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My new theme. The cherry tree.

cherry tree

cherry tree

At the end of every year–and sometimes several times during the year–I get restless and want to change my website theme. It’s usually a fast and unexpected decision, too. Like tonight, for instance. I didn’t even know I was going to do this and suddenly I did!

The truth is that if you have a website and you aren’t happy with your theme, you’re not going to want to WORK there.

I loved my last theme, but I was beginning to feel jittery again, so I found a beautiful new theme (this theme is by Out The Box) and installed it. What do you THINK?  I’d love to hear your opinion. 

smart phone

smart phone

If you are reading this blog post or visiting my website on your phone, you’ll need to switch to the Desktop version on your phone to see this theme. But you really need to be on your computer or laptop to see its beauty fully. (I’m not sure about being able to view it properly if you’re on an iPad.) 

The navigation is pretty much the same around here, and hopefully you won’t have much trouble. I’m also planning to create a new freebie this week for subscribers to my website’s personal mailing list, so stay tuned. 

But why did I choose a cherry tree as the picture on the home page?

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Image resource:

According to Google, the significance of a cherry tree in Japan goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry tree represents the fragility and the beauty of life, reminding us that life is overwhelmingly beautiful but tragically short. 

A cherry tree takes 3 to 4 years to produce its first crop, and 7 to fully mature (seven being the perfect number of God). They are a difficult tree to grow and keep alive. A tree  may be in bloom for only a week or two.

Like our lives which go way too fast (including THIS year!). So savor the moments, especially this Christmas.

Live well. Laugh often. Love much. 

 “You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? It is like fog. You see it and soon it is gone.  What you should say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”–James 4;14-15, NLV

I hope you like my new theme. Please leave your comments below of what you think about it!


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Awesome writers’ training

Shelley Hitz

Shelley Hitz

This year I signed up for Shelley Hitz’s amazing beta writers’ training. Shelley has inspired me so much with her writing success. She’s written over 35 eBooks at Amazon and her husband CJ has written 20. Together, their royalties from Amazon pays their basic bills most of the time! When I heard this, I knew I’d have to take her course, Author Audience Academy.

During this writers’ training, I got my book idea, wrote the book, The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes, and published it on Amazon. The eBook became an Amazon Best Seller in its category and sub-categories the FIRST day! This is a first for me as an author!

I’ve been blown away by the amount of valuable content Shelley gives: videos, audios, downloadable PDF’s, checklists, templates, and much more. It takes you from how to choose your book topic, through writing the book, choosing a graphic designer for the cover, hiring a formatter and/or editor, publishing, getting your book in print form, audio books, and marketing. It is incredibly comprehensive, giving you a step by step process for your ultimate writing success.

I highly recommend Shelley’s training. She is about to officially launch the academy. Just click on the image-link below.

Author Audience Academy

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Insider Secrets on Publishing a Best-Selling Book webinar

Shelley Hitz

Shelley Hitz

{Webinar} Insider Secrets on Publishing a Best-Selling Book

Next week my colleague, Shelley Hitz, is hosting a brand new webinar titled…

Insider Secrets on Publishing a Best-Selling Book: The Top 3 Mistakes Nonfiction Authors Make (… And How to Avoid Them!)

DATE: Thursday 6/25/15
Time: 5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central, 8pm Eastern

==> REGISTER here now: Shelley’s next live webinar

On this new LIVE webinar Shelley is going to give away over $700 in prizes including a complete eBook publishing package from BookBaby.

In fact, here’s just a sample of what she will be covering on this webinar:

* Why you should NOT ignore these 4 key strategies when writing and publishing your book.
* 4 ways to improve your book sales (and they don’t involve social media or your author platform)
* The ONE misconception every author needs to understand (and what you can do instead)

… and much, MUCH More!

==> Register now and join us for the webinar here: Shelley’s next live webinar