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Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway – “Lonnie the Loon Learns to Fly” by Barbara Renner

Hello, book lovers!

Today is Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest, featuring another member of the Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion MeetupLonnie Flies. Our offering today is the children’s picture book, Lonnie the Loon Learns to Fly, by Barbara Renner.

Lonnie the Loon Learns to Fly is a picture book about a young loon who thinks it would be fun to change shape like the clouds, blow seeds like the wind, and move in different directions like the river. Lonnie learns important lessons as his mother takes him on a flying adventure. This is a fun story to read aloud to children ages 3 to 6. The book contains interesting facts about the Common Loon. Learn more at RennerWrites.com.

To enter this contest, USE THIS LINK to head over to Rafflecopter, read the 6 different ways you can enter to win this book, and enter as many ways as you like! You may enter once per method per email address, unless otherwise specified.

This contest runs from 12 a.m. PST on 12/20/14 to 12 a.m. PST on 12/21/14. The winner will be posted on the official contest page as soon as his or her name is drawn.

The rest of the books you could win in the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway are:

DAY 9 (Sunday, 12/21)
“The Cactus Caucus” by Steve Meissner

DAY 10 (Monday, 12/22)
“Parenting … A Work in Progress” by Ellen L. Buikema

DAY 11 (Tuesday, 12/23)
“The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza” by K-lee Starland

DAY 12 (Wednesday, 12/24)
“Practical Philanthropy” by Laura Orsini

We’ll also have BONUS Christmas Day drawing for the book of your choice from the 12 participating authors!

Have fun  and may the best readers win!

Laura

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2015 is RIGHT around the corner — are  you READY? If you haven’t begun 2015 Goalsmapping out your book marketing efforts for the New Year, it’s time to get started! Sit down with Laura – in person or via Skype – and review your book marketing plan. We’ll evaluate: what’s working, what isn’t working, and which new strategies you may want to implement for the new year (or your newest book). Regularly $150 for a 45-minute session. Marcie Brock special: $99 for the first five who respond. mktg@WriteMarketDesign.com

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Questions instead of resolutions?

Drive.
Strive.
Jive.
Hive.
Thrive
.
Alive.
Vibe – if you stretch it.
Live – depends on usage, which determines pronunciation
.

The new year is 2015, but sincequestions there aren’t very many things that rhyme with fifteen, I’ve heard people working instead to rhyme one-five. Devising a catchy slogan for the coming year is just one of several rituals we seem to observe about this time every year. Guess of the choices, I’m looking to creating a vibe that allows me to thrive while being alive.

My colleague Jake Poinier has written an interesting post about alternatives to New Year’s resolutions – with which I heartily concur. I’ve never been a fan of the end-of-year promises to change every aspect of our lives we deem in need of repair, improvement, or completion. The past few years, I’ve been opting instead to choose ONE WORD – more of a concept, really – on which I will focus throughout the year. Recent words have been peace, gratitude, and follow-through.

I read an interesting post yesterday on the Inc.com website from Lolly Daskal, President and CEO of Lead from Within: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily. Damn are these good! If you’re looking for a way to shift your writing, book marketing, business, or life as we herald the new year, you probably can’t go wrong by starting with these questions. Daily.

1. Did I work toward my goals today?

2. What bad habits do I need to release?

3. What motivated me today?

4. Have I been the kind of person I want to be?

5. What mistakes did I make today, and what can I learn from them?

6. For what am I grateful today?

And if these questions don’t exactly work for you, why not write a few of your own?

Others I might suggest include:

7. Who did I help today?

8. Who did I connect today?

9. Did I visualize myself achieving my goals today?

10. Did I meditate or take even 10 minutes of silent time?

11. Did I speak kindly to myself – and others – today?

12. Did I forgive myself – and others – today?

Here’s to asking the right questions – and getting the answers that will propel us to reach all of our goals in 2015!

Laura

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We welcome and encourage your thoughtful, courteous comments below.

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2015 is RIGHT around the corner — are  you READY? If you haven’t begun 2015 Goalsmapping out your book marketing efforts for the New Year, it’s time to get started! Sit down with Laura – in person or via Skype – and review your book marketing plan. We’ll evaluate: what’s working, what isn’t working, and which new strategies you may want to implement for the new year (or your newest book). Regularly $150 for a 45-minute session. Marcie Brock special: $99 for the first five who respond. mktg@WriteMarketDesign.com

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