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text 2015-01-31 03:31
Welcome to Songdove Books Newsletter: January 2015
A Year in Prayer With Jesus - Ms Marilynn Dawson
Dressed for Eternity - Marilynn Dawson
Mom's Little Black Book: Godly Advice for the High School Graduate - Marilynn Dawson

Well look at that!

We've already made one major success this year!  We completed the month of January 2015!  You read that right, the first month of the brand new year, 2015, is now OVER!  How does it feel?  What goals had you set for this month?  Did you reach them?  Did you get half way?  Did they get written down? Did they peak into your thoughts on New Year's and then dash off as fast as they could run?

Reaching the end of January 2015 has been a mixed bag for me.  Prayer cards for "A Year in Prayer With  Jesus" had some glitches to start out the year, ironed out those glitches and then ran into hard drive space problems resulting in only getting scheduled to February 19th.  If all goes as offered, that storage issue might get resolved by the end of the February, perhaps early March, and then the prayer cards can resume.  So there might be a few weeks when nothing gets shared at 7am every morning via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The hard drive issues really reared their ugly heads when I began recording the audio sessions for "Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey", in earnest!  I got to the end of Chapter Three of Volume One, when space suddenly reached premium status!  So that project is on hold now as well until we approach the month of March.

Praying about paying down my debt load resulted in interest-dodging taking the form of a new van consolidating a number of my debts into a single payment taking place every two weeks.  Now the prayers for regular income need to step up, because that bi-weekly payment is the equivalent of my previous car payment, plus one of the major debt's monthly payments cut in half!  Don't worry about the math, I'm not giving you any figures anyway.  

However, income for the month of January picked up to the point where I've now had more work this month, than at any time this past Fall!  Pray this continues going forward so that I can maintain my financial obligations.  If this all works out, I'll have the vast majority of my debt-load paid off in 8 years.  A separate debt will be paid off in just under 3yrs now.  Yes, you can guess by now that my New Year's goal was to get more work, finish the prayer cards, and finally get my series into audio format! Oh! And lower my debt load!  That lowering so far has taken shape in the form of lower interest rates!

As if that wasn't surprising enough, being able to engage in interest-dodging via a 2014 Dodge Minivan, (ha ha, get it? interest-dodging, dodge. . . ) a client call related to my "day job" as a computer repair tech, ended up with me coming home with a Blackberry Playbook!  Thanks to learning about a Chrome playbook management extension, I now have it set up to read my own ebooks!  I finally get to see what YOU see when you purchase my ebooks and put them on your ereader!  Up to this point, I could only use emulators such as Adobe Digital Editions or Calibre to view my ebooks on my computer.  While that let me know the books worked as designed and looked reasonably how I wanted them to, emulators still are not the real thing.  I also observed that my latest paperback, "A Year in Prayer With Jesus", reads fine as an epub on the computer, but on my ereader app at least, the center portion that contains the actual daily prayer sessions, is blank.  It won't load. . . too big a section I'm guessing as the book is over 700 pages in printed format.  The PDF on my Playbook for this particular book reads just fine.  So it might be an ereader thing, or limitations of the hardware.

So this geeky author got just a little more geeky this past week!

If you're looking for a new way to spend your quiet time this year, let me suggest picking up your own copy of "A Year in Prayer With Jesus" whether in paperback, PDF, mobi or epub formats.

This is an undated book so that Day One can begin literally on any calendar date of the year!

Check out this video to get a feel for how to engage with The Lord's Prayer at a deeper level this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2DhnE5f7QU&feature=youtu.be&list=PLsfmoQFz615pJIdjL-3_429_cSbSNQkXA

As February is also considered "the love month", learning about the Church's role as the Bride of Christ and how God chooses to clothe her in the Scriptures may be just the right read.  Perhaps you have a loved one interested in the ancient world, or a friend interested in scents or a sibling who just LOVES clothes.  This book would make a great Valentine's Day gift for any one of them!  If you order directly from me or New Christian Books, you get the paperback at roughly $20 off the regular retail price of other online retailers.  The ebook sells for $9.99 at the various online retailers carrying it

In just three month's time, another big milestone is going to be upon us!  Graduation season!!!  Why not consider beating the rush, and getting one or more copies of "Mom's Little Black Book: Godly Advice for the High School Graduate" now instead of later?  It goes for roughly $12.00 at most online retailers.  Eight graduates received it as gifts last year.












The Songdove Books Affiliate Program, which is aimed at getting word out about the two e-coourses that are offered through the website, now includes both the Click2Sell affiliate network, and the JVZoo Affiliate Network.  Earn $3.50 per sale of either course sold through your own affiliate-tracked link.  I've begun a separate newsletter for Songdove Books Affiliates and waiting for those currently signed on, to add their names to this newsletter so I can start keeping them in touch every month just as I keep you in touch with all that goes on in the world of Songdove Books.  So if you want to get in on the act and help me promote these two e-courses, go to the affiliate program page here, pick your preferred network, then grab the related links and media to help you get started.


I think that's all the news available for this month.

Take a moment to check out the blog post entry below entitled "Praise and Peace".  If I were to leave you with one particular thought going into 2015, it would be that particular blog post.  As the days get darker on the world stage, the concepts discussed in this blog post will hold true.
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review 2014-12-09 03:32
The Marriage Book....in review!
The Marriage Book: Centuries of Advice, Inspiration, and Cautionary Tales from Adam and Eve to Zoloft - Lisa Grunwald,Stephen Adler

I first want to say, this is a book with excellent sources so it would make a good reference for all who are married or plan to be.  That said, I think you should know that is all there is to it.  


There are sources, comments, citations, quotes, from all manner of books and even the bible.  In between is commentary from the authors.  Their outlook on marriage struck me as a bit cynical or dated.  I have been married over 22 years myself.  I think of my husband as my best friend and so I have similar views to the authors - but not quite.


I enjoyed the "Marriage Rating Scale" in section F of the book.  I found it gave me a fit of the giggles but I - nor my husband cared to get an exact number since we feel we are in a good place where we are.


I think this is a great gift book, even a great gag gift for those you wish you could with their relationship but they do not take advice well.  It could sit on the coffee table where anyone could open it and improve upon ones marriage.


I am going to say I recommend this book with just a simple stipulation - be sure to remember that every relationship is in its own stage and what works for one will not work for another.  That is what has helped me in mine, anyhow.  That is also why I think the authors told of how they do it - and not giving strict advice, per se.  Good reference book!



***This ARC copy was given free from Netgalley.com for review purposes.

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url 2014-11-04 06:18
Effective Today, Songdove Books Offered on Listia Will be Phased out and No Longer Offered for Free.
Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey Volume One - Marilynn Dawson
Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey Volume Two - Marilynn Dawson
Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey Volume Three - Marilynn Dawson
Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey Volume Four - Marilynn Dawson
Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey Volume Five - Marilynn Dawson
Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey Volume Six - Marilynn Dawson
Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey - Leader's Guide - Marilynn Dawson
Mom's Little Black Book: Godly Advice for the High School Graduate - Marilynn Dawson
Practical Thoughts on Becoming an Author - Marilynn Dawson
Dressed for Eternity - Marilynn Dawson

It's a sad way to come home from choir practice tonight, but news reached my email inbox that Listia has changed their rules for digital goods


Songdove Books has been offering PDF or epub versions of each book for free via this site for at least a year or more.  This was deemed a legitimate way for people who could not afford to buy my books, to earn points and "buy" my books that way, without cash.


Over the next 10 days, one by one my books will cease to be offered free on this site and eventually, no more PDF or epub books will be given away in this manner. 


If you want any of my books for free, please check this link to see when auctions are ending over the next 10 days.The first auction to end is Volume One of my series, "Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey".  That ends in roughly 18 hours from the time stamp of this post.  (EDIT: Auto-renewal is keeping some listings live longer than others, but once auto-renewal ends for a given listing, it will not be relisted due to the new rules) Needless to say, time is of the essence now!


Thanks to those who have followed me on Listia.  My auction list will go dormant after 10 days.  You can continue to follow me here and on Facebook as well.

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review 2013-06-06 00:00
Review of "Ask Wendy" by Wendy Williams
Ask Wendy - Wendy Williams

I don't usually go in for advice books--or non-fiction books period--but I decided to give this book a shot since I got it for free at a taping of The Chew (airing 6/7/13), so i figured i had nothing to lose. Like a lot of others have said, I don't agree with everything that Ms. Williams has to say, but i like the way she said it. This was a very fast read--maybe 1.5 hours--and it doesn't make you feel like you're a piece of crap while you're reading it. There may be instances when she calls out the person who wrote to her for advice for doing stupid things, but she never makes it seem as if she thinks that the person writing to her is stupid, which can be hard to do.


What I liked about this the most was that it really felt like i was reading one long magazine article. The down to earth, tell it like it is style feels like it is right out of Cosmo or Redbook and that makes it very easy to read.

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review 2012-08-02 00:00
Write That Book Already?: Inside Advice from Those Who Know
Write That Book Already!: The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now - Sam Barry,Kathi Kamen Goldmark I won this as a free copy through the Goodreads Firstreads giveawaysprogram, from the author himself. However, over 2 months later I have not received the book so I am unable to review further until (or if) I receive the book. Unfortunately, part of the request for these giveaways is a review of said book so here is all I get to say. That being said, I have heard that it is not considered a proper review unless its at least two paragraphs so my rambling...3 weeks ago (just shy of the giveaway being 2 months past) I attempted to contact Mr Barry but have not received a reply which is why I do not have much faith to ever get the book.If I receive it, I will change and properly review the book and rate it based on what it is, instead of reviewing how Mr Barry has not sent it and has not responded to messages (hence the current 1 star). So, hope I get the book so I can review the book itself.
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