Can You Write a Good Review?

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Readers Favorites, located in Kentucky, U.S. will pay for good reviews on a variety of book genres.

Check their website.  Apply to be a reviewer.  Once accepted, you can choose from a wide variety of books, read them, then write a review.  It’s that easy.

Anyone can apply.  If, and when you are enrolled by Readers Favorites you can begin reading and reviewing

Full details at:     http://readersfavorites.com

Good luck.

  • Patricia

 

 

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You can purchase my book A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story at a massive 50% off the regular price, throughout the month of July 2016.

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Patricia

 

 

 

Endurance Wins

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Winners win, because they refuse to give up.  They push themselves to extraordinary limits in order to accomplish the goal of the race before them.

In Corinth, the Isthmian games demanded that an athlete endure ten months of rigorous training, in order to compete.  Failure to do this, meant there would be no crown and, definitely, no glory.

I began writing my book, A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story, four years ago.  Today it is available to buy as an e-book but the print version demands strict setup and because I am self-publishing, I am the person responsible for the final preparation.  Writing the book was time-consuming (naturally).  Editing even more so.

My goal was to have a printed page turning paper book in my hands.  This was, and still is, my goal.  The constant need of change to appearance, etc.,make paying large sums to ave it done by somebody else – very appealing.  The challenge is that I do not have large sums of money to use.  SO – I plod on; approaching one print company after another to find one that will give me the prize for which I yearn.  A printed copy of my book – that I did not have take out a mortgage to obtain.

Do I get frustrated?  YES.  Do I want to give up?  YES.  More than I care to admit.  Yet, if I do, all those years of effort are wasted.  Just as an athlete, in Corinth, could be deprived of the crown, I would deprive myself of the sense of accomplishment that holding a paper copy of my book would give me.

This morning I was reading my Bible (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) and the words within those passages caused me to reflect on my efforts.  I have been consumed by dollar thinking, without considering a much greater reward.  The tangible proof of four years of writing, editing, rewriting, setup, and angst.

I want that book in my hands, and so I need to refresh my determination in order to reach that goal.

Do you have an unfinished project, that you just wish you could finish?  Why not bring it out and get back to it – today?

Patricia

Author of:  A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story.

Available at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

 

Debunk the Junk

Psalm 51:10  –  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  (NKJV)

Whenever I check my emails, I see numerous messages of indeterminate nature in the Junk Box!  It doesn’t matter how often I ‘Sweep’ them away or ‘Block’ them, there are still more to replace them the next time I look.  Even the titles of some of these messages make my skin ‘crawl’ and I wish I could completely block them from coming into my ‘box’ – but it is already set on the highest screening available and it is obviously inadequate to deal with the influx of ‘mindless garbage’ that still manages to filter through.

Junk mail reminds me of sin.  It is insidious and ever-flowing.  It respects no boundaries and can be difficult to eliminate from our lives.  It manifests itself in words, actions, deceptions and distractions of all kinds and seeps into our lives, despite our meager efforts to block it.

The best and most effective way to clean it up is to call upon God – give it to Him and trust Him for all we’re worth. When we receive Jesus into our lives, He gives us His Holy Spirit, who then equips us for the life-long battle of discerning good from bad and right from wrong. Often in ways that we would not have recognized or been willing to utilize before that. God’s intervention is the only way to totally clean up our lives. Giving control of everything to Him on a daily basis causes our words, thoughts, and actions to change – they are cleaned up and made acceptable. The junk will not vanish from our lives but we’ll become better equipped and wiser in our efforts to recognize it and seek God’s forgiveness and power to change will become natural to us.

 Isaiah 1:16-17   “Wash yourselves”, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.  Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice. Rebuke the oppressor.  (NKJV)

In other words, stop doing wrong, however insignificant it might seem!  God sees and knows all our rights and wrongs – and as always, right is right and wrong is always wrong!

 Prayer:  Father, there are so many lurid distractions around us.  So many people spend their lives sending out obnoxious or irrelevant messages, attempting to trap innocent and naïve minds. Help us to be guided in Your Ways by Your Word.  Each time sin ‘pops up’, let us be able to block it from our lives, keeping our minds, bodies and spirits pure and unpolluted from the refuse and gossip of the internet and the world!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Patricia Day

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Consistency

I am finding keeping a consistent blog challenging.  

I want it to look professional, and relevant, otherwise why would it attract followers?  If there is nothing worth reading, then folk will go elsewhere.

It is not that I have nothing to say.  It is more about me not being techy.  I find the setting up frustrating and so, allow distractions to take over.

Please persevere – I WILL get it right.  I’m just not sure how or when.  It will definitely be sooner, rather than later.

Patricia

YO – YO PERSON

Philippians 2:12 (GOD’S WORD Translation) – My dear friends, you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I’m absent. In the same way continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

Ever watched a yo-yo? Up and down – up and down. Round and round! ? Excuse me – round and round?

A skilful player can direct the yo-yo up and down the string with incredible accuracy. The players’ dexterity can bring exclamations of awe from onlookers. Ever tried to ‘work’ a yo-yo? Looks easy doesn’t it? But what goes down does not necessarily want to come up again. Try as you might, it will wander sideways, round and round the string or around your hand, hitting you as it travels in the direction it chooses.

We can be somewhat yoyo-ish ourselves! Sometimes in life, especially before we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour – and sometimes even after we have, we can travel on chaotic pathways through life; trusting unscrupulous people (of course, we didn’t realize they were until it was too late), making bad decisions, choosing unethical lifestyles, the list goes on and on. We become tired and off centre – just like a yoyo in the hands of a novice player. When we become aware that we need to change, we have to look carefully for someone ‘tried and true’, a person who is worthy of our trust, but my dear friends, only God can live up to that expectation – no person is perfect enough.

We can continue in our own direction, doing as we please and sometimes hurting ourselves and those around us, or we can choose the way of complete truth – GOD! We alone can decide to invite Jesus into our lives, if we never have, and surrender (or re-surrender) our lives to His Lordship and in accordance with His direction in His Word, and you know what? He really does make a difference. God’s Word, is a true blueprint of right and wrong – His direction for the path you need to take, to make your life so much better than you can ever imagine. Don’t take my word for it – try it and see! You’ll be glad you did.

Psalm 118:8-9 It is better to trust in the Lord, Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord, Than to put confidence in princes. (NKJV)

Prayer: Father, we always think that we know better and always find out too late that we are ‘off centre’ because we have chosen wrongly. Please centre us! Focus us! Guide us because only then can we begin to choose wisely, and stop being a yoyo person. In Jesus precious Name, Amen.

Patricia Day (First Posted March 2011)

Author: Author – A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936
http://www.amazon.com/STOLEN-CHILDHOOD-Eleanors-Story-ebook/dp/B00CHQI39U

Progress

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The definition of progress = to move forward, to develop to a higher, better, or more advanced stage. (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)

I claim this for me today. My Amazon application for publishing has been accepted and should be up and running later today. It is quite an exciting feeling. A sense of accomplishment after months of hard work. The reward for great effort.

There were times I wanted to throw my manuscript out the window. I got so sick and tired of reading it. But, of course, I persevered and now I can see the results.

I began a second book after writing a children’s story and compiling a book of devotionals, but chose to leave it ‘on the back burner’. Writing is exhausting. No, that is not true, writing is fun and can be cathartic in many ways; it is the editing that is exhausting. So, anyone who is struggling through the editing of their work – soldier on, because all your effort will be rewarded.

http://smashwords.com/books/view/308936 for A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story
amazon – stay tuned………………………………………………..

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Overcoming Obstacles

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The title says it all. I AM overcoming obstacles. Perhaps, I should say I am ‘Climbing My Mountains’.

My book has been sent for conversion to an e-book and this created another list of things to do.

I needed to set up an Amazon seller account for international as well as, Canadian sales.

Followed up to ensure the copyright agency is processing my application.

Worked on a cover for my book, for when I get it printed.

Paid cursory attention to emails unless they were business related.

On and on – the hours have ticked away and my eyes are weary from the work. However, I have made major strides in the right direction this week – – forward. I have been setting the stage for future writing, as well as, creating a blog that will become my platform for all writing endeavors and updates.

I appreciate the support I am receiving from you all. You know who I mean. Thank you – thank you, thank you.

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Late Start

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I planned to be up early today, and to be productive. Well, that was not so easy. I went back to sleep after the alarm.

However, here I am. Ready and willing despite the late start.

My primary focus these days is on getting my book to the next step, for publication. My goal is to have it available as an e-book, before or on May 5th.

My thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way.

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