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September 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Hi all,

I will not be blogging this week as I will be away from my desk most of this week.

More news next week!

Sara

Happy Friday!

September 18th, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Fall is coming!  Today our high will be in the 60s! I can feel fall in the air!

To celebrate the coming season,  here are a few of my Fall Book Recommendations:

1. City on Fire-Carth Risk Hallberg

2. Career of Evil-Robert Galbraith

3. Magnus Chase – Rick Riordan

4. Make Me – Lee Child

5. Tricky Twenty-Two- Janet Evanovich

The Martian

September 17th, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I love a great success story!

Andy Weir is the author of The Martian.  This is a great article about his road to getting a book and movie deal.  For all the aspiring authors it is a great lesson to learn.  Don’t go into publishing to make a million. Write what you love and success will find you.

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/09/2015/the-martian-how-a-self-published-e-book-became-a-hollywood-blockbuster/

September 11

September 11th, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Everyone remembers where they were when the Twin Towers came down. It is our generation’s Kennedy Assassination or Challenger disaster.

I was a just out of college and with almost 2 years under my belt at a research and consulting company in Iowa.  I was at my desk editing a presentation for a TV consultant when coworkers starting whispering about what was on the TV.  Then I got a breaking news alert on my computer from CNN about a small prop plane crashing into the towers.

This had happened in the 1930s so the media were not shocked, then the second plane hit and the world went crazy.  I remember saying, “We are at war.”  So many people were in shock and crying.  I went into my routine and worked until 4.

The next few days were surreal.  Planes did not fly, Americans were very patriotic and strangers talked to each other and embraced.

It was peaceful and at the same time very scary.

No one knew if we were being invaded or if we would be attacked again.

In the 14 years since 9/11, so much has changed but so much has stayed the same.

1. We have not been attacked since but we continue to be at war with the Middle East.

2. We continue to be complacent about war and being targets.

3. However, we are much more connected. The Internet has made an attack easier and more personal.

In the end, we must continue to look back at 9/11 and remember how we felt that day.

Remember today and always.

News stories that need more attention

September 10th, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Whenever I feel we are getting way too much Kardashian news, I begin to search for news stories with real meaning.

It’s my own little way of taking some control in our too fast, media hungry world. :)

This week I saw a posting about how to look more like Kylie Jenner.  My first thought was, “Why would I want to look like an 18 year old.”

So, today I give you my list a stories that need more attention:

1. New human species found in South Africa:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/10/africa/homo-naledi-human-relative-species/index.html

2.How to stop suicides on college campuses: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/09/health/suicide-prevention-college-campus/?iid=ob_homepage_deskrecommended_pool&iref=obnetwork

3. Also, make sure to keep updated on the migrant issues going on in the Middle East and western Europe. http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/10/europe/refugee-crisis-questions-no-answers/index.html

Books to get you through Labor Day

September 4th, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I’ve always dreaded Labor Day.  As a child it meant school started the next day. As an adult, it is the ushering in of fall and soon winter.  However, this year I’m turning over a new leaf. (Did you see how I did that!)

I am welcoming fall.  I look forward to heavy sweaters, corn mazes, bon fires, and fall TV.  With the end of summer comes a new crop of books.

Here are a few I am looking forward to:

1. Chrissie Hynde’s biography Reckless

2. Purity by Jonathan Franzen

3. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

4. Ruth Reichl’s new cookbook

5. Danielle Steel’s Undercover

I’m picturing myself under a warm blanket by the fire…

Welcome Fall!

Self-Publishing Sensation

September 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Last week I mentioned the book,  The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.”  It has become a sensation and was just acquired by Penguin Random House. It is by Swedish psychologist Carl-Johan Forsses Ehrlin. It is a book that gives suggestions to a child’s unconscious mind to sleep.

It is a watershed moment in self-publishing and traditional publishing.  If you are a self-published author there are many lessons to be learned her.

1. The book was published in 2011 and translated to English last year.  This is by no means an overnight sensation.

2. It was word of mouth that made this popular.  Get reviews and more reviews.

3. Have a professional looking web site.  His web site is simple but very sleek.

4. Tell a story with a good hook.  This is a children’s book but its hook is it uses methods to tap into the unconscious to help a child sleep.

5. Finally, never give up.

Weekend fun!

August 28th, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s Friday!  Another summer weekend is just ahead.  The kids are getting ready to return to school and the days will quickly turn colder (at least up here in MN!).

So let’s enjoy it while we can!

Here are some of my fun weekend adventure suggestions!

1. See a cave.  In Minnesota and around the country there are several wonderful cave tours.  A few years back my husband and I found the cave in Dodgeville, WI.

2. While you are in Dodgeville, check out the House on the Rock.  There is an extensive museum in addition to the house.

3. If it rains, stay in on Sunday night and watch the the VMAs.  MTV’s award show celebrating excess and celebrity will be hosted by Miley Cyrus this year.  Expect a lot of twerking and fireworks exploding from her breast cones!

4. See a fun concert at a local festival.  MN has the state fair and it has a lot of great 1980s acts.

5.  Tour one of our government facilities!  We are going to tour our Federal Reserve.

Happy Weekend!

New Reviews

August 27th, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Good afternoon!

At times the world is such a scary place.  Yesterday two Virginia TV news people were shot live on-air. Such a horrible tragedy! When the world brings such misery, I love to pick up a great book.

Here are some of my recommendations:

1. And I shall have some peace there:trading in the fast lane for the own dirt road by Margaret Roach.  The story of a woman who leaves a big city job for the solitude of the country.

2. Anything by Paullina Simons.  She writes about intense love.  Start with The Bronze Horseman.

3. Brown-eyed girl by Lisa Kleypas

4. Anything by Steven Gains:  I am reading Philistines at the Hedgerow.  It is about real estate in the Hamptons

5. In the Company of Legends by Joan Kramer. Great stories about movie legends

In the end, a simple, sweet children’s story is a good idea.

Try Ellie and the Golden Cricket by Dalyce Elliot Young.  Read the review: http://www.mrtierneyslibrary.com/ and win a free copy here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/151633-ellie-the-golden-cricket

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

August 21st, 2015 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I was amazed this morning when CBS This Morning starting talking about a book called The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.  It is a children’s book by a Swedish psychologist named Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin.  It is about getting your child to fall asleep using hypnotism.

This is a major breakthrough in the self-publishing world.  It is the first tine a self-published author has held the number one spot on Amazon.

I have to say, the main character is called Roger.  Really? I loved the movie Roger Rabbit as well but I think maybe Robbie or Randy would be better.

This is a major win for self-publisher like Amazon Create Space.  The company said the title benefited from word of mouth marketing.

Here are some tips for word-of-mouth marketing:

1 .  Post articles and comments on social media like Twitter.

2. Network online and off-line.

3. Write about something you know and that will fix a problem you readers have.

4. Get reviews!

5. Reach out to readers personally.