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Once Upon A Time, It Was Fairy Tale Day

Having fairy tales read to you as a kid is somewhat of a childhood staple. Whether your parents made them up as they went along (my dad’s favorite thing to do) or they pulled from the classics, almost all fairy tales had a moral. I think morals were introduced to encourage good behavior in kids. Be good or else! And it worked relatively well in my case. Not to toot my morality horn or anything, but I picked up on what to do and what not to do (within reason) very fast. I learned not to be greedy (The Goose that laid the Golden Egg), to take proper precaution and not to cut corners on projects (The Three Little Pigs), to dream big and believe in myself (Jack and the Beanstalk), and not to be a prissy little brat (Goldilocks). All in all, I think I turned out alright.

Today, in case you haven’t figured it out, is Fairy Tale Day. Sure it might sound a little silly if you’re an adult, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re bored at work or are working on writing project that has you brain dead, take a break and write a fairy tale. It can be geared towards kids, written for adults only, or just something you do to pass the time. Whatever you decide, just start off with ‘Once upon a time….’ and see where your imagination wanders. Don’t worry too much about setting a plot or establishing a moral to your story. Just let go and write. I’ve got a million ideas buzzing around my head and can’t wait to get started. C’mon and join me. It’ll be fuuuuuuuuun!

If you’re looking for some fairy tale inspiration, check out Joined By Love by Tatyana Black on BookRix. Her tags “romance, love, fantasy, healer’ should be enough to peak your interest. But in case you want to know more, you can read her book blurb below.

ANGELIQUE: Angèle and her grandparents will always be grateful for Angelique’s kind heart. If it hadn’t been for her, Angèle’s grandfather would have been dead years ago. Angelique had been a great woman. She had cured lots of people during the french revolution and in the end, gave her life for those who had loved her.COLETTE: A prince is searching for a princess, Rapunzel to be exact. He travels far and at last finds the tower he was looking for. But a surprise awaits him as he calls out to her and her braid cascades down the tower.

Why eBooks Rock

From the 90’s alone, we’ve had so many technological advancements. The capabilities of computers are beyond comprehension (to me at least). We’ve got smartphones, MP3 players, satellite HDTV, lazer printers, – it’s really incredible how far our generation has come. Another item worth noting is the eBook. What is it about this downloadable file that makes us giddy with excitement? Well, let’s list a few, shall we?

1. Instant gratification: We all have that gimmie gimmie, I need, I need personality trait within us (at least according to Freud). And 9 times out of 10, we can’t satisfy it. For example, if I’m lusting after a pair of shoes online, I’m left with two choices: find a store and pray they have my size or place an order online and wait for them to arrive. So few things can be obtained instantly, yet buying an eBook is just that simple. Click, purchase, download, read. Voila!

2. Versatility: Like many people, I like options. When you purchase an eBook, you can read on your eReader, your computer desktop or notebook, PDA, or your smartphone.

3. Cost effective: I’m fine with dropping money on a good book. But let’s get real here – a bargain is a bargain. And it’s no secret that eBooks generally range from $0.99 – $10, whereas a paperback can cost upwards of $10 – $15. A penny saved is a penny earned.

4. Durability: Have you ever loaned a book to a friend, only to have it returned far from its original condition? We all have. And it sucks. With eBooks, not only do you not have to lend them out, but you no longer need to worry about fading ink, torn pages or general wear. It’s in perfect condition each and every time you open it.

5. Noteworthy: Sometimes when you’re reading you come across a thought or passage that’s worth remembering. When you have a paperback you can either mark up the book (how dare you!) or grab a tablet and jot it down. Ebooks make this process a breeze, as you can leave notes without fudging up your book.

6. Insta-dictionary: We’ve all come across a word while reading that made us scratch our head. Some of us look at the sentence, see how the word is used, weigh in the context and try to mentally define it. I know I’ve done this many times, and many times my mental definition has been inaccurate. Luckily eBooks take the guessing out of the game by allowing you to highlight the word and obtain a definition within seconds.

7. Save the trees: I can’t get on my high horse about this one because I use paper towels in complete excess. BUT, with that in mind, I feel like by purchasing an eBook, I’m making up for my wastefulness. And honestly, every little bit helps. I recently read that one digital eBook can be distributed to one million readers and save 300,000,000 paper pages. That’s something to think about.

8. Authors have more control: When writers publish their work as an eBook, they have full control of their sales. All their numbers and stats are easily accessible and up to date. This can result in better marketing strategies by targeting specific consumers.

9. Feedback is Key: When an author posts their eBook online, readers are encouraged to leave comments and feedback which often times eliminates mistakes and helps improve the authors accuracy level.

10. Don’t Take ‘No’ For An Answer: Gone were the days when writers submitted their work to large publishing houses only to be dismissed and sent back to the drawing board. Take control and go digital. If you know you’ve got talent and you’re confident in your work – publish it as an eBook and let the world decide for themselves!

Obviously at BookRix we’re all huge eBook fans. I know I might sound biased since I work here, but truthfully, they really are the cats pajamas. When I went to Kauai last July, I was thrilled that my Kindle took up so little space in my purse. When traveling, you often have to decide which books you’re going to take so that you have ample clothing space in your luggage. Not having to decide which books made the cut felt amazing. I was able to take my entire library with me, cause lets be honest – when you’re laying in the sun on a beautiful beach your taste in reading material might not be what it was when you packed. Jump on the eBook bandwagon with me if you haven’t already. I’m confident your heart will always hold a special place for paperbacks (mine does too), but I’m just as confident you’ll be thankful you took the eReader plunge with the rest of the world. And while you’re exploring your new found reading freedom, check out my recommendation for today. Warning: It’s a tear jerker. So have some Kleenex handy.

A teddy bear relives the memories of his previous owner

A teddy bear relives the memories of his previous owner

Love Your Pet Day!

Pets of BookRix! Top left: Abby, Top Right: Misfit, Middle left: Sparkles the fish, Middle Right: Remus, Bottom Left: Gaius, Bottom Right: Raven

BookRix Pets. From Top left to right: Abby, Misfit, Sparkles the fish, Remus, Gaius, and Raven.

There are two types of people in this world: Those who love animals and those who don’t. I like to believe the latter don’t actually exist, despite the existence of the Humane Society and the ASPCA. Take my money, but please don’t subject me to your heartbreaking commercials or television specials. Ever.

As an animal lover, I was undoubtedly thrilled when I learned today is Love Your Pet day! On all accounts, my pets are doused with love and affection daily. But adding a little extra something doesn’t hurt, right? After all, we’ve got Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas to spoil our loved ones, so why not dote on your pooch, kitty, feathered or reptilian friends once a year?

At BookRix, we LOVE our pets. One could argue that we love them a teeny bit too much at times. But today we’ve all committed to spoiling our critters rotten. I, for one, am a cooking fanatic. I don’t claim to be the next Julia Child, but I know my way around a cookbook (and my kitchen) so when I found this recipe for chewy cat treats, well… you can guess. Hey, we all enjoy a home cooked meal, so why should pets be any different? And if you’re looking for a fun way to pamper your pup, maybe take him out to the clip and curl so he can show off his shiny coat to the neighborhood hounds. There’s nothing cuter than a freshly bathed pooch, looking and feeling their best. It’s as if they glow! If you’re not a four legged friend fan, and prefer the company of feathers, check out these relatively inexpensive toys at Petsmart. If you’re crafty, I’ll be you could make little Tweedy a nifty new toy with the help of Pinterest. Check out this one I found here! Easy peasy.

And while we’re on the topic of pets, you should really scope out our BookRix library because we have a plethora of amazing titles to tickle your reading fancy. Not sure where to start? Check out three of our favorite animal themed ebooks below. Each are unique and enjoyable reads. Add them to your favorites to read later or download now and get your read on!

Happy Cupid Day!

Valentine’s Day is the holiday that couples celebrate together by showing their love and affection towards one another. This often includes random heart shaped boxes of Russel Stover chocolate, red roses, and quite possibly something saucy for the little lady to wear. Guys – if you’re going this route, tread very carefully. Presenting your honey with a ‘One Size Fits All’ number could cause a dramatic turn in your evening and leave you sleeping on the couch solo watching depressing Netflix documentaries. If you want to surprise her with something nice, just cover your bases and make sure you’ve got her sizing covered. Trust me on this. And for gods sake… let her pick the movie. Die Hard does not scream romance, despite how sincere you feel Bruce Willis is with that teddy bear.

Are there any single ladies and gents out there hating on this holiday? You’re not alone. Loads of people hate Valentines Day when they’re single. But that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. Some of my favorite Valentines were spent single. Shocking, I know. Call up some of your gal pals or buddies and make a fun night of it. When you’re single, you don’t have to worry about the V-Day build up. Now you get to spend some of that hard earned money on yourself. If you want to avoid the hassle of crowded restaurants, invite some of your friends over and dine in! If you’re not in the mood to get gourmet, grab a pizza or some Chinese and fix up some cocktails or champagne (it’s on sale anyway, so why not take advantage?). You can play games, listen to records (I think kids these days use MP3 players), or check out the new releases on Netflix or On Demand. Sound too cliché for you? Not to worry. There’s nothing wrong that coming home, putting your feet up and reading a good book. That’s what they’re there for. But remember. Whether you love Valentines Day or wish it would go away, it’s one day out of365 and it’s worth making the best of it.

If you’re looking for something that will make you laugh, check out Kissing 101: A Guidebook for Men by BookRix author L. Avery Brown. Her skillfully written guide will have you giggling in no time! While you’re at it, check out G.D. Steel’s The Art of the Kiss as well. This short book takes a humorous tongue-in-cheek look at different kissing techniques and how to perform a sensual kiss.

If you’re in the mood for some fun DIY V-Day inspirations for your special someone or for your friends, try out these cool ideas I found on Pinterest. Yup – I opted out of the pre-packaged See’s Candy and the never-quite-right store bought card. Instead I decided to get crafty. I’ve got my mason jar cheesecake cooling in the refrigerator, some cracker candy chilling in the freezer and I’m all set with my hand made Valentine’s card and mixed CD. I’m on fire!

These were easier to make than I thougt

These were easier to make than I thought

Another super easy project.

Another super easy project.

This candy is to DIE for (and crazy simple to make)

This candy is to DIE for (and crazy simple to make)

Happy V-day everyone. Feel free to comment below about what you’re up to today. I’d love to hear from you!



Pass The Beads, Please.

First and foremost, I’m a book lover at heart. I’ve never been a club goer, even in my early twenties when that seemed to be the popular thing to do. I’ve always enjoyed and preferred a quiet evening at home, hanging out with my friends, having good conversation, etc. And if for some strange reason my friends opted for a wild night out, I’d normally pass and either finish up the book I was working on or spend a few hours scouring the shelves at Barnes & Noble (or B. Dalton back when it was around) looking for my next book fix. Reading, writing – I love it all. But I have a teeny, tiny, confession: I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans and experience Mardi Gras.

I know, I know. It’s loud, people get crazy, and beads get swapped for reasons that would make my mom blush. But there is something about this celebratory event that conjurs up the same excited feeling in my stomach that Disneyland conjured up within me as a kid.  Maybe it’s the elaborate masks, the beauty of cobblestone streets filled to the brim with laughter and smiles, or the colorful flags that line the buildings and storefronts. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but darnit… it my lifetime I’m GOING to experience Mardi Gras and its going to be awesome! Each year I see new photos emerge in my Facebook News Feed from friends and associates who party there each year. And with every photo, I feel myself turning a bit more green with envy. The food looks amazing, the weather is on point, and I really want to wear one of those hauntingly beautiful Eyes Wide Shut masks! A girl can dream, can’t she?

Until I buckle down and plan out my visit, I can escape with my tastebuds by trying out these amazing Creole recipes from BookRix author CreoleBookMaster. I love cooking, but I’ve never ventured into Louisiana’s French Creole/Cajun culture and dabbled in their authentic recipes. But now that we have these wonderful books to steal borrow from, I’m going to roll up my sleeves and get started. If you try any of these recipes, feel free to leave your comments on the book itself or our blog here. We’d love to hear from you!

Happy eating….

Laugh And Get Rich Day, Huh?

Recently I read “people who laugh are more effective and tend to remember things better”. If that were the case, I wouldn’t have to write grocery lists, use a calculator or rely on Facebook to remind me of my friend’s birthdays. It sounds nice in theory, but I’m not sure I buy it. That being said, I’ve heard another saying “Laugh your way to the bank”. Now that one, I like. And I think it coincides with today being Laugh and Get Rich Day. Sure, I’ve never really heard of this day before. And if it were popular, I think people would be laughing nonstop. But then it dawned on me. Our BookRix authors are really ahead of the game on this one. Not sure what I’m getting at? Well… how many writers out there pay for their book to be published? More than most. But at BookRix, our authors get so much more.  We have a thriving online community filled with avid readers and active writers who are willing to read one another’s work, provide feedback and tips, and offer support. That’s pretty awesome in itself. But we add more value by providing our worldwide distribution packages to our authors at no cost. I mean, why charge? The writer has done all this work getting their masterpiece written, edited and pieced together. Isn’t that enough? We thought so, which is why our distribution services are free. Now authors can laugh at those paying high fees elsewhere while they get rich on their eBook sales.

How ‘bout them apples?

But honestly, we don’t want to see anyone waste their money on eBook services if they don’t have to. So help out! If you know someone who’s losing major coin trying to publish their work, let them know about our services. BookRix has a lot to offer, and we want authors to know they have choices. And paying unnecessarily for services can be avoided with our help. We’ve got amazing members, a growing online community, and we offer quality distribution to all the major online shops. Do yourself a favor and spread the love. Remember, good things come to those who share!

And speaking of sharing, we’d like to share with you some recommended reading this week. Keep It Safe, a personal favorite of ours, by BookRix author Jess Wygle. It’s a thriller that will captivate you til the very end. We LOVE it and we know you will, too! Our next recommendation is one we’re excited to read for the first time, Joined by Love, two short stories by BookRix author Tatyana Black. Story one: “Angèle and her grandparents will always be grateful for Angelique’s kind heart. If it hadn’t been for her, Angèle’s grandfather would have been dead years ago. Angelique had been a great woman. She had cured lots of people during the french revolution and in the end, gave her life for those who had loved her.” Sounds great, right? Story two: “A prince is searching for a princess, Rapunzel to be exact. He travels far and at last finds the tower he was looking for. But a surprise awaits him as he calls out to her and her braid cascades down the tower.” We can’t wait! Let us know what you think in the comments section below.





Have a great weekend everyone! Now go get your read on.


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