!

I am so honored and humbled to be nominated for this award! My thanks to booklovers1.wordpress.com for believing that my blog and work are worth this kind of credit. There are a few rules to be followed upon accepting this award and they include: – Link back the blogger that tagged you. – Nominate ten others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you. – Ask ten questions for the bloggers you nominate. – Let your nominees know of their awards and tag backs. Without much further ado, here are the answers to the questions I was asked: 1. If you could pick a favorite author, who would it be and why? What specific book or series of theirs would you recommend? A – Francine Rivers. From the very first book of hers that I read, she impressed me. Her books are so spiritually deep and at the same time very entertaining. She has inspired me in more ways than I can express. She has many wonderful books, but I’ll easily recommend ‘Redeeming …

Functional Reasons Why A Writer Should Have A Smart Phone

We all agree that technology has made our lives a lot easier. But also, faster. Between giving the best of your day’s hours to your day job and running house errands, it seems almost impossible to give adequate time to your writing. Add social media and blogging to the mix and you definitely have your arms full. Everything these days has to be timely and on schedule and even that by itself is a chore. The fast moving world however, waits for no one. You have to get your speed up or be left behind. Juggling everything and making it work is not an option. It’s a must. You have to achieve your dream and live out your destiny despite the fact that you only have 24 hours a day and your daily activities can’t be trimmed any slimmer. It’s no secret that a smart phone helps in a lot of ways, but how is it functional for a writer? Here are my views: It allows you download every app important to you as a …

What Makes A Good Headline?

It’s no secret that headlines are a major factor in influencing positive traffic and blog success in the long run. What remains a secret to some writers/bloggers out there however, is what makes a good headline–one that is catchy and will attract positive traffic. Here are a few characters that I believe EVERY good headline must have: 1. It must be a satisfactory summary of your blog post. This is easy. Ask yourself, does my headline contain the full package of my post in a compressed manner? The easiest way to answer this question, is by asking yourself a second question and giving an honest answer: if you came across your proposed headline on your reader and you clicked on it, would the content of your post fully satisfy your expectation of what the headline promised? It’s a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. If your answer is ‘no’, then your headline needs some more attention. It is usually one of two problems: the headline is either underweight or overweight. Neither is healthy for your post or …

My Blog’s Sparkling Personality

Your blog is an extension of your mind, your personality—believe it or not. You cannot place on your blog what doesn’t exist inside you. Your blog is a creation spun from your creativity, an ability of the mind. I’ve come to discover that the best and most successful of blogs are those in which the bloggers know how to channel what they want to offer their readers, and wrap it into a beautiful gift and offer it to them and the rest of the world. Think about it. The blogs you love to visit most, and the posts you love to read are those that pull you in, teach you, entertain you, warm your heart—offer you a gift. Every time you walk away from such a blog or post, you take away something refreshing with you that puts a smile on your face, or a new idea in your heart. There’s only one reason this would happen—the writer did a good job of wrapping something wonderful and presenting it to you as a gift. I’ve …

Book Review: The Dead-simple Guide 3-Pack Series (Part 2) by Nick Thacker

About the Book Launch an award-winning blog, now! These guides are short, sweet, and to the point, and will help you with three main facets of blogging and blog-growth in the early stages of your blog’s development. Get all three guides in one place now for a great introductory price! The three guides you’ll receive are: 1. The Dead-Simple Guide to Amazing Headlines 2. The Dead-Simple Guide to Pillar Content 3. The Dead-Simple Guide to Guest Posts Category Non-fiction Genre Self-help/Blogging Rating 4 Stars Review The Dead-simple Guide To Guest Posts “The real secret of overnight success is that it takes a lot of time, energy, effort and sometimes, money.” —An excerpt. Nick opens with the story of his early days as a blogger and presents in a snap the true scenario of the online environment at the time. He describes his initial expectations and why he failed, and then takes us through his learning process. With this, he aims to make clear that successful blogging, though may be “fast-paced, amazing, and is not easy,”  requires …

Book Review: The Dead-simple Guide 3-Pack Series (Part 1) by Nick Thacker

About the Book Launch an award-winning blog, now! These guides are short, sweet, and to the point, and will help you with three main facets of blogging and blog-growth in the early stages of your blog’s development. Get all three guides in one place now for a great introductory price! The three guides you’ll receive are: 1. The Dead-Simple Guide to Amazing Headlines 2. The Dead-Simple Guide to Pillar Content 3. The Dead-Simple Guide to Guest Posts Category Non-fiction Genre Self-help/Blogging Rating 4 Stars Review “Emotion is the basis of great writing, and it’s certainly the foundation of great headlines.” —An Excerpt.   In this guide for writing amazing headlines, Nick Thacker makes clear the fact that emotion is key to the success of headlines of any sort, and then tells us why. He shows us how the human Need To Know factor kicks in after the initial emotional response from a catchy headline. This is a guide that takes you through a summary of the headlines that have made tremendous success in history. It tells why …