This is a weekly hop by Ruthi Cox aka abitosunshine at Poetic Creations by abiosunshine. It is a hop where we get to boost each other along to say what we have done in the past week about our business ventures and what are plans our for the next week.
February 26, 2011
This is a weekly hop by Ruthi Cox aka abitosunshine at Poetic Creations by abiosunshine. It is a hop where we get to boost each other along to say what we have done in the past week about our business ventures and what are plans our for the next week.
February 25, 2011
Crazy for Books.
This week's question is:
That question was suggested by Jen B. who blogs at I Read Banned Books:
My quick answer is definitely not! I am first and foremost and author before everything else and I do write Fiction with a Purpose. My blog reflects that and most of my blog posts have that bit of me in them somewhere. It is really hard to write a book review and not have my experience as an author taint it in some way or another.
BUT that is not to say that I have not thought about creating a NEW blog -- that thought has been rolling around my mind ALOT lately - especially since I've been trolling the blogs lately and seeing what other people are doing. I have met a lot of people on the blogosphere and it has been great.
Here's hoping I make some new friends this week on the hop!
February 24, 2011
She has a weekly hop where we share what new lenses we created on Squidoo and any questions or information we want to share about Squidoo.
I started out by creating a lens about me, and then I added a lens for each one of my children: Jared, Randy and Michelle. My family would never be complete without Muttley.
I also created a new lens for one of the authors on Reviews4Reviews.com. John Howard Reid.
I do have to say that creating lenses has become a bit addictive. Not only are they easy and fun to do but I am constantly challenging myself to do something different with each one. I have no idea what I'll do for this coming week but I'm sure there will be at least one or two new ones!
Welcome to Thinking on Thursday - Pondering with a Purpose
The purpose of this blog hop is actually quite simple. I am a writer. That is just what I am and as I go through the blogosphere and hop along and post comments I have missed the good old fashioned 'writing a blog.' So I thought it would give all my online friends a chance to try their hand at writing, and it is a GREAT way to get to know people by reading what they write.
Every week we will write about something different. I will give you a prompt and then once you post a blog about it you can add it to the linky list below and hop along. Grab the badge and be as Creative as you want!
The most beautiful thing I have ever seen is the unabashed love a child gives when unprompted. A spur of the moment, spontaneous gesture, word, gift or even a glance can radiate beauty. A child running up to a parent and wrapping themselves around their legs has broken many a hard heart. Children have truly been kissed by the angels and carry the pixie dust themselves. Yes, I truly do believe in fairies. I do. I do.
The beauty of child is not comparable to the natural beauty of a sunset. There is something soothing about the light show the sun and the clouds put on at the end of the day. I had the opportunity to witness that when I was on a vacation in Hawaii several years ago and actually found the pictures this past week.
I also find inordinate beauty in water - all things water. I suppose that is because I am an Aquarius, but I am drawn to the water - not necessarily to go in, but to be near.
My home is filled with pictures I have taken of multiple sunsets and waterfalls. My favorite animal (other than Muttley) is the pelican and whenever I am completely out of sorts the ocean beckons and resorts me out.
Thanks for letting me ponder along and I hope to hop with you all!
February 23, 2011
This is such a great hop because it gives us all insight into books we might not otherwise even know exist. When I first joined this hop I would just put down 100 words of random thoughts (I might actually go back to that someday) - but now I am playing by the rules and have a few books to talk about.
Every page is better than the one before it - I can't stop reading it - there is drama after blood curdling event and there is romance and abuse and bad guys and good guys - it is an old fashioned GOOD book! I don't want to spoil it - let's just say that review will be posted next week!
So now that brings me to my 100 words. The 100 words I have chosen to share with you are not from any of those 3 books.
February 22, 2011
The book is neatly divided into 5 main groupings:
Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption and Disposal. Let me say this - after reading this book you will never look at ANYTHING you see, touch, taste, feel or throw away the same again. She has some great points - BUT I believe some are a bit unrealistic in the 21st century. Unfortunately I feel like she is looked upon as the hippies were looked upon in the 60's.
As far as I'm concerned - go get a copy of this book and read it - If nothing else - your eyes will be open and everyone who looks at this 'stuff' with a fresh pair of eyes will be one more convert to Annie Leonard's Stuff Project!
The Story of Stuff
Simon and Schuster
I was provided a free copy in order to give an unbiased review.
February 20, 2011
website. I think I've put if off because it is such a HUGE chore.
However, I am very pleased to say that I am going to share the teaser for Skewered Halo right now! So only my loyal blog followers will get a glimpse - so happy Sunny Sunday to you all! I hope you have a great week!
February 19, 2011
Unfortunately this past week was not as stellar as I would have liked it to be - BUT at least I did something.
First my other website and blog: Reviews4Reviews
On the book front...Disrupted Lives is actually in layout (YAY) and the back cover text has been created (double YAY) - stay tuned for Mondays Musings to read it!
I also started a new hop myself. It is on Thursdays - Thinking on Thursdays - Pondering with a Purpose. I will give a prompt each week and then bloggers blog about it and hop along. The first week was a word association. It's not too late to hop along!
For next week. I need to get back into Gather and start posting again. But I am a bit under the weather and think that I will create a couple of family lenses instead on Squidoo. That way people can get to know me, the person, and maybe that will create a buzz about me, the author. It's worth a shot!
Happy Shop Hop Saturday!
Thanks Ruthi for doing this!
February 17, 2011
This is my second week of hopping along with Marsha from Marsha's Spot.
I have so much news! My biggest news of all is that I actually created a brand new lens about my daughter's wedding. I think it came out beautifully, but then I might be a bit biased! It took me a long time to do. First I was uploading all the pictures and none of them would go. So I slowed down and figured out they were too big. Did you know that you can't upload a picture bigger than 1mb? Is that written somewhere and I just didn't see it? Anyway, after I created that lens (which I did on Valentine's Day) I went back and created a blog dedicated to my daughter.
The other lens I created this week was a brand new Review the Author for Debra Shiveley Welch. I find that for each new lens I create I am getting more creative and adding new and different modules. It is making me want to go back and modify existing modules. That is sort of the way I am when I write too - go back and edit, edit, edit. But I have decided that I am better served to go forward and not backward.
So my goal is to create 2 new lenses a week and hopefully in next week's hop I will tell about them.
Marsha, thanks for having this hop!
February 16, 2011
The ability to do things or achieve something is buried deep within a person and sometimes it is not tapped into until a struggle ensues. That struggle could very well be between good and evil, right and wrong. Or even something as simple as watching a struggle between your siblings or parents. Those struggles often times leave scars that then alter a person's ability to form healthy relationships because they do not have expectations of anything different than what they saw.
Expectations of happily ever after is often times what girls are raised with due to the Fairy tales princess stories that are told from a very young age. It is time that classes were made available to enlighten these girls of the struggle that ensues when the ability to meet obligations get difficult. That is when they must dig deep within themselves and show that they can and will rise above everything and portray the ability to survive.
Welcome to Wednesday and WOW weekly 100 Words which is sponsored by a very good friend of mine. Ruthi, aka abitosunshine.
All us hoppers share 100 words from the book or books we are reading and tell a bit about it.
My book this week is The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
This is what the cover says: An eye-opening, humorous, and highly readable account of how our seemingly innocuous lifestyles are part of a larger system of destruction and dysfunction. A must-read.
I have only begun reading the book and I have to agree with the that caption. Here are my 100 words:
I hope all of your books are enjoyable and that every 100 words make you want to read more!
February 15, 2011
Tuesday morning and I couldn't help but reminisce about how reluctant I was to get my laptop. I was fixed to my L shaped desk that I moved with me from house to house. I actually still have my old one in my home office, but I so rarely use it anymore. If I was in the market for a new one I would shop at CSNstores.com. CSN is sponsoring this $50.00 Giveaway - the rules are below. If you Win - have fun shopping at CSN!
Fiction With A Purpose - $50.00 Giveaway Rules
- Follow me on Facebook at Brenda Youngerman and leave your FB link in the comment section.
- Follow me on Twitter @ Byoungermanbook and leave your Twitter link in the comment section.
- Follow CSN on Twitter http://twitter.com/csnstores and, again, leave your Twitter link in the comment section.
- Twitter this giveaway and leave your tweet status link in the comment section.
- Snag my FWAP blog badge and add it to your blog. Leave your blog link where I can find it in the comment section.
- Follow my Reviews4Reviews.com blog via GFC - again, leave your GFC Follower name in the comment section.
- If you have posted a book review of any of my novels on your blog, leave the link to your review post in the comment section. (A separate comment for each of my 5 novels you may have reviewed.)
- Write a blog post about this giveaway and leave the post link in the comment section 3 times for 3 Entries!
Thanks CSN - and happy blogging!
February 14, 2011
I normally take Monday to reflect back on my weekend and I know I'm a bit late getting to it today. That is because I wanted to finish my tribute to my beautiful daughter and her husband!
They were married on December 29, 2010 and in honor of that and Valentine's Day I created a brand new lens about the wedding on Squidoo. Please go check it out!
Now back to the musings. Saturday was absolutely great for me. I went Downtown and did my labor of love. Drove through the alleys of Los Angeles and worked with the homeless. Anyone who is new to my blog you really should go check out my lens on Squidoo about my novel Sorrowed Souls and you will see how I got involved with that charity work in the first place. I always feel humbled when I get home after that - this week was no exception. Then I spent the afternoon with my daughter.
Sunday I actually spent most of the day relaxing and I don't remember the last time I did that! It really felt good!
I have a lot of great things planned for this week, including launching a brand new blog hop on Thursday - so make sure you come on back here for that. AND I have a giveaway that is going to happen!
So, for all you lovers - happy love day. For all you, like me, who love your pets, be good to them today as they are good to you everyday!
February 12, 2011
First I really need to shout out a great big Thank You! to Ruthi for my beautiful new Banner - Don't you love it? I do, it is so perfect for me and this site, also my blog is looking so clean now, she helped with a bit of house keeping. Did you know that not only is she a graphic wiz and designs websites, but she can also design banners and badges for a nominal fee. I have to tell you... it is well worth it! As long as we're talking badges, I also have a new badge on the left. It is blue and says "Pondering with a Purpose. Think, think, think. I can on Thursday." Make sure you come back by on Thursday for my brand new hop!
Now down to business:
I decided to go back into Squidoo this week (I think a birdie asked me to follow her there (?) and I revamped the old Lens I had created when Reviews4reviews.com first went live. It is now active again and looks great. I also created a lens for our resident reviewer: Ruthi Cox and the lens is Review the Reviewer. You really should go check it out and get to know her a little better.
Also on Squidoo this week I updated my Fiction With A Purpose lens. I also created one for Restored Hope and Hidden Truths. Cynthia from the wythch's mirror posted a lens about Sorrowed Souls. Thank you Cynthia! Also Ruthi had a lens up on Private Scars and it has generated a lot of buzz. Thanks Ruthi!
My goals for this week are to finish generating lenses for all of the books from the author's point of view and then get more lenses created for Reviewing the Author for Reviews4Reviews.com. I have also been asked to created a giveaway by CSN and seeing as how I've never done that before this should be VERY interesting.
Until next hop and shop!
There is this GREAT GIVEAWAY.
It is being hosted by So Much More Than A Mom. You really need to go check it out. It is easy and fun to do!
And then if you win you can go buy all the really great stuff from my friend Ruthi at Poetic Creations by abitosunshine.
This runs until February 20, at midnight. Good luck!
February 11, 2011
This hop is sponsored by Jennifer at Crazy for Books and it gets over 200 bloggers every week. Come on and join the fun!
Each week there is a new question and this week's question is:
"Tell us about one of your posts from this week and give us a link so we can read it (review or otherwise)!"
Well I was very busy this week and I actually posted a book review on my blog for The Memory Palace and I updated a lens I had created on Squidoo of an interview I had conducted with a Reviewer for my review website Reviews4Reviews. The interview is for a really good friend of mine Ruthi Cox aka abitosunshine
So that's about it for my blog hop. I'm going to go hop along with all of you now!
See you online!
February 10, 2011
The idea is to tell about your Squidoo lenses that you have added in the past week and add it to the link on Marsha's Spot.
So, without further ADO.. I have actually been on Squidoo for several years -- even before I had a blog site I was creating lenses! Now I was not very good at it, so I went back and spruced up a couple this week. So I will highlight those two on this weeks Hop.
I rewrote my lens for Fiction With a Purpose and added a lot more to it. It was interesting going back and seeing what I wrote six years ago and seeing how much I had changed as an author and as a person in the past five years.
I also updated my Review the Reviewer interview of my very good friend Ruthi Cox aka abitosunshine. I also added a few new modules and with a bit of advice from Ruthi I added her cafe press items and might be making some money at the same time!
The last lens I went in and revised was for Restored Hope I actually had forgotten that I had created this lens in the first place and it was a good thing that I went back and fixed it. I added the reviews to it. So maybe this will generate some new sales!
Check back next week - I'm sure Squidoo will be seeing more of me!
February 9, 2011
Every week we hop along and share 100 words from the book we are reading and tell what it is about and get people interested in reading it. Well my 100 words are from The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok.
This excerpt actually explains a bit about Mira's childhood and how difficult it was growing up not only with a schizophrenic mother, but with an abusive grandfather as well. If you don't have The Memory Palace on the TBR shelf I highly recommend that you go get it!
Now: for what is on my shelf . .
I also am ready to start ready The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard. I am reading as part of the Free Blog Tours on Book Blogs.
February 8, 2011
Life is a many complicated thing. As we are all buzzing through it trying to do the best that we can the internet has become another extension of what we do. Have you ever thought about HOW MANY hours you invest in your blog? I mean really? It took me almost two hours to write my Saturday Shop Hop blog because of all the links I put into it. Now I am sure that a 'programmer' would have done it faster, but that's not really what I'm getting at. I enjoyed doing it, as I am sure all of you enjoying writing your blogs.
I feel like I'm actually having a conversation, don't you? So let me tell you what I've been thinking about all day. I have my family who I absolutely adore, and I have my friends, whom I like - sometimes. (Okay how many of you just laughed out loud?) And then I have my real friends - you know the ones I've had all my life. And now I have my cyber friends - the ones I've met on line and have never met in person, but I feel like I know them just the same. I know what they're doing, if they get sick, if they are happy (or sad), ... well you get my point. It is amazing to think that when I graduated high school I did not even know how to use a computer (no old lady cracks!) and now kids cannot even fathom a world without them.
We are part of a growing family that is limitless...do you know how absolutely amazing that is? I do. Now, how many comments do you think we can get on this one blog? I'm shooting for 20!
February 7, 2011
SO...Lets start with:
Saturday I usually go feed the homeless in Downtown Los Angeles. For those of you that are new to my blog - I was doing research for Sorrowed Souls and I began by volunteering with a group called the Missionaries of Charity. Well, I fell in love with this organization and the work that they do as well as what they stand for. I also believe that I finally found a home and love the way it makes me feel every time I go, so I kept going every week - That was over two years ago! But, I digress...I did not go this weekend because like so many other people I was feeling a bit under the weather so I took this opportunity to write. Well, all I can say is that Skewered Halo is going to be one heck of a good book.
I spent the entire day Sunday with my daughter going through her wedding pictures deciding which ones would go into her album and which one would be the 'official' wedding picture. Before we knew it the whole day was gone.
So all in all I'd have to say it was a really good weekend and this week is going to be even better.
Have a good week everyone!
February 5, 2011
It is shop hop Saturday and that means we need to take a look at everything that is, was or is going to be good for the business of books for the past 7 days!
This blog shop is sponsored by my very good friend Ruthi aka abitosunshine. Check out her site and you might even find something beautiful to fill an empty spot in your house!
FIRST, I want to talk about my REVIEW business: Reviews4Reviews
This week was great for business! Our webmistress Ruthi - aka abitosunshine answered a writing challenge on Gather on how would you design a website? Well she used ours as an example. So not only did she advertise her web mastery - which is wonderful - in case you are looking for a web designer! But she also gave free advertising to Reviews4Reviews
Now on the book business side I have awesome news! One of my goals last week was to add new blogs to my blog roll. Well I did that and so much more. First I received notice from my publisher that my books had been chosen to be sent to the international consultant to be offered to foreign countries. NOW that's exciting!
Also, I found a different WOW hop on Wednesday. I already hop along with WOW 100 Words but now I found Waiting on Wednesday by hopping around to one of my favorite blogs. My Overstuffed Bookshelf and then I started hopping along and I met a brand new friend! And she has already given me such great hints and advice. You have to go check out her blog too! Heather at Buried in Books
And on the new book news front: Disrupted Lives has just moved to the Layout Phase which means it might actually be ready for distribution in April/May and the new one (you know the one that is being written as we blog) has a prologue being written and re-written) you can check it's progress by reading Creative Juices.
All in all, I'd say it's been a pretty good week for business!
February 4, 2011
Let me start out by saying I am so excited === this is my first time!
I have to thank my brand new friend Heather from Buried in Books
She actually suggested I hop on a different Friday Hop - but it was already closed and I like this one!
So here is what we do (I hope I get this right! First time jitters.)
The Book Blogger Hop was started by Jennifer at Crazy for Books and that part that I LOVE about it is that it runs ALL weekend. the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word! This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start HOPPING through the list of blogs.
This week's question: "What are you reading now and why are you reading it?"
Well, Actually this week I am reading two books.
The first one is the Memory Palace by Mira Bartok. I am reading that because I need to write the review on book blogs because I belong to the free book blog tour group. I started the book and it is a bit slow for me, but I have heard wonderful things about it. It is based on the author's life growing up as a child of a schizophrenic. She and her sister cut all ties with their mother when they reached adulthood but then Mira had a horrible car accident and had a traumatic brain injury. This story is painful to read.
The other book I am reading is In Dreams by Deanna Lee Warren. I am reading this as she is one of the authors on a reviewing website I own, Reviews4reviews and we have a program where authors can swap books and write reviews for each other. She and I had done so on one our books before and she liked my first novel so much she wanted to do another one, so I just received her second book.
Now, I am going to try really hard to do this every single week because I had a very good friend of mine tell me that if you are going to blog you need to do it right! And I agree. So thanks Jennifer!
The angels patiently hung in the corner, hovering. They had the perfect vantage point: the entire living room and dining room, the immense backyard, the kitchen, entry hall and stairs. She couldn’t say when they were hung up but she would never forget the day they fell down.
The alarm clock’s incessant ringing seemed to beat in time with her headache. Prying her eyes open she realized it was another one of those migraine headache days where the throbbing behind her eyes would make a thunderstorm seem tame. No time for that. Kids needed to get dressed, fed and out the door for school. She needed to shower herself and then wake Gary up.
The morning ritual began. Hot water on, brush teeth, get in the shower, do a quick wash and out. Dry hair, get dressed, go wake up the kids. Make sure the coffeepot had started brewing, put out the bowls for cereal and put out the cereal and milk. Go back in the bedroom and wake Gary up. Scurry the kids to the kitchen, make three lunches and swallow a cup of coffee. Tune out the kids fighting with each other.
The sound of breaking ceramic caught her attention. She looked over in the corner and saw the angels in a heap on the ground. She shrugged and said, “I’ll clean it up later. Come on, we have to go.” The kids grabbed their bags and headed for the car.
She yelled up the stairs, “Gary, remember it’s your day to pick the kids up from school.”
Fourteen hours later she pulled her car back into the garage. “Where’s Gary’s car?” She tried to push the panic feeling down as she quickly shut off her motor and raced into the house through the door that led from the garage to the kitchen. The house was dark.
“Gary? Tyler? Kyle? Meghan? Anyone? Is anyone home?” She called their names as she raced from room to room turning on lights as she went. The only thing that greeted her was emptiness.
She sat down on the top step of the staircase and placed her head in her hands. “Think Diane! Where could they be?” The sound of her own voice echoing in the empty house only made it worse.
February 1, 2011
But something happened and I have to do this early - I don't think anyone will mind.
"May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.." Send this to 8 women
This weekly hop is sponsored by a friend of mine. Ruthi aka abitoshunshine and the idea is to put down 100 words of the book you are reading and talk a bit about that book so that you can excite readers to go get that book.
For some reason that I cannot even begin to explain, I just can't follow those simple rules and I have been coming up with 100 words every week about something else. Last weeks post was about friendship.
Well, not to out do myself and I certainly am not going to take any of the credit for this one...I received something in my email and I had to share it .. and wouldn't you know it? It was 100 words!
So I did what it said and then I posted it. Why should I stop with 8 women? I'd like to see how many other people we can share this with...what do you think -- can you share this??
ALSO, as I was hopping this week I found another Weekly WOW only this one is
and was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine . I found this hop by reading one of my favorite blogs: My overstuffed Bookshelf. You really should hop on over and say Hi to Amy. Make sure you let her know Brenda sent you!