Blue and purple hydrangeas

Celebrate #Blue with Flowers

These blue hydrangeas have inspired me to share their loveliness for not only two photo challenges today, but to introduce a daily journal challenge for the month of July. Journaling in July Journaling has been a challenge for me most of my adult life. I did keep a journal when I was between 18-20 years …

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Over 50 & Thriving Series Three ways to thrive when your leisure time expands

Three Ways to Thrive When Your #Leisure Time Expands: A Guest Post

Join me today as I share my thoughts on ways to thrive when your leisure time expands. I discuss these concepts on Sue’s lovely blog as part of her Over 50 & Thriving Guest Series. Thriving at midlife is a concept our parents and grandparents probably didn’t think about. Baby Boomers today have so many …

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Free Book and Photos

Free Book and Free Photos

To celebrate the holidays this year, my book, Better Blogging with Photography is FREE beginning today through Dec. 25th. If you are new to my blog and interested in learning more about using images wisely on your blog or website, then download it today! For more information, please click here. I was extremely pleased to …

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Leisure’s Role in #Breast #Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am sharing an older post from two years ago. Unless you live under a rock, you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Do you know someone: a friend, colleague or family member who has been diagnosed with breast cancer? I do. Way too many. Do …

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#BookRelease – Plateau: Beyond the Trees

Fellow blogger and self-published author, Tina Frisco, has re-released her popular book, Plateau: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012.

To celebrate the re-edit, Tina is offering the book FREE, today through July 19th. This is on my TBR and I am looking forward to reading and reviewing in the near future!

TINA FRISCO

I am pleased to announce the release of the 2nd edition of my first novel, PLATEAU.

Plateau: Beyond the Trees by Tina FriscoAvailable in both eBook and paper.

They will show in the Amazon store within 3-5 business days but are available now through the Kindle and CreateSpace stores. The old version is still showing on Amazon but will be removed.

To celebrate, the eBook will be free to download from the 15th through the 19th.
Download it HERE.

I’m so grateful to have this task behind me! It took quite a bit longer than I expected, largely due to how poorly I wrote five years ago compared with now. I decided to give the book a quick overhaul, forgetting it was not a vehicle that merely needed an oil change. And once I started, there was no turning back. I did all the formatting, which can be a nightmare. But I learned…

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FREE this Weekend! Better Blogging with Photography by Terri Webster Schrandt | The Beauty of Words

In honor of my one year anniversary of the launch of my eBook Better Blogging with Photography, you can pick it up FREE, from July 8-10, in the Amazon Kindle store! As a blogger, are you weary of constantly hunting for images to illustrate the subject of your blog posts? Perhaps you are a new blogger struggling …

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Sentence A Day June in REview

A Sentence A Day: June in Review

  Last month I learned about a fun blogging and writing challenge called A Sentence a Day. I took this challenge for the month of June wondering what would be so interesting in my life that I could journal my daily thoughts into a post. Although I do not work in the summers, I have …

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five star reviews from Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air your Reviews – Allison D. Reid and Nicholas C. Rossis

Many thanks to Sally Cronin for re-blogging my recent post of my review of Journey to Aviad! Take a look!

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Welcome to the first review post of the week and I am starting things off with a review for  Journey to Aviad ( Wind Chronicles Book 1) by Allison D. Reid by Terri Webster Schrandt on her blog last week.

About the book

Threatening clouds and fierce storms besiege the city of Tyroc. More frequent and powerful than ordinary storms, young Elowyn, a weaver’s daughter living in the outskirts of the city, senses something disturbing and unnatural about them. She soon realizes that the storms are but a warning sign of much more frightening things yet to come. Terrifying wolf-like creatures emerge from the depths of the wilderness at the bidding of a dark master.

His name found only among the crumbling pages of ancient texts, the re-appearance of Alazoth and his Hounds is a dark omen for the people of Tyroc and beyond. Only legends remain of the heroes…

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Book Review Journey to Aviad by Allison D. Reid

My Book Review of Journey To Aviad

I am pleased to share my review of Journey to Aviad, Book 1 of the Wind Rider Chronicles, by fellow blogger and author, Allison D. Reid. About the Author Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history. Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements …

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How can we encourage more readers to leave reviews for our books?

Let me ask you a question…are a you a reader, a writer, an author, a blogger? All of the above? Then this post is for you!

As a prolific author, Sally Cronin recently shared some wonderful advice for encouraging readers of our books to leave honest reviews using Amazon and GoodReads.

Like Sally, I am surprised that many readers feel intimidated to leave an honest review for a book they’ve read. It is not always easy to leave a review but if readers feel strongly about a book and can take just a few moments, that review is gold for the author. Feedback is everything to an author.

I have made the commitment to review at least one book a month and share that review on my blog. For myself, I have discovered more books by reading other bloggers’ book reviews.

Sally plans to add a page at the end of her books encouraging folks to leave reviews. If you are in the process of writing a book now, do consider this option.

Here is an action item by Sally that any author can do NOW!

“In the meantime I am going to add a note to my author’s page on Amazon requesting reviews for my current books and adding a link to this post.. Who knows!”

As writers, let’s continue to support and share our fellow writers’ works.

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I am very keen to make reviews a prominent feature of the book promotions and encourage readers to review the books that they buy and enjoy, or not as the case may be.

Word of mouth is still the most powerful marketing tool that anyone who is selling a product benefits from. Authors are no different, and our books tend to be judged by the number and quality that they have received.

Part of the problem is that those who are not writers of books or blogs are uncomfortable in offering reviews and feel that what they have to say is not important. Many who do review a book, leave just one line after their star rating, simply saying that the reader enjoyed or disliked a book, but they do not elaborate.

That is obviously very welcome. But whilst a potential reader does not want to read three pages filled…

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Book Review The Rock of Magus by Toni Pike

Book Review of Toni Pike’s The Rock of Magus

I am pleased to share my review of Toni Pike’s book, The Rock of Magus: Code Red in the Vatican, the second in the Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller series. About the Author: Toni Pike is the author of The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: “The Magus Covenant,” “The Rock of Magus,” and “The Magus Epiphany.” …

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Annabelle Franklin, Terri Webster Schrandt and William Savage

My eBook seems to be making the rounds thanks to authors and fellow bloggers Sally Cronin and Tina Frisco! The amazing support from other bloggers as we review and share each others’ works is unparalleled and a blessing! Please visit their blogs and see what other great books are waiting for you!

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Welcome to the first of the week’s author updates for writers in the Cafe and Bookstore. If you have a new release, offer on your books or a great review you would like to share please let me know in the comments.

First author in the spotlight today is Annabelle Franklin who has received a wonderful review on Goodreads for her children’s book Gateway to Magic.

About the book

Steven Topcliff loves gaming but doesn’t believe in fairies or magic – until tricky cousin Tracy drags him away from his game console and gets him to press a red button on a mysterious stone they find in the local park. The stone turns out to be a one-way gateway to Fairyland, where nature rules supreme and technology is banned by law.
Lost without his video games, Steven struggles to survive in this scary new world. The inhabitants are dangerous…

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Better Blogging With Photography

#Book Review – #Better Blogging with Photography by Terri Webster Schrandt

I am very humbled and happy to share Author Tina Frisco’s post of her book review of my eBook, Better Blogging with Photography.

I love the fact that other bloggers share and promote each others’ works by buying, reading, reviewing and sharing. Without “blogging” I would never have considered writing and self-publishing my own book. Watch for my book reviews later this week.

TINA FRISCO

Terri Webster SchrandtAlthough I don’t own a smart phone or digital camera (yet!), I’m very interested in photography for many reasons, not the least of which is to generate my own photos for use on my blog. I’m so impressed by Terri Webster Schrandt‘s book, Better Blogging with Photography, that a digital camera has just moved to the top of my Absolutely Have to Purchase bucket list! Read on and learn why… 

Purchase Better Blogging with Photography  HERE 

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My 5-Star Review  

Better Blogging with Photography by Terri Webster Schrandt

A Gem of a Little Guidebook 

If you’re considering using photos on your blog to generate readership/sales, or simply to make your website more attractive and appealing, reading this book will ignite your enthusiasm and give you the tools needed to begin. 

Terri Webster Schrandt has condensed her knowledge of photography and blogging into a terrific little resource guide.Better Blogging with Photography

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Kaye shares valuable advice for navigating airport security, planning for purchases and dealing with germs.

My Book Review of Have Bags, Will Travel

I am pleased to share my review of Have Bags, Will Travel, written by fellow blogger and author, D.G. Kaye. About the Author Canadian D.G. Kaye is a non-fiction writer of memoirs about life experiences, matters of the heart and women's issues. She is the author of five books to date: Conflicted Hearts, Meno-What? A …

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Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy book review

My Book Review of The Heart Stone Chronicles: Part 1, The Swamp Fairy

It is with great pleasure I share this review of The Heart Stone Chronicles: Part 1, The Swamp Fairy, by Author Colleen M. Chesebro. But first, let us go back over two years ago, when I first met Colleen in Fall 2014. Her blog was then called “Silver Threading.” She introduced readers to The Swamp …

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