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Monday, January 7, 2019

"The Mindset Accountability Journal" by Allie Hudson


REVIEW and EXCERPT
The Mindset Accountability Journal:
40 Days to a New You
by Allie Hudson

The Mindset Accountability Journal: 40 Days to a New You  by Allie Hudson

The Mindset Accountability Journal: 40 Days to a New You by Allie Hudson is currently on tour with Reading Addiction Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review and an excerpt. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Are you stuck in a life you want to be different, but have no idea where to start?
The Mindset Accountability Journal will jump-start you to a life you can enjoy living every day. By establishing incremental daily habits, you will embark on a path to gratitude, self-growth, and fulfillment. This journal will help you:
- Discover who you were meant to be
- Shift your focus to what is good and wonderful in your life
- Create an attitude of mindset growth
You will never regret taking charge of your life and living with gratitude. The journey is rewarding and challenging. It takes only 30 minutes each day to make progress with your future, one day at a time.
A portion of the book's proceeds will support BridgeHope, whose efforts enable survivors of exploitation and trafficking to THRIVE!


Excerpt
Tips for Journaling
Write EVERY DAY, even if it is just a small response or a quick idea. Go back and refine ideas that you want to expand on later.
Write in the morning before your mind is filled with the daily distractions.
Write slowly at a speed that gives you time to think as you write.
Choose a writing utensil that is easy to write with and that you like to use.
Look back and read some of your previous entries and continue or refine some of your writings.
Use the things you learn about yourself from your journal to change your daily life.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“… this is a good-looking journal, written by a writer who cares about the happiness and well-being of her readers. The beauty of this book is the genuine enthusiasm and positive attitude emanating from the author. Her signature of caring, her profound belief in the potential of her readers, and the sense of dignity in her writing will certainly lead readers to personal success if they follow this attractive and well-laid- out journal for forty days.” ~ Surfs Up Writers’ Bookshelves

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
The Mindset Accountability Journal is described as “a 40-day journey to becoming your truest self by achieving a Mindset of Gratitude”. You will be asked to commit to spending 30 minutes “every day for the next 40 days focusing on and developing your inner person” and, further, to “use the things you learn about yourself from your journal to change your daily life.”
This journal has a gorgeous cover, which is reason enough to buy it! Each day there is space to write down five things that you are grateful for, followed by daily encouragement, a reminder to read for thirty minutes, space to write one takeaway from your reading, an inspirational quote by a famous person, and space to write an action for mindset change. In addition, the author provides a little extra encouragement every 10 days and finishes with a list of suggested resources for your daily mindset and accountability reading.
There are a few minor editing errors, which are not really acceptable given the small amount of writing therein. The most glaring error is that, in the introduction, the author asks us to read for 15 minutes each day, while the journal itself asks us to read for at least 30 minutes each day.
Nevertheless, today is a great day to start the rest of your life. So, what are you waiting for?

About the Author
Allie Hudson
Allie Hudson grew up in LaGrange, Ohio, and attended Moody Bible Institute, studying education. In 1991, she married Larry Sellers, who passed away of a heart attack in May 2009. In 2010, she married Michael Hudson who passed away of cancer just three years later. In January 2012, Allie lost her corporate job of 20 years because of downsizing in the newspaper business. Throughout this five-year period of three major losses, the only way she survived was to focus on God and trust that He had a plan for her life. After struggling to maintain a daily consistent practice of growth and gratitude, she began a 40-day challenge to practice gratitude and personal growth. That journey taught her the need to help other people develop a daily practice of thankfulness and inspired her to share The Mindset Accountability Journal with the world.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

"You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine" by Kimberly Love

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine
by Kimberly Love

You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine by Kimberly Love

You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine by Kimberly Love is currently on tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The tour stops here today for my review, a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
What makes this book awesome?
There's an evil queen, a demented father, some amateur boxing and a trailer park story. Even a silver fox makes an appearance. Why wouldn't that entice you?
If you are looking for something different from the rest of the books out there, something that might make you question your sanity then you will love this book.
Seriously! The comedic and sassy perspective will make you see things differently, and you may even find yourself laughing out loud. It's a good story and one that I truly believe needs to be told. Period.
It’s dark, raw and takes you to a door that keeps all my innermost secrets. I hope that the book makes you laugh, makes you cry, and inspires you to be the best version of yourself.


Excerpt
You see, my father was evil—seriously evil. During his relationship with my mother, he brutalized her and some of my siblings in ways that she won’t speak about to this day. He was often filled with rage and that rage showed in his physical violence. His brutality was never just saved for my mother. He once punched out my five-year-old step-brother; literally punched him in the face. I couldn’t even imagine what that would be like for a small child. Miss B hated him so much that her hatred poured into me from the time that I was just a toddler. She couldn’t stomach the sight of me for the simple reason that I was a part of him.
These aren’t my memories and most of which I know is fragmented, as no one wanted to talk about the man. What I know of him was learned in piecemeal over the years.
He was the kind of man who would rather see you dead than see you leave. I’ve seen several men like that while watching Law & Order. It’s shocking to know that things like that actually happened in my own family. My mom is such a great woman that the thought of her being hurt is a little hard to take at times. When my mother finally decided to get us all away from him, she had to wait until he went to work. Then, she packed up our things and left home. There was no warning; no threats of leaving him. She knew what he was like and she knew it was best to slip out without telling him.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
"I thought the book was very inspiring and I found that I could really relate to her stories. I would recommend it to anyone." ~ Brandi Martel


My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
The author's story is written in 14 chapters or vignettes, in which she makes no apologies for who she is. She just wants to show us that the things that have happened to her in her life have made her the person she is. Above all, she wants to make us laugh. And that she does. She tackles such varied subjects as her humble beginnings growing up unsupervised in a trailer park, cruelty at the hands of a family member, her uncanny resemblance to the evil father she never met, how she became known as a cat thief, a rape near-miss, her first boyfriend and how he affected all of her future relationships, life in a small town, post-partum depression, parenting, the advantages of male over female friends, undergoing therapy, online dating, kickboxing, divorce, getting her pilot's license, friendships.
While the author has a great voice, the book is in need of an edit, with some awkwardly phrased sentences and incorrect word usage. She remains brutally honest throughout and, while her story is at times heartbreaking, she maintains a sense of humor. Even though she suffered terrible hardships as a child, her resilience is testimony to her strength. She became a writer, a pilot, a kickboxer, and a mother. Her account is even more remarkable given the fact that she describes herself as shy and says it's hard for her to open up. Underlying themes includes having confidence in your abilities and believing in yourself at times.
My favorite: "Look ... I Didn't Steal the Cat".
Heartbreaking, humorous, by always inspirational.
Warnings: coarse language, sexual references.


Guest Post by the Author
Why I Wrote this Book
When I first started writing You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine, I wasn’t even really sure where it was going. It took me years to put it together because I kept stopping, stalling mostly because the idea of baring my soul for all to see terrified me. Who wouldn’t be terrified, right? Talking about things that happen to us in life is not easy for anyone. So, I would start and then stop, let it sit for a few months and, honestly, there were times when I was just going to let it go. But something always drew me back in. There was a story there inside of me and the damn thing was determined to get out.
One of my lost loves once told me that I was "raw and real". He couldn’t have described me better. At times, I walk around like a vault, like nothing can stop me, while other times I walk around like an open wound. I love deeply, which means that there is a big chance that I’m going to get hurt badly.
So, the big question is, why this book, why now?
It’s simple. I have a story to tell. I’ve experienced a lot in my life and although I’m still relatively young, these experiences have helped define who I am today. I want to share my experiences now with others in the hopes that maybe someone will read my words and it will help them to feel less alone or even help brighten their day. People talk about their experiences for one reason because sometimes it feels damn good to get them out. It’s kind of like a verbal exorcism.
Although there are moments of tragedy and pain in my story, there are also some pretty good laughs. Mainly because I’m super weird and awesome, all rolled into one. So, my stories are definitely out there at times but trust me, if you crack open this book, you won’t regret it.


About the Author
Kimberly Love
Kimberly Love spends her days writing, trying not to get sucked in by her Facebook notifications or get into the whiskey decanter (just kidding ... kinda).
She's obsessed with dinosaur movies and is completely enamored with the life of a vampire, as immortality would sure help her achieve her bucket list.
In her spare time, Kimberly kick-boxes and flies a Cessna 172, depending on whether she seeks out freedom or wants to kick someone’s ass.
Kimberly finds, more often than not, that she's in some pretty crazy and humorous situations. So come along for the ride! If her experiences give you a chuckle or help you get through your day, then she has accomplished what she's sought.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or B&N gift card.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Concrete Walls and Steel Bars" by P. D. White

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Concrete Walls and Steel Bars:
The New Willie Lynch
by P. D. White

Concrete Walls and Steel Bars: The New Willie Lynch by P. D. White

Concrete Walls And Steel Bars: The New Willie Lynch is a poetry and self-help book by Mr. P. D. White. The author stops by today to share an excerpt from the book. You can also enter our exclusive giveaway for a chance to win one of two paperback copies.

Description
Concrete Walls And Steel Bars: The New Willie Lynch is the key to unlocking the chains that many mentally imprison many African Americans.
In 1712, a man named Willie Lynch gave a speech to slave owners telling them, "If you follow my instructions, you will have the negro under your control for the next 300 years." This mindset, infused in the philosophy he taught to slave owners - which was to beat, burn and scar slaves - has now influenced the trauma and mental illnesses affecting generations of African Americans today. Today we see many of his teachings in our African Americans on a day to day basis. Now not knowing why we feel this way, or react the way we do towards one another. Concrete Walls and Steel Bars: The New Willie Lynch is the key to unlocking the chains and release your mental and emotional freedoms that you desire.

Excerpt
This is what “Willie Lynch” has done to our communities: “brainwashed” them at the highest degree possible. But a large percentage of our own “folks” are also guilty of doing this to ourselves. As I sit back and listen to what our music has become today, I am convinced that society has become the music and the music has become our society. Music is the new messenger. Music is the new leader. Music is not only influential but it can be held responsible for a majority of the ignorance we see our communities drowned in today. You want to hear something funny? I, too, am a rap artist; “gangsta rap” at that. So I take full responsibility for the role I’ve played in destroying my own community and the minds of so many innocent youths. That’s why I’ve taken a stand to change the content of my music. The material that’s being put out today can be considered somewhat poisonous, with the exception of a few exceptional artists.
For example, take the sister, Nikki Minaj. And just to let you know Nikki, there’s no disrespect intended. But she has a large movement, a lot of followers and the majority of them are young enough to be first and second graders. Now when Nikki promotes a song about big butts and shaking your ass for dollars, we all know it’ll more than likely climb up the charts and come with an explicit video. But who do you think is sitting in front of the TV screen, mimicking word-for-word and doing all the moves as if they are on the Twister game board? Exactly. Our young girls; our daughters. And don’t get me wrong―shout out to Nikki for the real positive, motivational material that she does put out―but some of these kids aren’t fully developed mentally to the point where they can separate reality from entertainment. They hear “Barbie” and automatically register the term with the doll in their bedroom. We can’t possibly be that naïve and teach our young sisters to “suck dick, get ass shots, get plastic surgery,” or “get that nigga for all he got,” and not think they are going to just ignore it as entertainment.
It’s time that we as leaders and role models perform a self-assessment of what we do, what we say and what we feed into the minds of our youths. God has blessed a lot of entertainers with the talent to speak and deliver our stories in rare form, but we have to remember we have great influence in the same communities which support us and what we promote, and more than likely they will too.
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About the Author
Mr. P. D. White has been mentoring incarcerated youth and those living in society. In 2012, he enrolled in Lassen Community College, earning his AA degree in Psychology. Mr. P. D. White is the director of the Inner-Strength Course, a program he founded while incarcerated. His program strives to help young men embrace change, growth, maturity, and remorse for their actions.



Giveaway
Enter our exclusive giveaway for a chance to win one of two paperback copies of Concrete Walls and Steel Bars by P. D. White (US only). The first two people who email the author at concretewallsandsteelbars@gmail.com will win a copy of the book!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

"Mind Matters" by Tanya J. Miller

EXCERPT
Mind Matters:
Get Out of Your Head and Jump Into Life!
by Tanya J. Miller


Mind Matters is currently on tour with Worldwind Virtual Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt. You can also watch the two part Q and A session with author Tanya J. Miller.

Description
Do you ever get lost in the maze of your mind? When your thoughts start spiraling in a continuous loop - positive or negative - it can seem impossible to consider a different idea or even catch your breath.
If the way you think greatly influences the way you live, then it’s important to know how to manage your thoughts and channel their power to improve your life, rather than hinder it.
Mind Matters explores practical ways you can bring balance to your thought life, from replacing anxious thoughts with hopeful ones to curbing unnecessary thinking altogether. It also points out traps that keep you stuck, like "clearing your mind" by airing your thoughts on Facebook.
As you learn the art of controlling your thoughts, you will be able to focus on what you can do in the present to experience the life you want in the future. Whether you struggle with anxious thoughts or just need a few tips to better manage your mind, this easy-to-read guide provides you with simple instructions you can immediately put into practice.

Book Videos
Q and A with Tanya J. Miller talking about Mind Matters.



Excerpt from Chapter 4
Control what you can control – your thoughts – and leave the rest alone. You have no power or authority to do anything but that. If you didn’t know, know this: who you are at your core begins with your thoughts. What do you think about yourself really?
You need to realize that deep down inside, in your centermost thoughts, lies what you could be. A core is defined as the essential, basis, root, foundation, and bottom line. This means that the very makeup of who you are, what you are about, and where you want to go all come from your thought life. So whatever you think, so shall you be. It’ll come into fruition. It’ll become your real life.
What do you want your real life to look like?  Do you want to allow yourself to be overwhelmed, bogged down, caught up in your feelings, going every which way but right? Or do you want it to be better, to be balanced, with you caring about the matters of your mind? If you want to jump back into life, you need to do the work. Get ahold of yourself, and make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. You can’t do this for anybody but yourself. You have to want this for you.
If there’s something in your control that you can change,
don’t be afraid to do something about that!


Praise for the Book
"This book is a great reference tool to keep on hand. Those difficult days, just read. Tanya has you believing in yourself and back on track. Being ok starts with you. [...] I think she provides great tools to clear the mind, and start refreshed." ~ silencenomore
"Want something that will actually SPEAK to you? Get this book! Love it and the author." ~ Amazon Customer
"Great book! I highly recommend this book!" ~ Ernestine Hopkins

Your thoughts are powerful, which means what you are thinking matters. However, it’s easy to get trapped in your mind whether by blissful daydreams or anxiety spirals and held back in your life.
Mind Matters the book taught you simple steps that will enable you to keep your thoughts in check so you can focus on and improve your present reality. You will now need to ensure that you will do what it takes to stay out of your head and be a part of life.
With the Get Your Mind Right Journal, you will have a way to talk through those tough times or hard situations that you may face or go through in life. Those unfortunate moments, those devastating memories, those challenging problems - they won’t own you. You will have the tools in this guide, and you will be able to put in the work necessary to take care of your mind matters.
Live well. Live life alive, on purpose, and out loud!

About the Author
Tanya J. Miller is a certified life coach with over eighteen years’ experience working with youth, young adults, and women throughout the community and in ministry to pursue purpose, passion and destiny.
Tanya holds a BBA in finance and business management from Northwood University and an MBA from Regent University and is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Scrum Master.
Her lifelong passion for writing eventually led her to start the blog Talking with Tanya in 2005. Mind Matters is her debut book. Tanya is married and currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

"Seachange @ Work" by Linda James

EXCERPT
Seachange @ Work:
Discover what a difference an energised day makes!
by Linda James


Seachange @ Work is currently on tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. The tour stops here today for an excerpt. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Seachange @ Work brings ancient wisdom and energy techniques into the modern workplace to reshape our work habits, rejuvenate the work environment and create more personal energy. Author Linda Mary James has tailored this book for the 21st century workplace so the concepts can be incorporated seamlessly into the daily routine.
Linda shows readers how to track and manage their energy levels throughout the working day. She also looks afresh at the modern corporate environment, introducing the concept of the energy system of a business to illustrate the importance of a well-balanced workplace.
Seachange @ Work is structured around a typical working day. The book starts with the journey to work, takes readers through their working day and shows how to:
·       Create an ideal working day
·       Arrive at work feeling fresh and ready to take on the day
·       Understand the chakra energy of your business
·       Identify key areas that would benefit from an increase in energy flow 
·       Create a supportive working environment
·    Easily introduce the beneficial effects of colour, gemstones/crystals, essential oils, flower essences, sound etc into your workplace
·       Be your authentic self in the workplace
·       See working relationships from a different angle
·       Maintain high productive energy all day.
·       Arrive home with energy to enjoy the rest of day
·       Work with passion and purpose
Each chapter provides clear, easy-to-follow guidance 5 minute exercises designed to help readers gain a greater awareness of their environment and develop the basic skills to sense and work with the energy around them. In this practical and engaging book, Linda James shows how, with small adjustments, readers will bring authentic, positive changes and increased energy to their working day.

Excerpt
Use essential oils at work to get that midday energy boost
Add a boost in your working day with essential oils. Essential oils bring their own special energy into the area and are a lovely way to nurture yourself. Essential oils are beneficial in reducing many of the symptoms of stress and provide relief for anxiety and tension. They are also great for mental clarity and focus. Research has found that lavender, for example, has an immediate effect in relieving stress in the workplace.
Ways to enjoy the benefits of essential oils
Electric oil vaporisers are safer to use in the workplace, in preference to oil burners that are heated by a candle.
1.   Add a few drops of essential oil to a small amount of water in the top of the vaporiser, and you will enjoy the positive effect for hours.
2.   Rub 1–2 drops of the essential oil in the cupped palms of your hand and inhale.
3.   Massage the oil into the pulse points, forehead and temples.
4.   Add 2–3 drops of essential oil into freshly filtered water or spring water in a fine mist spray bottle. This is great for spraying around the face or head area for a quick, refreshing pick-me-up, as well as for spraying around your work area.
The small therapeutic inhalers are easy to carry in your handbag or pocket, or store in your desk.

Recommended essential oils for the workplace
Cleansing the energy
clary sage, eucalyptus, pine, juniper, fir, lemon, lime, rosemary
Creating an atmosphere of relaxation, calm and peace
orange, tangerine, rose, lavender, valerian, ylang ylang
Creating and concentrating
geranium, sweet orange
Stimulating mental activity and focus
peppermint, lemongrass, bergamot, basil
Meetings
lemon, ginger, cedar wood
Energising
lemongrass, peppermint, bergamot, basil, rosemary

Praise for the Book
"Easy to understand with practical exercises. A well written book that gets you thinking about the workplace environment and the negative and positive effects it has on us. I have been working through the book and applying the ideas. My energy levels by the end of the day are much higher than they used to be." ~ Bartels T.
"This book gives the reader the 'how' as well as the 'what'. Easy to read and interesting ideas and concepts. Written for the working day, however this book is also valuable for increasing energy in all areas of our lives. After reading the book I am much more conscious of my working environment and workplace relationships and how I can make simple changes or adjustments that really make a difference to the energy in my day." ~ Stevebbb
"I like this book because it gave me ideas that I can implement NOW! The author encourages the reader to take small steps and to make little, but important changes. [...] The exercises worked a treat. I noticed a difference immediately and I enjoyed feeling energized after doing them. I really liked the worksheets too. These practical tools really add to the value of this book. I would recommend this book for anyone who has a job! Not just a paid job either. If you’re like me and you are self-employed and work from home, this book is a must to have on your shelf. Working from home on your own is hard." ~ Susan Day
"Wonderful book for those brave enough to embrace change and see it as it evolves which it does very rapidly." ~ susan dalby
"A gem of a book that is jam-packed with specific, practical, easy to follow tools and exercises from start to finish! Your working life will never be the same again if you follow the advice in this book. It touches all your senses with the use of oils, essences, colour, crystals, and sound – a veritable mini energy course for everyday life. The complexity of energy systems is simply and clearly explained; so that you understand why, what and how you come to feel drained and lacking in energy at work. This provides you with the incentive to apply the tools provided to make you feel energised and ready to take on any new challenges in the workplace." ~ Anne Brand

About the Author
The more Linda learnt about energy healing and spiritual wisdom, the more she discovered that we can incorporate it into our working life. She found that we can experience our working day in a more positive and energised way. Linda’s desire is to take ancient wisdom and energy techniques to the business world in a way that workers, managers and executives can understand and use to make positive changes for their personal wellbeing, the wellbeing of the staff and their colleagues, and the health of the business itself.
Linda Mary James was born in England, and spent time in Toronto, Canada before moving to live and work in Sydney, Australia. In writing Seachange @ Work Linda draws on more than 30 years’ management experience and concurrently over 15 years energy healing experience. She is a Certified Energy Healer, Holistic Counsellor and Transformational Life Coach, writer and teacher of inspirational courses in Sydney, Australia.

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