A+ Content

Wow! I’m so excited about A+ Content. This is something new that self-published authors can now add to their Amazon pages. If you’re a reader, isn’t it fascinating all the extra little skills we writers add to our toolbox.

What is A+ Content you ask? It’s all kinds of extra information you can add to your Amazon page to enhance your books. I’ve just started digging into this, and what it can mean for me as an author and for my readers. For my first project, I created this image:

Pretty cool! How did I do this you ask? I used Book Brush to create the image, but you can use Canva, Photoshop, or any other image creator. If you use BookBrush.com (the easiest way) after you log in, click Custom Creator. Then click the Amazon button on the left-hand side. That will bring up the stacked standard Amazon image template. Then add your background, your image, and your text.

The image can then be loaded onto Amazon’s A+ content site which you can find on your KDP dashboard. Go to the book you are interested in adding your A+ content to, then click Promote and Advertise and scroll to the bottom to enter the A+ module. I selected the standard image with dark text, uploaded my images one by one, and voila!

There is so much more that can be done using A+ Content. This is just the beginning of my learning curve, and I must say, I’m excited to get started and learn more!

To follow my Amazon A+ adventures, and see all my books on my Amazon Author Page

If you want to learn more about me, check out my website – www.cynthiacooke.com

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Thanks for reading!

Whole-Grain Bread Recipe Without White Flour by @_nancyradke

Whole Grain BreadThere is nothing that smells quite so good as homemade bread baking in the oven, and nothing quite so easy as making bread with a bread machine. This whole-grain bread recipe can be made with or without a machine, although I make it almost every week using an Oster bread machine so that I have less mess. (Hint: the best machines have just a few buttons on them.) Some days, I have just bread and water to eat, and it feels like I am feasting.

This recipe avoids both white flour and sugar. It is made light by using 10-grain cereal instead of one cup of whole-wheat flour. You can substitute 5-grain or 8-grain cereal. The sweetness depends on the amount of honey added. This basic recipe handles additions of raisins, nuts, garlic, dried fruits, or herb mixtures. I sometimes run it though on the dough cycle and then shape the dough into dinner rolls, garlic bread, or bread sticks. I buy spices from the Oregon Flavor Rack and their Italian Herb Blend is my favorite addition, especially when making rolls. The Brewers Yeast flakes give the finished loaf a nutritional boost.

Time-saving tip: I keep the dry ingredients together—except the flour—in a refrigerator box so that I can just pull out the box, make the bread, then return the box to the refrigerator. This keeps me from having to spend time searching in my cupboard.

Pop’s Whole Grain Bread

My Pop claimed this was better than cake.

  • 1 1/4 cup water, room temperature (just not hot)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey (use sweeter for rolls)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 10-grain cereal (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 tablespoon whey or buttermilk powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Gluten flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon regular ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup Polenta/ or course corn meal
  • 2 tablespoons Quinoa
  • 1 large tablespoon Lewis Labs Brewer’s yeast (for added nutrition)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour. (If bread machine spins the dough, add a few spoonfuls of flour, if it makes a clunking sound, add a few teaspoons of water.)
  • Add last: 2 teaspoons Baker’s active dry yeast

Add one or two of the following; too much will cause bread to not rise well so keep amounts small:

  • 1 tablespoon herb such as dill weed
  • Dried or fresh apple chips
  • Poppy seeds
  • Walnuts, pecans, or black walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Garlic or dill
  • Dates
  • (Don’t add pine nuts as they are too moist)

For bread maker, put ingredients into the bread maker in order listed. Cook on whole wheat setting.

For hand mixing, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water during first step.

Makes one large loaf.

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7 Must-Dos in 2022

Around the start of the new year, many of us would have already decided how we’re going to improve ourselves and our lives. We create lists of goals we plan to achieve. But just looking at, or thinking about everything on our plates can be daunting. When we become overwhelmed, we shut down and very little gets done.

For 2022, I’ve decided to do things a little differently, starting with the fact that I didn’t do any kind of graphic to share how many books I published in 2021. If I had, I’d have been comparing it to the larger number I produced the year before and you know how that goes …

We women tend not to take good care of our mental health. Fact is, if we’re not in optimal shape, we can’t take care of others. Here are my suggestions for making life just a little easier on ourselves.

  1. Don’t assume a task is going to be hard to do before you get started. Worrying about it builds up a lot of anxiety that’s often a waste of time once you get started and everything flows together smoothly.
  2. Stop worrying about things that may never happen. Ninety-nine per cent of the issues we worry about never become reality. Don’t buy trouble. Live in the now. Even if you have challenges, remember they don’t last forever.
  3. Enjoy the present moment. Life is short and when we’re old and can’t do the things we used to, that’s when we’ll look back and see how much time we wasted. Time and energy used up thinking about challenges that didn’t happen cannot be restored.
  4. Whatever is on your heart to do, do it now. Whether it’s a course in baking bread, crocheting, or writing a memoir or novel. Today’s the right time. Just. Do. It. Visualize what you want, then chase after it as if someone is trying to take that dream away from you.
  5. Rest. That’s it. Get enough sleep to give your body the chance to repair itself. Our brains and bodies and will not operate at the level they’re meant to if we keep cheating on sleep.  
  6. Read every day. Aside from learning new things, the written word (especially in the form of fiction) can take you away from your current circumstances and transport you to places you may have only heard about. Be an armchair explorer. It doesn’t cost you much.
  7. Nothing is as important as your peace of mind. Preserve it with everything in you. As best as you can, stay away from toxic people who suck the joy out of you. Pray. Meditate. Preserve your peace. Strive to be happy.

Go forth and enjoy your year!

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Corra Bingham is on an island vacation, recovering from a bad break-up, when she realizes she’s being stalked. Against her wishes, a determined police office, Phillip Denham, takes her under his wing. Using his skills as a detective, he races to find answers that will prevent Corra from ending up on a slab in the morgue.

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16 Inspiring Quotes

We hope these inspiring quotes will motivate you, encourage you, cheer you, and lift you to a higher place.

“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” ~Diane Von Furstenberg

“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” ~Will Rogers

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” ~Jim Rohn

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller

Inspiring Quotes

“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” ~Pablo Picasso

“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” ~Isabel Allende

“Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” ~Anne Lamott

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” ~Carl Sagan

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” ~Pema Chodron

“You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do.” ~Dr. Seuss

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” ~Dolly Parton

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” ~Louise Hay

“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” ~Sonia Sotomayor

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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