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review 2018-02-21 23:11
After 60 Life
I Think My Guardian Angel Drinks: Irreverent Advice on Living Well After 60…. Because Wine is Always Age-Appropriate - Vikki Jensen Claflin

I Think My Guardian Angel Drinks by Vikki Jensen Claflin is a humorous take on senior life and living.  The tips may come in handy, if not they'll at least make you laugh.  The quick stories are entertaining and fun.  You're not even close to 60?  It'll still give you a laugh and a peek into what awaits you down the road of life.  I enjoyed reading I Think My Guardian Angel Drinks.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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review 2018-01-29 17:21
Feels like the author needs to get over himself.
Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Ove... Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself - Mark Epstein

The title immediately intrigued me. Instead of a perhaps more gentle of diplomatic way of phrasing it, it's a "get over yourself" message which is sometimes necessary. So it seemed like this could be an intriguing read.

 

The author uses a mix of Buddhist teachings combined with Western therapy to aid his patients and to provide guidance (but no quick solutions) to the reader. It's also speckled with stories of his patients and their interactions. Honestly, the book was incredibly boring. Another reviewer notes that having more than basic knowledge of Buddhism would help and I agree. 

 

Another review also talks about how Wilhelm Reich had a patient lie naked and said he'd teach her how to flirt. Not an expert on therapy or Reich but after looking him up I found that he had been suspected of being sexually abused as a child and seemed to have an unusual interest in sex and childhood sexuality. Children were made to stand naked in front of him as part of therapy and they had described as being sexually abused by Reich's colleagues, although not Reich himself. I understand that none of this is part of Epstein's goal in writing the book but I found it bizarre that he'd talk about Reich and teaching a patient how to flirt without discussing the allegations and/or that learning how to flirt seems like an unusual part of therapy (and what does it have to do with Buddhism?).

 

As you can see, this book just gets a side-eye from me. I guess that's what I get for picking up a book based on the title alone. Skip it.

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review 2018-01-16 14:36
Marital Advice to my Grandson, Joel: How to be a husband your wife won't throw out of the window in the middle of the night. - Peter Davidson

Marital Advice to My Grandson, Joel: How to Be a Husband Your Wife Won't Throw Out of the Window in the Middle of the Night by Peter Davidson
What I like right off the bat is the male perspective about things females flock together to discuss: fashion, wedding planning, etc.
So much helpful advice to keep the marriage alive and on track.
Years of experience are the priceless part of life and so generous of the author to share it.
Hilarious events that occur that had me laughing out loud because they are 100% true! Take heed of the advice in this book, it's true north.
So much down to earth advice no matter if you are a male or female reader. I think females will find this as a book they'd want to gift to a male.
Compromise til you get your way, it takes time and patience like the toilet paper roll. LOL
Brutal at times and it's not sugar coated. Brownie points ROFL.
There are SO many great parts to read about I don't want to spoil them for you, you gotta read them firsthand and you will have tears in your eyes from laughing so hard.
Received this review copy from the author via LinkedIn and this is my honest opinion.

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review 2018-01-14 00:00
Unsolicited Advice (Between the Sheets, #3)
Unsolicited Advice (Between the Sheets, #3) - Melinda Di Lorenzo Heidi takes pride in helping the clueless. What happens when the woman with all the advice is the person who needs it most? Unsolicited Advice is a barrel of laughs with a huge quantity of heart. Ms. Di Lorenzo takes a hot mess and transforms it into a work of art. William is a charmer but he's so pushover. He's a straight shooter except in matters of the heart. Heidi all the answers, but is she answering the right questions when it comes to her own life? A sweetly crafted introspective read.
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review 2017-12-07 06:11
Book Construction Blueprint - an essential reference book for self-published authors

Whenever I search the internet trying to find some information to resolve a self-publishing issue invariably an article written by Joel Friedlander comes up.

 

I've read a number of them and found them professional, helpful and, most importantly, understandable.

 

When I was offered all this knowledge free in his book Book Construction Blueprint by Joel Friedlander - Expert Advice for Creating Industry-Standard Print Books it was a no-brainer.

 

Book Construction Blueprint is a comprehensive guide and includes preparing your manuscript, interior book design, cover design, printing and working with professionals.

 

A good deal of it wasn't relevant for my needs but some was invaluable including the section Cleaning Up Your Word Files. Pretty much all the problems you're confronted with when you upload your original manuscript to a self-publishing platform can be attributed to formatting glitches in your Word file. Friedlander has some nifty tips, accompanied by screen shots, that saved me countless hours of hair-pulling frustration. They're now incorporated into my pre-upload check-list.

 

Ever wonder about the order of your book's front matter? What goes on the Copyright Page and does the Dedication Page come before Acknowledgements? It's all spelled out in Friedlander's book.

 

He also has some great suggestions on what components make an eye-catching cover, designing running heads and font choices.

 

I try to review a lot of new indie authors and it's very distracting and unprofessional to read poorly or incorrectly formatted books. I know what a challenge it is and mine still aren't perfect, but they'll be a lot better now that I have Book Construction Blueprint by Joel Friedlander - Expert Advice for Creating Industry-Standard Print Books to refer to.

 

I downloaded this book free from the BookBaby Blog

https://www.bookbaby.com/free-publishing-guides?utm_campaign=BB1748&utm_source=BBeNews&utm_medium=Email&spMailingID=55458812&spUserID=MjIyOTk1NTA0MTUzS0&spJobID=1285048504&spReportId=MTI4NTA0ODUwNAS2

 

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