Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thank you to everyone who has voted so far

I really appreciate all of the support you have shown me by taking the time to look at my aboutdotme page and voting for me. The contest runs until Sept. 20th so for those of you who haven't yet voted there is still plenty of time. You can also add your about.me page. If you do, be sure to let me know and I will vote for you too.

Here is an exchange I had with another person on FaceBook you may find informative.

"Nice page layout. Thinking about profiling our business there. Do you get a lot of traffic from there?'
Mary Russel "I signed up for it last year around Christmas but hadn't really done much to promote it. Then BzzAgent reminded me of it again with a new campaign. This contest should go a long way toward generating traffic and enticing new members. I like how you can add all of your social networking links, blog, and website in one place."
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OXO Candela Review (BzzAgent Campaign)

Most of my regular readers already know that I'm a Bzz Agent but anytime I review a product I get through a Bzz Agent campaign I am obligated to report that it came from Bzz Agent. So with that out of the way, here is my review of the OXO Candela.

I received my package in the mail yesterday afternoon. I can always tell when it comes from BzzAgent because the tape has cute BzzAgent Bees on it. My husband was home when it arrived so he opened the package while I was making supper. I got to watch him playing with the contents of my package and trying to figure out how everything works. I don't know if the product came with any instructions but it wouldn't have mattered. He wouldn't have read them anyway. Funny how different we are that way. I prefer to read everything over carefully so I don't risk breaking it by doing something wrong. He just plows ahead. Watching him made me nervous but it doesn't appear that he wrecked anything.

By trial and error, he figured out how to make the two candelas light up. They come with a plug-in charging base. He plugged in the base, put the candelas in it for less than a minute and they lit up, so he took them off the base and put them in the living room where we ate our supper. After about an hour, he decided there should be a way to turn them off and he figured out that he could do that by pressing on the bottom. He pronounced them weird looking but I like them.

I like the safety aspects. You get the soft, relaxing, romantic glow of a candle without the danger of a fire no matter where they are placed and how long they are on. If you have rambunctious pets or children, you don't need to worry about them getting tipped over and starting a fire.

I would like to see them offered in other colors and maybe some scented options. For those who don't like scents, this unscented version should also remain as a choice.

I plan to use them the next time I take an evening bath to add to a relaxing atmosphere.

Monday, August 29, 2011

aboutdotme and Times Square

Be the face of about.me and star on our Times Square billboard!

I'm a BzzAgent and this is one of the BzzCampaigns I have entered.

About.me has launched a month-long contest to find new faces for our fall promotion.
Selected winners will see their about.me page featured across our campaign, including on a GIANT billboard in Times Square. Plus, the top three winners will win a trip to the Big Apple to see their page in lights and attend an exclusive about.me party.
How can you win?  All you have to do is  create a profile (or visit your profile) and click “Opt-in Now” on your edit page. Then start sharing your about.me page with all of your friends to get votes. The contest closes on September 20th, so enter your page now!
Then please, vote for me to be the face of @aboutdotme on a Times Square billboard: http://about.me/maryrussel
If you add your profile, let me know you voted for me and I'll vote for you. Thank you.

Mary Russel started writing in grade school, when she had a poem . . .

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Book Signing & Other Great News

My Book Signing & Other Great News

Many of you already know that I was excited to have been invited to display and sign my books on the 20th and 21st at the Galloway House, a historical village, in Fond du Lac, WI. Although I only sold 8 books, I am pleased with the local exposure and I had a great time. I met many wonderful people. The staff and volunteers at the Galloway House were outgoing, friendly, and helpful. The ladies in the Reception Building made me feel welcome and went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable. The weather cooperated and there was a great turnout of visitors to the village of 30 historic buildings.

There was something to enjoy for every family member with crafts, demonstrations, a car show, a petting zoo, a museum featuring war memorabilia, and an old fashioned ice cream social.
My husband was drawn to the old cars and took more photos of them than he did of me and my book display.
I now have all four of my books at the Galloway House on consignment.

In addition, I just learned that my publisher is now offering my books at less than $10. In my opinion, that is a much more realistic price than the $16.95 they had them priced at.

Monday, August 22, 2011

NEW LOWER Price on all of my books on my publisher's site


"Flickertail & Paint, Barnyard Sleuths"  by
Mary Russel
ISBN: 978-1-4489-7248-7, 96 Pages, 6 x 9

Buy $9.95

"Rudolph, A Child's Love Story"  by
Mary Russel
ISBN: 978-1-4512-9285-5, 66 Pages, 6 x 9

Buy $9.95

The Car Lot: Sleuth & Scribe Book 2  by
Mary Russel
ISBN: 978-1-4512-7572-8, 60 pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Buy $9.95

Sleuth & Scribe Book 1: The Cold Case  by
ISBN: 978-1-4512-3598-2, 86 pages, 6x9

Buy $9.95

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Just a reminder

Just a reminder for any of my readers, friends, and family who may be in the Fond du Lac, WI area this weekend:
On August 20 & 21, 2011, the Galloway House and Village will be hosting a two day Event, (an old fashioned Ice Cream Social). Like the socials in the past, there will be numerous activities throughout the grounds. There will be cars lined up to show the history of the automobile from horse and buggy to modern day and beyond! Ice cream, popcorn, snacks, and baked goods will be on sale. 

I will be there both days, offering all four of my books for sale and autographing them. Please stop by to say hi if you are able.

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Wisdom of Frankiln D. Roosevelt

I was doing some research for the book I am currently writing and I was fascinated by many of the quotes by FDR. So many of them could apply as easily to oppressive government.

It turns out that one quote that has been attributed to him may have been falsely attributed. Although, he may not have said it, I believe it to be true. “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” Author Unknown

The following timely quotes were his. Words in italics are my thoughts.

·  They, (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers . . . call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.

·        We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.

·        Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them. (I just threw this in because I found in funny in light of the size of our bills today.)

·        The lessons of history, confirmed by the evidence immediately before me, show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit. It is inimical to the dictates of sound policy. It is in violation of the traditions of America. Work must be found for able-bodied but destitute workers. The Federal Government must and shall quit this business of relief.

·        The hours men and women worked, the wages they received, the conditions of their labor — these had passed beyond the control of the people, and were imposed by this new industrial dictatorship. The savings of the average family, the capital of the small-businessmen, the investments set aside for old age — other people's money — these were tools which the new economic royalty used to dig itself in. Those who tilled the soil no longer reaped the rewards which were their right. The small measure of their gains was decreed by men in distant cities. Throughout the nation, opportunity was limited by monopoly. Individual initiative was crushed in the cogs of a great machine. The field open for free business was more and more restricted. Private enterprise, indeed, became too private. It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise. (He was referring to the greed and corruption of monopolies. Today, this could also apply to the effects of a government grown too big and too controlling. Both situations are detrimental to individual initiative and freedom.)

·        For too many of us the political equality we once had won was meaningless in the face of economic inequality. A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people's property, other people's money, other people's labor — other people's lives. For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness. (Once again, he was referring to what he called industrial dictatorships. And once again, we can substitute governmental dictatorships which are just as oppressive.) 

·        We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization.
Faith — in the soundness of democracy in the midst of dictatorships.
Hope — renewed because we know so well the progress we have made.
Charity — in the true spirit of that grand old word. For charity literally translated from the original means love, the love that understands, that does not merely share the wealth of the giver, but in true sympathy and wisdom helps men to help themselves.

A hand up is not the same thing as a hand out. Almost all of us find ourselves in need of a hand up from time to time. Perpetual reliance on hand outs, however, crushes individual initiative, destroys our freedoms, and will, eventually bring our country down.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Now you can get "Read This Before Our Next Meeting" free

Last week, I told you about this book that I received free as part of a BzzAgent campaign and how much I enjoyed reading it. Thanks to the folks at Citrix (the home of GoToMeeting) you can get a Kindle edition of Read This Before Our Next Meeting for free for seven days starting today. The Kindle edition runs on Kindles or the Kindle reader app,