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September 18, 2014

Shay Collins has released a new teen novella, 'Her Twisted Obsession' Have you ever had a crush on an older man? Well, Mandy Partridge does, and it's not the type of older man you would think. Mandy is in love with her neighbor who lives across the street, who also happens to be a college hunk.Shay Collins keeps the suspense going with this teen thriller/suspense.The book is available for download as an ebook at
Collins also has two other stories out, Twisted Rage and Brad's Girl.
Anna 'Shay' Collins considers herself to be a Young Adult Suspense Author who loves the works of R.L. Stine.
"As a kid, I read everything he wrote, especially his 'Fear Street' series. I would read a whole book in a day, and then I would read it again because it was so engrossing.
Shay Collins is a mom of four and resides in Michigan.
You can read more about Shay Collins on her blog.
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Published on September 18, 2014 12:18
Domestic violence charges are hitting the NFL hard. In the past few weeks, a total of 12 NFL players have been arrested. Read more at

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Published on September 18, 2014 09:21
Hi, my name is Sandra, and I am addicted to Michael Kors Handbags.There, I have admitted it.
There is just something about the Michael Kors brand that screams affordable luxury.
In fact, that's just what it is.
The Michael Kors brand was founded on the concept of making women looking good without having them break the bank.
In a recent post I wrote, I talked about how Michael Kors aimed his marketing at a group of people who had money to spend, but weren't necessarily rich yet.
This class of people, known as the HENRY's (High Earners Not Rich Yet) devour the Michael Kors brand.
With the least expensive handbag having a price tag of just over a hundred dollars, Michael Kors Handbags were definitely not intended for those who are strapped for cash.

This may be the biggest motivator behind the counterfeit bag industry.

According to, selling counterfeit bags is a billion dollar market.

You most often see these operations in urban communities, largely due to the fact that women in lower income areas also love designer handbags, but lack the funds to afford the hefty price tag.

So, they head to their nearest street vendor or knockoff handbag store and purchase what they think are authentic Michael Kors Handbags, but instead, what they end up with is just an overpriced knockoff.

A person caught selling counterfeit handbags can be fined up to five million dollars or face twenty years in prison.

Another victim of counterfeiting is Coach. The company has filed more than three dozen lawsuits since 2010 against party stores caught selling knock off versions of their handbags.

So, how do you know if the store you shop at is selling real Michael Kors Handbags?

Here is a really good YouTube video to help you spot the difference between a real and a fake Michael Kors Selma bag.

Yes, I love Michael Kors; the real one that is.

Be sure that your bag comes from a store that is known for selling bags of that type, such as Macy's, Nordstrom and other upscale stores. Your local gas station, no matter how nice, is not upscale and should have random Coach, Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton bags hanging on its walls for you purchase.

Unfortunately, you can't tell if an online retailer is selling fakes, so I would suggest when looking for a deal on these purses online that you also shop from sites that are known to sell the real deal.

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

Please like, share and comment. I want to know what you think.

Until next time,

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Published on September 18, 2014 09:07

September 5, 2014

Featured Author: Kimberly Coulter 
Bio: Kimberly S. Coulter is a lifelong learner and currently completing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy and Change. She received her master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Educational Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. While there she earned the prestigious Martin Luther King/César Chávez/Rosa Parks Future Faculty Fellowship. Coulter is the owner of Coolin and Schoolin, an educational consulting firm that provides comprehensive services to schools and produces audio and visual educational products uniquely designed for today's urban educators, parents and students. She is also the author of Pre-Algebra (The Remix)2. Prior to her work at Coolin and Schoolin, she was an elementary and middle school principal. Photos: Contact information: Coolin and Schoolin Kimberly Coulter P.O. Box 7162 Flint, Michigan 48507-0162 (810) 835-8727Title: Pre-Algebra (The Remix)2 Sample: Pre-Algebra (The Remix)2 Why Pre-Algebra (The Remix)2? ALGEBRA!? It’s worse than saying “boo.” Most people are scared to death of algebra and flunk it in their minds before they even step foot in the class. Why? You hear it from everybody: parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.
 “Ah man you’re about to take algebra?” Well the next time that someone asks you that, surprise them and say, “Yes and I am about to get paid too!”

Hmmm how?

 Well, algebra is the gateway to higher levels of math which means higher paying jobs.
 Here’s your first equation:
 More math + More practice = More $money$ Pre-Algebra (The Remix)2 will help you master certain pre-algebraic skills that will prepare you for Algebra 1 and higher levels of math so that your life can be that music video.

Table 1: Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Careers Average Salary Profession (Job) Average Annual Salary

Computer Programmer $71,380 Software Developer $90,530 Computer and Information Research Scientist $100,660 Aerospace Engineer $97,480 Architect $72,550 Biomedical Engineer $81,540 Chemical Engineer $90,300 Drafter $47,880 Environmental Engineer $78,740 Surveying and Mapping Technician $37,900 Mathematician $99,830 Statistician $72,830 Actuary $87,650 Physician $166,400+ Veterinarian $82,040 Electrician $48,250

 Track 4: Combine Like Terms:  Momma Said Go Clean Your Room!
Combine like terms? This means to put everything that is the same together just like you would if your Momma told your sister to tell you to clean your room. You would put all of your hats together, all of your shoes together and all of your games together (if you did not want to get on punishment or get a whopping). In Pre Algebra, you do the same thing.
 Look at this expression.4h + 7n + 8n + 2h

Each of these terms has either an “h” or “n”. To combine like terms put all of the h’s together and put all of the n’s together. 4h + 2h=6h and 7n + 8n=15n. Those same expressions will now look a little something like this: 6h + 15n Try this one and don’t get scared because now you see a subtraction symbol. 9y - 2t + 6t+ 3y Let’s do the y’s first. 9y + 3y=12y right? Now to the t’s. -2t + 6t = 4t (If you are confused about this part, skip to the Interlude Adding and Subtracting Integers on page 28.)

 p. 16 So after combining like terms the expression will be: 12y+4t

 Last one. 
Watch how this problem disappears. 2y-15g+4w-2y+15g-4w 
Do the y’s first.
Let’s do the g’s next.
 -15g+15g=0The only ones left are the w’s.
 0+0+0=? You tell me. It’s Game Time… p. 17 Combining Like Terms Game Time Show What You Know Sheet Directions: Combine like terms of each expression. Double check and then triple check your work.
1. 8l+6l-2d+5d
2. 5h-7g-4g-3h
3. 16u-8p+9u+4p
4. -11b+5c-2b+5c
5. 21x+21f+41x+5z+55x
6. 7t-6n+45t-3n
7. 88w+91w-6s+18e-2w-7s
8. 14a+31k+13k-7a-6k
9. 67j+12t-25j+14t-8g

 Track 5 Order of Operations (O.O.O.):
Can I speak to Shalaycia?

You and your boy Darnell are trying to call your friend Shaylacia.
Her phone number has 7 digits: 230-0821. You must dial the digits in order if you want to talk to her, right?
But what will happen if you accidentally dial 230-0812.
``You have the wrong number.” [Click]
What about 230-0182?
“Shalaycia doesn’t live here.” [Click]
“WHO?” [Click] 
As you can see, there are many different ways to use the right numbers.
Pre-algebra is the same way.
There are many different wrong answers you can get if you do something out of order.
The correct order of solving Pre-algebraic equations is called Order of Operations.

 Look @ this expression. 1+9X5-3 There are many parts to this expression and many ways to figure it out. You could get at least three different answers from this one problem and only one of the answers is right. So what do you do? Usually everybody wants to do the easiest part first.

I can hear you now “Ooh ooh. I know 1+9= 10. I’ll start there.”
NOPE! Don’t be fooled or tricked into getting the wrong answer by doing the part that you think that you should do first. If you do you will get the wrong number.
The correct order, Order of Operations (O.O.O.), is simple.

Check it.
Table 6: Order of Operations (O.O.O.)
Step 1 Parenthesis 
Step 2 Exponents from left to right 
Step 3 Multiply and Divide from left to right
Step 4 Add and subtract from left to right 

The way that I was taught to remember the order was by memorizing:
Parenthesis= Please
Exponents= Excuse
Multiplication= My
Division= Dear
Addition= Aunt
Subtraction= Sally

But I don’t have an Aunt Sally.  You can use that method or the
Coolin and Schoolin model:
Parenthesis= PLAN on
Multiplication= MORE
Division= DOLLARS
Addition AND Subtraction= SAVING some

The book can be purchased from: 
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Published on September 05, 2014 11:03 • 1 view

August 30, 2014

In today's blog post I am going to give you a few pointers on how to find an editor for your book.

There are lots of people out there who have decided to hang out a shingle and call themselves editors.

All editors are not created equal.

So how do you find a good editor who won't take you for a ride and really knows what they are doing?

First, look for someone who has experience in editing the types of books that you write.
A person who edits textbooks may not necessarily be a good fit to edit your fiction book.

Next, look for someone who has edited books before. Your book should not be a guinea pig for anyone.

Do a Google search for an editor in your genre. Most professional editors have a website and contact form. Ask to see samples of their work first and reach out to some of their former clients if possible.

You can reach out to your local colleges to connect with creative writing students who are looking to build their portfolios. Often times you can negotiate a fair rate in exchange for a testimonial.

Another route you can explore to find an editor would be to find a retired English teacher. I say retired because they will more than likely have the extra time to invest in editing your book properly and may be willing to work for a negotiated rate.

You can visit online forums that center around writing and publishing to find editors looking for work.

You can post your job for an editor on sites such as and

In my next post I will talk about the different types of editors and which ones you need for your book.

Until next time,

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Published on August 30, 2014 09:34 • 1 view

August 19, 2014

Podcasting can be a great promotional tool for authors Easily Create a Podcast. Free to Start.If you are like many authors, you are probably looking for new and exciting ways to get the word out about your business. Well, there is a way that you can do that without having a huge marketing budget. In fact, you can even start your very own professional podcast for free, using a service called blog talk radio.
Blogtalkradio came onto the scene in 2006, offering a platform for amateur radio show hosts to launch their own radio shows online. Since its inception, the site has allowed regular everyday people to interview some of the biggest names in entertainment, media and other arenas.What is podcasting?Podcasting is derived from the words 'broadcasting' and ipod. The most popular format of a podcast is MP3, which is a type of audio file. It is a form of audio broadcasting on the internet.
Podcasting became linked to the ipod because people would download the broadcasts to listen to them on their ipods.
Now, you can listen to a podcast on virtually any device, from your desktop computer to your smartphone, to your tablet.
You can record your talk radio style podcasts from home and share them with people all over the world.
People like to hear from authors, so you could actually use this platform to interview other authors, or to do readings from your book.
If your book is nonfiction, you can use a podcast to share your expertise on a particular subject.How can podcasting work for me?Think podcasting wouldn't work for you. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Are you passionate about a particular subject?2. Does your book touch on a subject that you could build a show around?3. Do you feel comfortable talking about a subject?
These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself.
Then, sit down with a pen and paper and write down your show ideas.
Authors On Tour is a great example of podcasting that focuses on interviewing authors. It is a live broadcast of authors being interviewed at Tattered Cover Book Store with three locations in Colorado. 
So, if you have been looking for ways to promote your book, consider starting your own podcast.
Interested in learning about more ways to promote your book? Subscribe to my mailing list where I share tips and strategies to help you build a business around books. You can do that here.
Until next time,

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Published on August 19, 2014 20:14 • 1 view

August 7, 2014

Building self confidence ultimately leads to a more positive outlook on life.We all need to know how to boost confidence and self esteem if we intend on being successful in life.
Having a negative outlook on life shows in our actions and in our everyday dealings with people.
It shows in our posture, and comes out in our words.
Confidence is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of their own abilities or qualities.

It means that you believe in yourself and in the things that you have set out to accomplish.

In this post I am going to share with you three ways that I have found to boost confidence and self esteem. Give them a try and then tell me how they work for you.

1. Sit up straight. According to, a person who sits up straight has more confidence in their thoughts than slouchers. Practice this: imagine that there is a balloon over your head and that holding your head up straight is what keeps the balloon in the air. Every time you sit up straight, the balloon rises, and so does your body. Every time you slouch, this balloon starts to fall and lose air. Practice doing this everyday and watch your posture improve. 

2. Become a blogger. An article on the Huffington Post suggests that blogging your innermost feelings helps to boost confidence because it encourages writing. The key is to pour out your most intimate and agonized entries twice a week for two months and leave your posts open for comments.

3. Look in the mirror and talk to yourself. The third thing you can do to boost confidence and self esteem is to use positive affirmations. Stand in front of the mirror and literally tell yourself what you are. Your affirmations should focus on your future goals. For example, you would look at yourself and say, "I am one smart lady (or man). "I am the best writer in the world." I am an international, best-selling author." Positive affirmations help to build the positive vibes and energy you need in your life to help you stay focused on what it is that you really want in life. Click here here to watch a great video by Louise L. Hay about self esteem affirmations.

If you don't know me personally, I am Dr. Sandra N. Peoples and I help inspire people to do good things in life.

How would you like to get helpful tips, encouraging words and inspiration delivered directly to your inbox? Sign up for my mailing list. You can do that here. And when you do, I will send you a free copy of my book, 'Break Free: How to Overcome Fear and Live Life on Purpose."

Take care until next time,

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Published on August 07, 2014 09:52

August 6, 2014

Are you a freelance writer,or someone who is looking to get started as one? How about an author, looking for more writing opportunities, or ways to really boost your income as a writer?
 If you are like me, you are probably tired of looking for real jobs for writers.
With all the scams online, it is hard to fine online writing jobs that actually pay anything.
In my ebook, Writers Wanted: Five Freelance Writing Jobs For Writers, I introduce you to five real writing opportunities that actually pay you enough to make a real living off of.
 I'm not talking about all the content mills out there that pay you pennies on the dollars.
 These are real writing opportunities that pay you hundreds and thousands of dollars per client.
 This book also gives you the details about a writing program that teaches you a sought after skill that will allow you to earn top dollar as a writer.
So, if you have been wondering how to become a writer, then this book will show you how to get started as soon as this week. Start your writing career off on the right foot.
 Download this book. Buy Now
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Published on August 06, 2014 11:43

July 7, 2014

Have you ever considered hiring a freelance writer? If you are like many entrepreneurs, your answer is probably no. Not because you don't want to, but because you more than likely may not understand just what a freelance writer does, and how working with one can help your business to stand out.

What is a freelance writer?According to, a freelance (writer) is a person who works as a writer, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc, instead of working a regular salaried job for an employer.

Freelance writers do just that-write. They generally do not do any design work, they simply write. For instance, if you visit a website, more than likely, the site was designed by a graphic designer, and a writer wrote the content. Working with a freelance writer may be an expensive feat, but it is well worth the investment if the writer is skilled in the area of which you hired them to write for.

A freelance writer can help your business to grow because they can handle all of the marketing tasks you will have to take on, such as blogging, writing fundraising letters and the like, so that you don't have to hire anyone to come in an do that. This in turn frees you up to do other work within your company.

Freelance writers can specialize in certain niches, such as copywriting and editing, or finance companies and medical facilities. A specialized freelance writer knows how to speak to the needs of a certain industry and can write pieces that will attract the kind of clients you are looking for.

An SEO copywriter is one who can help your company to be found on line by optimizing your promotional content for the web to be easily found by search engines. This simply means that if someone is looking for the types of products or services that your company offers during an online search, your company will more than likely be found.

So, a hiring a freelance writer can be a great way to help your business stand out by taking the stress off of you in the marketing department.

If you are looking for a freelance writer to help you with a project, click here.

Until next time,

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Published on July 07, 2014 14:36 • 1 view

June 12, 2014

I walk in victory, not defeat!I dare you to look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself this; not just today, but every single day of your life!Why? Because you are a victor, not a victim and you walk in victory, not defeat!You have not been beaten.You may have been knocked down, but all you need to do is get back up, dust yourself off and try again.
I can remember back in 2008 when I thought that I had been defeated.I had been pushed so low in my life that I was ready to end my life.But God had a much bigger plan in place for me.
I decided that I was not going to let me circumstances dictate my life!Circumstances can be changed; you just have to want to change them.And when you want to change something, you get out and do what you have to do in order to see a change.
I walk in victory, not defeat!Remember those words as you go through your day today. 
Until next time, P.S. Share this post with someone who needs it....
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Published on June 12, 2014 03:26 • 6 views