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BEA-Feb 27

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Embrace the Light by Author Murf Chilson

Embrace the Light

Embrace the Light

Embrace the light is a story set in England in 1930. It has all the ingredients of Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. There is an evil step mother, a prince charming and at one time her only friends are her animals. It is an inspiring tale of never losing hope in the face of darkness and despair.

Murf Chilson

Lived on a farm for 7 years where there were many animals. My personal experience while living there furnished me with many tales to be told. In addition to this personal experience, I have 2 diplomas from the Institute of Children’s Literature located in W. Redding, Ct. and am presently enrolled in The Long Ridge Writer’s Group-also in W. Redding, CT.

M & M Affairs

M & M Affairs

M & M Affairs

Michael Davenport was a normal person with normal sexual appetites until he met Marla, his first wife. Being young, and recently leaving the nunnery, Marla began to explore. After marrying Michael, her curiosity grew and, with Michael, she set out to satisfy them. After four years, they both went their separate ways.

Millicent Chekov is a doctor from the Ukraine, and she is living in New York. She and Michael meet and they become lovers, however, she is bothered by his possessiveness. Millicent is finally determined to teach him a hard lesson, but this comes only after she learns a couple of hard lessons of her own. They both play a game of revenge with each other, but they soon begin enjoying the different games, so much so that it borders on becoming an obsession.

Hal is an artistic photographer who specialized in nudes and porn, and he is a friend of Michael. There was a time he photographed and became involved with Marla. The question is will he do the same with Millicent. What kind of relationship will he develop with her?

While the scenes are explicit, the novel itself uses salty language to a minimum, using it only as it relates to certain characters and to certain situations.

Micah Alexandra

Micah is a native New Yorker who spent some years doing theater. She now lives in Las Vegas where she spends her time working on her writing.

Mr. Hedges and His Wonderful Song

Mr Hedges and His Wonderful Song
The FBI thinks Mr. Hedges has kidnapped Gerry. There’s even a reward for Gerry’s safe return. They are looking for him. But did Mr. Hedges really kidnap him?

Mr. Hedges and Gerry meet “the most beautiful girl in the world” – well, that is to Gerry’s twelve-year-old eyes. Mr. Hedges is in love with her, too. But who is she? She calls herself by a half-dozen different names; she makes herself into a different person for everybody she meets. And Gerry worries if she only wants the reward and turns them in to the cops?

But all through their journey, Mr. Hedges writes “the most wonderful song anybody ever heard.” But that doesn’t really that their troubles are over.

Joseph Somerset

Joseph Somerset was an executive in broadcast management for many years. He and his wife, an artist, live in Boston and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He died last August 28, 2013. Sad to know though that he could no longer see his work, Mr. Hedges and His Wonderful Song.

Motorola G International Giveaway

Bookwhirl.com is giving away Motorola G Internationally.

Motorola G

Motorola G Specs

Operating system
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with guaranteed upgrade
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
Capacity
8 GB standard
16 GB version available
Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive
Dimensions and weight
Height 129.9 mm
Width 65.9 mm
Depth 6.0-11.6 mm (curve)
Weight 143 grams
Water repellent coating
Display
4.5 inches diagonal (11.3 cm)
1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Connectivity
Micro USB
3.5 mm headset jack
Battery
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh
Mixed usage up to 24 hours
Rear camera
5 MP at 4:3 and 3.8 MP at 16:9 (user-configurable)
LED flash
4X digital zoom
Slow motion video
Burst mode
Auto HDR
Panorama
Tap to Focus
Front camera
1.3 MP
Video capture and playback
720p HD video (front and rear)
Capture 30 fps (MPEG4, H.264)
Playback 30 fps (MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VP8)
Audio playback
AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MP3, PCM, FLAC, MIDI, QCELP, EVRC, OGG/Vorbis
Networks
Global GSM Model:
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
US GSM Model:
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps (850, 1700 (AWS), 1900 MHz)
CDMA Model:
CDMA/EVDO Rev A (850, 1900 MHz)
Both GSM models require a micro SIM card.
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® Technology
Version 4.0
Location services
GPS, GLONASS
In the box
Moto G in black
USB cable
Quick start guide

Motorola G

Giveaway Mechanics

  1.  Only one entry per person.
  2. Take a selfie with someone you love. The photo can be taken at any time. It can also be a screenshot from a video call.
  3. Participants will have to ‘Like’ and share our page, Book Marketing Services.
  4. The photo will have to be uploaded on our Page’s wall.
  5. The heartwarming selfie with the most number of ‘Likes’ and shares will be the winner.
  6. There will only be one (1) winner.
  7. The decision of the Admin is final and irrevocable.
  8. The winner will be informed via Facebook message within 24 hours after the contest ends.
  9. The reward will be processed within 48 hours upon notification.
  10. Shipping and handling of the reward is fully covered.
  11. Contest period will be from February 14 to March 31, 2014.

Join The Giveaway

 

The winner will be announced April 1. Stay tuned!

5 Ways to Break Through a Creative Wall

Creative Writing
Creative blocks are rarely baseless. Often, they stem from real issues that occupy a creator’s mind and drain his or her creative energy. While artists who create for fun can take a break when reality demands it, those in creative fields have no choice but to try to find a crack in the wall and tunnel through.

Like spinning tires in a ditch on a rainy day, getting out of a creative rut can be challenging, but there are ways to reclaim your creativity when life tries to run away with it.

Get green.

Getting in touch with nature is a time-honored way of channeling creativity, and a study by the University of Kansas, as reports the Huffington Post, backs up the nature-creativity connection. Even adding plants to your office space increases the creative flow. If you can’t take the time to recharge in the woods, get to the nursery and invest in a floral office companion.

Enjoy your own work.

It’s not egotistical to appreciate your own work. Those of us who create do so because we like our mediums. We paint, write or sew what we would like to see, read, or wear. When you’re blocked, there is no better work to study than your own. Your old ideas can lead to fresh ideas, and you’ll remind yourself you’ve completed works in the past.

Delve into your craft.

When you can’t pinpoint why you’ve hit the rut in your creativity, it may be because you’ve reached a boundary in your skill set. By working to increase your capabilities throughout your career, you expand your niche and have new directions when you feel one path blocked.

If you’re a writer, check out Writer’s Digest’s articles on writing, or try a few Creative Writing Prompts to help get your juices flowing. If you’re a freelance photographer, enhance your photography by studying the photography tips at iStockPhoto.com. If you’re a Web designer, try a different programming language.

No matter what field you’re in, you should be able to find some free tutorials online. Study up to improve the skills you have or add to them.

Free your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, but when you focus too hard on a problem, you may block yourself. Stress is an enemy of creativity. When you feel blocked, the worst thing you can do is stew on it, worry about what it means for your project, and how your inability to get your work done will impact your financial future.

Get up and do other things. Go for a bike ride, run an errand, or take that shower you’ve been putting off for days because you were in the zone. Let your mind wander. Often, it will come back to your project on its own.

Post a public deadline.

We may create out of love, but when we turn our art into careers, we know deadlines are part of the deal. A deadline gives us a timeframe, which means we have to get through that wall one way or another. It’s like the sports world’s equivalent of “playing through the pain”. It may not be your best work, but some projects just need to get done.

If just thinking about a deadline when you’re blocked makes you freeze up even more, consider this: according to the Harvard Business Review, there is good and bad pressure when it comes to creativity. Good pressure is created by an optimally challenging project – a project that is difficult, but that you have the skills to complete. If you work in a creative field, you have the skills to get through your block and get your project done on time. A deadline simply forces you to put them to use in a timely manner.

Promoting Self-published Books Through Pinterest

Be updated. There’s nothing worse than being in a crowd only to find out that you don’t belong, that you feel out-of-place. A bugging need to fit in always stands in the way. Same holds true for book marketing. You have to have a nose for what’s new and the eyes for what’s in.

One of the social media sites that have been making a buzz online is Pinterest. Since its launching three years ago, Pinterest has exploded with popularity. This site allows you to upload high-quality, design-focused pins. In fact, talking about media and publishing-related content shared on social networking sites, Pinterest ranks next to Facebook and Twitter.

Ppinterestinterest, therefore, is a great avenue for free book marketingto authors. It gives you the luxury to post and share photos, create a book cover design or make a pin board of images about your books and make it reach a wider niche of people.

On November 15, 2013, Pinterest announced the opening of its API to retailers who wish to embed pins directly on their websites. Aside from that, Pinterest also allows users to re-pin images and posts that they like from the company’s website thereby sharing it to an even larger crowd.

Logically, Pinterest is a wise choice of social media marketing. These days when more and more people tend to become visual learners, Pinterest is but a great deal since it attracts readers not only with its inspirational imagery and colourful photos but also with the layout and background one can choose to use.

There are a lot of avenues to expand your book’s readership, all you have to do is to explore and let your creativity come rolling in. Make sure that you convey your intentions clearly but with a touch of creativity thereby catching the best interests of your readers. Just be wise. Be innovative. Be updated.

Go online. Enjoy Pinterest and get your readers pinned on your books.