Friday, 18 January 2013

Orangeberry FreeMe #208


Friday, 18 January 2013

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Set Your Boundaries Your Way - Stephanie Sterner
Genre - Self-Help
Rating - PG
4.7 (13 reviews)
Free until 19 January 2013

Can’t say no?

You want to say no. You need to say no. But somehow you just can’t seem to do it. Maybe you owe someone. Maybe you’re feeling guilty putting yourself first – after all, don’t good people sacrifice for others? Or you can’t stand to disappoint your parents. How do you say no without feeling guilty – when there are so many “good” reasons to give in?

At some point, we’ve all struggled with how to set boundaries. No one likes conflict. No one wants to hurt or disappoint anyone. And we want to please others. But sometimes we sacrifice too much – and find ourselves feeling angry and resentful. 

Dealing with Difficult People

Setting boundaries isn’t easy. In this simple, practical book, Stephanie Sterner reveals seven strategies for handling difficult people. And while many authors are content to fill their books with general advice, Stephanie has packed this guide with concrete examples of how to set boundaries gracefully.

Standing up for yourself can improve even your toughest relationships. That’s why Stephanie clarifies the concepts behind each option. Parroting someone else’s words is not enough; you need to choose the best response for your particular situation. You will finally be able to express your limits simply and clearly – and stick to them when the controlling, manipulation and guilt trips start. And the more you stand up for yourself, the more your self-esteem will soar.

How would it feel …?

Imagine making the choices you really want to make … and feeling comfortable doing so. No more need for the approval or agreement of others. (Of course, you can still consider their input.) No more resenting them for persuading you to do something “against your better judgment.” You’d feel stronger, more confident. And you’d lead a more fulfilling life – because your decisions would be supporting your highest values, not someone else’s.

There are so many books. Why this one?

Many authors tell you what limits to set and how to set them. Some have even created systems: formulas for you to follow whenever you need to say no. But these instructions are based on the authors’ values, not yours. And they don’t provide the understanding you need in order to choose your words – or handle the inevitable objections. With this deeper understanding, you no longer need to give in to pressure. You’ll no longer stand by helplessly, watching others ignore your wants and needs.

This concise guide does what many longer books fail to do. It shows you how you’ve unconsciously handed your power to others – and gives you plenty of ways to reclaim it, one boundary at a time. You will quickly understand the principles behind each approach, what it will accomplish and where it may fall short. You’ll be able to choose for yourself what to say and how to say it. After all, you’re the one who has to live with the consequences of your words. Wouldn’t you rather be empowered to select them yourself?

Stephanie wrote this book because she has lived it. She has personally faced the obstacles to standing up for herself. And she has helped clients to do the same. Because she cannot help everyone individually, she wants you to learn from her experience. She wants to give you a short-cut to the wisdom that comes from years of learning and applying the lessons of life.

Few books offer you so much in such a short space. This is a must-read for anyone who feels guilty or uncomfortable setting appropriate boundaries … even if it’s only sometimes.

Set your boundaries your way … because it’s your life.

How To Dress A Pear Shaped Body And Look Fabulous
How to Dress A Pear Shaped Body & Look Fabulous - Jenna Halston & Robyn Roberts
Genre - Fashion, How-to
Rating - G
4.6 (11 reviews)
Free until 20 January 2013
Are you sick of buying big, expensive style books only to find a handful of pages that are relevant for you? Would you like to receive specific, tailored style advice that feels like it was written just for you?
Well, if you have a pear shaped body and you want to know exactly how to dress to flatter your shape you’re in luck. Every page of this book will be relevant for you. And it doesn’t matter what dress size you are. Whether you’re a petite pear, a curvy pear or a plus size pear, the same focal points and balance recommendations apply.

We say it often, because it’s worth repeating: it’s the FIT of your clothes that’s important to looking good, it’s NOT your size.

Jenna Halston and master dressmaker Robyn Roberts have created what could be the ultimate style guide for women with a pear shaped body. The book is packed full of easy to follow “golden rules” and straightforward tips, all based on the science of looking fabulous. Then they take it up a notch with a series of practical steps to help you edit your wardrobe and become a better shopper.

Read it through and you’ll be channeling your inner fashionista in no time.

This book is your secret weapon to looking sharper, sleeker and more sophisticated. Embrace it, walk tall, and get started on a new chapter in your life’s adventure.

The Changing (The Blood and Brotherhood Saga Book 3)
The Changing - Jeremy Laszlo
Genre - Fantasy
Rating - PG
4.4 (7 reviews)
Free until January 18 2013
Having been transported to a foreign land by unknown magical means during the battle with the black horde, Seth must find a way to ressurect his fallen lover and find their way home.

Borrik, The Alpha Werewolf, and leader of Seth's inhuman army races to locate his master as the true grusome nature of his new body and instincts are revealed.

Garret Fights to keep Valdadore together as a kingdom in the wake of the battle with the black horde. With the loss of the king and many other key members of the royal council many vie for position as the kingdom is threatened to be torn asunder.

The Platte River Waltz, Chapters 1-4
The Platte River Waltz - Ken Consaul
Genre - Historical Fiction
Rating - R
3.8 (6 reviews)
Free until 18 January 2013
Set in a panorama of the American West as its portrait is first being painted, The Platte River Waltz is the initial stroke in the unfolding of Josh Bonner’s tale. In 1848, only seventeen years old, on the Oregon Trail and suddenly orphaned, Josh begins a journey through the unsettled frontier of a wild continent. Just making first acquaintance with manhood, he quickly finds his future linked to Elizabeth Hampton, a coquette from his old hometown. Together they resolve to venture into an uncertain and dangerous future. Accompanied by Jubilee, an escaped slave, Josh and Elizabeth join a wagon train of Missouri emigrants led by a voyageur scout and a town constable turned captain. The couple commences a lusty exploration of the lands they pass and of each other.

The scout is the first to recognize the mettle of Josh Bonner, taking the novitiate under his wing. Others in the party, a missionary couple, an adventurous sawbones, and a clan of farmers, quickly recognize the newcomers as a formidable alliance that drives the expedition across the wild prairie. The land, the weather, and human frailty threaten, but cannot daunt their resolve. Populated with compelling characters, colorful dialog, intriguing subplots, and thrilling encounters, The Platte River Waltz explores a period of American history largely bypassed by contemporary historical fiction.

This first installment contains the initial chapters and introduces the characters, settings, and style of the overall work painting them into the backdrop of the western plains at the commencement of the great migration from the civilized East.

AT THE SUGGESTION OF READERS, ‘Bonner’s Road West, the serialized version, has been consolidated into two volumes and a sample. The book has also been graced with a new title, ‘The Platte River Waltz’.

Please note the language and vernacular of the mid-1800s is used throughout and some references might be considered offensive but is incorporated for historical fidelity. The content is for the mature reader, not recommended for children.

Home - Uvi Poznansky
Genre - Poetry
Rating - PG13
4.9 (10 reviews)
Free until 18 January 2013
Home. A simple word; a loaded one. You can say it in a whisper; you can say it in a cry. Expressed in the voices of father and daughter, you can hear a visceral longing for an ideal place, a place never to be found again.

Imagine the shock, imagine the sadness when a daughter discovers her father’s work, the poetry he had never shared with anyone during the last two decades of his life. Six years after that moment of discovery, which happened in her childhood home while mourning for his passing, Uvi Poznansky presents a tender tribute: a collection of poems and prose, half of which is written by her, and half—by her father, the author, poet and artist Zeev Kachel. She has been translating his poems for nearly a year, with careful attention to rhyme and rhythm, in an effort to remain faithful to the spirit of his words.

Zeev’s writing is always autobiographical in nature; you can view it as an ongoing diary of his life. Uvi’s writing is rarely so, especially when it comes to her prose. She is a storyteller who delights in conjuring up various figments of her imagination, and fleshing them out on paper. She sees herself chasing her characters with a pen, in an attempt to see the world from their point of view, and to capture their voices. But in some of her poems, she offers you a rare glimpse into her most guarded, intensely private moments, yearning for Home.

Chasing Paris
Chasing Paris - Jen Carter
Genre - Contemporary, YA
Rating - PG
4.1 (40 reviews)
Free until 20 January 2013
Amy Winthrow is shocked when her grandmother dies--not because Elizabeth Hathaway's death is unexpected but because her existence had always been hidden. Ever-inquisitive and prone to letting her imagination get the best of her, Amy embarks upon a journey with an unlikely friend to unravel the mysteries of the elusive Lizzie Hathaway. As she follows the trail of broken dreams and promises of her grandmother's life, Amy finds herself on a path of accidental self-discovery--a path that she chases all the way to Paris where Lizzie's story ends and Amy's begins.

The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter (The Count of Monte Cristo)
The Boy Who Played with Dark Matter - Holy Ghost Writer
Genre - Dystopia, Action, Adventure
Rating - G
4.9 (46 reviews)
Free until 20 January 2013
Zeddy, a 6 year old boy in the year 2099, finds himself setting out on an incredible adventure following the mysterious disappearance of his father. Zeddy discovers that there is more to the world than meets the eye and things in the universe that he never imagined. As the journey begins, Zeddy encounters sorcerers, strange creatures from another world, and a professor who may just hold the answers to the location of Zeddy's father. Unfortunately in 2099, the world is a much different place than now.

An International Government rules the planet and attempts to thwart the search for Zeddy's father. Will Zeddy's adventure continue or will his father be lost forever? This action-packed adventure will entertain both young and old as the harrowing saga of the Count of Monte Cristo continues. Book 11 takes us into the future of the Count of Monte Cristo series leaving readers waiting for book 12 to understand the connection to The Sultan of Monte Cristo (book 2) and That Girl Started Her Own Country (book 6).
Calculated Loss (Madeline Carter)
Calculated Loss - Linda L. Richards
Genre - Mystery, Suspense
Rating - PG
4.2 (24 reviews)
Free until 20 January 2013
High finance and haute cuisine . . . a recipe for murder
It's been years since former stockbroker Madeline Carter bothered thinking about her gastronomically gifted ex-husband, Chef Braydon Gauthier. Between quitting her soul-sucking career and discovering what life is like during daylight hours she's been kind of busy. But when Madeline learns Braydon took his own life, she drops everything and hightails it to the funeral.

It doesn't take long to realize Braydon's death is more murder than suicide. Madeline knows her ex would never have prepared himself a poison-laced dinner of duck a l'orange -- let alone pair it with a big, beefy Shiraz! The culinary star would have eaten fast food first.

So who's responsible? Madeline definitely has her suspicions, but one thing's clear: in the pressure-cooker world of high cuisine and higher stakes, a reputation is worth killing for.

Sacrifice - Alexandrea Weis
Genre - Romantic Suspense
Rating - R
4.6 (10 reviews)
Free until 20 January 2013
Nicci Beauvoir fell in love with the artist, David Alexander, in To My Senses, and then uncovered his killer in Recovery. Nicci is back to finally confront David’s dark past in Sacrifice.

Stunned after seeing a man she believes to be her beloved David Alexander in a crowd outside of the St. Louis Cathedral, Nicci goes on a desperate hunt for the truth about David’s demise. But to get the information she desires, Nicci must team up with David’s former boss, the ruthless Simon La Roy.

Nicci decides not to tell her fiancé, Dallas August, about her involvement with Simon. As Nicci becomes hopelessly entangled in Simon’s sinister plans, Dallas discovers her secret, and tries to protect her. But one night on a deserted French Quarter street, Nicci unexpectedly learns what really happened to David Alexander. Now she must engage in a deadly game of intrigue to keep what she has unearthed from Simon La Roy.

In a final confrontation, a revengeful Simon forces Nicci to choose between her life and revealing all that she has discovered. But what mystery is Nicci protecting and is it worth her future happiness? For Nicci there can be no happy ending unless she keeps what she knows about David Alexander hidden from the world. It’s a decision that will cost her everything. Is Nicci willing to pay the price? In the end, there can never be a happily ever after without a little…sacrifice.
Volcano Watch (The Forensic Geology Series)
Volcano Watch - Toni Dwiggins
Genre - Mystery, Thriller
Rating - PG13
4.1 (61 reviews)
Free until 21 January 2013
NO WAY OUT--so says the note in the pocket of the murdered mayor.

The volcano beneath her town is seething, and the fate of Mammoth Lakes now rests in the hands of emergency planner Adrian Krom.

But Krom has his own agenda.

Investigating the case, forensic geologist Cassie Oldfield tracks mineral clues to discover how the mayor died--and what she found. As the volcano moves toward red alert, Cassie races to prevent 'no way out' from becoming a prophecy.


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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
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2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
Paperback -
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3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
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4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
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5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
Smashwords -

6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle -

9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
Amazon Kindle -

10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
Amazon Kindle -

11. Elevenses from Around the World
Amazon Kindle -

12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
Amazon Kindle -

Blog-A-Licius - Sherbet Blossom



Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife


My Soul Slippers

Blog-A-Licous - Textbook Mommy

Blog-A-Licious - Blue Frogs Legs

Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

Blog-A-Licious - tbaoo



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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

Rediscovering Domesticity

Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

Blog-A-Licious - Cori's Big Mouth

Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun


Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

Blog-A-Licious - Steps To Happiness

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Blog-A-Licious - Toby & Max

Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

Raising Amelie

Blog-A-Licious - Peas In A Pod

Blog-A-Licious - Riley

Blognostics - Poetry


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