Monday, September 1, 2014

One Chance, One Moment Virtual Book Tour Stop

DIY Mom is starting something new: Virtual Book Tour Stop Hosting! Our very first stop is with Judith Kohnen's critically acclaimed novel, One Chance, One Moment:





BOOK SYNOPSIS:
“I can’t teach my old heart new tricks, Mandy. I’m not sure I can even try.”
Sometimes a chance comes along that can change the course of an entire life – make it right again, make a dream come true – and when that moment arrives, we grab it and fight with all of our might to make it happen … or not.
Renowned singer/musician Garry Danzlo has decided to live a life of seclusion after a debilitating accident destroys his musical career. Guilt-ridden and stubborn, he wants no part of the holistic nurse his sister has hired to rehabilitate him. He’s determined to get rid of her; she’s determined to stay.
Spunky, fun-loving Amanda Fields, widowed after a loveless marriage, is on a mission for love. More than anything in the world, she wants to adopt a wheelchair-bound boy named Robbie. When her chance arrives that will provide her with sufficient funds for the adoption, there’s nothing to stop her from accomplishing the temporary job in Colorado. But what she has to contend with is far more than just a difficult patient. Unexpected obstacles are suddenly out of her control. The least of her worries is falling for yet another man who doesn’t love her back.
One Chance, One Moment is a humorous, surprising and deeply emotional story of love found by two special people – love built on chances one must sometimes take, but sometimes give as well.  Each moment becomes nourished by the faith of one woman, and eventually, by the dream of one man.


JUDITH KOHNEN is a novelist, poet, healer and an intuitive counselor. She has always been a romantic at heart. She adores writing, poetry, music, singing, dancing, teaching, education, and caring for others. It is her hope that through her writing talents that she might become a source of inspiration and healing for her readers. Part of her life’s path is empowering others toward healing and teaching them how to use their own imagination and intuitive abilities.
Judith has written over 200 pages of poetry, numerous songs and short stories, a couple of children’s plays that were performed on stage, and has begun a screenplay. She served as newsletter editor for Virginia Romance Writers for four years and has coordinated and judged VRW’s HOLT Medallion Contest and their FOOL FOR LOVE Contest several times. She has also freelanced for various non-profit organizational newsletters, most of which were entertainment reviews, inspirational articles, and articles on writing.
A teacher of mediumship & intuitive development and with a professional background in registered nursing, hypnotherapy and natural healing arts, Judith is doing what she’s most passionate about – writing. She encourages you to do what you’re passionate about too. “Live for the moment,” she says, “for this moment is the most important of all moments.” She lives in Chesterfield, Virginia with her husband, extended family, two dogs, one cat, and a bearded dragon named Victor. She is currently working on her second novel, “For The Love Of Mandy” – Book Two of The Mandy Story.
Judith Kohnen invites readers to visit her website for more information on One Chance, Moment and her upcoming books. Readers can also engage with Judith via Facebook and Twitter

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bird's Nest Easter Cake How-To

Have you seen this adorable idea for creating a novelty Easter cake? I saw it on Facebook and had to share it!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Facebook and Your Privacy Settings



There seem to be some new rumors going around on Facebook again lately. I've been seeing new "disclosures" appearing on my Facebook friend's walls, so I did some quick research. As usual, Snopes is a great resource for what's true and what's false on the internet. According to Snopes:


According to TechTalk (via Snopes), "The fact is that Facebook members own the intellectual property (IP) that is uploaded to the social network, but depending on their privacy and applications settings, users grant the social network "a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License)." 
Furthermore, "While the social network does not technically own its members content, it has the right to use anything that is not protected with Facebook's privacy and applications settings. For instance, photos, videos and status updates set to public are fair game."

So, it's all about how you set your privacy settings, and not about any disclosures you put on your wall. Change your privacy settings asap.

Facebook users can prevent their profile photos from appearing in association with social ads by selecting the following options:

Settings --> Privacy Settings --> Ads (left column) --> Ads & Friends (Edit) --> Set to "No one"

It's as simple as that...no need for any long-winded disclosure (which won't work anyway). 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New FREE Reading App for iOS and Android Users

If you love to read and have a smartphone you're in luck! Ether Books is a new FREE reading app for iOS and Android devices.


After downloading the free app, readers can choose their favorite genre and instantly download a short story, flash fiction or non-fiction or poetry. Ether Books currently has hundreds of contributing authors, so there's something for everyone.

Writers will appreciate the Ether Books app because it provides a brand new way to market their writing to readers. If you've written a novel, and would like to increase sales, add to your writing portfolio and give readers the opportunity to sample your work you'll LOVE Ether Books.

Here's a Press Release that gives much more information. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Teacher Crafts Free Book Download

11 Teacher-Approved Crafts for School


11 Teacher-Approved Crafts for School
Book Description:
"Filled with lots of fun craft ideas, 11 Teacher-Approved Crafts for School is a great go-to guide for back to school activities. Kids will love creating their own back to school projects and using them all year long. Plus, these projects will help them get excited for the school year. Try these activities for back to school and reap the rewards. Educational activities don't have to be boring - these back to school crafts are both fun and engaging. Find out how to make your own school supplies, classroom decor pieces and even school-themed jewelry. Crafts for school help everyone (not just students) get excited for the school year while remaining engaged during the long summer months."  
There are 11 fantastic crafts in three categories:
  • Crafts for Teachers
  • School Crafts for Kids
  • Back to School Crafts

Friday, August 2, 2013

New Goodreads Giveaways In Progress


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past by Paul Cude

Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past

by Paul Cude

Giveaway ends August 27, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Transcending Anger by Charles Dittell

Transcending Anger

by Charles Dittell

Giveaway ends August 27, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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