Book Review of Science Fiction Thriller series Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a science fiction thriller series called Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales #MindDimensionsOmnibus

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a science fiction thriller series called Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales.

Mind-Dimensions-Omnibus by Dima-Zales

I received a free copy of the set in exchange for an honest review. I love stories about mind powers, and that's what attracted me to this set. I had not been familiar with the author before now. Before I share my truthful review, here is more about the series:

Mind Dimensions Omnibus (Volumes 0 to 4) by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires

All 5 books in the popular Mind Dimensions series from a New York Times bestselling author, available for the first time in one convenient, discounted omnibus edition. Over 1500 pages of thrilling action, adventure, and unique mind powers.

The Thought Readers (Mind Dimensions Book 1)

Darren's had it easy his whole life. Finishing Harvard at eighteen, a lucrative job on Wall Street at twenty-one—all things are possible when you can cheat by stepping outside time. Thanks to his ability, he's a know-it-all, but what he doesn't know is how he's able to do what he does.

That is, until he meets Mira and discovers her dangerous, hidden world.

The Time Stopper (A Mind Dimensions Story Prequel)

Mira can stop time, but she can't change anything. After her parents are murdered, she'll do anything to get revenge—even take on the Russian mob.

The Thought Pushers (Mind Dimensions Book 2)

Darren’s life turned upside down when he met Mira. Now, as he races to uncover his own identity, he confronts new enemies—and realizes his unique powers might extend further than he ever imagined.

The Enlightened (Mind Dimensions Book 3)

Kidnapped, consciousness expanded—and that’s just the start of Darren’s day. As a new danger comes to light, he has one chance to save a loved one’s life and avenge the wrongs of decades past.

Some crimes can never be forgiven.

The Elders (Mind Dimensions Book 4)

Darren’s new powers are unpredictable, but they’re precisely what he needs to save everyone he loves. The Elders can teach him what he needs to know, but their help comes at a price.

Ultimately, Darren has to make a choice.

What is he willing to sacrifice for those he loves?

What did I think of the series? Continue reading "Book Review of Science Fiction Thriller series Mind Dimensions Omnibus by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires"

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader Dog: Jemma’s Story

Exciting News! Leader Dogs for the Blind and Sellers Bowman Subaru selected my Jemma’s story to showcase in their #LovePromise campaign! #LeaderDogJemma

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Leader Dogs for the Blind accepts NO Federal money. Grants and donations from Lions Clubs, Purina, Subaru, individuals and more provide the gift of independence to blind and visually impaired individuals such as myself.

Leader Dogs asked me to share a story about me and Jemma for Sellers Bowman Subaru to share on their site.

My life is so much better because Leader Dog Jemma shares it with me. We are a perfect match!

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Here's a screenshot of the powerful story of love I shared: Simply click the image to go to the Sellers Bowman Subaru Love Promise page to read the full story.

Image of "It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader Dog" by Ronda Del Boccio on Sellers Bowman Subaru Love Promise Campaign Page

Each dog costs well over $30,000, in training and everything else, but we clients don't pay anything. IT's all because of the generosity of donors like Sellers Bowman Subaru that we are a team, and I am so very grateful.

Help Leader Dogs Give the Gift of Independence!

If Jemma's story has inspired you to contribute to a blind person's independence, please kindly make your tax deductible contribution on my special fundraising page at WriteOnPurpose.com/ldb.

Meet & Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collarJemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

 

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Dogs Need to Play! My Golden Retriever with Kong Goodie Bone

Dogs definitely need fun activities. Here’s how I discovered a way to make Dentastix last longer and provide more fun for my Leader Dog Jemma. Enjoy the cute picture, too. #BLISSfulLife #LeaderDogJemma

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Dogs definitely need to play. I give my Leader Dog plenty of activities. It's so rewarding to watch her have a good time! If you have pets, you know how good for your health and sanity they are. Jemma is certainly not a pet, but out of her guide harness, she's just a dog who needs lots of cuddles, fun and exercise.

I bought her a Kong Goodie Bone back when we were at Leader Dogs. Basic Kong toys are among very few approved playthings. (Kongs and Nylabones. Period).

Lade Dog Jemma chews a Dentastix out of a Kong Goodie Bone

The Goodie Bone by Kong is shaped like a bone but with a short shaft at each end. You put something inside, and the dog has a long lasting treat, because it takes time to work it out of the bone.

I  made a cool discovery this week. My girl loves Dentasix. I give her one emery day. The problem I had until recently was that she eats it in under a minute. Now, I stuff the treat into the Goodie Bone, break it off and put the other half in the other end.

Voila! Now she has something to do for ten minutes instead of one.

Enjoy your own BLISSful life with your furry companion. Use and watch for the #BLISSfulLife hashtag.

Meet & Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collarJemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

 

Watch for her hashtag #LeaderDogJemma

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Writing Skills Advice: How to Avoid Using Very

Do you ever get stuck in your writing? Here are a whole bunch of ways to avoid using “very” in your articles and stories. #WritingTips #WritingAdvice

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Very is a very boring word. Teehee. Yeah, I used it. Here are a bunch of ways to avoid using it.

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Book Review of Cozy Mystery Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche Manos

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is #CozyMystery Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche Manos

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a cozy mystery by Blanche Manos titled, Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery.

This is one of the better cozies I have read. You'll find out why shortly. First, have a look at the book cover and description.

Moonlight Can Be Murder: A Ned McNeil Mystery. by Blanche Manos

Nettie "Ned" McNeil cannot imagine why her Uncle Cover of Moonlight Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery: A Ned McNeil Mystery by Blanche ManosJavin feels that he is in danger, but she loads her suitcases into her car, leaves Atlanta and her late husband, and makes the long trek to Ednalee, Oklahoma, to help out. When she arrives, Uncle Javin's white Victorian house is strangely dark and silent.

Inside she finds him lying on the floor in a pool of blood. So begin her first moments back in her old home town, where the mystery of Uncle Javin's violent death pulls at Ned. But his mysterious murderer seems to always be just a few steps ahead of her search. How can she protect her own life as she pursues a killer who will stop at nothing to guard a deadly secret?

I like cozies, because they're suspenseful tales about people being thrown into difficult circumstances. Sure, there's a dead body, but without the gore of true crime mysteries. What else makes this a good read?

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Using Inspirational Quotes for Writing Prompts?

If you’re looking for something to get your creative juices flowing, why not try using inspirational quotes to prime the pump? #WritingPrompt

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Looking for something to spark your creative juices? Try using  inspirational quotes.

I personally don't believe in "writer's block," but  I do believe in helping the creative juices flow when needed. I call it "priming the pump."

Miracles happen in moments. Be ready and willing. -Wayne Dyer inspirational quote.

One way to tickle the writer brain is to begin with something on which to focus. How about trying an inspirational quote?  Here's how it works: Continue reading "Using Inspirational Quotes for Writing Prompts?"

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Book Review of Historical Southern Novel Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a southern historical family saga called Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This time it's a historical southern novel based on the life of the author's mother, Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates. Here's a photo of Clella and Kenneth and info about the book.

Clella and Kenneth

Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates

How do you seek to redeem yourself when you don’t know what Cover of Pathways-of-the-heart_by-Diane-Yatesyou did wrong?

When Kenneth asked Clella to marry him, she agreed, believing their love would never die. But times and people change. Six children, the Great Depression, and two decades later, Clella feels desperate. The man she thought would always be by her side is miles away while she tries to remain faithful and pick up the pieces in another town. When a chance meeting changes everything, Clella’s faith and beliefs are tested.
Follow Clella through her true story about love, loss, betrayal, and the courage to love again.

I don't read much mainstream fiction, nor general fiction based on someone's own family history. Sowhat made this book worth reading for me? Continue reading "Book Review of Historical Southern Novel Pathways of the Heart by Diane Yates"

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Excerpt and Cover Reveal: Trouble’s Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story by Ronda Del Boccio

This is a book excerpt and cover reveal of a mystical coming of age short story titled “Trouble’s Tale: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story” by me, Ronda Del Boccio. American Indian wisdom and Native American spirituality inspired this tale

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Recently I've discovered the coolness that is Smashwords, a free way to publish in a variety of digital book formats. Simply by uploading a Word doc file, I can get my book into places like Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Barnes and Noble.

So I figured that I would put up some of my work, including a couple novellas and today, "Trouble's Turn: a Mystical Animal Allies Short Story."

Dreaming Stories

I had a dream that became this story. Though this tale doesn't resemble the dream, it got me thinking of the life of the animal Allies of Native American spirituality and what their lives are like.

In American Indian Wisdom, each person has an "Ally," an animal spirit guide who helps them live a good life. Trouble in this story is a young White Wolf trying to figure out her place in the world.

Making "Trouble's Turn" FREE

Why Smashwords and not just Amazon? I'll go over that another time, but the main thing is I can't make the short story free for everyone (not just Kindle Unlimited subscribers who pay) on Amazon.

I'm so excited to share the COVER of this short story along with the link where yu can get it in the format of your choice.

Cover Reveal - "Trouble's Turn"

And now...(Drum roll, please!)...The Cover of "Trouble's Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story" by Ronda Del Boccio, namely, ME.

Cover of "Trouble's Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story" by Ronda Del Boccio, featuring a white wolf ocming towards the reader

Story Excert of "Trouble's Turn"

Here's an excerpt from "Trouble's Turn": Continue reading "Excerpt and Cover Reveal: Trouble’s Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story by Ronda Del Boccio"

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Innovative Way to Write a Novel Synopsis via Jan Morrill

If you struggle with writing book blurbs & synopses, this innovative idea might set you free.

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If you're not a writer, this may surprise you. If you are an author who has ever tried to craft a synopsis for your novel or novella, you'll know this pain.

Writing a synopsis is almost harder than writing the novel itself.

Last year I was finishing up They All Died Smiling in preparation for getting it ready to pitch to an agent. By the way,  4months later, not a word from the agent. Still waiting But I digress.

I had to prepare a brief letter and a 1 page synopsis. FOr the uninitiated, this is a summary of the store, including the resolution at the end. It's supposed to cover the highlights quickly so a publisher or agent can decide if it's the sort of thing they want to see.

It's HARD. Did I mention that?

I have yet to find an author who enjoys writing them for their own book. I can help someone else write THEIRS with no sweat. Doing mine is a different matter.

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I took a haiku class from author and speaker Jan Morrill last fall. Now, I don't write a lot of poetry, but 17 syllables I figured I could handle. She made haiku relevant for non-poets. If you missed my article about how valuable her workshop was, you can read "How Can Haiku Help Your Writing."

One of her BRILLIANT suggestions that would never have occurred to me was to write a haiku summarizing your book. While this would not replace the 1-pager publishers and agents want, it can serve as a great book blurb or elevator pitch that you might even put in the letter accompanying the submission.

I invite YOU to share a haiku of your novel or novella in the comments! The typical haiku form is as follows: 3 lines, 17 syllables total, 5-7-5. Continue reading "Innovative Way to Write a Novel Synopsis via Jan Morrill"

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Book Review of Urban fiction Novel The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is an intense urban novel called The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I will honestly say that I don't read a whole lot of mundane books. By that I mean books set in the real world in ordinary times. I read a lot of fantasy, suspense, cozy mystery, thrillers and the like. I generally like to try on new realities better than delving into the gritty underbelly of this one.

That said, I also like to read a variety of genres, and I make it a point to read a few each year that are far outside my norm. I can always gain insights into life, try out new authors, glean new perspectives, and hopefully learn something from the writing that helps me hone my own craft.

So before I share my review along with a few hints for authors, here is more about the book., starting with the help wanted ad that opens it:

"HELP WNTED:

A woman to live with and care for four teenage girls in a residential home, to serve as foster mom and guide the girls through the academic and emotional challenges of high school. Master's in Social Work preferred."

- Excerpt from The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz BogardThe Middle Step is set in an inner city community just outside of St. Louis. It's a place where religion and race and poverty and lack of education all converge. The headlines don't often describe how these things can cause life to be difficult for the youth trying to grow up among such strife. Denise Pattiz Bogard tells a wonderful fiction story about what life is like inside the confining borders of the inner city.

What made this book a worthy read? Continue reading "Book Review of Urban fiction Novel The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard"

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Book Review of 6 Divine Principles of Success by Zohar Radiance Halevi

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a self mastery book called 6 Divine Principles of Success by Zohar (Radiance) Halevi, founder of The Radiance Project. Discover why I found it an irresistible read.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I often review fiction, but this time it's a personal development book to help you live a BLISSful life. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, and I believe this is one you will enjoy if you care anything about self mastery and living a hapy life.

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6 Divine Principles of Success: The Sacred Tree of Life and the Secret of Empire Builders by Zohar (Radiance) Halevi

What are the six divine principles of success?

This book reveals for the first time a sacred and over 2000-year-old system for personal and economic growth, based on six principles from the divine tree of life. It shows that these six principles are common to the endeavors of empire builders such as Bill Gates, the Roman founder Emperor Augustus, and the biblical King David. As such, they are a unique formula to great financial success.

The contents of this book have been tried and tested with great success by a variety of groups prior to publishing. Businessmen and senior officials of more than four groups which have implemented these principles mention the following benefits:

• Allows you to better read both client and company interests.

• The six principles together will help you create a bigger sum than its parts, allowing a more efficient and profitable economic performance with moderate growth.

• Provides tools to improve relationships and increase business partnerships.

• Improves performance and reduces the working day. And as we know - time is money.

• Improves the quality and delivery speed of products and services.

• Maintains business and personal development success, as well as relevance in changing market conditions, and the lead in various sectors.

• Enhances constructive pleasure and builds positive energy.

• Brings you a few steps closer to the "American dream."
“I have been surprised and delighted by the ability of this book to enrich my life.” -  Keren Peled

Zohar (Radiance) Halevi is qualified in a multitude of disciplines: lawyer, computer programmer, expert in investigating, expert in the art of persuasion, mediator, personal and business coach and more.

This book is a product of the author’s life work over twenty-three years, to identify and analyze the sacred formula of universal human success. He skillfully integrates different sources of wisdom into a new, flowing and exciting perspective, as an inspirational masterpiece aimed at unifying personal development and economic growth.

Managers and businessman must have this book.

That's the book page on Amazon. What did I think of the book? Continue reading "Book Review of 6 Divine Principles of Success by Zohar Radiance Halevi"

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Book Review of Moonlight A Fairytale Retelling by Ann Hunter

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is of Moonlight, another #CrownsOfTheTwelve Fairytale retelling by Ann Hunter.

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Moonlight-by-Ann-HunterWelcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

Last week, I reviewed The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter. This week I'm reviewing a prequel novella in the Crowns of the Twelve series called Moonlight. As before, I received a free Kindle copy of the book in exchange for my honest book review on several social networks and my site.

Moonlight is a retelling of the swan princess fairy tale. Here is he info from Amazon:

Moonlight (Crowns of the Twelve  #1) by Ann Hunter

"My most beloved brothers, and father, With Mother's death and the threat of Ciatlllait's dark powers looming, I am not sure I am strong enough to save you. But I will try. War is coming. I am just one girl. I feel so small, but I will try to draw strength from Mother's final words: You are never alone." --Aowyn One vow. One curse. One thousand moons. While Princess Aowyn's six brothers are favored by their father, Aowyn is the jewel in her mother's crown. When the Queen dies, Aowyn takes a vow to protect her brothers and father from the hungry eyes of the queen's handmaiden, Ciatlllait - who is more than she seems. In order to save her family, Aowyn risks a dangerous deal with the dark creature Sylas Mortas. But magic comes with a price: and Aowyn soon realizes the one she has paid is too steep. Only true love can reverse the spell...but it will take one thousand moons. Set in a Celtic world, "Moonlight" is the story of faith and true love woven through a breathtaking retelling of the classic folktale "The Swan Princess"

How did I like this one? Continue reading "Book Review of Moonlight A Fairytale Retelling by Ann Hunter"

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Book Review of YA Paranormal Fantasy Romance The Subtle Beauty Crowns of the Twelve Book 1) by Ann Hunter

This is another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a #YAFantasy #ParanormalRomance The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter #CrownsOfTheTwelve

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it a worthy read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I want to adore every book I read, but that is never possible. I was given a complimentary Kindle copy in exchange for an honest review, and I am living up to my agreement in sharing this review on my site.

Today's book gets a mixed review from me. Some elements of Ann Hunter's writing and storytelling are skillful, but  Others, for me, not so much. I shall share what worked for me and what did not in this reworking of Beauty and the Beast.

The Subtle Beauty: Crowns of the Twelve Book 1 by Ann Hunter

Cover of The Subtle Beauty (Crowns of the Twelve BOok 1) by Ann Hunter displayed on my iPad #CrownsOfTheTwelveA cursed prince. A vain beauty. Glory is the seventh daughter of Balthazar, High King of the Twelve Kingdoms. Glory hopes that - of all her sisters - she can escape the fate of a loveless marriage. But on the night she plans to elope with the royal falconer, her world comes crashing down: Her father announces Glory's betrothal to Eoghan of the Blood Realm - a prince no one has ever seen. The prince is said to be a recluse, cursed and deformed by the gods for the sins of his power-hungry father. Yet when Glory is trapped in Blackthorn Keep she discovers that not everything is what she expected. An insulting gryphon, a persistent ghost, and a secret plan to usurp the prince keep Glory reeling. Can she overcome her vanity to learn that what you want isn’t necessarily what you need—and save the cursed prince?

Now, no book is "perfect," whatever that may be. No such thing. Any book might be strong in some areas and not so much in others. I read as a writer who learns from how the book author applies skill (or fails to do so), and as a reader who loves to get swept deep into a captivating other world.

So what aspects of the book did I find enjoyable, and which turned me off?

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Leader Dog Jemma Moolights As a Treat and Toy Tester

Leader Dog Jemma is a capable guide dog, and she loves to test toys, treats and dog chews on the side! Here’s one of her reviews. #WyldLifepets #LeaderDogJemma #ProductReview

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Not only is my fabulous Leader Dog Jemma a gorgeous and gifted guide dog, she is also and adorable product tester!

Jemma enjoys a Wyld Life Pets chew.

I am an Amazon top reviewer, & I get offers to try out products for free or steep discounts because of the quality out of my reviews.

I've been posting pictures and reviews of various dog treats and toys my wonderful girl has tried, and that's I am now being offered items for dogs. Hooray!

So she gets to try new things and show her adorable face as she please with or champs on them. I get to add to my review repertoire.

She loves these Wyld Life Pets American made bully sticks and tendons I received a free package in exchange for an honest review.

Here's my 5 star Amazon review Continue reading "Leader Dog Jemma Moolights As a Treat and Toy Tester"

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Leader Dog Jemma Takes a Bow And They All Say Awwww

I taught Leader Dog Jemma to take a bow so she can wow the audience when I speak. Here’s her first public appearance along with a photo of the famous bow. #LeaderDogJemma #LionsClub #LeaderDog

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Since I'm an author and speaker, I make public appearances with my gorgeous and talented Leader Dog Jemma. She's a scene stealer for sure, and I wanted to have her do something special to wow the crowd.

Leader DOg Jemma shakes hands

So I taught her to give her paw (shake hands) and to bow. Here she is showing off for the camera at our local Lions Club fundraiser. Continue reading "Leader Dog Jemma Takes a Bow And They All Say Awwww"

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Book Review of First Maggie Storm Blue Cozy Mystery Uncultured Pearl by Sherrill M. Lewis

All my book reviews share what makes the selected volume good from both the reader’s perspective and the writing skill/author perspective. #BookReview

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UPDATE: I just learned that the author Sherrill Lewis died January 27, 2016 after a long battle with ALS.

Sherrill Lewis

I never knew her, but here is what Kimberly Pennell said about her: "Her husband said her two goals in life toward the end were to see all her far-flung kids and finish the 4th book in the series. She got both and died the day after finishing the book. (shiver)"

Shiver indeed! She definitely stayed around to finish what she had set out to do. I loved this book and will read the rest in the series. Now, on to the review.

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review  well-written books, highlighting what makes each good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

I love cozy mysteries, and today's review is a cozy with a touch of romance.  It is a hint of romance and not graphic, thus safe for younger or more sensitive readers. I am not a fan of graphic intimacy myself.

The way I encountered this book is because I read unsolicited submissions for a publisher, and Ms. Lewis submitted her book. I suppose I outed her by telling the publisher her books are all self published and available on Amazon.

I started reading the portion of  Uncultured Pearl she submitted to the publisher and was unhappy to run out of pages. So I used my handy-dandy Kindle Unlimited subscription to read the whole book.

I typically don't review self-published books. There are a lot of bad ones, since it's free and easy to publish. I enjoyed this book a lot,, though, and there are some good teaching points for authors in what I shall share as well.

Yes, I know a commercially published book can be bad too, but at least it has seen editors. It's more likely to be not for my taste VS awful and full of errors.

OK so, here's the info about the book:

Uncultured Pearl (Maggie Storm Blue Mystery Book 1) by Sherrill Lewis

Description from Amazon.com:

Cover of Uncoltured Pearl (Maggie Storm Blue Mystery Book 1) by Sherrill Lewis Maggie Storm Blue is taking a medical leave from her job as a PR copywriter/magician in Oklahoma City. Over the last ten years, 50-pushing-60 Maggie has experienced several psyche-battering events. De-stressing at her uncle’s idyllic lakeside home in Maine, she finds herself sidestepping her aunt’s matchmaking mischief, embroiled in solving multiple murders, and being the target of mystifying mayhem. She hopes the mayhem does not follow her back to Oklahoma. Meanwhile, she wonders, This is a vacation?

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Writing Prompts: How Can Haiku Help Your Writing?

Discover haiku as a new way to spark your writing with these haiku examples and writing prompts #haiku #WritingPrompts The Red Kimono author Jan Morrill‘s haiku workshop at a writing conference inspired this post.

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Have you heard of haiku? Maybe you remember it from your language arts classes at school.

I've seen it. I've written some upon occasion outside of academic necessity for a grade. Recently, author Jan Morrill taught a workshop that helped me hone my poetry writing skills  and opened my eyes to a variety of ways to use Haiku to help my other writing.

What is Haiku?

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form that traditionally has 17 syllables across 3 lines. The typical pattern is 5-7-5. haiku are generally about nature.

I remember that much from my English classes, which is what my school district called language arts.

Beyond the Nature 5-7-5

Beyond the brevity, I learned from Jan Morrill that haiku should capture a moment. While nature inspires much haiku, anything in life can find its way into one of those tight little gems.

"Haiku captures a moment."

- Jan Morrill, author of The Red Kimono, Life: Haiku by Haiku, and other books

Haiku as Writing Prompt

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7 Ways to Promote Your Live Author Event with Ease

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Book Launch Party

If you’re an author participating in a local event, such as a book signing, meet & greet, public reading or festival, you want to help the event be a huge success for yourself and the organizers. Here are 7 methods to help you easily promote the event and help your book marketing efforts at the same time.

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Live author events, whether a book signing, reading, speaking engagement or something else, can be tremendously valuable...or not. It all depends. Mostly, it depends on the AUTHOR, not the event host.

I've noticed a lot of authors tend to expect to sit back and let the literary world deliver book sales with no effort on the wordsmith's part. I see it with publishing and with live events as well.

7 Tips for Promoting an Author Event

When you publish a book by whatever publishing method, you an't expect to put up your feet and let the publisher promote for you This simply does not happen. You can't just bury yourself in the next project; you have to promote and market your own book. That makes everybody happy, because you sell more books.

Same with events. Just because you've agreed to appear at a book signing, excerpt reading, or other live author event, that doesn't mean you keep your mouth shut about it and simply show up and sit in  your seat like a soggy lump until you're "on."

You want a successful event, right?

5 Reasons Why You Want to Help Promote an Author Book Signing/Speaking Event

  1. You might sell more books. This is obvious, but worth focused attention. People who are connected to you, whether readers, family or friends, are likely to come in support, and/or perhaps buy a book for themselves or as a gift. Sales are all about numbers. The more people attend, the more statistically likely it is for you to profit.
  2. Name recognition. Every author needs a wider net with more people who know about you and your books. Even if I don't like your genre, I have friends who do, and those friends are always looking for a good read. The old saying goes, "Out of sight, out of mind." You want to be IN sight and ON people's minds. Every time someone sees your name and hears about you, you become just a little more relevant.
  3. You only reap what you sow. You'll only get out what you invest. Contribute nothing and you can expect nothing in return. Then you'll be whining that the event was a waste of time when you, in fact, were at cause in the poor results. Help spread the word and you'll be the darling of the event hosts and can anticipate rich rewards.
  4. The Golden Rule Principle. Momma taught you the Golden Rule: "Treat others as you want them to treat you." The others are the event planners, any other authors, and the attendees. You want a great experience for everyone. The success of any event is a team effort. You want to care t the success of the event not only to bolster your own self-interest, but because it is right to put forth some effort. The event coordinators are most assuredly expending many hours and much energy to support YOUR writing.
  5. What you focus upon expands. Focus on expanding siness as an author and it shall grow. Simple universal law.

Here are 7 easy ways you can let your world know about your event. Continue reading "7 Ways to Promote Your Live Author Event with Ease"

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This Simple Change to HOW You Eat Could Shrink Your Waistline Without Changing WHAT You Eat

Are you as sick of the shaming weight loss talk as I am? Here’s a way to uplift and nourish your spirit as you eat whatever you’re eating. And it might even shrink your waistline. #BLISSfulLife

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I dread January. Oh sure, it is cold and dark and all the holiday sparkle goes away. That's bad enough. But what I dread is all the fuss about resolutions, dieting, and self denial. Bye-bye good life, if the media is to be believed. We're all expected to put on our diet blinders and do squats while brushing out teeth.

Yeah, I actually saw that on the Today Show this week.

Seriously? You mean I can't simply brush my teeth and be present with my self-care routine?

If you believe that what you focus on expands, which it does, why spend energy counting calories and focusing on limitations, lack and loss? All that brings is more limits with less results.

I started conducting an experiment in late December inspired by author Pam Grout's book E Squared: Nine Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

"It is healthier to uplift and nourish than to chastise and shame." - Ronda Del Boccio

Food Blessing Experiment

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Meet “Chester Drawers” and 40 Ozarks Authors February 7, 2016 at Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City, Missouri

Kimberling Area Library hosts their 4th Annual Meet the Author Day, featuring 40+ authors; among them 11 are speaking. Here is info about the event featuring keynote speakers Peter Longley and “Chester Drawers”, comedian Eddie Bowman.

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Meet 40 Authors & Hear 11 Speakers at Meet the Author Day in Kimberling City on Feb. 6. 9:30 AM - 2 PM

Event is FREE & open to the public

Whatever you read you'll find an author you'll want to meet at this Southwest Missouri event at Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City Missouri. For those of you who know me I'll be there, but I don't have a table. I'll be at the special drawing table with a gift basket to give away.

Here is a video showing last year's event:

 Kimberling City, MO. – Meet 40 regional authors and hear from eleven speakers at the Fourth Annual Meet the Authors Festival at the Kimberling Area Library. The event will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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7 Tips for a Successful Author Book Signing Event

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Book Launch Party

If you’re an author getting ready for a live book signing event, these 7 tips will help you make it a HUGE success! #BookMarketingTips #BookSigning

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Meeting your potential (and current) readers in person is a big deal. Book signings can either be a roaring success or a dismal waste of time. It all depends on how you the author approach it.

I've done a few author book signing events, and in fact I'm on a committee planning Meet the Author Day at the Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City, Missouri. Here are some things I've witnessed.

Some authors come:

  • Having only a box of books and no table covering.
  •  Stacking books on the table in an unappealing manner.
  •  Sitting behind the table, waiting for magic to happen.
  • Wandering around talking to other authors instead of connecting with readers.
  • Having no way of making change or taking credit cards.
  • Making customers use coins instead of rounding that .95 up to the next dollar.
  • Not asking questions or talking with potential customers.

If any of these describe you, then you  will want to read this article and plan for your next event.

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Leader Dog Jemma and Ronda Del Boccio Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

This is a holiday greeting from me and Jemma #LeaderDogJemma, including a funny video with us rocking around the Christmas tree.

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This is purely for fun. Here's a JibJab video featuring me and Leader Dog Jemma.

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Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collar

Whichever December holidays you celebrate, may you cherish them.

Warmly,

Ronda and Jemma

Meet & Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Jemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

Please share this all over the social web!

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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FREE Story: An Angel Came” from I’ll Push You Steer, by Ronda Del Boccio

During this season of miracles, I recall a real encounter in which a woman I met is certain an angel came to her.

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People around the world are celebrating miracles at this time of year, which is December, in case you read this some months in the future. Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil, Hindus the miracle of light, and Christians the miracle of the savior's birth, just to mention a few.

I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie Tesh

I was thinking about one of the stories in my first book, I'll Push You Steer, with my fabulous co-author and dear friend Bonnie Tesh. We each shared tales from our journey in what many would call "disability."

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One of my contributions, "An Angel Came," is the story of how myt belief trumped the church's teachings when I went to visit a comatose woman in the hospital. Martha was not expected to awaken.

Do you expect miracles? I do. P

lease enjoy "An Angel Came. I've posted just the beginning here. Those who have joined Ronda's Readers get the full tale free as a downloadable PDF.

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An Angel Came

by Ronda Del Boccio

from I'll PUsh You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling Through Life with Blinders On by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie Tesh

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They All Died Smiling Novel Update

What’s happening with the #paranormal #suspense novel They All died Smiling? Here’s an update on what’s happening now with this finally completed novel.

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If you've been following my work, you may have seen posts with little excerpts or other tidbits from my works in progress. Here's the latest update on my novel.

NaNoWriMo and Beyond

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Author Ronda Del Boccio and Leader Dog Jemma Featured in Christmas Parade

Leader Dog Jemma and I, author Ronda Del Boccio, had a chance to be part of the Lions Club Gift of Sight float in our local Christmas parade. Have a look! #LeaderDogJemma #LionsClub

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Leader Dog Jemma and author Ronda Del Boccio on the Lions Club float. Behind them, a Snowman wears glasses. Beside them is the mascot Lion.Leader Dog Jemma and I rode the Lions Club float at the Kimberling City Christmas Parade. The parade theme was "All I Want for Christmas Is..." Our Lions CLub's answer was "The Gift of Sight."

Here we are on the float with our mascot Lion alongside us.

Our float showcased some of Lions' vision-related programs, including eyeglasses and Leader Dogs for the Blind.

It was fun being on the float. Jemma, of course, was the star! Her golden coat gleamed and her smile beamed. We had perfect weather. I heard cameras snapping all along the parade route.

Here is a Facebook post about our adventure:

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