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The reading habit

Pamela Beckford:

A subject near and dear to my heart

Originally posted on SPEAKZEASY:

How can we cultivate the READING HABIT in children ? Start them young.  Read them a bedtime story regularly.  Little children love listening to a bedtime story, it calms them and helps them to sleep.  It’s a time to bond.  always have a few story books, and let the child choose the book.  Some children love to hear stories at meal times.
There are plenty of beautifully illustrated books for children.  There are washable books that can be read, while in the bath.  The late Maya Angelou said, “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”  Reading stories enlarges a child’s vision, fosters imagination and improves language skills  It has been proved that the act of reading heightens brain activity.  Doctor Gregory Berns of the Emory University’s Centre for Neurology in Atlanta…

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I found a great blog that addresses one easy way to help proofread your book. I think everybody who is publishing a book needs to read this article.


First of all, this is not a complaint. It is merely saying I don’t understand.

Okay, nothing new today. Blog stats are the same or a little lower than usual today. What is new is the 48 new likes to my author facebook page.

Let me put this in perspective. I had 114 likes this morning. I have done nothing to ask for new likes. And throughout the day I have received 48 new likes. I’m flummoxed.

Now I have been doing everything I could to promote myself and my books. But nothing different with the various author interviews. Then, BOOM! Where did these people come from? I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but….

Okay, I’m doing being flummoxed. I’m grateful. But now I feel the pressure to provide good content.


It has been months since I’ve had a normal weekend doing normal things. Things like household chores, mowing the yard. You know, normal stuff.

I had vowed that this weekend I was doing exactly that. Actually I think I said I wasn’t doing anything for anyone else. Only things for me.

Well that didn’t exactly work out. It was expected we were getting a big storm tonight and much cooler temps tomorrow. One look at the grass and I knew I had no choice but to mow.

So two and a half hours, 2 swallowed flying insects, 3 large spider webs in my face and a frightened blue heron later, the yard was mowed. I still found time to get some reading done and a visit to see my dad. All before the storm hit. Well, it hit on my way back from dad.

So I’ve declared that tomorrow is my day too. I do have to get my oil changed, stop at dad’s house and get a few groceries. But then I’m parking my butt in the recliner with my kindle and snuggling under a blanket.

Everything else can just wait another day. I needed a normal weekend. I think the last one I head was Memorial Day.

Pamela Beckford:

Both are great books – get Yesterday Road today for 99 Cents!

Originally posted on WHAT THE HELL:

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Starting today, you can snag a copy of Yesterday Road for 99 cents, if you haven’t already hopped on the bandwagon. And don’t forget, you can give it as a gift via Amazon. At this price, you can give a copy to everyone you know who has a Kindle! (Just an idea…)

This, of course, is to work everyone into a frenzy for the release of Occasional Soulmates on Tuesday. It will be available as an ebook for $3.99 and as a splendid little paperback for $9.99.

Read all about it here.

Meanwhile, enjoy this stellar guitar line-up, including the great Pat Martino, doing — what else? — “Road Song”:

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This is the second installment in a trilogy by Patrick O’Bryon. I read Corridor of Darkness (book one in the trilogy) a few months ago and fell in love with it. Beacon of Vengeance is again set in Nazi Germany (and France) with enough history to satisfy, but plenty of intrigue as well.  Ryan Lemmon, an American college professor turned spy, returns to find that his friends and his son need him to help them. One tragedy after another provide the twists and turns necessary to keep the reader engaged. We also get more in-depth with the characters and meet some new ones.

I loved this book and give it a firm five out of five stars. I’m anxiously awaiting the final installment in the trilogy. In fact, truth be told that is my only complaint about this book – the cliff hanger at the end that we must wait to see what happens in Fulcrum of Malice.

Read Corridor of Darkness first in order to get the full understanding of the story (although the books are written in a way that they could be read without reading them all). But definitely read Patrick O’Bryon.

Pamela Beckford:

Good advice for promotions

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:

While I cannot speak for other bloggers on this topic, I suspect that similar advantages may be gained by using the following tips and suggestions when invited to appear as a guest on any blog:


Always read any conditions and/or requirements pertaining to the host blog, follow them and check everything before you send your submission. Especially any hyperlinks you provide.

This will minimise any research and correspondence time between you and your host.

Some blogs (like mine) schedule their posts in advance (up to two months in advance in my case), so requests to change your article, even only slightly, can be problematic.


Never forget that a guest post is your opportunity to touch base with potential readers, other authors and even possible future friends (WordPress visitors are especially friendly and I have found them to be always willing to help other authors and bloggers…

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