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How to Use Google Forms in Your Writing

My love/hate relationship with Google forms is over! 😉 Bookmark this! 😉

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There are lots of free survey and polling sites (two popular options are PollDaddy and Survey Monkey), but often they limit the number of surveys you can create or how many questions you can include without ‘leveling up’ to a premium version. Among the writers I know who are always looking for ways to save their limited pennies, Google Forms is a run-away favorite. I use it  for my book launches and anything else that requires data collection. It is intuitive, flexible, professional, can be adapted to specific colors and images, and can be shared as a link or an embed. And there are many options that personalize the form.

Using available templates, a customized form can be completed in under five minutes. Responses are collected to a Google Spreadsheet (which is part of the same free Google Drive that includes Google Forms) that can be private or shared…

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“Amazon Echo Dot: Advanced Amazon Echo User Guide” by Paul Weber

This is #FREE but ends today! Even if you’re only still ‘thinking’ about purchasing the unit(s), grab this! (No more walk-throughs for me – YAAY!)


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Amazon Echo Dot: Advanced Amazon Echo User Guide to Help You Use Amazon Echo Dot in 2017     & Enrich Your Smart Home 

Genre: Electronics/Peripherals

Release Date: June 29, 2017

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Discover How to Convert This Little Hockey Puck Into Your Personal Assistant and Add More Convenience to Your Life!

The Amazon Echo Dot book it is a step-by-step guide that covers advanced uses of echo dot. You will learn how to setup Amazon Echo Dot and connect all your smart devices and applications of your house with echo effortlessly.

Going through this book, you will be able to

  • Fully understand IFTTT recipes to link your devices with echo dot. You will learn how to make your life easy with the use of all these recipes. The recipes are easy to follow and will help you in creating your own recipe
  • Get to know how to group your devices and understand the method to solve numerous problems
  • Clearly understand all advanced hacks known to expert echo dot users and Increase efficiency of Amazon Echo Dot
  • And most of all, you will save hours running errands and you will control your home and work life from a simple voice command “Alexa, ……….”

Get this book to know how to use echo dot efficiently, save your time and add more convenience to your Life!


Paul Weber is a software developer and technical geek with a strong passion for Amazon smart gadgets. Paul is a graduate of the MIT Electrical Engineering & Computer Science faculty. He is currently working as a software developer and It-writer. His biggest passion is to explain the reader’s hard technical things in an easy way to help people figure out in the modern digital world.

How Writers Should Handle Bad Reviews

Remember to smile! 😉

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

Don’t tweet that the reviewer is an absolute moron who deserves exile to Chechnya or at least a lifetime of bad sex and lukewarm meals. It’ll only make you seem nutty, and most people won’t know about the review until you tell them anyway.

Don’t make snarky, veiled remarks about this reviewer when you’re interviewed, because sulking and bitterness will just end up making you come off as a crank who should get a life or see a shrink.

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“Who’s That Girl” by Blair Thornburgh


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“Who’s That Girl”

Author: Blair Thornburgh

Genre: YA/Romantic Comedy/LGBT

Release Date: July 11, 2017

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This laugh-out-loud debut is filled with hilarious awkward encounters, a supportive LGBTQ organization, and too many cheesy lyrics to count—all with the compulsive readability of Audrey, Wait! and Boy Meets Boy.

Junior Nattie McCullough has always been that under-the-radar straight girl who hangs out in the cafeteria with her gay-straight alliance friends. She’s never been the girl that gets the guy, let alone the girl that gets a hit song named after her.

But when last summer’s crush, smoking-hot musician Sebastian Delacroix—who has recently hit the mainstream big-time—returns home to play a local show, that’s just what she gets. He and his band, the Young Lungs, have written a chart-topping single—“Natalie”—which instantly makes Nattie second guess everything she thought about their awkward non-kiss at that June pool party. That it was horrific. That it meant nothing. That Sebastian never gave her another thought.

To help keep her mind off of Sebastian and his maybe-about-her, maybe-not-about-her song, Nattie throws herself into planning the school’s LGBTQIA dance. That proves problematic, too, when Nattie begins to develop feelings for her good friend Zach. With the song getting major airplay and her once-normal life starting to resemble the cover of a gossip magazine, Nattie is determined to figure out once and for all if her brief moment with Sebastian was the stuff love songs are made of—or just a one-hit wonder.


Blair ThornburghBlair Thornburgh writes books for and about teenagers with a sense of humor. Her hobbies include forgetting the lyrics to songs, deep dives into obscure corners of Wikipedia, and snacks. During the day she works as an editor at Quirk Books, a slightly more glamorous job than her previous gigs selling flowers and digging up sweet potatoes. She was inspired to write her debut novel, the YA romantic comedy Who’s That Girl, after, among other things, listening to too much pretentious indie rock, spending a weekend yurt-camping in Quebec, and fighting a killer craving for a pumpkin-chocolate-chip cookie. A former teenager, she now lives in her hometown of Philadelphia.

“A Convenient Risk” by Sara R. Turnquist #BookTour

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A Convenient Risk

by Sara R. Turnquist

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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He never imagined her heart would be so hard to reach.

Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch. Or the rancher.

Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, adding to her frustration and grief at her loss. Her well-being is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang. What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out?

 

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“My son…where is he?”

Brandon’s hands grazed her elbows still. Did she dare take comfort from it?

“He couldn’t get to sleep on his own, so he’s in the room with Uncle Owen.”

“Oh.” She turned away, wishing she could pull her arms away from his touch.

He remained quiet for a few moments. “He was quite worried about you when you didn’t return for dinner.”

Amanda looked in his direction again. His features were coming into focus as her eyes took in the little bits of moonlight coming in through the window, but only in forms, no details. “He was?”

Brandon nodded. “We all were.”

“Oh?” Why would she bait him? She did not know. But the utterance was beyond her lips before she could stop it. Amanda tightened her lips to keep anything else from coming forth.

“Yes. As was I.” His voice was thick.

His confession stirred something high in her chest. Something that spindled and twisted. Something pleasant. It was but a taste, and she wanted more. But how?

“You were?” What was that in her voice? Hope? She barely recognized it.

He stepped closer to her. Heat emanated from his body. “Of course I was.”

Her head began to swim as the stirrings in her chest spread throughout her whole body, tangling and weaving into her being. Was he going to kiss her? Did she want him to?

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Sara is originally from Middle Tennessee. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator.

Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Middle Tennessee where they currently reside. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children.

She enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara’s great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write clean Historical Romance.

Sara has made several trips to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also the author of The General’s Wife, Off to War, Hope in Cripple Creek, and A Convenient Risk, and is a member of ACFW.

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