Free Ebooks for Writers

So who doesn’t love free books? Here’s what we’ve got especially for writers.

Today is the last day to get the FREE ebook from Ultimate Bundles: Writing Wisdoms: 26 Brilliant Tips from Successful, Professional Writers. In it you’ll find the answer to the question:

What is the #1 piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

If you are dying to know, then hurry and pick up a copy before the offer expires!

Next up, Infostack has a free ebook for writers too! In preparation for the Write Publish Profit 5.0 Super Stack, you can download Your Hero’s Journey: Overcome The Dragons Of Dread, Doubt, And Defeat, And Release Your Creative Power As A Writer.

With a title like that, who can pass this FREE ebook up?

And finally, there are a few more days to enter to win 10 paperback books that belong on every writer’s shelf! The Ultimate Writer giveaway ends on June 6.

Ultimate Writer Giveaway

The team over at Infostack is giving away over $500+ in writing and editing software, coaching, $100 in Infostack credit (good towards their amazing bundles for writers), and more.

Plus, they’re giving away 10 books on writing every author should own, including:

1. The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

2. Story Genius by Lisa Cron

3. On Writing by Stephen King

4. Steering the Craft by Ursula Le Guin

5. Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer

6. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

7. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

8. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

9. Everybody Writes by Ann Handley

10. The Elements Of Style By William Strunk

The Grand Prize winner gets all 10 books plus $100 in Infostack credit, a 1-On-1 Coaching Call With A Certified Book Profits Accelerator Coach, 1 Year of Access to ProWritingAid Premium, and 1 Year Access to NovelFactory Premium.

The Second Place Winner still gets all 10 books. Not too shabby for a runner-up prize. You know I love books! 

If I were you, I’d head on over and enter today! The Ultimate Writer Giveaway starts May 24 and ends on June 6, with the winners announced on June 7. 

Journals Galore!

Looking for a gift for a world traveler? Then check these journals out!

First, for the female ex-pat in Mexico:

Then for the ex-pat in whichever country, choose from:

And for the Spanish speaking ex-pat:

FREE Mother’s Day Coloring Sheets

The talented Claudia Guzes and I have teamed up to bring you something special for Mother’s Day. A set of 4 Mama’s Garden Coloring Sheets for you to download and paint or color!

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Books

Today, you get a whole smorgasbord of books to curl up and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. And if that’s not a smorgasbord, I don’t know what is.

Don’t wait–go and download now!

Two of my books are FREE today only too but not listed in the above promotion. So I’ll list their links below.

La Yacata Revolution: How NOT to Buy a Piece of Heaven in Mexico

A to Z Reasons Why La Yacata is the Place to Be in Any Disaster: A Prepper’s Guide to Mexico

Your Finances God’s Way: A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money by Scott LaPierre

The bible has excellent examples of how Christians can live a balanced life regarding money. The Old and New Testaments provide stories and parables about what happens when rich and poor make wise or foolish financial decisions. Knowing this, I was looking forward to reading Your Finances God’s Way: A Biblical Guide to Making the Best Use of Your Money by Scott LaPierre. 

Sadly, I was disappointed with the convoluted advice and the book’s organization. Every other paragraph referenced a different scripture rather than focusing on one incident at a time, which didn’t allow for continuity of thought while reading. It was as if the author wanted to impress with his scriptural knowledge rather than offering biblical guidelines. Then there were references to unrelated topics, a whole section on how guns are not amoral, Karl Marx and Margaret Sanger immorally used their knowledge to destroy society, and some story about Abraham showing a rich fool his hovel in heaven, which was certainly not taken from any version of the bible I’ve read.

As I mentioned, the bible is full of helpful guidance about money matters, and most of those are mentioned at some point in this book. So in that regard, Christians might find Your Finances God’s Way a useful introduction to finances in the scriptures.

However, I found much of the writing superfluous rather than feasible. Perhaps I was looking for something other than a sermon based on the title. I wanted something more than generalities. I wanted a guidebook on how best to invest my resources as a Christian and the biblical support for those actions. Although there was much written about the scriptural interpretation of money and a few examples of what the author himself did, this book failed to provide meaningful steps to obtaining financial stability for me.

I received an ARC from Reedsy Discovery. You can read my review here.

Beyond Balancing the Books: Sheer Mindfulness for Professionals in Work and Life by George Marino

Beyond Balancing the Books: Sheer Mindfulness for Professionals in Work and Life by George Marino is The Power of Now for accountants. It takes the somewhat complex ideas of gurus such as Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Meister Eckhart and shows how accountants can apply mindfulness to their work and home life. 

Although the title suggests that the ideas in this book could be applied to other professionals, the metaphors, examples, parables, and situations are tailored to accountants. It is masterfully crafted in that regard. The challenges unique to financial tasks, including stress during tax season, working with demanding clients, and the accountant’s own personal baggage regarding money, were addressed. 

There are biblical excerpts, quotes from famous people like Einstein, and short poems that the author wrote to aid readers in finding inner peace through mindful activity. In addition, there are some links to the author’s YouTube channel for further guided meditations, while others are written out for the reader. 

I’m not sure that I could pick my favorite part. I enjoyed the meditation exercises. I loved the short poems. I chuckled at the conversation between the accountant and their friend (a reminder to be kind to yourself). The information about the practical application of mindfulness, both in professional and personal lives, resonated with me. The Mindfulness at Work Questionnaire for Professionals was beneficial in pinpointing how I could become more present. I thought the Thirteen Qualities of an Awakened Workplace was a helpful guide in helping employees determine how healthy their work environment is. I especially liked the section about the Money Attitude Scare (MAS) and how mindfulness can change how I look at money and financial planning. As you can see, this book is jam-packed with mindful goodies!

Beyond Balancing the Books should be on every accountant’s required reading list. Other professionals may also find it useful, disregarding the extreme CPA focus. People who are not ready to start down the mindful living path will probably find this book not as helpful. It’s a longish book, so not something that could be read in one sitting. However, that’s the point of being in the present, taking things as they come, isn’t it?

I received an ARC from Reedsy Discovery. You can read my review here.

The Upside of Down: The Sky Above and The Mud Below by Joel Bernard

I have to admit that I’m somewhat of a fanatic of post-apocalyptic survival books. I can’t say precisely what it is about the genre that appeals to me, perhaps the promise of a new beginning, but whatever it is, The Upside of Down: The Sky Above and The Mud Below by Joel Bernard fit the bill. 

The story is written from the perspective of the characters in a somewhat futuristic but not too distant future when climate change has caused a global catastrophe. Wildfires, storm surges, flooding, drought, superstorms, tornadoes, and the like were catalysts to a vast migration. People from the southern US were moving North, and those from the coasts were moving inland. 

Although I enjoyed the book, there were some issues. The first drawback I found was that the sheer number of characters was overwhelming. Constantly switching back and forth between characters, perspectives, and even storylines, made it difficult to form an attachment to some individuals. Then some of the characters were dead, and we only hear from them after they are dead, which does very little to advance the plot since all they can talk about is being dead. 

There seemed to be some vagueness about what happened to Moses, a likable character that lived in a church and could “get things.” It appeared that he had become an integral part of one of the wandering groups but then was killed, and there was a ceremony of some sort to mark his passing. However, none of these events are presented to the reader directly. I’m not sure if the chapters were edited out or the author didn’t smooth the plot development out quite right, but Moses got lost in the story. 

I believe the author meant this novel to be a morality tale. The situations presented and the scientific information presented in hindsight musings told the story of a civilization that did not heed scientific warnings. The result was this calamitous new world humans struggled to survive in. Unfortunately, the story lacked immediacy. There was a lot of cloud gathering and navel-gazing by the characters, who realistically would be more focused on adapting to their harsh surroundings as they exhaustingly traveled hundreds of miles on foot to their hoped-for destinations. 

So although I enjoyed the book, the meandering storyline in The Upside of Down: The Sky Above and The Mud Below by Joel Bernard might not be something everyone would enjoy.

I received an ARC from Reedsy Discovery. You can see my review here.

Publishing a Hardcover Book on Amazon KDP

Amazon has started offering hardcover publishing on KDP. This is a nice feature for select books as you don’t need to pay anything up-front and you earn 60 percent royalties after the printing costs are deducted. Not all books are worth the conversation to hardcover. However, children’s books, photo books, and a well-selling fiction or non-fiction manuscript will look spectacular in hardcover. 

Amazon’s hardcovers do not come with a dust jacket and some have said the quality isn’t what you might find at a traditional publisher. On the other hand, I was delighted with my children’s books. 

So here’s how you get one of these lovely babies via KDP.

Once you select “create a hardcover” from your KDP dashboard, the process is fairly straightforward. The hardcover details are automatically transferred from your paperback/ebook setup. 

Under the tab “Hardcover Content” add your ISBN if you have one, otherwise, Amazon can assign one to you that you can use on its platform. Choose your print options and size. Upload your manuscript and create a cover. 

And that’s it. Really. The printing costs, of course, will be much higher than the paperback version, so the price you set for your book should reflect that. Check it out! It might be just the thing for your manuscript or children’s story.

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