Monday, August 26, 2013

New social network launching... (bigger than Facebook!)

I've been working behind the scenes on a new social network that's about to launch.
It's already growing at the speed of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
You have to see the concept to understand why. But once you get it, you'll see this could change your life forever.
Check it out here… http://www.startmyripple.com/blitzlink/4894de07f1ec474443ba215547713b02
Watch the video and then create your account. I can't tell you too much more until you're inside, so create your free account now then let me know and I can explain how it all works!
Thanks,
Linda Barnett-Johnson
P.S. Almost 1,300,000 people have already joined, and it hasn't even gone live yet! Come see what all of the buzz is about:
http://www.startmyripple.com/blitzlink/4894de07f1ec474443ba215547713b02
 




Interview with Charline Ratcliff

Charline, you lead a very interesting work life. I visited your website and blog and got to know you better. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself? Where can they find more about your services?

Thanks Linda. While I never intended to become a published author, artist, et cetera, I am happy to be doing something I find fulfilling. I guess the old adage rings true: do what you love and it won't seem like work. Of course, due to my unusual childhood I didn't really know what I wanted to be when I grew up. However, I did know I wanted to do something that would make a difference in the world.

Starting in my late twenties, the one constant in my life were some very sporadic, very unusual and extremely lifelike dreams. While I was often advised to write them down, I didn't. Not until I dreamed about Ancient Egypt and Queen Nefertiti. Because of that dream, "The Curse of Nefertiti" came to fruition, and I've been writing (almost non-stop) ever since.

But, I don't just write adult fiction. I also write children's books. I'm a professional book reviewer. I occasionally ghost write stories/articles, and I've also started interviewing for both my website/blog as well as for Tour de Blogg.

With regards to finding out more about my services, (reviews, interviewing, publishing, et cetera), it's probably easiest to email me at: Charline@CharlineRatcliff.com or visit my website: www.CharlineRatcliff.com     

2. You're a writer, photographer and publicist. Is there anything I've left out? What do you like doing the most?

*chuckle* In the creative world there isn't a lot that I don't do, but, I have had to pare it down because let's face it – there's only so much time in a day. The main things I can be found working on are: writing projects, photography, working with glass for jewelry/small projects, and soy candle making.

The above four are all my favorites although, working with the sea glass I find, or fusing/slumping plain/colored glass into a beautiful creation is right up at the top.

3. Do you have any new projects you're working on?

I'm wrapping up another historical fiction novel that is set in Pompeii prior to the destruction of the town by Mount Vesuvius. I'm also working on a third storybook in "The Princess, The Toad & The Whale" series.

Non-writing related (sort of) I'm finishing with the setup of my own publishing company.

4. I like what you stand for on the home page of your website. It's a lot like what I feel, too. One of the things we care about together is helping others. What do you do for others? How do you reach out?

Those are "big" questions to answer in a "little" amount of space as there are many ways to help people.
To sum up:

·         I strive to bring entertainment and joy to my readers so that they can enjoy some stress free moments.
·         I hope to help children learn to read, or share bonding experiences with their parents/family through my storybooks.
·         I also provide easy to understand messages in these storybooks. For example, friends come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and, new situations don't have to be scary if you just give them time.
·         I always attempt to help other writers – I am aware of the need out there for reviewers, reasonably priced publishing options, et cetera.
·         When able, I also coach authors who are struggling to finish their writing projects.
·         Lastly, I have my own personal story of overcoming major adversities to share.

5. Thank you for this interview. Any final thoughts for our readers?

Thank you for having me, Linda.

My final comment would be to: Always remember to believe in yourself. With belief, anything and everything, is possible.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

THE CEO MANUAL 4 KIDS by James Scott


 

Give your kids the encouragement and training they need to rise to their full potential! Give them this book...
     The CEO Manual 4 Kids!
Start now - help your kid succeed in a changing world!
New Renaissance Corporation Publishing and #1 Bestselling Author James Scott offer you the definitive guide for instilling and nurturing strategic executive leadership qualities in your child's daily life. We are shaping tomorrow's leaders, today!
Powerful, dynamic CEOs aren't born that way; they are carefully nurtured and sculpted. Even the Jack Welches and Bill Gates of the world were once just motivated kids looking for the tools they needed to fulfill their dreams and turn their ideas into reality. Too often, adults dismiss the natural skills and "out-of-the-box" business ideas of youth , simply because of the entrepreneur's age. America needs to stop and take note of these up-and-coming business titans and give them the encouragement and training they need to rise to their full potential.
If you're a kid with a big dream, we think you'll find the information here exciting and helpful to starting you on the path to fulfilling your dream and turning your idea into a concrete, money-making entity. We talk about basic issues like:
  • types of capital, 
  • how to write an effective press release and 
  • the types of stock
as well as more complex topics like 
  • how to take your company public, 
  • leadership skills 
  • basic crisis management.
Realizing your dream of starting your own company has never been more attainable.Organizations like the U.S. Small Business Administration have put together programs to encourage young, motivated business men and women and to help them receive the funding they need to take that next step.
We understand that starting out in the business world can be scary as well as exciting. We want you to give you some of the tools you'll need so you can take those wonderful ideas of yours and soar with them. Who knows? You might just have that germ of an idea that will become the next Facebook or Apple Computer.
Available in paperback, kindle or audiobook version, The CEO Manual 4 Kids'  will help us cultivate tomorrow's entrepreneurial leaders... today!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Want to know how to be happy? Pay Attention, Say Thank You...


 



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PAT'S COLLECTIBLES by PATRICIA CRANDALL


 If you don't have time for a long novel, why not buy a book of short stories? It's filled with fun characters that love a mystery.

In the short stories, The Crazy Jug, The Pink Victorian Lady, Frogs, Gnomes, Hikers and Bottle Miners, The Conjurer, and The Rescue, Gert Carver and Nina Westacott meet an eclectic variety of characters as they trade-off collectibles and old bottles at flea markets and solve gentle mysteries involving neighbors, relatives, past students, farmers and hicks in and around the upstate New York community of Indian Falls. Gert and Nina are likeable protagonists, and Patricia Crandall has revealed a life unknown to most city dwellers. http://tinyurl.com/ma4q74n


Here's what one reviewer had to say:  

The following is a quote from a past review in the New York Times Sunday Review of books: "In the wake of 9/11 (and the terror attacks that have followed; e.g. Aurora, Boston and others too numerous to mention), Americans seem to crave the reassurance of straightforward tales about good people trying to live good lives, who believe in love and friendship, work and honor and charity, the prosaic but immense forces that dignify most of our lives." Beachfront Press publisher, Peter David Orr, says, "Author, Patricia Crandall, has whipped up some real, down-home cooking, brimming with friendship, and served with three sides of simple adventure." Join additional down-to-earth folk in their pursuits for justice and happiness: Clive Mason in The Willowbrook Inn, Julie Keel in The Wedding Reception, Federal Agent Tony Barlow in The Bogus Man, Lew Golden in Not Suitable Viewing for Children, Hattie Perkins, a.k.a. Tia Gale in Love Interlude and, Maya Bull in A Catty Arrangement. All things considered, you are guaranteed a good read. http://tinyurl.com/ma4q74n


THE DIVORCE RANCH by CATHERINE MACDONALD


 
It's June of 1936. The Biggest Little City in the World finds itself in the middle of the divorce craze. While the country struggles with the Depression, wealthy people head to Reno for the cure. War is coming and the world is changing. Women are discovering their voices as they fling their wedding rings from the bridge into the Truckee River. Join Maggie, Dorothy and Claire as they arrive on the Washoe Ranch to rid themselves of their stale marriages, only to learn that they had created lives for themselves that they never dreamed possible. http://tinyurl.com/laegb44


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH COREY CIRCELLO


1.  Your book, Change Myself, is a book of poetry. Please tell us a bit about it? Can you share one of your poems?

The book is a great example of all different types of poems from symbolism to the straight forward, from love to hate, and from murder to marriage. Some of the poems focus on issues in today's society. Also, my favorite poem in the whole book is about my favorite poet of all time, Edgar Allen Poe. The book can make you laugh, cry, laugh again, and then make you want to stab the guy who did the girl wrong. I think that's what people like the most about my book. It focuses on the reader's emotions, not my own. The reader feels drawn in, because they can feel the same emotions that I feel when I wrote the poems.
It And He
 
It hurtled itself at him.
It hated the sight of him
Looking at her up and down.
Its chilly crimson eyes
Burn into him in
The middle of the night.
It wanted to claw
His acne scarred face.
It wanted to claw his
Black heart out.
It wanted to skin him
Alive.
It wanted to kill him.
It was me
And he was you
Before I killed you
With my bare hands.
 
2.  Do you have any other books or projects you're working on?

I am actually working on my first full length novel at the moment. It is a murder mystery based in Dandridge, Tennessee. I am also finished with the manuscript as I type this right now. All I lack is typing it up and then making the cover of the book.
The novel is going to be titled "A Backwoods Murder" and it follows the lives of two detectives as they solve the murder of John Jackson. They face multiple road blocks along the way, but they overcome them to find justice in the world. Then, their world comes crumbling down after they realize they put the wrong person behind bars.

3. Your poems are full of passion. At such a young age, how do you come to write such deep feelings poems?

I believe that some of the emotions come from personal experiences. Me and my father have not had the greatest relationship in the world. We have just now started talking again after years of not saying a word to each other. I think the pain of not having a father-figure around in my life put a lot of passion into me. I believe that also I have passion for writing and I believe that the reader feels that passion. I don't think a writer can write well without having a passion for the field.

4.  Who inspires your writing?

There are a couple of people who influence my writing. Number one is Reba McEntire's songs. I can relate to almost all of her songs and they are so full of depth and emotions and I try to replicate that in my song-like poems that you can find in my book. Number two is Nancy Grace. She is a huge role model to me. I love her murder mystery books and her television shows. Number three is Fannie Flag. Her humor is something that I love, as well. I wish I could write like her! Last and not least, Edgar Allan Poe and Sylvia Plath influence my poetry writing. Edgar was so dark and depressing, but he had a message to share. Plath (even though she stuck her head in the oven to kill herself) was full of wisdom and hidden meanings. I just wish I was half as wise as all of these great writers and singers.

5. What are you doing to improve your writing?

To improve my writing, I write every day. It doesn't have to be a lot. A sentence, a paragraph, or just a poem is enough to enhance my skills. Being in college also helps my skills, because I am writing essays all the time. The next thing I do is that I read all the time. I love seeing other writing styles other than mine. I see what they can do and I want to achieve that. I love to learn and that helps with my writing, as well.

6. What have you learned since publishing your book?

I've learned that writing the book is the easiest part of being an author. The marketing yourself and having a branding is the hardest. I took me over sixth months to come up with my branding. I now sign all of my books, "Peace and Love, Corey Circello." That's my branding. Marketing is different. There are so many ways to market yourself through radio, blogs, interviews, social media, television, and word of mouth, but people have to be willing to pick up your book before they will talk about your book. It's harder to get people to buy your book than it is to actually write it. Well, unless you are Stephen King, J.K. Rolling, or James Patterson. Then, people line up to read your books.

7. What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

Number one must have for an author is, of course, pens. I write everything on paper first. Then, I transfer it to my computer. I always keep my handwritten copy, just in case anything goes wrong with my computer. Also, writers need to have a good computer. Lastly, they need to have a website. That's how your fans will connect with you the easiest.

8. Is there a message in your poetry that you want your readers to grasp?

My message in my book Change Myself is that we need to change ourselves for the better. There is always something that we can change for the better. Whether it be from eating healthier to going to church more, there is always something we can change.

9. What would you like our readers to know about you?

I want my readers to know that dreams are possible to achieve. I never thought I would ever be a published author, but look at me; I am nineteen and have three books in publication with my fourth book on the way. Also, I want them to know that my fans made me who I am today. This sounds cheesy, but it is true. An author cannot sell his or her books without having fans who want to but our books.

10. How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered for making a change. I have recently stepped into the speaking world through the eWomensSpeakerNetwork. I want my books, poems, and speeches to leave an impact on someone. That's what I want to be remembered for. I don't care if people remember my books, if I am famous, or if I am even an author after today. I just want to make an impact.

Website: http://circelloc.wix.com/author 
Facebook Like Page: www.facebook.com/CoreyCircello 
Twitter page: www.twitter.com/OfficialCWC94
My eWomenNetwork Profile: http://www.ewomennetwork.com/profile/view.php?profileId=32578
 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

MIRROR DEEP BY JOSS LANDRY

Danger and romance roll like thunder through horse whisperer Kat Bonner's world, when a known felon comes to the ranch to drop a bomb about her past. Kat turns to Pierce for help; the same Pierce who bucks her every chance he gets, and whose feverish investigation lands them in trouble with the law and directly in the path of a serial killer. Mystery deepens, fraught with wrong turns, bumbling detectives, old murders, and Kat's doppelganger no one sees but her, just as she never sees the change in Pierce's feelings toward her, brewing, mounting, until she can no longer deny them. : http://tinyurl.com/lmsffv4