When The World Becomes Braille by Mustafa Ozalcin

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Helllllo readers, it’s a Monday morning but that’s no reason to despair #mondayfunday and all that. I have a fantastic guest post today from a fantastic author Mustafa Ozalcin, so let’s not waste any time. Onto the Q +A!

If you were to describe your book “When The World Becomes Braille” in only three sentences what would you say? (They don’t have to be short sentences?)

Firstly I just want say thank you for having me on My Little Book Blog….

So three sentences? Well… The book is the first part of a trilogy, where the story revolves around the at times debaucherous adventures and relationships of the central character Chris and his lifelong friends, which he recounts first hand through what he describes as a diary, even though mustafa_ozalcin_auhtor_photo_mlbbthere are no real dates mentioned. It’s a modern life drama slash comedy with spiritual and some may say paranormal undertones, but I don’t really like the term paranormal because it makes it sound “science fictiony”, which “When The World Becomes Braille” definitely isn’t, it’s very much real life. Lastly there’s a lot of sharp dialogue where the conversations are funny and touching and from the feedback I’ve received, have really resonated with people who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s.

Where did the inspiration for the book come from? Is there a story behind the book?

Like many people, I love reading. And watching movies. When we read books, we picture the scenes. When I watch a movie, if it’s good, like Goodfellas or Stand By Me or The Breakfast Club, I’ll watch it over and over again and dissect what it is that makes it great. For me, most of the time it’s the dialogue and the tone. And that’s obviously initially created in the writing, whether it’s from a script or a novel. I hate clichés but I literally (pun intended) always wanted to write “something”, even if it was just personal. And that’s how “When The World Becomes Braille” originally started out; as a personal bit of story writing. Then a friend found it and I let him read it. And he absolutely loved it. For years he would ask if I’d written the next chapters, which I hadn’t. I wrote the original draft in 1999!

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Could you give an insight into your writing process?

When the mood grabs me I just write and let it flow. There are times when I don’t feel in the mood to write, like when Liverpool lose! But generally I try to remain disciplined and put something down even if I’m not feeling creative. If after a while nothing great comes to mind, I’ll stop and do something else. But more often than not it’s best to just persevere and eventually the ideas pour out. I normally write the outline plot and dialogue first and colour in the detail during the numerous edits.

Which character did you enjoy writing and evolving the most? Who’s your favorite!

I really enjoyed developing Chris. He’s a bit of a diamond in the rough and beginning to realise there’s more to life than partying, drugs and women. Without wishing to give too much away from future instalments, it’s been interesting trying to transition him from boy-man to man-man. He’s like a cross between Hugh Jackman and Hugh Grant! But my favourite has to be Omar. He’s based on someone I know, so very easy to write about. And a special mention for Rachel who is a very strong character and I can say she’s more prominent in Part 2.

Can you tell us a little about the trilogy, where it’s going?

So Part 1 (“One Night in the 90’s”) is essentially an introduction to the main characters and wider plot. Chris is trying to ignore, or maybe reject is a better word, his conscience; and that he’s receiving signs that he may not be doing the right thing or taking the right courses of action where his life, and maybe those that his actions will affect are concerned. Again, without wishing to give too much away, we live in an age where people are more and more socially aware becoming more socially responsible. Some may think I’m being naive with that comment. But regardless, I believe people generally have good souls, even though there is a lot of corporate greed. But I’m going off track. In essence the story will continue to evolve around scenes that everyday people experience in real life, that maybe they’re not fully aware of or uncomfortable accepting… and “what if?” scenarios, all on a grander scale. Peppered with the same doses of humor readers will be familiar with from Part 1.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

I’m very active on Facebook, so my Facebook page would be a good place. I also really enjoy working on my website, ozalcin.com, which I do all of the work on myself. From time to time I like to blog about other stuff while I let ideas stew and that’s all on the website as well.

So there you have it, a fantastic book from Mustafa Ozalcin. All the links to discover more about this fantastic book are below and have a fantastic Monday readers!

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RE-INVENT YOURSELF! A Lifestyle Transformation Guide for Women

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Hellllo readers, hope you’re well! I’ve got a really exciting guest post for you today from the fantastic, Cheryl Garrison talking all about her fantastic book. Without further delay let’s get into it! 

The Re-Invent Yourself book is a working guide for women over 50 who want to take their life from ordinary to extraordinary. Do you ever feel as if nothing is ever going to change for you, that this is it? Are you ready to change but don’t have a clue how to begin the process of making a change?

I wrote this book for you (and to be honest for me as well). One day I was a 20 Something, bold and confident career woman, wife, mother and entrepreneur and the next I was over 50 and struggling with my purpose in life. I had lost the passion. I had lost the hope. I had lost my vision. I was lost and I didn’t like that feeling. I had two choices. Keep dealing with this feeling of inadequacy and lack of desire or re-invent my life so that I could experience the success and vibrancy that comes with being passionate about living.

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I wrote this book for every woman who wants to regain the passion and experience real change. I believe that the first steps in re-inventing yourself is to actually know who you are and what you want. I had forgotten my own identity, at least I thought I had. Who was I? I knew I was a wife of 30+ years, a mother of three adult children, and a grandmother of one incredible granddaughter. But was that enough. Unfortunately, not really. At one point in my life, I had aspirations to be tremendously successful in my own business. In fact, I had many years of successful entrepreneurship.

But in my early 50s I experienced a very painful business failure that left me in debt and jeopardized my family’s financial stability. This probably would not have been that big a deal if I had been younger and wasn’t heading toward those retirement years. But here I was, a husband approaching retirement age, having to liquidate years of savings and security to pay off the debt. All I can say is, on the other side of this experience was a 50Something-year-old woman who was almost too afraid to get out of bed let alone try something new again.

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What I discovered was I wasn’t alone in this journey. I met many women who were experiencing some sort of life experience in their 50s and beyond and found themselves in the same place – afraid, depressed, and devoid of the passion that had carried them into their mid-life. Whether divorced, laid off, down-sized, empty nested, or obsolete in their career, the result was the same. Now what?

An off the cuff comment from my son led me to create the 50Something Lifestyle network and ultimately writing this book, Re-Invent Yourself! I began researching different techniques I could use to get out of the “funk” I was in. I started listening to motivational videos, reading and writing affirmations, studying techniques on how to rediscover my true identity and finally how to put together the steps needed to rewrite my story.

This book is a working guide for women who also want to rewrite their stories and begin dreaming again. After realizing that identity was the first thing lacking in women in this age category, I researched authorities in helping people find their true self and included exercises that will help women come away with the knowledge of who they are the personality traits they have that will support them as they create a re-invention plan for their life. After completing the exercises, I was able to resolve the conflict I had developed about who I was. I am now acutely aware of who Cheryl is and what Cheryl has to offer to the community at large.

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The second obstacle that plagued me on this journey was What Do I Want? I had plenty of past experience both in my career and in my entrepreneurial endeavors to do almost anything I wanted. But for the first time in my life, I had no clue what to do. In talking to several women who took this journey with me, we came up with the phrase that we were stuck in “cement blocks”. I even wrote a blog about how it feels to be stuck and not know what you want to do or how to go about getting it done.

As I pondered this, I knew that the only way to renew the passion was to find something I wanted to do that excited me. I discovered the concept of “Life Possibilities” which is an exercise where you list all the areas in your life that you have a possibility to change (career, family, leisure, education, etc.) and then identify all the things that you would like to accomplish in those areas (time and money now being a factor). If taken seriously, this exercise can help women create the beginnings of what will eventually be their goals/lifestyle plan.

The book also helps women resolve the obstacles and beliefs that keep us from succeeding and gives full details on how to create goals. The exercises and worksheets included in the book will result in a re-invention plan that if followed can change the life of every woman who gets the book. By integrating personal experiences and exercises I wanted to give women over 50 the tools they need to create the life of passion and purpose that they are seeking.

If you are ready to reinvent yourself and begin designing your lifestyle plan you can get your digital download copy here http://www.50somethinglifestyle.com/books or follow  Cheryl Garrison here! 

 

 

The Cursed Princess: A guest post with Chrissy White

 

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Hello readers, hope you’re well. It’s Saturday which isn’t a ‘normal’ posting day for me, but today I have something really special for you. It’s a guest post with Chrissy White talking all about her fantastic new book – ‘The Cursed Princess’. Without further delay let’s get into the Q+A!

“When Arianna is taken ill at the age of 9, only Ellavorn can heal her. In that moment, their lives are changed forever as the seeds of love have been planted. 9 years later, Arianna is faced with the task of choosing a husband. Once she has rejected numerous suitors, Ellavorn proposes.  After the untimely death of her parents, Arianna breaks off her engagement out of grief, and is intent on ruling her kingdom alone. Little does she know of the challenges that she faces, and the hidden family secrets.”

If you were to describe your book “The Cursed Princess” in only three sentences what would you say? (They can be long sentences!) 

 I’ve been told that it has a sort of Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings with a fairy tale element thrown in there.  It’s a story of a young woman who is coming into her own and figuring out how to be a leader along with protecting her people from some pretty scary stuff.  She’s also facing the fact that she has to choose a husband, leaving her with some pretty difficult dilemmas, including a love triangle, which was not planned at all, it just sort of…happened.

What would say the genre of your book is? Does it fit into just one genre or is it a little more mixed? 

 It’s a Young Adult Fantasy.  There’s a mixture of different influences as well.  I love to read, and so I have a ton on influences on my imagination.

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Who is your favourite character from the book? Arianna stands centre stage but is she your favourite? 

 This is such a hard question because I truly love my characters…all of them.  Arianna is definitely one of my favorites.  She’s got a very strong personality.  She’s stubborn, but she knows in her heart that she has to do what is right for her people.  I love them all for different reasons, but I guess I would have to say Arianna is my favorite since we’re getting to know her the best.

Is there anything in the book you wish you had changed now that it’s out there in the world; a different sub-plot or maybe a new character completely? (I love asking this question!) 

 Aha, now you’re making me question myself.  I hadn’t really thought about it.  But, with these characters, they kind of tell the story themselves, so I can’t really saw that I would change anything.  I’ve been reading the book to my daughter, 2 chapters at a time, and I really can’t think of a different way to go with anything just yet.

So this is the first book in the series? I think we know there’s going to be more in the series but do you have an idea of how many? 

 I am planning on this being a trilogy.  I didn’t want to put trilogy, though, because I never know where these characters are going to take me, and I don’t know if they’re planning on wrapping things up with a neat little bow.

Alongside “The Cursed Princess” and books to follow in the series, do you have any other books, or plans to write more? 

 This is my very first novel!  I’ve written short stories all my life, but never had enough material to write a full novel, let alone a series.  As for life after Eumetadotos, I hope to write more.  I just have to see where my imagination takes me.

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Chrissy White was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, where she still lives with her husband and two daughters. She has always had a love of reading. As a child, her mother would read “normal” children’s stories to her brother and her, while her father would tell them stories from The Lord of the Rings, and other series like them. This inspired a love of fiction and fantasy that still prevails today. She has always loved to write, and has had several poems published by the National Library of Poetry. 

This book is honestly fantastic and the cover, well, utterly stunning isn’t it! We’ve given you a little bit of an insight into this fantastic book but if you want to know more or order a copy (which I would definitely recommend,) here are some links! 

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Reflections: An Exploration of Self Through Colouring, Mindfulness and Focus by Tracy Badau

 

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Reflections: a book for all those seeking peace in a frantic world

 “Reflections is not like any other colouring book. Besides engaging focus in beautiful, well detailed illustrations, it helps us to reflect on how daily stress can be harmful to our mental and physical health. I think that one of the most valuable messages it gives is that, through the exercises and colouring, we can learn techniques to help us alleviate the negative thinking and stress in our lives. An amazing, soul-touching book which I recommend for anyone to use and enjoy!” – Daniella Liberato

The reason that I put this book together was to give people some of the tools and techniques that I’ve learnt on my own journey and now use to disconnect from negative thinking, beliefs and anxieties that used to run my life, in the hope that these tools may help other people to do the same.

I think it’s incredibly hard to remain balanced in today’s world, with the pressures we face on a daily basis.  So having tools and techniques that we can call upon to use when life is challenging us, helps to get us back into centre before we drop into negative thinking and spiral downwards.

It was 14 years ago that I left the UK to head off travelling for what I thought would be for a year.  Little did I know that I was in fact embarking on what would become a journey of self-discovery and wouldn’t see me settling back in the UK for 12 years.

I realise looking back now that when I set off on my travels I was searching for something more, something that would take away the underlying feeling of anxiety and sensitivity to life that I was carrying with me like baggage.  I was searching for happiness and peace and at the time thought that it was outside of me, in another country, another relationship or another job.

I wasn’t happy and was reacting to the world, in victim mode, and was a bit lost.  I felt like sometimes I was just existing through life and often each moment was just a means to an end in the hope that something in the future would come along and give me the happiness and peace I was desperately searching for – I was living in my head in my thoughts a lot rather than experiencing each moment in the present for what it was and that was a really painful, anxious and stressful place to be.

I was drawn to a lot of different teachers and practices who all teach different techniques in their own way, but I realised that they are all pointing in the same direction, that change comes from within.  I recognised then that the happiness and peace I was seeking was already in me and I just had strip away the layers of negative thinking and beliefs that I’d accumulated over the years to re-connect with me.

What I wanted to do is to create a workbook that people can use however they are drawn to using it.  I’ve alternated colouring illustrations with mindfulness techniques, visualisations, negative belief changes, empowering belief integrations, finding your inner strengths exercise, looking at a challenge from different perspectives etc.  I’ve also incorporated some thought-proving quotes throughout the book that have been a source of inspiration to me.

By integrating the self-help exercises with colouring illustrations, I wanted to create a book that would appeal to a wider audience, an audience who might not necessarily reach for a self-help book even when life is challenging them which in today’s world it often does and with this in mind I have kept all the exercises simple, light and easy to follow.

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Quick Tips for Uber Drivers from a Passenger

 

Quick Tips for Uber Drivers from a Passenger

By Whitney Sherwood

It’s a bustling Saturday night in downtown Phoenix, and the streets are lined with cars. There is no way I can walk to my hotel. It’s over an hour walk.

My fiancé and I have been out, and it’s late. We’re ready to head back to the hotel. I request an Uber and hope the driver can find us. Schools of people pass us.

Our driver is 2 minutes away. A smart idea to wait for passengers in the area.

We scan the lot for our driver. There is a picture of her and a description of the car. Okay, that’s easy enough.

The driver turns her hazards lights on to let us know it’s her. We jump in the vehicle, thankful.

She greets us, friendly. She tells us she just started her shift and asked us how our night has been. We learn she loves Postino.

Her tone is casual and upbeat. She confirms where we’d like to go.

We reach the hotel in 10 minutes, keeping up casual conversation throughout the ride. We pay and tip the driver as she drops us off. It was a quick and enjoyable ride.

As a passenger, I’ve had many experiences with Uber drivers. I love the idea of an everyday person driving me around. Uber drivers tend to be more personable than taxi drivers.

As an Uber driver, it can be helpful to gain insight from passengers, like myself, in addition to other drivers. The book Uber Chronicles: Field Notes from the Front Seat, by Jessie Newburn, has a plethora of experiences and short stories sharing failures, successes, and the learning curve (many of which are funny) that come with Uber.

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Here are some quick tips for Uber drivers from a passenger.

If You’re Lost, Call or Text

Once, I had a driver who was 15 minutes late. He didn’t let me know he was running behind and was lost.

It turns out his GPS pointed him to the wrong side of the road. If you’re lost or having issues locating your passenger, call or text him or her.

It’s common courtesy, and you won’t feel so embarrassed once you find them. I didn’t give him a low rating or skimp on the tip, but someone else might have.

Make it Memorable

One of the best rides I ever had was a woman who offered me a cold water bottle from the back of her SUV on a hot summer night.

Several months later, I had her again. I was going to a cocktail party around Christmas and was wearing a dress and heels. My legs were cold, to say the least.

She kept blankets in the back of her car and had a thermos of hot chocolate and disposable mugs for passengers.

Think outside the box. And do what you can to make the ride a good experience.

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Always Check the Back

More than once a friend has forgotten their phone after a night of drinking in an Uber car.

It’s tough on the driver and the person. From what I’m told, Uber drivers aren’t compensated for returning forgotten items. Jessie learns this lesson in her book.

Your passenger may not be thinking clearly, so it can save you both time to double check for forgotten items.

Ratings are important as an Uber driver. I hope these tips have helped, and you can make your rides a more memorable and enjoyable experience for passengers.

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About the author

Whitney Sherwood is a freelance writer who resides in Arizona. She loves to spend her time running, traveling, and hunting down the best shrimp taco recipes.

Rude Boy USA: Rude Boy USA Series Volume 1

Helllllllo readers, little bit of an intermittent post today. I know I’ve been very quiet recently but I’m working on a lot of exciting new content for you but I thought as a little bit of a teaser I would bring you a promo piece of  content for you, just for a little bit of a Monday Musing. Today I have the exciting Rude Boy USA by Victoria Bolton and the brilliant sequel Bunny Wine. 

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Say good-bye to the era of godfathers. The Chimera Group has put a new face on organized crime.

Mob boss Bernie Banks and his associates—John, Ben, and Jerome—differ from your ordinary Sicilian and Irish mob families. Two white, two black, they style themselves after the Rude Boy culture made popular in Jamaica.

Operating as an investment shell company supported by illegal activities, the Chimera Group hopes to become as powerful as other crime families and gain respect from the Cosa Nostra. Bernie, a war veteran of Jewish and Greek descent, begins his business in his apartment and grows it into a multimillion-dollar empire. He and his crew resemble a more sophisticated subculture of urban street gangsters with their Ray-Ban sunglasses, loafers, and debonair style. But they want fear and admiration.

Their efforts draw the attention of the rival Ambrosino family, and they face internal strife when one of the associates begins dating a former Playboy Club waitress who wants in on the group.

Will they make it to the top, or will they fall?

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and the exciting sequel – Bunny Wine by Victoria Bolton! See all the links below and check them both out TODAY! 

Writer Victoria Bolton lives in New York. A graduate of the College of Westchester, she works as a computer technician in schools and as a part-time actress. Bolton previously released the books in the Rude Boy USA series (Rude Boy USA Series Volume 1), BunnyWine (Rude Boy USA Series Volume 2) The final book in the series The Tide is High will be released in September

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7 Keys to a journey of personal growth.

-If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose- — Charles Bukowski

Everyone deals with personal growth and happiness in different ways. Some individuals experience road blocks that have the greatest effect on the ability to create positive change. Others recognize the road blocks and obtain appropriate tools to help them move beyond inner confusion. Throughout my career as a professional motivational speaker in the field of Spiritual Psychology and Social Services, I have been able to help individuals to effectively deal with the challenges faced and identify their personal road blocks and apply seven keys to move forward toward their personal growth and happiness. Here are my seven keys:

Live Happier: It’s so important to acknowledge that we all need Love to keep stress at a minimum. Conscious loving releases endorphins in your brain and the simple act of forgiveness works as a natural anti-depressant.

Positive Attitude: Choosing forgiveness sets the heart free to embrace more loving. As much as our bodies need rest, so do our hearts. It’s important to take time to meditate to help with your life’s challenges.

Personal Goal Setting: What are you really called to do in this life time? Set goals that serve your highest purpose. Don’t just be good, you can be great!

Meditation Techniques: Sit quietly and listen to your mind. Then tell your mind to be quiet. Let you soul be the lead in the conversation. This will help give you calming and pleasurable feelings.

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Realizing Your Potential: One of the few industries that thrive is “fear”… There’s a reason for that. Fear calls people to action, but so does Love. Whether a new birth, a wedding or a goal achieved … loving generates more love. I recommend aligning your goals with what is true to your heart! Uplifting events will occur naturally.

Developing Healthier Thoughts: Science has proven the conscious loving releases positive endorphins. Think about how you can love more each day.

Trust Love: Get in the conversation. Ask questions. Seek answers. Find the next level on your path to creating move love in your life.

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The release of my new audio book “The ABC’s Of Loving Each Day: A Journey to Personal Growth and Happiness” is an expert guide to help gain a better perspective on life. To listen to this audio book, visit online at www.soundcloud.com/dr-see-love/sets/the-abcs-of-loving-each-day. For more information please call 424-226-8772 or email me at connect@drseelove.com or visit my website at www.DrSeeLove.com

My Dream ‘Invaluable’ Book Shelf

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Helllllo readers, little odd to be writing to you on a Wednesday but I have a really lovely post to share with you today. I was contacted by Invaluable.com (a website that specialises in auctions of collectible items) and asked whether I wanted to have a browse through their bookish sections and come up with my dream purchases.

Sorry, antique books and shopping online? *eeee.* Here are a couple of the wonderful lots they have for auction that I would adore to get my little mitts on.

Lot 118: A. C. Doyle, The Adventures & The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Not only are these book utterly stunning to look at but they’re first editions. Sighs. If anyone wants to buy these for me I might just adore you for forever and a day.

Lot 229: [Dodgson (Charles Lutwidge)], “Lewis Carroll”. – Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

These are so beautiful *cries gentle.* I adore books with covers that really emulate the contents of the book but these really are just a little perfect. I would adore looking after these and looking inside the crisp pages.

Lot 123: Grahame (Kenneth) – The Wind in the Willows,

I think many of the books I would want to own revert back to my adoration of books as a child and this one definitely links to this. I used to love listening to this story and have been tempted a number of times to go and find a copy and give it another read. I think this copy is really beautiful and would take pride of place on my bookshelf.

Lot 162: Robinson (William Heath).- Shakespeare (William) – A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

Finally I have a picked a beautiful classic; who doesn’t like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, wait don’t answer that everyone does right? Once again the cover is sublime and as I know the contents is just as perfect I really must not favourite this and bid after a glass of wine or two.

Four picks from the wonderful site invaluable.com. I really would recommend having a little look around because the choice is so varied; vintage, signed books and really rare first editions for prices that won’t blow your budget. If you’re looking for a really special present, a rare book or something to treat yourself it is definitely worth a wander.

(All images taken from Invaluable.com and all auctions were live at time of posting!)

7 tips for protecting your Kindle: A Guest Post from Case Happy.

If you are considering making the transition from hardback books to digital books you have a fun journey ahead of you.  The Kindle provides lots of fun and is not too overwhelming to get your head around although it may feel a little different to regular paperback books.  As you take the time to navigate around your new device you will soon pick up lots of tricks and tips.

To help you we have come up with seven tips for protecting your Kindle including shopping for Kindle cases, ways to protect your device and how to minimise battery usage.  I asked Case Happy a Kindle cases provider for tips and they were happy to discuss in a little more detail.

SAVE THE BATTERY LIFE

New Kindle owners are often not aware that an active wireless connection can drain your battery.  The majority of the time you only need to access the internet for a few minutes to download or purchase a Kindle book so turn the Wi-Fi off and only turn it on when you need it.

SHOP FOR KINDLE CASES

One of the biggest benefits of owning a Kindle is the ability to take it with you everywhere.  Protect your Kindle from falls and accidental knocks with a Kindle case from Case Happy.  Shopping for Kindle cases can be a lot of fun as you will quickly notice there is plenty of choice on the market.  There really is something for everyone.

Did you know Kindle cases are effective at gripping surface space?  Many have additional features such as an automatic on/off feature when you close and open the cover

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SAMPLE BOOKS BEFORE YOU BUY THEM

It can be very easy to buy every book on the Kindle store.  Unfortunately you only have so much time to read so many books.  Be wiser with your choices and sample books before you commit to purchasing.  If you like the sample then purchase the books you are most drawn in by.

MAKE THE FONT LARGER

If you find at bedtime when the lighting is not as bright your eyes struggling to adjust, give your eyes a rest and adjust the font size.

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PUT ADEQUATE SECURITY ON YOUR KINDLE

Not only is it important to protect the exterior of your device with Kindle cases you need to put the relevant controls in place to secure the interior.  A password will protect any information you have on your Kindle.  Putting sufficient security in place will also reduce the chance of people looking at your content without permission to do so.

If you have children, consider putting the child lock on too.

LEARN NEW THINGS

Your Kindle gives you almost the same features as you would expect from you hardback.  You can look up certain words with the built in dictionary or write notes on the side of pages.  You can even highlight sections and bookmark.  Don’t be overwhelmed by all these extra features, you will soon get the hand of them.

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PROTECT YOUR SCREEN

A large proportion of the Kindle is made of an LCD screen and it can be very easy to damage this.  We cannot stress how important Kindle cases are; they look good but they will also provide sufficient protection from falls.  It can be very easy for your Kindle to fall from the side of your bed so protect it with Kindle cases.

There you have a couple of handy tips for looking after your Kindle. As always thank you to Case Happy for such a lovely little article, hope all you bookish readers enjoyed! Also, if you’re looking to invest in a new case – Case Happy have a really brilliant selection for you to take a browse through!

WIN TICKETS TO STYLIST LIVE: With My Little Book Blog

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Helllo readers, something really exciting for you today! It’s only two weeks until Stylist live, Stylist Magazine’s four day event in October and there are going to be some pretty wonderful and exciting events happening.

On the Thursday Salman Rushdie & Emma Cline will be battling it out in a super exciting Q+A session! Literary Legend vs 2016 hottest debut author; sounds pretty fabby right? Also on the 15th of October will be one of my favourite authors the brilliantly candid feminist writer Caitlin Moran (*Fangirls*) and she’ll be sharing all her thoughts on female sexuality – if you are yet to read either of her books ‘How to be a woman’ or ‘How to build a girl,’ you are seriously missing out. Her writing is just, perfection.

Other exciting highlights include Nina Stibbe reading an excerpt from her book ‘Man at the Helm,’ an award nominated novel which will be followed by a question and answer session and award-winning singer Laura Mvula will be performing an acoustic set which I think will be stunning. Gah this is not an event to miss.

As well as all of this there are plenty of foodie bits to experience, I for one will not be missing Thomasina Miers  showing how to make incredible Mexican tapas – give me all the foods; and there are plenty of fashion and beauty tit-bits if that’s more your bag. I’ll be there for bookish bits, and fan girling over Moran.

The exciting news is that Stylist magazine are offering My Little Book Blog readers the chance to win Stylist Live tickets! *cheers!* The first ten to visit this linkkk  http://po.st/Mh0A8x and enter the code QUILLS will win tickets to one of the days of the event! If you’re in the first ten you will be able to select how many tickets and the date that you would like to attend. You can see the daily schedule here! 

There is also the option for to purchase additional daily talks and workshops from our inspirational speakers if takes your fancy! (MORAN! MORAN! MORAN!– okay I’ll stop now.) But seriously this is a fantastic prize, GOOD LUCK LOVELIES.

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