100 Amazing Computer Tips

Title: 100 Amazing Computer Tips
Author: Diane McKeever, CPP
Publisher: Swan Media
ISBN: 978-1-940745-82-4

“This book is not intended to be read from start to finish in one sitting. Many of the techniques should be practiced before you go onto the next tip. Thumb through the book and dip into see an interesting topic or start at the beginning and make your way straight through it,” Diane McKeever writes in the introduction of her book, 100 Amazing Computer Tips: Shortcuts, Tricks and Advice to Help Everyone from Novice to Professional.

At two hundred and fifty-six pages, this paperback targets those looking for more tips and shortcuts to conquer computer programs. Applicable to personal computer and Apple environments, simple bullet-point instructions cover one hundred tips, tasks, and tracks to better computing.

Having over twenty-five years’ experience instructing over one hundred thousand students in learning computer techniques, McKeever leaves few stones unturned as she covers computer know-how for novices to professionals.

After a short author biography and introduction, one hundred tips are divided into nine sections, ending with appendices and quick reference guides. Although some of the pasted screen captures and quick reference guides have hard to read fonts and are somewhat fuzzy, the tip instructions are easy to comprehend. All tips start on the right side of the page, sometimes flowing onto the following left side or leaving the page completely blank, perhaps for note taking.

The nine tip sections include twenty-eight regarding general computing, eleven browser related, four about Facebook, fourteen involving Microsoft Office, two for emailing, five in regard to Microsoft Outlook, nineteen that cover Microsoft Excel, twelve about Word, and five fun projects and programs. The appendices have charts of keyboard shortcuts, Alt codes, and Apple characters with their shortcuts.

Here are a dozen tested and tried amazing tips that will save time and energy:
Tip #9 – Using the Right Mouse Button
Tip #18 – Improving Computer Speed
Tip #26 – Three Finger Salute
Tip #32 – Google Math
Tip #39 – Bookmarking a Browser Page
Tip #43 – Facebook Privacy Settings
Tip #47 – Drag and Drop in Word and Excel
Tip #61 – Scheduling Email Delivery
Tip #67 – Freezing Panes
Tip #79 – Filtering Records
Tip #84 – Word’s Colorful Underlines
Tip #99 – Making Word Clouds

From learning a simple task as zooming in with a mouse or locking Windows to being comfortable accessing templates, using vanishing tools, validating data, and concatenating cells, this keep-close-by-the-desk book will help anyone master a computer one step at a time and learn how quickly to make a ⳏ, ☼, or ♥ within programs.

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How to Survive Sharknado

Title: How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters
Author: Andrew Shaffer
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 978-0-553-41813-2

“Whether you’re standing face-to-face with a Mongolian death worm or stuck outdoors during a bataclysm, we have you covered,” Andrew Shaffer emphatically states in his book, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters.

At two hundred and twenty-two pages, this small but highly important paperback targets those worried individuals who want to be sure what to do to survive when the end-of-the-world comes (or comes close to it). With some minor profanity, lots of gory information about blood, body parts, and death, it may not be apropos for wee ones who have recently learned to read or the elderly with weak hearts.

Written by humorist Shaffer with contributions by Finley “Fin” Shepard, a champion surfer, and sharknado survivor, April Wexler, the book begins with a foreword and introduction, followed by two sections of unnatural disasters and monsters, and ending with a final note along with educational appendices.

To view the instruction manual from a technical standpoint, there are thirty-five potential disasters listed, each six to four pages long, complete with a sketch of the perpetrator. Each chapter begins with an area listing vitals such as when first observed, maximum speed, groups at risk, and location along with iconic scale symbols of its threat, encounter risk, and factor of freakiness. The guts of the chapters are divided into three titled parts: Study showing documented incidents, Avoid explaining common pitfalls, and Survive for tips. Also added are sidebars regarding the devastating object with comparison charts, informational facts, food recipes, and quizzes.

With most concepts devised from SyFy Original Movies, one can learn about Mother Nature and Earth’s devious devices such as an antdemic, beeclispse, dinonami, firenado, stonado, and swamp volcano or gruesome creatures such as Basilisk, Mothman, Rock Monster, Elektrokraken, Pteracuda, or Robocroc to name a few.

Since we know disasters are inevitable and will happen no matter what we do, say, or pretend, we should be prepared for survival anytime one strikes. Applying a scientific yet unrealistic approach to the next attack by nature or beast, the emergency kits for the unnatural disaster or car are promoted.

Although this non-sci-fi reader began to consider these events could potentially happen in the next thirty seconds, she has peace and newly acquired understanding what she is up against and how to survive. Thank you, Shaffer and team, for bringing these tips to stay alive, protecting those that fight back.

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Evergreen

Title: Evergreen
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-9401-5

“Fix what? Their fractured family? A lonely Christmas? Perhaps, but he could try. The Live Nativity display he drew up would be legendary, and if that didn’t prove to his wife that he could buy into her need to stick around, celebrate Christmas even without their family, he didn’t know what would,” John ponders in Susan May Warren’s short love story, Evergreen.

Part of the Christiansen Family series, this two hundred and eight page paperback targets those who love clean romance with relational conflicts, confrontation, and forgiveness. With no profanity, overtly sexual scenes, or extreme violence, the story focuses on learning to forgive others and trust God.

Continuing the story of the large family, this current-day novella has patriarch John looking forward to having his resort home in northern Minnesota to himself finally while his wife, Ingrid, is scared to death of the loneliness and quiet void that has settled between them.

While John secretly plans an expensive trip to Paris to renew Ingrid and his wedding vows during Christmas, financial setbacks and church commitments make it hard to arrange. First their sixteen year old family dog becomes so ill that surgery is required, and then Ingrid offers to organize the town’s annual Live Nativity in time for the holidays. The emotional bow breaks between the married couple when they are asked to open their home to a newcomer they barely know.

As a wedge deepens amid the two adults over the sick dog, an overseas trip, a myriad of church activities, and the arrival of their new guest, John tries ardently to fix each problem while Ingrid blatantly refuses to move on with her life of no longer mothering her children.

John, ever trying to correct everything, is at a quandary of how to approach his aloof, despondent wife while Ingrid questions when her love waxed cold toward the man she married so many years ago.

Using the backdrop of the issues of empty-nest syndrome, the book hones in on how problems surface and bubble to a boil when one no longer trusts God or a marriage partner.

Warren’s quick, redemptive tome shows how getting to the root of a problem within a marriage can be hurtful and painful, but it will make the union stronger with more love when God is the center of it.

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Why God Why?

Title: Why God Why?
Author: Karen Jensen
Publisher: Charisma House
ISBN: 978-1-62136-243-2

“In order to break down camps of pain, sadness, regret, confusion, or disappointment, you have to ask questions, then put them on the back burners and trust God,” Karen Jensen writes in her book, Why God Why? What to Do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense.

At two hundred and forty pages, this paperback targets those who are hurting emotionally and spiritually by holding on to the past, questioning hard situations, or experiencing heartaches. Due to topics of depression, illness, and death, it would not be appropriate for immature readers. Using mainly the NKJV version of the Bible, the AMP, ESV, GNT, KNJ, NAS, NIV, NLT, Phillips, TLB and The Message are referenced. The eternal plan of salvation is at the end of the book including notes and the author’s biography.

When the writer’s husband unexpectedly died at the age of thirty-seven years old, she became a single mother of twelve and thirteen year old sons. Taking over as senior pastor of the church she and her husband pastored, she had to adjust quickly to the new normal and not blame God.

Covering eleven chapters on the topic of questioning the Almighty regarding disappointments, she often correlates to a stove-top where some issues must be put on the back burners to simmer while others have to be brought forward and dealt with immediately.

The chapters are devoted to focusing on God, discussing if it is acceptable to question Him and that He is always with you, never changes, still works on His plans, and knows your future. The author reiterates you are never alone, are not lost but always loved, and in the end you will win. “Now Engage” sections conclude each chapter and have Front-Burner Truths with Bible verses.

Using Biblical characters like Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, Elisha, Job, Daniel, Jesus, Peter, and Paul, Jensen offers many of her own experiences dealing with her personal struggles as well as others.

Without going into detail of God’s chastening those He loves or Paul’s thorn in the flesh, she lists seven proofs of His love. Through her lessons learned, she promotes to stop dwelling on the past and press forward using “thought replacement therapy” while reminding oneself God will never forsake or leave you.

For someone hurting, perhaps forgetting there is no limit to God and His care for us, this book may be pivotal in moving onward in life as one focuses on Christ, not his or herself.

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The Sign Painter

Title: The Sign Painter
Author: Davis Bunn
Publisher: Howard Books
ISBN: 978-1-4165-5673-2

“No way was she giving up on this place, this home, this job, this church, this new chance at life for herself and her little girl. Amy’s back was to the wall,” Davis Bunn writes in his novel, The Sign Painter.

At two hundred and fifty-six pages, this paperback targets those who like stories of redemption, grace, and gratitude involving the homeless. With topics of gang violence, drug use, and poverty, the book would not be appropriate for immature readers. A reading group guide with a total of fifteen discussion questions and conversation with the author completes the book.

In this current day tome inspired by a true story, thirty-two year old Amy Dowell is doing the best she can taking care of her five year old daughter. When her husband died of cancer almost two years ago, the mother never expected to be homeless, jobless, and living in a beat-up truck camper.

Eighteen months on the road land the mother and daughter in central Florida where she hears through a local church of a temporary job doing sign painting at Denton Chevrolet. Not only does the church’s community director offers daycare for her daughter, she provides a nice small apartment and a trusting friendship.

While painting window advertisements for Bob Denton at the car dealership, she encounters a circumstance that solidifies her honest nature but she forces her to rely on the church’s security team leader and a drifting ex-federal agent for protection.

With a drug house dealing with gang activities blocks away from the church causing problems, Amy begs for a normal life while those around her ardently try to connect the dots between cash, drugs, and thugs to help keep the neighborhood safe.

Being wary and insecure in her new environment, the woman does everything she can to shelter her daughter from harm as she learns to turn her inner fears and regrets into godly responses to improve her daughter and her lives.

As Bunn’s descriptive, tender tale provides a heart-wrenching view into the bleakness of homelessness, a shimmering hope by trusting God for every need is conveyed. Due to the honest approach of being penniless, readers should not be surprised when tears well up in their eyes more than once.

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** CONTEST ** WHEREVER THE RIVER RUNS by Kelly Minter ~ Book Giveaway

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REVIEW  TEASER: “That first day on the river I didn’t understand what I was getting into, how God was about to rearrange my priorities, break my heart, push against the thin lining of my faith, whet my tongue for a joy I’d never tasted, and open wide my eyes to the poor. I knew I was on the brink of an adventure of a lifetime, but I had no idea just how far the river would take me,” Kelly Minter writes her book, Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel.

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Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go to School

Title: Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go to School
Author: Ylleya Fields
Illustrator: Michael LaDuca
Publisher: Belle Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-578-11304-3

“Mommy, I’m scared. What if I don’t like school? What if no one likes me? Or my tutu’s not cool?” Cupcake worries in Ylleya Fields’s children’s book, Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go to School.

At thirty-two pages, this oversized hardbound targets young children who may be wary starting preschool or kindergarten. With no scary or violent scenes, it is a good book to read aloud to beginner readers as it contains a few complicated words. Using a vibrant purple color on inside jacket flaps, the artful, large illustrations grace every page with a small but readable black font against a white background. LaDuca’s artworks are easy to understand, captivating the scene and characters’ emotions.

In this second in the series tome, the African American author that could not find many children’s books depicting her race makes it a point to put children at ease who are going to school for the first time with her sing-songy, rhyming storyline. With two to four lines per page, it is easy to notice the verses.

Princess Cupcake does not want to start school now that the first day has arrived. To get out of going, she first pretends she is sick, but her mother suggests a doctor’s appointment, complete with bad-tasting medicine and a shot. Overcoming faking an illness, she complains her outfit is too messy to wear. It is already washed and ready. Finally, Cupcake hides under her bed, hoping her mother will not find her.

When the two finally arrive at school, her mother calms the young girl down, agreeing it may be scary but not to be afraid of something new. Cupcake meets her new teacher along with a new friend named Violet, who also is wearing a tutu. In the end, Cupcake is happy and not afraid to start school.

Although some parents may be concerned the book does not address the repercussions of a child being untruthful when pretending to be sick or that it may instill fears that doctors give distasteful medicine and shots, the story will, indeed, help those that may be afraid of a new experience such as going to school.

Children of any ethnicity will look forward to the next story of Princess Cupcake in a series that rhymes as it promotes self-worth, individuality, and experiencing new adventures.

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Fatal Addiction (In The President’s Service – Episode 4)

Title: Fatal Addiction (In The President’s Service – Episode 4)
Author: Ace Collins
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9903062-6-9

“I just hope you’re wrong about it being an impossible mission. Still, I’ll acknowledge it won’t take Fister long to find out they don’t have Jacob Kranz. And once the charade is over, it pretty much signs a death sentence for both Henry and Helen,” Bobbs explains in Ace Collins’s continuing mystery, Fatal Addiction (In The President’s Service – Episode 4).

At sixty-two pages, this fourth in the series e-book targets those who like action, adventure, and romance during World War Two. With no profanity, overtly sexual scenes, or extreme violence, the edition is a continuation of a mystery of good versus evil during World War Two but includes enough background information so that can be read as a stand-alone story.

This tome begins with heroine Helen Meeker jumping onto a plane headed for Nazi Germany, hoping to rescue her partner, Henry Reese. While her FBI teammates, agent Clay Barnes and Rebecca Bobbs, a forensic specialist, are convinced Meeker has signed her own death wish, one of the twin Fister brothers tries to convince them there is hope.

Having found the kidnapped co-ed Suzy unharmed, the FBI have tricked the other twin Fister into thinking Henry is Suzy’s father, Jacob Kranz, who Hitler wants for his scientific ultra-race discoveries.

Acting like a god, Bauer is the man behind controlling his worldwide organized crime puppets and playing both sides of the political war game. When one of the Fisters is given medical injections, making his blood seem magically immortal, division lines surface showing who gives their souls away to satisfy their addictions.

With German submarines hiding in the Gulf of Mexico, America’s iconic documents missing, and a barrage of classic cars rambling through the American countryside, it is a race to find which Fister is loyal or lying.

Focusing on Barnes and Bobbs’s professional relationship teetering on a budding romance, the two explain their issues with spheniscophobia and last names as they tail Fister and Bauer’s sophisticated female accomplice.

Set up like a series, the ending of this short story leaves the reader wondering what happens next in the FBI team’s lives and how they have to work together to solve the next mystery that relates to a map Hitler desperately wants.

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The Last Witness

Title: The Last Witness
Author: Glenn Meade
Publisher: Howard Books
ISBN: 978-1-4516-1187-8

“‘It’s done. I did what I had to do. What Shavik did makes me cry.’ My mother’s words exactly. What did she mean by that? What made her cry?” Carla asks in Glenn Meade’s book, The Last Witness.

At four hundred and thirty-two pages, this hardbound targets those who like a suspenseful thriller regarding survival during imprisonment. With some slang, mild profanity, and topics regarding the atrocities of war including rape, torture, and murder, it would not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence.

In this fictional tome with a historical background involving the horrific concept of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, thirty-something year old and pregnant Carla Lane anticipates discussing something important with her husband after his piano concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. She never has the chance when a Serbian mafia gang detonates a pipe bomb under their car, killing him and injuring her.

Unable to remember any childhood memories prior to the age of eleven years old, Carla was told as she grew up with her father’s parents in the United States that her parents died in an automobile accident abroad.

Now twenty years later, recurring nightmares have her returning to the same therapist that she went to as a child, hoping to help her deal with her husband’s death. Being sheltered from her buried traumatic past, dreadful reminiscences start to resurface, especially her promise to take care of her brother who was six years younger than her.

After receiving a journal written by her mother, she recalls that her family was sent to a prison run by two vicious Serbs near Sarajevo whose loyalty and secrecy promoted an ethnically “pure” community. Being sent to the rape camp called Devil’s Hill, her mother tried vehemently to protect her daughter from the violent, sadistic men as Carla sheltered her baby brother.

Learning she is one of the last war camp survivors, the young woman makes it her mission to not only locate her parents’ remains and hopefully find her long lost brother alive, she decides to eliminate the two warmongers who have caused her family so much physical abuse and emotional grief.

Although a gruesome, heart-wrenching read of a woman determined to seek answers while planning revenge, Meade’s believable tragic tale of degradation and survival during war based on two families’ feuding shows how humans face their demons years later.

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** CONTEST ** TERRANCE THE TRAPEZOID by Hilary & Drew McSherry ~ Book Giveaway!

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REVIEW  TEASER: Terrance the Trapezoid often sat alone on a hill, watching other shapes play. He felt like he didn’t fit in, so Terrance never joined in their games. He wasn’t like the other shapes. A circle, triangle, and square could be lots of different things, but not Terrance. He couldn’t see anything that was made from a trapezoid,” Hilary and Drew McSherry write in their children’s book, Terrance the Trapezoid.

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