Friday, October 30, 2015

YOUTUBE REVIEW: SCRIVENER BOOTCAMP by Jason Hough


If you write there are numerous programs available to help organize your thoughts including the old fashioned pen and paper. For the past two or three years I have been using the program SCRIVENER and though I love it I know that I am not taking advantage of all that it has to offer.
SCRIVENER BOOTCAMP Produced by Jason Hough is the best overview of the program I have seen, and I have watched a few.

Steamed live October 26, 2014 in preparation of National Novel Writing Month a.k.a. NaNoWriMo as a way to help those who take advantage of the 30 day FREE trial period SCRIVENOR has offerfed in the past. the video is informative sharing with the viewer what is really necessary to write a novel using SCRIVENER.   is held annually during the month of November, during that time writers throughout this nation  and the world attempt to write a novel in a month. The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days!
  I thought it very appropriate to encourage writers to take advantage of the free trial period Scrivener usually offers to participants and for those individuals who have told me they want to write a book


DISCLOSURE: I reviewed this video based on my personal preferences and without any solicitation from its’ producers. I was not asked to complete a review nor was I compensated for such. The producer of this video retains all rights and responsibilities for its’ content.

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I have not watched all of this, tell me what you thin.
Scrivener Revisions (Bootcamp part2) March 2015


Thursday, October 29, 2015

KJV FOUNDATION STUDY BIBLE

Without my great great grandmother I would not be here and without the  King James Version (KJV) of the Bible the other translations may not have existed. No matter how many different translations of the Bible there may be I think everyone should read the KJV of the Bible at least once.


Of the many Bibles available Thomas Nelson has a KJV FOUNDATION STUDY BIBLE that is perfect for anyone who wants to read this particular translation. It includes: cross-references, study noes, maps and a concordance; of course the words of Jesus are in red. I was looking for a King James Bible because I wanted to go back to basics.

With most Bibles that are published today the deciding factor as to what makes it good for you is what is highlighted. The KJV FOUNDATION STUDY BIBLE uses section headings to draw the readers attention to a particular theme, for example: the heading for Isaiah 48:1-8 is “Israel’s Obstinate Nature.”
THE KJV FOUNDATION STUDY BIBLE makes it easy for the individual to learn precepts and principles in Scripture without the assistance of a theologian.

As part of my personal Bible Study reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelations but not in a year as many do. I have read those other translations and I decided they were cute but I love the old way better. There is a NKJV Foundation Bible but I will be using the KJV FOUNDATION STUDY BIBLE as my cross reference book, NKJV is the primary read. I like the format for this book witch includes the cross references together in a text box on the bottom right corner of the page. And I cannot complain about the font which is readable no matter which glasses I use.

The KJV FOUNDATION STUDY BIBLE is an excellent investment and I recommend it.

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

BLOOD STRIPE: The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles by Gina Maria DiNicolo


If you enjoy books with a twist, political intrigue, sex, guns and powerful women you are going to love BLOOD STRIPE: The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles by Gina Maria DiNicolo. Admittedly, this book is not my cup of tea primarily because of the language, lot’s of profanity, however when in the military people don’t talk nice.
Since I could not skip over the “bad words” (I write tongue in cheek) I dove in. BLOOD STRIPE is definitely a page turner one the reader must pay attention to as he or she moves forward in the book. Every character is important every event has you wondering: Did the author make this up or is this something this U. S. Naval Academy graduate witness in real life?
It was too intense for my squeamish personality which is why I suspect this book is even better than I say it is. If you like true to life fiction you will love this book. If you are a woman considering entering the military- you might want to read BLOOD STRIPE: The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles by Gina Maria DiNicolo. Unlike going to the movies you can’t close your eyes when you get to the “Oh my” parts. (Page turner is so cliche’!)

I was trying to remember the last time I read a book with this much action? I had to go back to when I was a Walter Mosely and James Patterson fan, over ten years ago. Is BLOOD STRIPE as good as books by Mosely or Patterson? Close enough to make you want to read it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received and advance copy of this book free from WESTWIND BOOK MARKETING. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, October 26, 2015

YOUTUBE REVIEW: WEBINAR: SOCIAL MEDIA MAREKTING MADE SIMPLE produced by U. S. Small Business Assoiciation




I have to admit, midway through I fell asleep and so I had to watch it again, from the beginning!  WEBINAR: SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING MADE SIMPLE produced by the U. S. Small Business Association. Any video produced by the SBA is both informative and factual and well worth the listen.

In this particular presentation, a recording of a live webinar the speakers explain the importance of using Social Media regardless of the type of business you have and tips on how to utilize the services. Every sight mentioned I incorporate in my businesses however I did learn how I can do things better.

I have, in the past, attended quite a few SBA workshops in my community.  SBA YouTube channel is definitely something a person who has products to present to the public should follow.



DISCLOSURE: I reviewed this video based on my personal preferences and without any solicitation from its’ producers. I was not asked to complete a review nor was I compensated for such. The producer of this video retains all rights and responsibilities for its’ content.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

YOUTUBE REVIEW: KINDLE vs SMASHWORDS and why I left Smashwords Produced by Networks From A to Z

I would be lying if I said I make a lot of money selling my books on Smashwords, I do not. I was drawn to this video because I was toying with the idea of using Create Space to publish my next book which is an affiliate of Amazon.

Mihnea a Romanian living in Bangkok who writes and does YouTube videos discusses his experiences with publishing using Smashwords and Kindle Select. He shares with the viewer his expectations, disappointments and the decisions he made to promote his career as a writer. New writers will be surprised to discover how much money he made after over 2 years of publishing.

This 5 minutes and 20 seconds video is informative, entertaining, and produced very well.




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I had already pulled 3 of my books off of Smashwords.

DISCLOSURE: I reviewed this video based on my personal preferences and without any solicitation from its’ producers. I was not asked to complete a review nor was I compensated for such. The producer of this video retains all rights and responsibilities for its’ content.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IN SPITE OF THE ODDS by Richie Contartesi

As I began reading IN SPITE OF THE ODDS by Richie Contartesi I realized this book was not something I would normally read for review. Why? Because it is about High School and College football and I am not a fan of either HOWEVER…
The background for IN SPITE OF THE ODDS is sports, a little baseball is mentioned in the beginning, the essence of the book by Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur Richie Contartesi is endurance despite how you may feel.
In a nutshell the book is about how Mr. Contartesi was able to obtain a position on a college football team despite the opinions of those in authority; but that is the obvious plot. A parent reading this book will quickly discover the importance of teaching children the importance of keeping commitments. A person going through difficult times can identify with the rejection the author experienced.

Did I mention that he was playing football 5 7 155 pounds?

Success is not about luck, it requires hardwork, persevarance and determination. I personally believe, and this book confirms it, rejection is part of the journey. The hidden theme of this book is continuing education no matter what your goal is.

IN SPITE OF THE ODDS is highly motivational. I would definitely recommend this book to young men and women who have dreams of success.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

YOUTUBE REVIEW: A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE WORLD OF SELF PUBLISHING



A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE WORLD OF SELF-PUBLISHING uploaded by  Full Sail University is an excellent discussion on publishing a book as well music.
This is a must watch for those who are considering publishing a book. There is general information regarding: traditional publishing, self publishing and independent publishing. Because of my personal experience over the past five years I appreciate 100% of what was said. Even the discussion on independent music producers made sense to me.
What I did not know about was the music aspects of self-producing, apparently writers and musicians have a lot in common.  If you are a musician this video is well worth your watching; don’t fast forward past the writing discussions because the concepts are the same.




This is the first of what will be many reviews of what I watch on YouTube. I would encourage you to “Like” and “Subscribe” to the channels that you watch, this serves as encouragement to the individual posting as well as their ratings. For those who earn money on YouTube it helps with the quality of advertisers they receive and thus increases their revenues which also serves as encouragement. Posting a video is not easy.

DISCLOSURE: I reviewed this video based on my personal preferences and without any solicitation from its’ producers. I was not asked to complete a review nor was I compensated for such. The producer of this video retains all rights and responsibilities for its’ content. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

PRAYER QUOTES by Kevin W Shorter

The truth is I have more Bibles than I do books on prayer yet I have a lot of books on prayer. In addition I am in the process of editing a book I wrote on prayer which is why the last review I wanted to do was one on prayer. Yet here I am reviewing 2,500+ PRAYER QUOTES inspiration to draw you closer to God. Really?

PRAYER QUOTES by Kevin W Shorter is not what I thought it was going to be and I was truly surprised that I liked it’s content. I am disappointed however that it is an ebook because this is something that should be in print.

So, What is PRAYER QUOTES- inspiration to draw you closer to God? It is exactly what the title declares it to be a series of quotes that relate to praying. It is not a list of Bible promises; those books are becoming so cliche’.

For me, a closet intercessor, I would love to have this book in print so I can use it for a teaching tool. Not only does this book include words that will help direct and motivate prayer but there are quotes from many of my favorite men and women within the world of Christiandom! (Of course I did not recognize everyone he quoted.)

Admittedly, I did not read this book (eBook} cover to cover but I did check out every chapter. This is not something you read like a novel the words, the quotes, should be examined, reviewed, meditated on, digested and absorbed into ones’ soul. Is it possible that there is something in PRAYER QUOTES that I do not like? Of course but it would be so minor that I would not tell you anyway. But the book- though as I write this PRAYER QUOTES by Kevin W. Shorter is a free download on Amazon.

If you want to learn about prayer get this book. I recommend you purchase a copy.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, October 2, 2015

NIrV GIANT PRINT HOLY BIBLE - Zondervan Publishers



I can see! When I opened up the NIrV GIANT PRINT HOLY BIBLE published by Zondervan I was amazed to see “super sized” fonts!
I had heard of, and have several versions of the NIV Bible but never had I heard of the New International Reader’s Version Bible. Promoted as a Bible that is not only easy to read like the NIV but easy to read and understand no matter who is reading it. This is important because many people skip the introduction which contains valuable information regarding how this particular translation was written and notes regarding particular verses.
Did you know that some verses are not included in various translations because some of the original translations did not have them?
Whereas many Bibles have a concordance in the back the NIrV GIANT PRINT HOLY BIBLE has a dictionary which though is not extensive does carry basic definition that are important for Believers to know.  Instead of a Topical Index there is a list of  150 famous Bible Stories.

I chose to read various Scriptures that are often quoted and familiar. This included: Psalm 23 and 91, Proverbs 31, Matthew 6:33 (my favorite verse) Hebrews 11 and lastly Genesis 1. In comparison with its’ counter the NIV Bible the words are not the same, it is even more simplistic.

Part of the beauty of the Bible is the poetic flow of the words. Unfortunately in making the book a much easier read it takes away from some of the majesty. For example we can read in Psalms 23:1: “The Lord is my Shepherd. He gives me everything I need.”  Though this is what ‘the Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want’ means there is a difference.

I think this is a good Bible and if you or someone you know has a desire to read the Bible but lack the motivation to read a more traditional translation the NIrV GIANT PRINT HOLY BIBLE is worth it. My only hope is that after reading this translation the individual would eventually advance to one of the not so simplistic version. I do recommend this Bible, if for no other reason the font is excellent.