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I had the pleasure of reading N.N. Light’s new book N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration recently. You can read my thoughts on the book and see an interview with the authors below.
N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration
Blurb: “Spread the Light and inspire others to do the same.” — N. N. Light
In 2013, we wrote a mission statement and started the Princess of the Light (POTL) blog. We wanted to test a theory. Could one person (or in our case, one couple) use uplifting words to create change?
The answer is a resounding yes! People from all over the world responded to our short inspirational thoughts of the day, and our following grew. What started out as a few people promoting kindness and goodwill turned into a movement. In every city, there are Light-Bearers making a difference and we want you to join us.
Everyone needs inspiration. It doesn’t matter what spiritual belief you hold dear, you have the Light inside you. Kindness, compassion, empathy, encouragement are all attributes of the Light. In this book, you’ll find a ninety second inspirational thought for each day of the year. You’ll be inspiring people to spread the Light daily with our collection of inspirational thoughts. From giving of yourself to simply smiling, these are easy concepts for anyone to apply!
I already follow the authors’ blog Princess of the Light and enjoy the inspirational messages they have to share, so picking up this book to read was a no-brainer. I actually read this book along with another book I’m still reading titled, Think Forward to Thrive and it was a perfect combination. Both books are enlightening and have helped me realize that I have more work to do in my life. It’s far too easy to let the negative thoughts creep in and what I learned is that you are the one who’s in control of how things effect you. You don’t have to waste time with negative thoughts unless you choose to. You don’t have to accept what others say to you as truth. Choose to be happy and seek the truth. You can do anything you put your mind to! Also, why wait for Thanksgiving to have gratitude? Have it every single day! These are the positive messages I want to concentrate on in 2018.
This book essentially reminds me of an inspirational calendar I once had, but it’s so much more. Each daily quote is written along with an experience or story from the authors’ life journeys and I was astonished with how many of the stories applied to myself as if this was my own personal guide. Some of my favorite parts in the book referenced the author’s grandfather which prompted me to think of my own grandfather and the lessons he taught me in life. The inspirational quotes can be a tool to help all people live their best lives in 2018 and beyond. I plan to reread this throughout the year for daily inspiration myself.
Something I plan to do every morning when I wake up this year is to think of something I’m grateful for, whether it be the healthy food I have to eat or the hot shower I take for granite. There are so many things to be thankful for in life and I want to remind myself and my family of these everyday.
Overall, I loved it and I’d recommend it to anyone. Of course, we can all use a little inspiration!
Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:
- Paperback: 546 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (October 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1973171589
- ISBN-13: 978-1973171584
Author Interview with N.N. Light
Q: Can you tell readers something interesting about yourself?
A: We’re a husband-wife writing team and we’re huge sports fans. We’ve been big NFL fans since 1985 and we cheer for rival teams. Mr. N roots for the Chicago Bears and Mrs. N is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan. Our teams face each other twice a year and we can get quite competitive. We’ve been known to place a few fun side bets on the game. No money exchanges hands but there’s stakes on the line. *wink*
Q: Did you enjoy reading as a child? What are some of your childhood favorites?
A: Yes, we were voracious readers as children. While Mr. N was all about adventure, horror and war battles, Mrs. N devoured any fantasy book she could get her hands on. Growing up in the 1970’s and 1980’s, we read a lot in school and lived at the library. Books were an escape and still are.
Here are some of Mrs. N’s favorites:
George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater
Q: Do you enjoy reading now? Who are some of your favorite authors?
A: Yes, books are a huge part of our lives and the focus of our business. We’re literary matchmaker; we couple up readers with outstanding books. We read a variety of genres and have a hard time picking our favorite authors.
Q: What have you written so far?
A: N.N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration is our fifth published work. We’ve written contemporary romance, young adult paranormal, paranormal romance and love poetry. We don’t write in just one genre but write stories that are meant to inspire and uplift.
Q: Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer?
A: Mr. N is a retired chef and is a numismatist for one of the largest coin dealers in Canada. His primary duties include appraising and grading historical coins from around the world.
Mrs. N, after being in the book business for more than twenty years, switched careers and is a social media marketer by trade.
Together, we own and operate a very successful family-run PR firm specializing in books and authors.
Q: What do you love most about writing?
A: We love the freedom in expressing our thoughts and our characters’ personal stories in book form for anyone to read.
Q: How do you publish and market your books?
A: We self-publish and are proud to do so. It allows us to have complete artistic control, which is stressful sometimes, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We hire professionals for editing, formatting and book cover design but we get the final say on what the end product becomes.
As for marketing, we do the same things we do for our clients. We create buzz and get our name out there. We have a solid reach and our followers love what we write.
Q: Do you have any advice for others on publishing and marketing?
A: It’s tough being an author and publishing books. It takes a lot of hard work and patience. Yes, patience. Success doesn’t happen overnight, contrary to popular belief. It’s a marathon not a sprint.
Publishing Tip – Make sure the book you publish is as perfect as you can make it. It’s your one chance to grab a reader and if it’s riddled with mistakes and/or has a cheap-looking cover, they’ll never come back. Stake your reputation on everything you publish, and you’ll be fine.
Marketing Tip – Be consistent. Whether it’s on social media or your blog, keep at it. Studies show that a customer needs to see an advertisement eight times before it registers in their brain they need to have it. Why do you think there’s so many fast food commercials on television? They’ve embraced this idea and you should too. Remember, be creative in your advertisements and you’ll get noticed.
Q: How much research did you do for this book and how long did it take you to write it?
A: This book was four years in the making. Back in 2013, Mrs. N started writing inspirational thoughts. We never imagined how it would take off and last year, we decided to publish a year’s worth of motivation. So, we combed through all the thoughts and chose only the best ones for this book. The compiling itself took six months, the editing another three months and here it is.
Q: If you could give your readers one piece of inspirational advice about life, what would it be?
A: Spread the Light. Each of us, no matter what we believe, have the Light inside us. We’re all bearers of the Light and have the potential to make a difference. Through kindness, love, understanding and exuding positivity, we can inspire others to do the same.
Q: How do you feel about e-books?
A: I used to hate them. I love the feel and even the smell of books, but I need e-books to run our business, so I’ve accepted them.
Q: Do you have a favorite quote?
“…Writing is something that you can never do as well as it can be done. It is a perpetual challenge and it is more difficult than anything else that I have ever done—so I do it. And it makes me happy when I do it well.”
― Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway on Writing
Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week. I’m back today for Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book with a new recipe, tea, book, and update!
It was -17 degrees yesterday morning and with all the snow and cold weather, I was really craving biscuits. I don’t know what it is about a hot drink and biscuit in the morning, but it’s what I was craving and because I’m gluten free, I had to figure something out. I’ve been trying to go completely 100% gluten free for some time now, but sometimes I slip up and have wheat. The truth is, I love wheat, but my body doesn’t and it makes me so sick. So, here’s a gluten free biscuit recipe that I found online. It’s pretty good. This is the second time I’ve made it and this time they came out much better. I did learn a few things this time around that I need to improve on. Gluten free baking isn’t always easy, but I’m learning.
GLUTEN FREE BISCUIT RECIPE from Spinachtiger.com by Angela Roberts
- 6 tbsp Butter, unsalted
- 2¼ cups (342 grams) plus more for dusting I recommend Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Flour order here
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of golden flax meal (see notes)
- 2 tablespoon sugar (optional)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk (see notes for substitutes)
- 3 tablespoon whole milk ricotta cheese (see notes)
- Cut butter into small pieces. Freeze for 15 minutes.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking powder, golden flax meal, sugar.
- Add in butter with your hands or pastry cutter. (The Video shows how to do this).
- Mix Ricotta Cheese with Buttermilk. Add egg to the milk mixture. Stir.
- Add in to mixture. Use a wooden spoon.
- Mixture should be wet. Put some more flour on bottom and top of sticky dough.
- Form into a disc. Cut Biscuits.
- Put on a baking dish separated.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Let them cool at least 5 minutes or longer. Until they cool, the biscuits are gummy. They get better as they cool, very different from biscuits with gluten.
However, if you are skipping the ricotta cheese, adding the two tablespoons of golden flax meal will make a difference.Milk Substitutes: You can use water with a teaspoon of vinegar. Some have also been successful using coconut milk. (Still use vinegar). Vinegar is a tenderizer.
Here’s what I did:
I mixed together all the dry ingredients. I used Namaste Foods Gluten Free Flour that I picked up at Costco.
I didn’t have ricotta cheese, so I used cottage cheese that I pulverized in my Vitamix. I also didn’t have fresh buttermilk on hand, so I added a little vinegar to the milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes or so. I chopped up the butter into dice sized pieces and froze it for about 10 minutes.
I mixed the butter into my flour mixture and used my hands to break up the pieces into crumbs. I ended up using a really large fork to help out.
I whisked in the egg and cheese into the milk and added it all to my flour mixture, turning with a wooden spoon until just mixed.
The dough was very sticky and I couldn’t get a picture with my hands so messy, but basically, I patted it out on the counter with a little flour underneath and on top.
I put them in a nicely greased cast iron pan, sides touching. I had four extra biscuits and put them into a separate cast iron pan, sides not touching, just to sort of experiment a bit.
I baked these in a 475 degree oven on convect, which means the oven was lowered to a temp of 450 degrees. I could tell that the separated biscuits looked a little more brown with nice edges at around 17 minutes.
The other pan turned out okay, but the edges were more soft. These biscuits also didn’t cook as quick and I ended up cooking them another five minutes or so. We completely cooled them before eating as Angela suggests with her recipe.
The family consensus was that you really need jam, peanut butter, or butter to make these taste great. They were sort of bland without something on them. The consistency is definitely not like a wheat biscuit, but it was pretty good! I think Angela did an awesome job creating this recipe. I had my biscuit with homemade plum jam.
Next time, I’ll make it with the ricotta cheese and I’ll cook them on a cookie sheet with sides not touching. I think this will make a huge difference. The consistency of this biscuit sort of reminded me of a English muffin, which I love!
For my tea this morning, I used this little packet of herbal tea that I received in my Owlcrate a few months ago. It’s an Owlcrate exclusive from Riddles Tea Shoppe and Curiosities titled Sherwood Forest, which is decaf Ceylon tea with sweet blueberry.
Here are the ingredients below. This is a new favorite! The blueberry aroma when steeping this tea was so enticing. You could smell it throughout the kitchen.
I have a new reader to share with you today. Mrs. N is a friend from Goodreads and a blogging friend that I’ve gotten to know this year.
I’m sorry that I’ve been a little behind on posting this series lately, but my schedule hasn’t been going as planned. I hope you enjoy!
I’m always looking for friends on Goodreads that have similar tastes. I like learning about new books and discussing them with others, so I decided to experiment with a new idea and thought it would be neat to find readers that I’m friends with on Goodreads and share them with you. Maybe they might be someone you’d like to add too. As I find readers with an interest, I’ll introduce them.
Meet the Reader Series
Today’s Featured Reader:
Q: Did you enjoy reading as a child? If so, what were some of your favorite books?
A: I loved reading as a child. It started when my parents read to me. Their own love of reading got me excited to read. Every Saturday, I’d go with my mum to the library and we’d spend most of the day reading, discovering new books and checking out as many books as we could carry out to the car. As I grew older, books taught me about life, love, kindness and great adventures.
I have so many books I loved as a child, it’s hard for me to choose. I’ll do a random variety: Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries by Donald Sobol, The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, The Shoe series (Ballet Shoes, Theatre Shoes, Dancing Shoes) by Noel Streatfeild, Anything by Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss.
Q: What are some of your favorite books this year or last?
A: I have the extreme pleasure to read books for a living and as such, get to read some incredible books. To garner the status of favorite book of the year, the story, characters and setting have to be so incredible that I cry when it’s over. Three books this year (so far) have that coveted status. They are:
Only a Hero Will Do (The Heart of a Hero Book 1) by Alanna Lucas
The Life and Times of Ichabod Brooks by Charles E. Yallowitz
Rule #1 Don’t Be #2 by Daniel Milstein
All captured my heart in their own way and I highly recommend them.
Q: What are your favorite book genres?
A: Ugh! I really hate this question. I’m a voracious reader and my tastes vary from children’s books to mystery to romance to nonfiction to even erotic romance. My library consists of a lot of romance (all sub-genres), fantasy, mystery, suspense, biographies, sports and motivational books. If I could only choose one genre to read for the rest of my life, I guess I’d choose paranormal romance. I’m a huge romantic at heart and love a happy ending, especially with a little magic thrown in.
Q: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Q: How many books are on your TBR shelf?
A: Currently? According to Goodreads, it’s 257 but there are so many I need to add that it’s more like 300. I told you I like to read.
Q: What’s an emotional book, or one you won’t forget that you’ve read this year or last?
A: I’d have to say the one book I’ve read this year that’s had the most impact on me personally is Rule #1 Don’t Be #2 by Daniel Milstein (above). It inspired me to continue going after my lofty dreams, no matter what others may think. It gave me the emotional kick in the arse I needed.
Q: Is there a book you really didn’t enjoy this year or last?
A: There have been many and honestly, they’ve all been recommended to me by fellow readers and bestseller lists. I won’t name the one book I read that was so horrible I threw it out the window this Summer. Lol!
Q: What are you reading now?
A: I have sixteen books I’m reading right now, according to Goodreads. Some are for pleasure, like Tangled Up in Tinsel by Candis Terry, and others are for business, like Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Andrew Joyce.
Q: They say to never judge a book by its cover, but just how important is the book cover to you?
A: Covers are just as important as the story itself, in my opinion. I’ve been known to pick up quite a few books I normally wouldn’t read because I loved the cover. The cover has to grab the reader, entice them to take a second look and capture the whole story in one frame. It’s hard to get it right but when it does, it’s pure magic.
Q: Do you have a blog? If so, what is the name?
A: Yes, I have a blog. It’s called POTL Blog: All Things Books, Reading and Publishing and has been around since 2012. I started out with one follower and have grown to a social media reach over forty-five million.
Q: Have you written anything? If not, have you ever thought about writing your own book?
A: Yes, I’m one-half (MR N is the other half) of the award-winning N. N. Light. We’re a husband-wife writing team and we’re about to publish our fifth book. It’s a daily inspirational book called, N.N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration and it will be released November 21, 2017. Our other books are romance, paranormal romance, young adult and love poetry.
Q: Which do you enjoy more, ebooks or physical books? How about audiobooks?
A: I used to be a physical book snob but I see the value in e-books and audiobooks. I need e-books for reviewing but for personal use, I much prefer physical books. It’s all in the touch and smell, especially old books. You can’t get that from an e-reader. I don’t listen to audiobooks but I did when I was a manager at a bookstore because my commute was over an hour each way.
Q: Where do the majority of your books come from? (Library, bookstore)
A: My local library is too far away so most of the books I read I get from Amazon or used bookstores. I’m also on Netgalley so I get a lot of ARCs to read from publishers before publication. I swear, I’m a kid in a candy store while perusing Amazon or Netgalley.