A few months ago I was browsing through one of the many emails I get listing free eBooks available, and this happened to be one of them. Approaching mA few months ago I was browsing through one of the many emails I get listing free eBooks available, and this happened to be one of them. Approaching my own free promotion on Amazon, I was totally on board for finding other websites to submit to. Eager to find new hidden gems, I tore through this book with fervor, and for the first time ever used the Bookmark feature on my Kindle.
However, my hopes for finding more websites were, sadly, squashed. Many of the websites in this book I already had on my own list, and had submitted to. Now, that’s not to take credit away from Strandberg. It took me quite some time to compile the list I have. So let me say, if you don’t already have a lengthy list, he is saving you a TON of time. The information in this book will be very valuable to you. I will add to that by saying I did end up with a handful of new websites to add to my list - so, still worth reading even in my case.
Where I did find a lot of new information was in the paid promotional opportunities. Any marketing budget I have to work with is minimal, at best. So where I chose to spend that money is very important to me, and I don’t go into it blindly. Many of the websites listed in the paid opportunities I hadn’t tried or researched before. Thus, Strandberg has saved me a ton of time creating a list of paid options.
Overall, if you haven’t yet put much time into researching the options out there, or really don’t care to dive into the countless internet search results, this book is for you. And if you’re like me, only now starting to look into paid opportunities, this book will help cut back on the researching. I would have given this book five stars except for some repetition between the free and paid websites, although I can understand why the author might have done this. Some people might only be interested in the free options, or just the paid, but not both. In which case, if you don’t read the book in whole you could miss some websites. My vote, this book is worth a read and recommendation, because he takes the headache out of compiling a big list yourself.
I snagged this book as a freebie on Amazon (love those freebies). Normally, I wouldn’t put much stock into a book written by a former exotic dancer. II snagged this book as a freebie on Amazon (love those freebies). Normally, I wouldn’t put much stock into a book written by a former exotic dancer. I am not the type of reader who tortures themselves by finishing a book they’re just not enjoying, so I thought, if I don’t like it, I won’t finish it. But I’m surprised to say, there were actually some nuggets of useful information in here.
Xxavier (which I’m assuming is a pen name) is a former exotic dancer, a woman who men paid to spend time with them. She took things she had learned in those years of working the V.I.P room, and applies them in ways that you can better your relationship with your man. Now, I’ll state from the start, it’s not what I was expecting. Coming from the profession the author did (perhaps feeding into the stereotype) I expected it to be filled with ideas on types of lingerie, how to perform dances, all sorts of other ‘bedroom’ ideas. Granted, there are some in the book, but, overall it leans more toward simple ideas to enhance your femininity, self esteem, and practical improvements to every day life. Which thus draws your mans attention back to you. As an example, she explains the importance of scent. She tells a quick story of a client who loved a particular perfume, and every time he happened to catch a whiff of it somewhere, he always thought of a particular woman. She then goes into how, or I should say, why not use that approach with your husband. So that every time he might be around a similar scent of perfume, he automatically thinks of you.
She also presses on the importance of making time for yourself, that taking that time to say, paint your nails, not only makes you feel better but reminds your husband of that sexy woman he met and fell in love with. You know, before we had kids and put them and our family ahead of ourselves. I can say I’ve fallen victim to that countless times – throwing on a hoodie and pulling my hair into a ponytail, because I think my time would be better spent on X responsibility, instead of using fifteen minutes on myself to do something with the mop on my head. The essence of several of the chapters is, by making that extra time for ourselves (which we deserve), we improve our self esteem, which can stir up the passion in you and your partner. After I thought about it for a little while, part of it did make sense to me. If my man can have an entire Sunday (pretty much) to himself to watch football, then I can surely have fifteen guilt free minutes to paint my nails. Which I love doing, by the way.
It also touches on aspects of regular family life/time, how to better organize your time and different ways in which you think of the use of your rooms. For example, how you think of the use of your bedroom; that portion turned on a light bulb for me. She explains it that a bedroom can be thought of as a V.I.P room, and not for reasons you might guess. But because a V.I.P room, she says, is where men go to get away from it all, it’s a form of a sanctuary for them, and your bedroom can be thought of with that same approach. A bedroom should be a sanctuary for you and your partner, a place you go to relax, to let the worries of the day go, to spend time together. She goes into a few ideas as to how you can achieve that, but I was pretty surprised at the concept as a whole – because it’s so simple, but makes so much sense.
I won’t go so far as to say that I felt this was an overwhelming source of great information, but after reading it, I did walk away with several things I wanted to try to implement into my life. If I can walk away from a self-help type of book with information and ideas I want to try, I consider that time well spent. Because of that, I would recommend this book to the ladies out there. It’s a quick read, well written, and you’re surely to come out it with an idea or two. ...more
Changing My Wardrobe is about a freshman, Lindsey, who desperately wants a fresh start entering high school. With her friends Grouper and Teeny by herChanging My Wardrobe is about a freshman, Lindsey, who desperately wants a fresh start entering high school. With her friends Grouper and Teeny by her side, she musters a bit of courage and hopes to forget her tormentor, Avery, and breathe some life into her life. For a time, it seems things might turn around. Lindsey meets a boy that changes her life, Teeny makes the cheer team, and Grouper makes the swim team and finds love. But after an incident at the mall, Avery’s vengeance switches focus from Lindsey, to Lindsey’s best friend Teeny. Does Lindsey find the courage to save her best friend? And can she keep the boy of her dreams in the process?
I’ll start off by saying that I am not one who reads YA novels by choice. Typically if you spot me reading one I’m only doing so to make sure it’s ok for my daughter to read. And that was the case with this book. I bought it on the heels of my daughter getting her first taste of bullies. I have to give it Hanrahan, because it doesn’t take long before you’re pulled into the story and forget entirely that you’re reading a book you purchased for your daughter.
Changing My Wardrobe touches on a lot of subjects, first loves, bullies, sexting, drugs, and the need for acceptance and belonging teenagers so often crave. And you might think there’s no way to cover so many issues teens face without smothering the story with life lessons through an adult’s voice. But this novel doesn’t reek of the preachiness so many have before it. It approaches these subjects with a fast moving plot, intriguing characters teens can relate to, suspense and twists you could never see coming. Throughout the book you’ll find real problems kids face, realistic reactions, and solid advice for them slipped into witty dialogue. This is a book you just have to keep reading.
So many times when reading, even if you absolutely love the book, endings are pretty predictable. This ending, well, powerful is the word that comes to mind. I won’t spoil it, but this book almost made me cry. And keep in mind, I don’t cry over books, ever.
I would absolutely recommend this book to teens and adults alike. Hanrahan does a superb job of touching on some tough issues through a teens eyes, slipping into the twisting plot some real nuggets of solid advice that teens can sink their teeth into. If you’re a fan of YA, try this book. If you’ve got teens, try this book.
Sometimes when you read a book you wonder how it got such high rated reviews, that’s not the case here. Every star is well deserved.
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I am a hard sell when it comes to books about finances, I roll my eyes and assume its some stupid pyramid scheme or some other junk that's a waste ofI am a hard sell when it comes to books about finances, I roll my eyes and assume its some stupid pyramid scheme or some other junk that's a waste of the $14 it cost to buy the book. This book however, is a life changer, and in a good way.
Without changing our lifestyle, we paid off $26,000 of debt in less than a year. Now the only debt we have is our house. We actually have spending money each month, which we never did before, and we can have treats like eating out, or taking the kids someplace special. The essence of the plan is to know, exactly, where every penny of your money goes, and that you pick where it goes. Would you rather pay off your student loan, or keep getting your starbucks every day? I prefer to pay off the student loan, then I can get two starbucks every day if I want.
If the opportunity presents itself, I will tell others about this book because it literally changed our life. I remind myself every day, "If I cannot pay for it in cash, I cannot afford it." This book is absolutely worth the time, the budget is worth the time and effort. If you ever feel stressed about money, want to get out from underneath your debt, then read this book. ...more