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The American Civil War from a Different Perspective

David Wood was 10 years old when the war broke out. His father, Samuel, had moved the family from Ohio to Kansas in 1854 to help “Free Staters” keep slavery out of the territory. The elder Wood forged a reputation as the “Fighting Quaker.” Growing up surrounded by hostility, it was natural for David to feel ready to march off with the troops when his father became lieutenant colonel of the 6th  Missouri Cavalry in 1861. - See more at:…


Added by Joel Arthur Moore on July 31, 2015 at 12:19am — No Comments

Sparta, Illinois: My Home Town

I was born and raised in Sparta, Illinois into a family of seven. It was the 1950s and things were much simpler then. No home computers, Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, etc. Sparta was then and has always been a neat little community.

The citizens of Sparta enjoy life in a small town and value family and friends. We look for the positive in life, help each other out, and even go to church together. It is a quiet community full of hard working, caring, and family-centered…


Added by Edmond DeRousse on July 30, 2015 at 7:51pm — No Comments

51 Ways to Help a Book Author You Love - Or 51 ways for those who love you to share you and your book!

51 Ways to Help a Book Author You Love. - Features 51 ways to help!

Please pass this blog post on. Tweet about it. Blog about it. Share the link. Especially with your family and friends who need to know these ways.…


Added by John Kremer on July 30, 2015 at 5:59pm — 5 Comments

Poem: My Heartfelt Benediction

O My Lord, greatly blessed are You!

I’m thankful and trying to express

the growing gratitude within my soul;

however, mere words lack the finesse

to exalt Your full grandeur… properly!

You are my sun and protective shield!

Let your righteousness flood my soul;

unto You alone, will my spirit yield.

Don’t let my ignorance and sad sighing

imply a lack of personal satisfaction;

I’m joyful and pleased from accepting-

Your Son’s, eternal…


Added by Joseph J. Breunig 3rd on July 30, 2015 at 9:54am — No Comments

Interview with Christopher Nuttall, Author of ‘Trial By Fire’

Christopher Nuttall was born in Edinburgh, studied in Manchester, married in Malaysia and currently living in Scotland, United Kingdom, with his wife and baby son. He is the author of 20 novels from various publishers and thirty-nine self-published novels. More than 100,000 ebooks in theSchooled in Magic series have sold since March…


Added by Mayra Calvani on July 29, 2015 at 5:49am — No Comments

How to Sell Your Children's Books - AND How to Set Up and Carry Out Successful School Visits

Several months ago I did a one-hour consultation with the author of a children's picture book and a children's board book. You can now listen in on this consultation - which featured the 7 most effective ways to market a children's book.

You can order this one-on-one consultation as a solo recording for…


Added by John Kremer on July 29, 2015 at 1:24am — 2 Comments

This is How You Can Become a Successful Foster Parent

Do you really want to become a foster parent?

Remember that becoming one is not an easy feat. The responsibilities will be challenging and overwhelming. Foster children need extra nurturing and attention because of what they’ve been through in the past, so who knows, you might even have to sacrifice a little of your lifestyle to become a good mother or father.

If you still have doubts, don’t sign the foster parent papers. Don’t let the child suffer from your indecision. But if…


Added by Anne (John) Coppola on July 29, 2015 at 12:49am — No Comments

Agent of Grace

To this day, I continue to evolve. I am coming to know my authenticity; that I am a radiant and an infinite being not bound by culture, dogma, and worldly rules that define and confine who I am. I truly trust the impulses and the calls to action that sound from deep within myself. This trust has encouraged me to step forward and serve self, community, country, and even the planet with pure love and wisdom without expectation of rewards, recognition, or reciprocal action. - See more at:…


Added by Loretta Engelhardt on July 29, 2015 at 12:17am — No Comments

Moving into a Radical Shift

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Added by Brenda Joyce Hoffman on July 28, 2015 at 5:16pm — No Comments

The Authors' Words: Author Debbie Roppolo

On The Authors' Words: JD Holiday talks with the author Debbie Roppolo.…


Added by J. D. Holiday on July 28, 2015 at 10:11am — No Comments

A Little Bit about Myself

I’ve been an artist almost all my life, beginning when I was introduced to oil painting as a teenager at The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. I remember so well painting the face of a young man who sat for us. I’d never lifted a brush before, but for some miraculous reason, after a brief lesson from the teacher, I got a perfect likeness. I then went on to study portrait painting throughout my school years and by the age of 25, I was a pretty popular portrait painter, more or less the…


Added by Peggy Warren on July 28, 2015 at 1:06am — No Comments

Helping Children Deal with Anxiety

Is your child afraid of going to school? Is he unusually clingy and moody? Does he get scared easily? Well, if these sound familiar to you, chances are your child is having problems dealing with anxiety.

Anxiety is something we experience at various times in our lives. You do remember the anxiousness you felt as a child, do you? Well, some children are just born with an anxious temperament and are anxious all the time. I know I was. The problem with anxiety in children is that it can…


Added by Ethel Coffey on July 28, 2015 at 12:37am — No Comments

Sell more books with these effective book promotion tips - 23 ebook marketing tips

The Book Marketing Makeover Months event featured guest posts from other book authors and book marketing experts. Enjoy the posts. You can find some of the highlights here:

January 21Creative Marketing Nets Real Results by David A. Koop, author of Cancer It's a Good Thing I Got It!

January 17 - …


Added by John Kremer on July 27, 2015 at 9:45pm — 1 Comment

The African Free School

The African Free School was founded on November 2, 1787 to serve New York’s growing population of free people of color, as well as the children of slaves. Founded and supported by the New York Manumission Society, the school opened in a private home on Cliff Street with forty-seven students. Classes focused on reading, writing, and arithmetic, with boys receiving further instruction in cartography and navigation and girls in needlework. - See more at:…


Added by Frederick Gaertner on July 27, 2015 at 1:08am — No Comments

The Pit and the Pendulum

As is often the case with other Edgar Allan Poe stories, the first-person narrator in “The Pit and the Pendulum” is unnamed, and what he has done, and whether he is guilty of a wrongdoing or not, is not known.   As we are introduced to the beginning of this particular story, we soon learn of the horrifying dilemma faced by the teller of the tale; in this case, the sufferings of unrelieved mental torture. - See more at:…


Added by Keith Steinbaum on July 27, 2015 at 12:50am — No Comments

What is the Difference between Lust and Love?

Can you tell the difference between lust and love?

Well, lust is all about SEX. Lust is when your genitals seize control of your brain and make you feel this intense physical attraction to someone. It makes you feel the need to get that person into the sack so you can do the things you fantasized about with her. Sexual attraction and desire = lust. It is our primal urge to procreate. Picturing someone naked and imagining yourself doing things to her is lust.…


Added by Jerry Kreuser on July 26, 2015 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Relationships matter when marketing your books. Take time to create real relationships.

To sell more books, you need to create lasting business relationships (and true friendships) with media, bloggers, websites, email newsletter editors, and people on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, GoodReads,…


Added by John Kremer on July 25, 2015 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Building Blocks

July 25th.


The interview on Angel radio went well. I don’t know when it will be live on air, but it will be shared around on my blog and other social media. Monday evening was a photo shoot with the CHINDI group. It was quite an event in a way. The shoot was supposed to be organised in such a way that we all knew when we were due to have our pictures taken. In the end it was a glorious kind of melee where we all had individual shots, then a cluster of group shots.…


Added by Michael on July 25, 2015 at 8:02am — No Comments

Profiles of Young Civil War Soldiers

More than 200,000 under-aged boys, 17 years old and younger and some as young as nine, served in the armies of the Union and the Confederacy. With the approach of war in 1861, there was an air of excitement and adventure in the expectant assuredly that war was inevitable. Boys as young as six signed up in their local home guard units and as young as seven in local companies organized in the expectation of being called out to fight the enemy. Prevailing attitudes and opinions of the time…


Added by Joel Arthur Moore on July 24, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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