Making Your Reading Fun!

I promised earlier this week that I would share with you the type of books that I am reading since I have retired after 34 long years of devoted service. They range from sleazy to sexy to adventurous. To be politically correct, I do still read a few books related to the business world.

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My Daily Routine.

Sleep until 10 A.M. CST after staying up most of the night reading a new book I downloaded to my iPad.

Go to the gym to do stepping, senior exercise and strength exercise – So much fun with the older group.

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Visit with new-found friends. I clean the house, but it is not a priority!

Back home to take care of the garden and visit with my lizard, XELA.

 

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Meet X-E-LA!  He visits on the patio every morning while I am drinking my tea.

 

It’s time for lunch. My meals have changed dramatically. I eat like a bird.

After lunch, I am usually on the laptop or reading my book for the day.

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I do carve out time in the afternoon to give my healthcare consulting business quality time and to plan my next trip to exotic places that I haven’t seen before.

I make a point to write no less than 500 words per day for my next book. One day, I’m going to have a NY Times bestseller.

Let’s talk books.

Here is a list of some of the books on my Kindle that I have already read. Some are from traditional bestseller authors, but most are from independently published authors, a hidden treasure of writers. I have downloaded 80 more on my laptop. As you can see, a drastic change from leadership books.

  1. Divorcees Biz by Eileen Thornton – Recommended for the over 60-year-old crowd; hot and a page turner
  2. Step on the Crack by James Patterson and Michael Bennett – James is my favorite writer
  3. The President is Missing: A novel by James Patterson and President Bill Clinton – The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seats
  4. Confessions of a Geriatric Prom Queen by Lila Silvern – Recommended for women over 60 years old – get ready for some steamy advice about sex
  5. With Angel’s Wings by Stephanie A. Collins – Recommended for all adults who adore their kids; has won many book awards
  6. Mama’s Heart: A true to life story of tragedy and love by VJJ Dunn – It will leave you in tears
  7. Flame and Hope: An African Adventure Fauna Park Tales by Maretha Botha – Primarily for Middle-School Children but suitable for adults to read to their children
  8. Finding Katie by Harmony Kent – Recommended for any young adult struggling to find themselves
  9. Letting Go into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary after Abuse by Gwendolyn Plano – Recommended for anyone who has suffered from abuse or knows someone is currently suffering from abuse; guarantee to inspire and motivate
  10. Flowers and Stone by Jan Sikes – Recommended for all adults; one of the last books she published before passing
  11. Empty Chairs by Stacey Danson (Suzanne Burke) – A Must Read for all adults
  12. The Ultimate Betrayal (A Reverend Curtis Black Novel Book 12) by Kimberla Lawson Roby – Recommended for church-going folks
  13. Popcorn Behind the Bush (The Gracie Series) by Grace LaJoy Henderson – Recommended for Middle grade
  14. A Mother’s Heart: Memoir of a Special Needs Parent by Elchin Chang-Lim – Recommended for anyone who has a child with special needs
  15. Non-Profit by Larry Hyatt – Recommended for all adults looking for a sprinkle of humor
  16. To The Top by Deontae Henderson – Picture Book Recommended for K – 3rd Grade
  17. Acts Beyond Redemption – Book 1 by Suzanne Burke – Recommended for those who like to read suspense books
  18. Circus Tarot by Charles W. Jones – Recommended for adults; if you like the circus, you will enjoy this suspense thriller and learn more than you thought you knew about the circus
  19. The Old House: An Everlasting Love Story by Karl Morgan – Recommended for adults
  20. Has Anyone Seen My Brain? By Kan Nimak – Recommended for healthcare workers and teachers; appropriate for middle school and young adults
  21. Children of the Future by Jane Suen – Recommended for young adults
  22. There is a Reaper: Losing a Child to Cancer – This one is very emotional; recommended for all males who are facing the ordeal of coping with the loss of a child with cancer
  23. The Neon Houses by Linda Mims – Recommended for all adults
  24. Adventures in Mother-Sitting by Doreen Cox – This is filled with techniques for caregivers
  25. Type and Cross – Book 1 by Staci Troilo – Recommended for all adults if you like suspense and for healthcare personnel who works in emergency rooms
  26. Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope by Kathryn Chastain Treat (deceased) – Recommended for healthcare workers

All Kindle books on this list are available on Amazon.com

If you have read any of the books on this list, please share your thoughts with my followers in the comment or Reply section of this post.

 

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WRITERS BLOCK-WHAT SHALL I DO?

Here are some funny quotes that may identify how you are feeling when you are experiencing writer’s block and worrying about poor book sales?  Laughter is like medicine for writers.

“When you’re looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, a buddy doesn’t just have your back… A buddy brings the map.” from Stephen Geez’s book BEEN THERE, NOTED THAT: ESSAYS IN TRIBUTE TO LIFE.

Been There, Noted That: Essays In Tribute To Life: Observations, Inspiration, Remembrance, & Noteworthies To Share

Find your buddy by joining a book club. Tell them that I sent you.

 

Feast upon these quotes from the book, BUTTER MY BUTT AND CALL ME A BISCUIT by Alan Zullo and Gene Cheek.

Butter My Butt and Call Me a Biscuit: And Other Country Sayings, Say-So's, Hoots and Hollers

Concerning consequences: “Don’t let your mouth write checks that your rear end can’t cash.”

Concerning ego: “Some people are so full of themselves, you’d like to buy “em for what they’re worth and sell ’em for what they think they’re worth.”

Concerning poverty: If you are flat broke and want to run off the bill collector say, “I don’t have a pot to pee in nor a window to throw it out of.”

Do you have any favorite quotes that make you laugh when you are in a writing slump? Share with my readers in the comment section.

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IT’S MIDNIGHT BOOK REVIEW TIME – WHO IS IN THE HOTSEAT TONIGHT? #RRBC

JOHN W. HOWELL

John W. Howell

John states in his bio that he began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. John’s fourth book Circumstances of Childhood launched in October of 2017. John once revealed that writing is his third career. Success follows him in all of his jobs.

HIS BOOK: CIRCUMSTANCES OF CHILDHOOD

Circumstances of Childhood by [Howell, John W.]

 

Why did I choose to read John’s book?

The cover caught my attention. I was intrigued by the Austin newspaper caption and the conditions of the cars on the cover. Being a sports fanatic, I wondered if maybe I would recognize the story. I didn’t. But, I wanted to know what a football player, his childhood, and car crashes had in common.

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THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

Next stop for the Sunshine Blogger Award created by Susan Day – Maretha Botha hands off to Gracie Bradford

Maretha Botha tagged me in the Sunshine Blogger Award, which means that as the author, I allow one of my characters to speak his or her mind, including an interview with me.  This has been fun.

Don’t forget to read more about Susan Day’s own interview for the Sunshine Blogger Award, written on behalf of DAWG, aka Downright Awful Wicked Genius. . ... read her interview by following this link:

http://www.astrosadventuresbookclub.com/the-sunshine-blogger-award-or-how-to-rule-the-world-if-youre-a-cat/

Wag on over to read more about Maretha Botha’s own interview for the Sunshine Blogger Award written on behalf of His Handsomeness, King Rat. King Rat likes to sing his own praises about himself and his author and does it with such eloquence. Here’s what King Rat had to say in his interview, “Now, we have a blogger awards competition on our paws, but I’ll be the first furry one to sing a certain author’s praises. Without a nomination from Susan Day, author and blogger out of this world, no one would’ve known about Fauna Park and its tales – least of all, dear readers, a rat’s tail.  My author cares more about other furry tails than my rat’s tail or tale, because I’m just a rat in her eyes.  However, I’m no ordinary rat, even though at this very moment I’m still living in exile outside the farm’s walls . . . but I’m getting sidetracked.” Please read Maretha Botha’s interview by following this link:                                                                                                           https://marethabotha2013.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/the-sunshine-blogger-award-susan-day/

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Bow-Wow to Maretha Botha

Rave Review Book Club July Book of the Month

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Reviews Sell Books

LIES SELL BOOKS – TRUE CONFESSIONS SELL BOOKS – ILLUSTRATIONS SELL BOOKS

Books are written to #educate, #entertain, #make money, and deliver a #powerful message. Books are written to be #read. Let’s have some midnight fun! When the morning crowd wakes up to this blog, they just might send Grandma a nastygram.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity by Amelia Earhart.

Grandma is sassy tonight and stepping out on tenacity.

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