Monday, July 27, 2015
Have you ever wondered if a certain book or audio book is right for you? Amie's Book Review Blog is here to help https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/
Amie is a Canadian book reviewer, editor and proof-reader. I'm not sure where she finds time to listen to or read so many works, but her blog is loaded with reviews. These reviews are also posted on Goodreads, Audible.com, NetGalley, Amazon and Amazon.ca http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Yikes-Audiobook/B009G5BELE/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg_s?qid=1438000099&sr=1-1
Amie recently reviewed Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. If you'd like to read her take on this kooky project click here: https://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com/2015/06/
Good news for writers: Amie is currently accepting submissions. She reads both fiction and non-fiction. Amie's favorite author is JRR Tolkein, so if anyone is writing in this genre will likely find a friendly home with Amie's Book Review Blog.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Carl Hiaasen is proof that you can be a hysterically funny satirist for adults and smoothly cross over to Young Adult fiction. I've read all of Hiaasen's YA books, and they all rock!
I recently completed reading Chomp, which I must say is a romp!
Chomp is an outlandish yarn about a young boy named Wahoo who helps his father wrangle wild animals for “reality TV.” The story opens by explaining to the reader that Wahoo's father is medically impaired as a result of being hit over the head with a dead iguana. From that point, things just get crazy.
In my humble opinion, Hiaasen is writing the kinds of books that young people should be reading – ones that have a good message while also being entertaining. In Hiaasen's books, the undercurrent involves protecting the environment and the species who inhabit it http://www.carlhiaasen.com/
I read a lot of YA and have noticed that many authors talk down to their readers. No so with Hiaasen. The key to good communication is to relate to people on a level they can understand. Some YA authors are so Pollyanna in their delivery their work becomes hard to swallow. There is nothing saccharine about Hiaasen's style. Perhaps this is due to his long habit of writing edgy satire.
I would highly recommend all of Hiaasen's YA books: http://www.carlhiaasen.com/young-readers.shtml
Hiaasen's works are especially fun during the summer as they take the reader on fantastic adventures in the wilds of Florida. Any kid who needs a fun summer escape should definitely check out the YA books written by Carl Hiaasen.
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Friday, July 10, 2015
While most people spent the July Forth weekend grilling hotdogs and swilling brewskies, Quirky Video Set Designer Tori Park was busy wrapping Christmas presents and sorting through Halloween costumes. The temperatures were literally "hotter than the 4th of July," but that didn't deter Tori from rummaging through her storage unit in search of the perfect items for our July 10-11 video shoot.
Over the next couple of days the Quirky Video Cast will celebrate all the upcoming holidays including Thanksgiving, Halloween and New Years.
Our Quirky Video Cast has increased to include two polygamist families who will engage in a series of kooky activities to promote the Holiday Season. Hats off to Michael Park, Executive Producer, for helping coordinate what promises to be a fun but hectic shoot.
In honor of Michael's interest in the Game of Thrones TV program, we decided to do our own version -- Quirky Polygamist Style, of course!
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Saturday, July 4, 2015
With as many self-empowerment books as I read or listen to as an audiobook, it's a wonder it took so long for me to discover Tony Robbins. Now that I've finally arrived, I'm a huge fan! I recently listened to The Power to Shape Your Destiny narrated by Robbins and released as a Nightengale-Conant Production http://www.amazon.com/Power-Shape-Your-Destiny-Strategies/dp/1442352655/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436013654&sr=1-1&keywords=the+power+to+shape+your+destiny
The Power to Shape Your Destiny is a bit of a re-hash of Robbin's work called Unleash the Power Within http://www.amazon.com/Unleash-Power-Within-Personal-Transform/dp/1442352663/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_y
But it was well worth it for me.
I'm always up for a refresher course – sometimes I need to hear the same thing over and over before it sinks in. What really stood out to me in this latest audiobook was the idea that while trying to achieve a goal, most humans tend to just try one or two things and then give up if it doesn't work out. Robbins points out that anything can be achieved if someone had a compelling reason to make it happen. Once a person decides they must achieve their goal rather than they should do it, success if on the way.
I'm in the process of working on one of those goals which most people think is nuts. Robbins would disagree. He points out that anything is possible if there is a will to make it happen. After listening to The Power to Shape Your Destiny, I decided the next time I get “stuck,” I'll write up a list of all the things I haven't tried and see where that gets me.
One of the things I like most about Robbins is that he is a no-nonsense, straight-shooter. I haven't had the chance to go to one of his conferences, but that's on my “to do” list for sure! https://www.tonyrobbins.com/
Until then, I'll keep listening to Robbin's audiobooks. Up next: MONEY: Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=tony+robbns