Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New Book Review at The Book Connection

Check out my review of St. John of the Midfield at The Book Connection. Garasamo (Gary) Maccagnone combines youth soccer and the mob to create an excellent read. Find out more at: http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2008/01/youth-soccer-and-mafia-combined-to.html

Gary will be touring with Pump Up Your Book Promotion in February. To read an excerpt from St. John of the Midfield and to find out more about Gary's tour, please go to http://virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/2008/01/st-john-of-midfield-virtual-book-tour.html

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Rachel and Judy's "Letter to My Lover" Valentine's Day Contest

Since February is the time for cupids and hearts and all things romantic and sometimes not-so-romantic, what better time than to write a letter to your lover?

On February 1, 2008, Rachel Greene Baldino and Judy Ford, authors of the book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Enhancing Sexual Desire, are embarking on a virtual book tour around the world collecting letters from bloggers who would like to tell their lovers how they really feel about them - the good and the bad - and become a part of their tour!

If you would like to become involved in their contest, this is how it works:

1. Think of the things you would like to say to your lover, but haven't had the time or the reason, whether it's to say how much you love them or how they drive you up the wall. Yes, the good and the bad and the funnier or more outrageous the better! Let everything hang out!

2. Do not use names. Name your blog post "Letter to My Lover" and begin your post with "Dear Lover" They'll have to guess who it's for!

3. Post your message on your blog between now and February 14th and send us the exact link to thewriterslife(at)yahoo.com. Please put "Letter to my Lover" in your subject line.

4. When we receive your link, we will add it to Rachel and Judy's tour at http://virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/2008/01/complete-idiots-guide-to-enhancing.html.

5. But, that's not all! Rachel and Judy will pick one of the bloggers who participate a FREE copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Enhancing Sexual Desire! That's their Valentine's Day present to you!

6. And not only that, we will promote your blog through our daily promotions using your blog post as part of their virtual book tour, thus bringing you lots of traffic during February!

7. We also ask that you include a jpeg copy of Rachel and Judy's book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Enhancing Sexual Desire, in your blog post. You can find their book cover at http://virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/2008/01/complete-idiots-guide-to-enhancing.html (you are welcome to copy and paste from there).

8. All participants will be listed on Rachel and Judy's tour page so that everyone can read YOUR letters to your lover!

That's all there is to it! Hurry before time runs out. Become involved in a nationwide campaign to tell the world what you think about your lover and see how much fun it will be to read the letters of others. Share your letters and become involved in RACHEL AND JUDY'S "LETTER TO MY LOVER" VALENTINE'S DAY CONTEST!

Rachel and Judy's virtual book tour will be highly publicized including press releases and other promotions and is brought to you by Pump Up Your Book Promotion, an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book promotion. You can visit their website at http://www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.com/.

This virtual book tour is being brought to you by:

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Friday, January 11, 2008

New Book Review at The Book Connection

I posted a new book review at The Book Connection. Parents of intense (strong-willed, spirited) children will want to hear all about The Pocket Parent Coach by Tina Feigal.

Check out The Book Connection at http://www.thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/for these and other book reviews and for interviews with some of today's most talented authors.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Book Review at The Book Connection

Check out my review of Mayra Calvani's paranormal horror novel Dark Lullaby at The Book Connection - http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Book Reviews posted at The Book Connection

Hop on over to The Book Connection to read my reviews of:

Delight (women's self-help) by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

The Last Jew Standing (crime fiction) by Michael Simon

The Legend of Seal Beach (children's) created by Dave McKnew

Coming on February 7th: my review of September Dawn (historical romance) by Carole Whang Schutter

You'll find reviews of these books and more at http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

CULLOTTA Author Dennis Griffin now on Blog Talk Radio

True crime author Dennis Griffin now has his own Internet Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio. So, you wanna write a book? is a question and answer show geared toward helping new writers. This show features guest authors who will share their experiences about writing, marketing, and promotion.

Here is the schedule for the next three installments of So, you wanna write a book?:

January 7 - Editing
January 14 - Publishing
January 29 - Marketing and Promotion

The show's URL is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dennisngriffin and the show airs at 11 a.m. Pacific. Archives of this show will also be available.

If you are interested in being a guest, please e-mail Dennis at griff1945(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Judi Moreo's Achieve Your Dreams Virtual Book Tour '08--My Goals

“Every step I take brings me closer to the realization of my dreams.”

It's the first day of the New Year, and that is always a good time to set a few goals. As a writer, I set yearly goals, which I break down into monthly goals, and then break them down further into goals to achieve each week. I find I am most productive if I have a new list in front of me every week. I also post this weekly to-do list at the online writers group I belong to. The support from my fellow writers motivates me to do more. That might sound strange, but being a stay-at-home mom who has little contact to the outside world, I need this type of interaction to keep me sane.

The first line of this post is a quotation that I have been asked to repeat until I understand it's powerful message. Having read Judi Moreo's book "You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman's Guide to Purpose, Passion and Power" I already know the power of these words. I loved this book and I'm sure I will quickly fall in love with the "Achievement Journal" that Judi has designed to go along with it. I actually, just recommended "You Are More Than Enough" to a friend today.

So, where was I? Oh yeah, goals. See how easily I can get off track. As a participant in Judi's Achieve Your Dreams Virtual Book Tour '08 I am setting forth these goals to help me fulfill my dreams.

* I will make more time for my own writing

I love promoting the work of others and writing book reviews, but I miss my own writing. I commit to working on something of my own at least once a month.

* I will post at this blog more often.

I was very excited when I started this blog. After a while, it began to focus more on other people than on me, so I started a new blog for author interviews and book reviews, and now it's just about little ole me again; my interests and what it is like to be a wife, mother, and aspiring author.

My readers must think I don't do anything, because I rarely post here. But I will post here more frequently, because I believe in myself and my dreams and I want to share them with you.

* I will appreciate my family more.

It is unrealistic to think I will ever be Donna Reed or June Cleaver, but I tend to take my family for granted. I whine about what I have to accomplish, but rarely consider how hard it is for my husband to get up and go to work five days a week and carry most of the burden of supporting our family, so that I can stay at home with the girls.

I also forget sometimes that my girls won't be this young forever. I constantly tell them to wait a minute or lose my temper with them because I am too tired from putting in long hours at the PC.

If I want to make my dream of being a published author a reality, I need to make more quality time for my family and appreciate them more.

* I will not over commit.

This is the one goal I am most concerned about achieving. I volunteer for every new project that is mentioned at church, on town committees, or at my children's schools. While volunteering is an excellent way to show my children how to give back to the community, if it leaves me exhausted or working so late that I am tired and cranky, then what am I really teaching them.

In the spirit of my last goal, I will stop at four. No need to set goals I won't achieve. That's just depressing.

May 2008 be the year that all of us achieve our dreams!


Click on the title of this blog entry to be directed to Amazon.com where you can purchase a copy of Judi Moreo's "Achievement Journal"

Check out my review of "You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman's Guide to Purpose, Passion & Power" at http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2007/09/you-are-more-than-enough-every-womans.html and if you would like to read my interview with one of the most amazing women I have ever come in contact with, go to http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2007/08/meet-motivational-speaker-and-author.html

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