You Started Your Blog

You Started Your Blog by Gundi Gabrielle

Started a BlogYou Started Your Blog – Now What...? Wow. Gundi Gabrielle a 10 times #1 best selling author, entrepreneur and former Carnegie Hall Conductor, loves to explain complex matters in an easy to understand and fun way.

Her series “The Sassy way …. when you have NO CLUE”, has helped thousands around the world conquer the jungles of Internet marketing with humour, simplicity and sass.

The Point

This book is no exception. It starts immediately getting to the point, What do people actually want to read? Good question. That’s covered, in detail. Depends on your audience? Another good question. Defining your audience is covered, of course. The whole book takes about an hour to read, initially, but you’ll want to keep it close as you’ll need to refer to it often. I did.

It’s All There

The 6 chapters cover everything from writing style to converting traffic into subscribers and making money. What else do you need to know? Well, there are 3 other chapters (steps to success) to go and I’ll let you figure it out on your own.

There is a link to Gundi's 1st book in this series to get you started, if you need the basic techie set-up stuff.

Blog Examples

There are so many links and examples throughout the book it’s crazy. For Example, exercises for you to do, and, as with many of these books nowadays, you are not left out in the cold after you’ve read it. Look for the Facebook group you can join. SassyZenGirl. And some FREE Bonus Training.

It’s all here.

Notes & Improvements

I made gazillions of notes and still found stuff, on the next read through, that was golden.

Often when I write these reviews, I look for an improvement I can suggest. Can’t think of anything in this case.

Well done.

Starting a Successful Blog when you have NO CLUE!: 7 Steps to WordPress Bliss…. (Beginner Internet Marketing Series Book 2) by Gundi Gabrielle

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Fear Is Not My Enemy

Fear Is Not My Enemy: The PAME Code To Retrain Your Brain From Fear To Courage And An Amazing Life! (Psychology In Your Life Book 3) By Dr Emee Vida Estacio


Fear is Not My Enemy

Fear Is Not My Enemy is one really cool book. I liked it very much I didn't like the PAME Code in the title and on the cover, though. It almost put me off, and reeks of Pop Psychology from Kmart, to me.

I liked it a lot when I found out what it meant but it wasn't a selling point. Not for me, at least.

I loved the “listen to your inner Critic”, You need to listen not necessarily follow.” That is fantastic. Don't be afraid of your thoughts. Pull them apart and DEAL with them.


The Fear bomb. TLC loved it to death: “Is It True? Is It Logical? Is It Constructive?” I've never heard it quite like that before and it's so exciting, I plan to follow that in my life, from now on. Great way to conquer fear.

Loved the Neuroscience, Biology lessons in the beginning. I found them easy to understand. I probably got it for the first time. Very well done.

I didn't like the ‘Try It’ bits I skipped them. They didn’t seem to fit.

Australia is a big market, possibly the third-largest. I wonder could you include us in your lists of people to see for help at the end of those chapters, please?

I loved the “save them on your device” message, kind of pushing us into the 21st century.

Other Books

Fear was a great book. I will now have to go and find books 1 and 2 because I want to Change My Life and I want to learn more about The Imposter Syndrome, and I know I will understand all of it better when reading this author. So will you.

Thank you very much for a great and inspirational read.

Another book discussing the same topic that I have reviewed before. Feel The Fear!

Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood by Tom Purcell

Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood: My David Cassidy Hair by Tom Purcell

Misadventures, this book includes 16 vignettes of life in the 70's for the author, as remembered more than 40 years later. It covers such wondrous events as bike jumps, sled vengeance, puppy love, the dog that ran away, the kid left at the drive-in, clogged toilets and so much more.Misadventures

A glorious journey back to a time before our currently fear based society when kids could be kids and FUN was not a four letter word.

I even cried a bit (just a bit mind – I am a man) at one point, and laughed a lot. It is funny, poignant, true, sad and not to be missed.

I can remember some of the stuff in here as if it were yesterday even though it is Middle America and so far from my childhood NZ that it is ridiculous. Perhaps kids then were the same the world over. I'd like to think so.

It is a divine little book.

Feel The Fear & Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers.

Feel The Fear! This fits into the 'Book that Intimidates Me' part of my life. I have had it on my shelf for a long while. I picked it up a few different times and decided the time wasn't right.

I had another book that was crying out to be read. I needed to go out and forgot to look at it again. I mean can you think of an excuse? I did. Intimidating? 'spose so.


SusFeel The Fearan Jeffers has written a doozy. This is the bee’s knees. Whatever that means.

As I have said a number of times before in reviewing books - there are gems on every page. I had to stop highlighting sentences and bookmarking pages on my kindle as I just about ran out of space.

Some Highlights:

  • The Pain to Power Continuum. An awesome tool. Look it up.
  • “… when you blame any outside force for any of your experience of life, you are literally giving away all your power and thus creating pain, paralysis and depression.”
  • “See if you can week without criticising anyone, or complaining about anything.”
  • “STOP FEEDING YOURSELF NEGATIVE THOUGHTS. Negative thoughts take away your power … and thus make you more paralysed from your fear.”
  • “Each time the plane strayed off course, the system corrected it.”
  • Don't be deceived into thinking that by changing the external, the internal will be changed. It works the other way round.”

And MANY more. It is so inspiring.

Inspiring – Read Over and Over

A book that needs to be read a few times. A book that can change your life. I know that is a cliché, but clichés become so because they happen a lot. One thing is certain “Nothing Changes, If Nothing Changes.”

I don't know if you want a new life, but if you do, this book is for you.

It is written in plain language and is easy to understand.


There are plenty of actual exercises for you to try (or not) depending on your own personal level of commitment to change. The insights are astounding.

Nightmare Sally – by Renee Pawlish

Nightmare Sally - The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series Book #15 by Renee Pawlish

Nigtmare Sally

Nightmare Sally – really? However, I very much enjoyed this story it rollicked along at a breakneck pace. The main characters were interesting and vulnerable at the same time.

There seemed to be less laid back, laconic bogey style dialogue, but I guess after 15 books you start running out of things to say in that style. Also, I would like to have seen more development in some of the also-ran characters such as Ace and Deuce, who have been there for some time but haven't changed over that period. Not much anyway.

But, that being said this was another good book in this series which met all the requirements; and one that was hard to put down.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind reveals the missing link between wanting success and achieving it!

Secrets Of The Millionaire MindThis from the sales blurb on the Kindle page. This is a brilliant book. It did tell me I AM my father and that made me angry for a time. But knowledge is power? Right? So now I can change who I am and get it sorted? Yep. You bet. Keep reading. This is all true.

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to get rich easily, while others are destined for a life of financial struggle? Is the difference found in their education, intelligence, skills, timing, work habits, contacts, luck, or their choice of jobs, businesses, or investments?

The shocking answer is: None of the above!


In his groundbreaking Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker states: "Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your life!" Eker does this by identifying your "money and success blueprint." We all have a personal money blueprint ingrained in our subconscious minds, and it is this blueprint, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives. (My father again) You can know everything about marketing, sales, negotiations, stocks, real estate, and the world of finance, but if your money blueprint is not set for a high level of success, you will never have a lot of money—and if somehow you do, you will most likely lose it! The good news is that now you can actually reset your money blueprint to create natural and automatic success.

Two Books in One

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is two books in one.

Part I

Explains how your "Money Blueprint" works. Through Eker's rare combination of street smarts, humour, and heart, you will learn how your childhood influences have shaped your financial destiny. You will also learn how to identify your own money blueprint and "revise" it to not only create success but, more important, to keep and continually grow it.

Part II

You are introduced to seventeen "Wealth Files," which describe exactly how rich people think and act differently than most poor and middle-class people. Each Wealth File includes action steps for you to practice in the real world in order to dramatically increase your income and accumulate wealth.

Change Your Money Blueprint

If you are not doing as well financially as you would like, you will have to change your money blueprint. Unfortunately, your current money blueprint will tend to stay with you for the rest of your life unless you identify and revise it, and that's exactly what you will do with the help of this extraordinary book. According to T. Harv Eker, it's simple. If you think like rich people think and do what rich people do, chances are you'll get rich too!


And there are files to download to help you. Templates and a poster of the Declarations. This is a must read in my opinion.


And I am going to read it again. You should too.

Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Malcolm Gladwell a Canadian Journalist of “The Tipping Point: How little things can make a difference” fame, a book he published in 2000; has gone on to write approx 5 books.

I have been meaning to read one of these for some time it is called “Outliers: The Story of Success” – published in 2008. OutliersIt examines how a person's environment, including birth date and month, ethnicity, religious affiliation, familial background, world history and luck, in conjunction with personal drive (read hard work) and motivation, affects his or her possibility and opportunity for success. Gladwell's main point deals with how essential opportunity is to success. Success, he argues, is never self-made.


I was quite disappointed in this book and its premise. It seems Gladwell is saying - you can work as hard as you like, be as intelligent as all get-out, but if the other factors he mentions (most of them completely beyond your control) do not come into the equation in a major way, you are basically f@#$%&.


There are a few examples given which he claims to prove the rule, but apart from the need to accumulate a massive amount of time (approx 10,000 hours) practising your craft or skill, there is not much to make me believe this is a general theory.

He mentions Bill Joy, Bill Gates, The Beatles and quite a few others not all so well known and extrapolates from their experiences to decide that no matter how hard they worked, nor how clever they were, if the planets had not been in alignment, or some-such gobbledygook they would not have been as successful as they ended up.


I believe this is bollocks, and the small base of the research data does not give me any true feeling that this premise, let alone the whole book is really worth our time.

Pity, because after reading his earlier publication I expected much better. This is sloppy and is basically designed to prove a theory he had before he started. As we all know if you have an end in mind you can always find evidence to substantiate this. Ignoring any or all evidence to the contrary does not prove the hypothesis at all.

Henry Ford

This is why so many people live lives at a much lower level than the can. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right,” said Henry Ford.

I'd rather go with that philosophy.

I give it a 2.

Corktown by Ty Hutchinson

Corktown (Abby Kane FBI Thriller book 1) by Ty Hutchinson.

Abby Kane is going to be a part of my life for some time I am sure. This was an extremely good book. Plenty of tension sexual, professional, familial and more, but you'll have to buy the book to find out about that.

Abby Kane - CorktownI spent an hour and a half after I went to bed last night trying hard to shut the book and get some sleep. I just couldn't put it down, until my eyes kept shutting.

The plot is exciting? Yes. Interesting? Yes. Convoluted? No, but mixed up enough to keep you guessing.

The characters were vulnerable, professional, crooked, loving, I don't know, just think about people you know. They were REAL.

And the writing/imagery was really quite fascinating.

What am I talking about? Have a think about this, for example:

“… neighbourhood where everyone’s front yard looked like a public dumping ground. Cars and kitchen appliances were the most popular lawn decorations.”

The Falling Girl by Thomas Fincham

The Falling Girl by Thomas Fincham – A Review

The Falling Girl - Thomas Fincham

Sometimes I comment, in reviews, about the convoluted plots, the fairly large cast of characters, and the fact that I find difficulty understanding where the book is going.

I now realise after reading The Falling Girl by Thomas Fincham, that it has nothing whatsoever to do with the number of characters of the complexity of the plot or anything else, it is all about the skill of the writer. And Thomas Fincham is indeed a very skilful writer.

I enjoyed every bit of this book and would happily recommend it to anyone. Adding onto his series Echo Rose, Hyder Ali etc this Lee Callaway series will be another run away hit. The twists - and yes there was more than one, at the end of the story were masterly handled.

Thank you Mr Fincham for another exciting, exhilarating, satisfying and fascinating foray into the dark side. I want to be Lee Callaway.

Out of Mind by Kendall Talbot

Out of Mind by Kendall Talbot

Out Of Mind Kendall TalbotAnother one of Kendall Talbot's romantic adventure stories. This one with a couple of different strings to its bow. Full of excitement, wonderful evocative imagery and a few plot twists and turns as well.

An example: ‘Four layers of clothing did little to stop the frigid air from seeping into her bones. It was like liquid mercury, leaching in, aching. Especially the bones she’d broken. They seemed to have their own gauges for cold and warm.’

Enough to keep everybody interested, excited and happily engaged in both the love story and the adventure. Elements of your basic thriller as well. It was well done. Loved it.