Miami Book Fair 2013 – Still Strong After 30 Fabulous Years!

Miami Book fair

Congratulations to the great team of volunteers, organizers and sponsors of this year’s Miami Book Fair.  2013 marked the 30th year of this wonderful event.  It is literally an eight day literary feast for authors, writers and publishers.  People from all over the globe come down for 8 days and celebrate and promote the art and fun of literature.

The best thing about this event is that it is a community wide event.  Thanks to the ever so generous Miami Dade College – in 2001, the Fair became a part of the Center for Literature at Miami Dade College.

Some of the authors at this year’s Miami Book Fair included:

Inaugural Author – Award Winning and Best Selling Author  Dan Brown

Best Selling Author Joe Scarborough

Academy Award Winning Actress – Angelica Huston

Award Winning and Best Selling Author – Dave Barry

Best Selling Author – Brad Meltzer

International Best Selling Author – Patricia Wells

The group of organizers, volunteers and sponsors should really take a bow with the exceptional and outstanding program they put together this year, marking the 30th Anniversary of the Miami Book Fair.  I look forward to attending the 31st Annual Miami Book Fair in 2014.  I can hardly wait to see what they have in store for next year.

Book Review: A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety –

simple guide to exercise safety

 A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety Review

I just finished reading a great book:  A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety – What you don’t know CAN Hurt you by Dana Gore.  It was a real eye-opener for me, since I am a fitness enthusiast.  One of the things that I enjoyed the most about the book is that author  Dana Gore really made the reader think about how exercise affects the body as a whole.  Initially, I thought this was going to be just another book on exercise tips, but I was pleasantly surprised by how the author’s easy to read style captivated my attention so much that I could not put the book down.

The book starts off with the author being candid about personal responsibility for our role in society.  This chapter sets the tone for the book and why we should all do our part in the war against obesity. We can’t just sit back and ignore this glaring problem in our society.  There is no quick and easy fix to this.  Fad Diets are not the solution.  Beware of Fad Diets and Unqualified Nutritional Counseling is a chapter in the book that goes over the importance of not subjecting the body to risky fad diets for the sake of weight loss. Instead learn how sensible nutrition can help you live and feel better.

A simple Guide to Exercise Safety is a must read for those that want to raise their level of consciousness. It helps you see why knowledge is so critical in the fight against obesity. You can’t ignore things such as medical history, proper exercise techniques, eating healthy and your overall mental state of being.

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Book Expo America – Quite the inspiration for aspiring Authors

Book Expo America

I know that I speak for several aspiring authors out there, that is is such an inspiration to meet a published author.  Especially one that has written several books and is making money at it. But that does not mean that writing should or is all about making money. I came across the following article on USAToday.com – Octavia Spencer kicks off day two of BookExpo America. 

The headline seduced me into reading the article, because I was wondering why Octavia Spencer was at the Book Expo, which led me to read the subheadline – Jim Carrey, Giada DeLaurentiis, Octavia Spencer and more celebs celebrated books at BookExpo. I was intrigued, so I read more of the article and was inspired.

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Editing Tips to Help Improve Your Writing

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Serious writers are are always looking for ways to improve their written work. Seeking out advice from experienced writers, hire a professional copy editor and attend writing groups are few things things that serious writers enlist to help improve their craft.  I have found several tips along the way and here are a few that I think can prove beneficial to writers at all levels.

1 – Utilize a professional proof reading service  

The most common mistakes are things such as misspellings, incorrect use of punctuation, and improper  word use. Commonly used words that trip up writers are : their, they’re and  there.  When you have a professional proofreader that reads your text, it will help your writing immensely.  I know that software programs have spellcheckers that catch spelling and “grammatical errors” but trust me it is not the same as a professional proofreader.  As a writer, we are very familiar with our work and sometimes get sensitive about making changes, because we love what we wrote so much. Having someone else read the work, will help you catch glaring mistakes. They will also help make suggestions that will help improve your writing style. There are several services out there. One service that I have used and find very affordable is Proofreadnow.  The company has proofreaders that can read any language and can edit any level of text. [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss – Still Inspiring Lives after 109 years

Dr Seuss - Happy Birthday
Dr. Seuss would have turned 109 years old today. He was born Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2, 1904. He was one of the greatest American writers of children’s books.  I will never forget my first Dr. Seuss book, which was the Cat in the Hat. In his lifetime, Theodor Seuss Geisel published 46 remarkable children’s books with imaginative characters and memorable rhymes. It is important to note that Theodor Seuss Geisel had many pen names, including: Dr. Seuss, Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone. Some well known children’s favorites by Dr. Seuss includes:

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  • The Lorax
  • Horton Hatches the Egg
  • Horton Hears a Who! [Read more...]

My Last Sunday Morning Jog for 2012…

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Well, I must say that I really enjoyed my last Sunday Jog for 2012 this morning… I am happy to say that I successfully completed 5 miles today.  It is amazing how great my body feels… I am sure that I will be feeling it  tomorrow, but I am going to try a do a quickie tonight on the beach… just 3 miles one last time for a Sunday in this glorious year.

I took some time out today and went to see the movie Jack Reacher.  As always, Tom Cruise did a fabulous job.  The entire cast did too, but in all honesty Tom Cruise was the reason why I went to see this movie. He is in amazing shape and never ceases to please me when I see him act. [Read more...]

Classics: Free Digital Books Online for Book Lovers

Amazon Kindle and Digital Books Photo credit: Amazon


I must say that I wish that I could spend more time reading some of the great classics. I am amazed at how timeless these pieces are, such as:

  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Little Women – Louis May Alcott
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Jayne Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • The Last of The Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

I must confess that I have read these books several times thoughout my lifetime.  When movies are made on these great classics, I am one of the first to go and see how the director and screenwriters have adapted my favorite reads. PBS is one of my all time favorite channels that shows movies based on several of my facorite Classics.  I think that it is safe to say, despite having seen most of them, I can see them over and over again. This is a true testament to magnificent plots that were crafted by the original authors.

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Shine Book Club: A one stop resource for book lovers

Shine Book Club by Yahoo

Photo Credit: Shine Book Club – Yahoo

I don’t know if you are familiar with Shine Book Book Club from Yahoo. If not, consider yourself advised, you should definitely check this out. It is a culmination of all things books from varied sources around the web.

They do a great job of bringing everything in and keeping it at your fingertips.

Today I came across a great article 5 Great Apps for Readers by from Good Housekeeping in the Shine Book Club. If you are a fanatic about Readers, this is a must read review of a few super cool apps.

Here is the list:

1. Book Crawler (Apple iOS, $1.99) – This app’s core function is to serve as a personal librarian, organizing and sorting titles for you.

2. Goodreads (Android and Apple iOS, free) – This app that will scan books into a digital library and provide excellent reviews and ratings. Goodreads is a must-have app, if you love to discuss and write about books. [Read more...]

Fitness Ball is great for Core Strength

I just completed a 45 minute routine using my Fitness Ball. My body feels great after my cool down with a few dynamic  yoga stretches.

It is super fun and easy doing exercises with my Fitness Ball using my beautiful hardcover book “Swiss Ball for Core Strength” by Declan Condron.  One of the primary reasons I love this book is the design and spiral coil binding that is hidden within the hardcover. This makes it easy to keep the book flat while I am doing my Fitness Ball exercises. Kudo’s to author Declan Condron for using this type of bindery. It helps readers stay engaged while exercising and reading  the  “Swiss Ball for Core Strength” book. [Read more...]

The Power of Habits: Harnessing Your Willpower

Today I came across an article the brilliant David Brooks in the New York Times on “The Machiavellian Temptation”. The article discussed how our habits influences our behavior, even unconsciously.  This discussion was brought on by a new book “The Power of Habit  by New York Times Reporter, Charles Duhigg.  I strongly agree that our habits shape who we are and what we accomplish. It is nice to learn about reasearch on the subject matter.

A few interesting points that David Brooks shared in his article include the following:

  • Researchers at Duke University calculated that over 40 percent of the actions we take are governed by habit, not decisions.
  • Researchers have come to understand the structure of habits — cue, routine, reward.
  • To be an effective person, appraise your own unconscious habits and the habits of those around you.
  • Every relationship becomes slightly manipulative, including your relationship with yourself.
  • We apply self marketing to ourselves with implanting certain cues to try and arouse certain responses.

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