A Second ChanceA Second Chance by Bryan Mooney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A SECOND CHANCE – Who among us hasn’t looked back fondly on their first love? What would you do, or give up, for a second chance? A Second Chance by Bryan Mooney convincingly explores these issues. This is a really good romance.

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NANOWRIMO TIPS – With November only a few days away, the reluctant novelist might want to consider National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO). What started out as a grass roots Bay Area community group has become legitimate cultural phenomenon. I have heard numerous testimonials that NANOWRIMO has helped aspiring writers realize their dreams. That being said, I haven’t done the NANOWRIMO program myself. But with so many overwhelming testimonials it’s worth checking into. At the very least you owe it to yourself to check out the page that lists published NANOWRIMO novelists. The goal is a 50,000 word novel that can be verified by uploading to the website. I have heard that a great way to get started is by using Book in a Month (BIAM) to complete scene cards, work through an outline, develop characters and the list goes on. If you are not anticipating major life changes (a new job, moving, a divorce, a new baby, etc.) in the month of November, give NANOWRIMO your best shot, your dreams are worth it, see the web link for much more information.


Fire Up Your Fat BurnFire Up Your Fat Burn by Lori Shemek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I worked in the fitness industry in my twenties, but in my forties, it’s been difficult to maintain a healthy body weight. Back in the day, teaching twelve fitness classes weekly (plus weight training) meant eating healthy wasn’t critical. I ate whatever I wanted. I hear this often from my middle aged friends that were athletes when they were younger. Working out at that level (time or intensity) just isn’t feasible anymore. I have tried a lot of diets and have read a lot of diet books. Other approaches are unsatisfying, because of focusing on fads or lacking practical examples. For those reasons, Fire Up Your Fat Burn by Lori Shemek, strikes the perfect balance. This is a grab and go program coupled with the principles of why the approach works. Since I know a bit about exercise programs, I really appreciated suggestions that an average user can accomplish; at home, outdoors, at a gym or with little to no equipment. There are sections for at-a-glance; tips for success; what to/ not to eat; goal setting; understanding inflammation; using supplements, fiber and water. What I liked the most about this book were tasty food choices, embedded in the chapters, also concluding with an entire chapter at the end. This book lives up to the title and will give you what you need to jump start your lifestyle change.

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“I read “Picker” in one sitting, after I was drawn into a taut, compelling crime story — first by a sharply detailed, culturally complex and authentic rendering of place (New Mexico) and then by a skillful interweaving of well-articulated characters, parallel main plot and subplots, and events spanning two generations in time. I especially appreciated how the consequences of crime in this story play out in invisible, complex, and delayed ways, wherein cause-and-effect defies conventional expectations.”


21 KEY TRAITS – Today’s post is a snippet of a Writer’s Digest article. See below for the link that takes you to the full article.
The 21 Key Traits of Best-Selling Fiction excerpted from The Writer’s Little Helper by James V. Smith, Jr.
1.    Utility (writing about things that people will use in their lives)
2.    Information (facts people must have to place your writing in context)
3.    Substance (the relative value or weight in any piece of writing)
4.    Focus (the power to bring an issue into clear view)
5.    Logic (a coherent system for making your points)
6.    A sense of connection (the stupid power of personal involvement)
7.    A compelling style (writing in a way that engages)
8.    A sense of humor (wit or at least irony)
9.    Simplicity (clarity and focus on a single idea)
10. Entertainment (the power to get people to enjoy what you write)
11. A fast pace (the ability to make your writing feel like a quick read)
12. Imagery (the power to create pictures with words)
13. Creativity (the ability to invent)
14. Excitement (writing with energy that infects a reader with your own enthusiasm)
15. Comfort (writing that imparts a sense of well-being)
16. Happiness (writing that gives joy)
17. Truth (or at least fairness)
18. Writing that provokes (writing to make people think or act)
19. Active, memorable writing (the poetry in your prose)
20. A sense of Wow! (the wonder your writing imparts on a reader)
21. Transcendence (writing that elevates with its heroism, justice, beauty, honor)