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Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway – The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza by K-lee Starland

Hello, book lovers!

Today is Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest. Today’s book, The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza, is novel from K-lee Starland with a very important message.

ladies's coverIn K-lee Starland’s powerful debut novel, The Audacious Ladies of La Gran Sorellanza, the lines between family, duty, and honor are dangerously blurred. The 1950s find mafia boss Don Amato Rizoso determined to enter the lucrative human trafficking business. The only thing standing in his way? Loretta, Mary, Doris, Georgiana, Meredith – the wives of Don Amato’s most loyal and effective underlings. In the absence of any federal laws, these five wives are forced to go head-to-head with San Leandro’s most corrupt group of players. But as they fight for vulnerable strangers, the inevitable question arises: will they be able to protect their own families? Visit K-LeeStarland.org for more info.

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 12/23/14 to 12 a.m. PST on 12/24/14. 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 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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Smart authors will take the advice of this wise kiddo

The best thing to happen for me as a result of facilitating the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest is that I’ve gotten active on Twitter again! For one thing, I’ve added nearly 50 followers in the past 9 days, due to lots of activity and re-tweeting, but I’ve also made a commitment to having a more visible presence of my own, featuring my own content and not simply sharing the content of others.

Example:

BELIEVE

Some of the tweets I’m reading are inspirational; some are humorous; some are both. Take this one, for instance:

sarah hodson

Initially, I took “overheard upstairs” to mean listening in on the kids. The banner image might indicate as much, but on reading a batch of Sarah’s other tweets, upstairs could mean UPstairs, you know…

Nevertheless, the observation is perceptive, precious, and paramount to the success of any author.

You can sit on the acorn and wait for it to hatch the white knight who will come in and save you: the oak treeagent who offers to rep your book, the publisher who’ll put a top-dollar contract in front of you, the marketing magician who is going to propel you to overnight success. Or you can get out your ladder — your blog, your videos, your news releases, your book signings, your social media plan — and climb the success oak yourself.

The new year’s around the corner. You gonna climb the tree or wait for a new one to grow under you?

Here’s to breaking out the ladder!

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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Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway – “Parenting … A Work in Progress” by Ellen L. Buikema

Hello, book lovers!

Today is Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest. Today’s book by Ellen L. Buikema, a member of the Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion Meetup, is Parenting … A Work in Progress. With a Masters of Education, Ellen taught special ed for students in preschool through seventh grade, as well as adult education, for many years. She once had a grandmother and grandson in her Psychology 101 course — fighting for the highest A. If anyone’s poised to bring you info on parenting, it’s Ellen!

ParentingParenting … A Work in Progress offers insightful strategies and humorous stories to guide parents of children, newborn to adolescent. Parenting has always been difficult. Crypts found from the 11th century contain prayers from parents asking for help with their children. Parenting … A Work in Progress can help you guide your children along the rocky road to adulthood. Visit EllenBuikema.com for more info.

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 12/22/14 to 12 a.m. PST on 12/23/14. 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 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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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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SUNDAY INSPIRATIONS: Two types of writers…

Sunday Inspirations. Send us your favorite quote, image, poem, idea … anything that has been helpful or inspirational to your writing process. If we love it, we may use it as is, or take the inspiration and modify it in some way. Give us a link to your website or blog and we’ll be sure to give you credit! Email inspiration@writemarketdesign.com or post your suggestion in the comment section below!

Here’s today’s inspiration: “I think there are two types of writers: the architects and the gardeners.”

Martin

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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Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway – “The Cactus Caucus” by Steve Meissner

Hello, book lovers!

Today is Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Contest, featuring a book about Arizona politics from veteran journalist, Steve Meissner, a member of the Phoenix Publishing & Book Promotion Meetup. If you’re a Cactus Caucus front coverpolitical junkie, want to find humor in the craziness that is politics these days, or would like an inside look on what goes on at the Arizona State Capitol, The Cactus Caucus the perfect book for you.

Bill Leña couldn’t make it in Brooklyn, Nogales, or Tucson. Now, following his uncle’s sudden death, this adobe storefront lawyer must survive a brief stint in the Arizona state legislature, where money talks, craziness stalks, and wingnuts make the law. Though it’s fiction, this book is the perfect gift for students of politics, especially those with an interest in the inner workings of Arizona government. For more info, please visit CactusCaucus.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 12/21/14 to 12 a.m. PST on 12/22/14. 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 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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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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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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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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Questions instead of resolutions?

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