Larry Kilham and the Book Blog Tour for his book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

Larry Kilham and the Book Blog Tour for his book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

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I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to read Larry’s book and share my review., and to be part of his book  blog tour.

As I read Larry Kilham’s book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”, I was struck with just how pervasive the digital world has become. If we let it, it will suck us all down its digital rabbit hole.
Kilham’s book is organized in three parts:
Part 1: The New World of the Knowosphere
Part 2: What we Learn and How to Think in the Age of Google
Part 3: Escape from the Rabbit Hole
Each part builds on the other, giving us detailed information about this new world, both its benefits as well as its very negative aspects. We are becoming one world electronically, but there is less respect for experienced-based knowledge. Too often people believe what is on the web, without questioning or investigating what they are seeing.
The rapid rise of the use of smartphones has led to addicts who can’t seem to disconnect. Who hasn’t seen people who cannot be separated from their smartphones?
“Children and adults must develop the habits of exploration, creativity and life-long learning. In addition, they must develop a sense of truth as an intellectual discipline, and never lose sight of pursuing it.” (pg. 100)
Kilham stresses the need to step back, to “recapture our minds”, to see the internet as a tool, a resource – not the “all-knowing expert.”
Reading Larry Kilham’s book was definitely an eye-opener. I personally do not use a smartphone, but I have a pc and tablet and am (slightly) addicted to Twitter. This book really does explain the Trump phenomenon and the rise of “fake news” – how so many could have been drawn into his brand of politics, how he got elected. One quote said it all:
“A major problem … in an active democracy is whether people lose interest in the truth or even how to find it. If information satisfies their mind by confirming what they generally think about issues, or just makes them feel good, why take the time and effort to see if there is deception, misinformation or misunderstanding involved.” (pg. 96/97)

I would highly recommend Larry Kilham’s book. The more knowledge we have of what it means to live in this Knowosphere and how we can overcome its negative aspects, the better prepared we will be to move forward in the future. And, Larry Kilham gives us this knowledge and tools to succeed.

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Larry Kilham’s The Digital Rabbit Hole 

Will digital media sweep us into a new era of prosperity? What new advances in entertainment, culture, education, and knowledge can we expect? Will we get stuck in Cyberland only to be saved by digital detox?

The Digital Rabbit Hole reveals that we are becoming captive in the digital universe. The portals are smartphones and the world is the Internet. We immerse ourselves in social media; we learn through packaged feel-good information; and we will leave the hard work to robots and AI. The book details digital media and discusses smartphone addiction problems. It proposes solutions to stimulate creativity and education and to recapture our humanity.

Paperback: 144 Pages
Genre: Social Science/Non Fiction
Publisher: FutureBooks.info; 1 edition (January 1, 2016)
ASIN: B01A3MTVBS

The Digital Rabbit Hole is available in print on Amazon.

About the Author:
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Larry Kilham has traveled extensively overseas for over twenty years. He worked in several large international companies and started and sold two high-tech ventures. He received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in management from MIT. Larry has written books about creativity and invention, artificial intelligence and digital media, travel overseas, and three novels with an AI theme. Currently, he is writing a novel about free will.

Larry can be found online at:

Website: www.larrykilham.net 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Larry-Kilham/e/B003UPNVNK/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4352387.Larry_Kilham

 

———-Blog Tour Dates (Be sure to check the other blog stops – and chances to enter the giveaway)

Monday July 10th (today) @ WOW! Women on Writing
Interview & Giveaway
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Tuesday July 11th @ CMash Reads 
Cheryl Masciarelli reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”. Don’t miss her insightful review and this opportunity to learn more about Kilham and his many published works.
http://cmashlovestoread.com/

Wednesday July 12th @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen
Educator, Business Owner, and Mother Cathy Hansen reads and reviews “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham. Read her thoughts today!
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Thursday July 13th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro

Author and Psychologist Linda Appleman Shapiro shares her thoughts and insight after reading and reviewing “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham.
http://applemanshapiro.com/category/book-reviews/

Friday July 14th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto
Avid reader and reviewer (and social media lover) Crystal J. Casavant-Otto reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her thoughts about how social media has changed our lives.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Monday July 17th @ Beverley Baird
Writer, Reader, and Book Enthusiast Beverley A Baird reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her experiences with her readers.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

Tuesday July 18th @ Bring on Lemons with Troy Pflum
Midwestern father and avid reader Troy Pflum reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares his ideas and afterthoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Wednesday July 19th @ Constant Story
Fellow author David Berner reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”.
http://davidwberner.blogspot.com/

Thursday July 20th @ Book Santa Fe
Reader and book enthusiast Tange Dudt reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her thoughts with readers at Book Santa Fe.
http://www.booksantafe.info/

Friday July 21st @ Eric Trant
Fellow author Eric Trant shares his thoughts after reading and reviewing “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham.
http://diggingwiththeworms.blogspot.com/

Sunday July 23rd @ Hott Books
Today’s author spotlight at Hott Books is none other than Larry Kilham. Find out more about this accomplished author and “The Digital Rabbit Hole”
http://www.hottbooks.com/

Monday July 24th @ Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interviews 
Lisa Haselton interviews Larry Kilham about “The Digital Rabbit Hole”
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Tuesday July 25th Bring on Lemons with Tess Fallier
Tess Fallier is today’s guest blogger with a review and insight into Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”. Don’t miss this blog stop!
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

WOW! Blog Tour – Creative Visualization for Writers by Nina Amir

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I was fortunate indeed to have the opportunity to read and review Nina Amir’s wonderful workbook/guide Creative Visualization for Writers. The subtitle really does explain the book well: “An Interactive Guide for Bringing Your Book Ideas – and Writing Career – To Life.
In five detailed, practical sections, Nina leads us through a series of creative exercises to learn more about ourselves, our vision, our goals, creativity and focus. The book is filled with exercises that encourage us not only to answer questions but to draw and colour.

Nina encourages us to choose our own starting point – to choose what area of our writing life we need to focus on first.
It was interesting to see how both sides of our brain really will improve our writing and creativity.

Nina also encourages us to commit 40 days to the practice of creative visualization. I have started and already I am seeing the benefit in my writing. The Inner Critic is being tamed and I am allowing myself to dream bigger and harder.

I have a “Reviewer’s PDF” but I will definitely buy my own copy – to better delve into all the sections of the book in more detail and colour.

I highly recommend Nina Amir’s book Creative Visualization for Writers.

 

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Some days creativity feels like a geyser that will never cease. Other days it feels like a tiny trickle of
creek after a long hot summer. Nina Amir has some ideas on how to keep your creative juices flowing.

Her latest writing craft book, Creative Visualization for Writers: An Interactive Guide for Bringing Your Book Ideas – and Writing Career – to Life, helps you nurture your creativity. Say goodbye to tedious assignments and say hello to fun activities–over 100–that will give your writing a boost.

This book also helps you develop Author Attitude by setting goals, increasing productivity, refusing negativity and more.Creative Visualization for Writers will help you take the steps needed to become a successful writer.

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books (October 18, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1440347182
ISBN-13: 978-1440347184

Creative Visualization for Writers is available as a print book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

 

Meet The Author: Nina Amir

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Nina Amir started as a journalist. She has a BA in magazine journalism with a concentration in psychology. After working as an editor and writer for a variety of regional magazines, a national corporation in New York City, and a small consulting firm, she started my own freelance writing and design business.

Working on other writers’ manuscripts sparked her desire to write a book of on topics she felt passionate about: personal development and practical spirituality. More than publishing a book, she wanted to build a business around those books.

Setting out to learn all she could about the publishing industry she got involved with the San Francisco Writer’s Conference and started the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge (now known as National Nonfiction Writing Month). In April 2012, her first book How to Blog a Book was published, became an Amazon bestseller almost immediately, and has remained one ever since. The Author Training Manual was published by Writer’s Digest Books just two years later and was a bestseller before any books passed through the register on Amazon. In addition she’s self-published several more ebooks, all of which have made it onto the Amazon Top 100 right away. In fact, she’s had as many as four books on one Amazon Top 100 list at the same time!

Nina Amir’s website: http://ninaamir.com/

Nina Amir’s blog: http://ninaamir.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ninaamir

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NinaAmir

WOW! review of “Journaling Power”

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Once again, I am joining the WOW! Women on Writing blog tour – this time for Mari L. McCarthy’s Journaling Power.

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As I read Mari L. McCarthy’s book Journaling Power, I was reminded over and over again of the power of journaling.
Several years ago I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and on and off over the next few years I attempted Morning Papers. It felt good to unload negative thoughts but I was never consistent with the writing.
Mari makes a very strong case to journal daily and to bring our thoughts, feelings and ideas to the page. She offers scientific studies that prove the positive benefit of regular journaling.
Chapters 1 to 6 look at personal journaling – “seeing it very much as an individual journey towards health and wholeness.”
Each chapter begins with a personal story by Mari, detailing how she used therapeutic journaling to tackle her MS, help her with goals and move forward.
Then she offers “Journaling Power Tips” and several prompts and exercises.
Having read the book once, I have started to reread slowly and work through the exercise. I hope they will help with my own health issues, my weight and my writing. Using Journaling Power as my guide, I plan to set new goals and tame the Inner Critic once and for all and creating the “happy, healthy life that I want”.
I highly recommend Mari’s book.

 

Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live

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About the Book:

Journaling Power teaches you how to put the ultimate self-healing tool right at your fingertips–journaling. Through Mari L. McCarthy’s moving personal story, you’ll discover how pen-to-paper journaling leads to self-growth and life-changing transformation. You’ll also learn that numerous medical studies prove journaling literally unleashes a healing agent that empowers your life in ways you’ve never imagined.

About the Author:

Mari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Power Guide and founder of CreateWriteNow.com. Her blog (http://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog) provides journaling for personal transformation and healthy living ideas, information and inspiration for keeping a daily pen-to-page Journaling for the Health of It™ Practice. You can also download the FREE e-book, How to use Your Journal to Cure Writer’s Block Now(http://www.createwritenow.com/download-free-writers-block-tips). More life-changing e-books (http://www.createwritenow.com/journaling-ebooks) can be found in Mari’s Personal Transformation Journaling Library and in CreateWriteNow’s store(http://store.createwritenow.com/).

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ndtMtUfs5s

Purchase Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Journaling-Power-Create-Happy-Healthy/dp/1988071216//?tag=wowwomenonwri-20

Finding Love in Unimaginable Places – Blogging Tour

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Today I am participating in a group blogging event.
WOW! Women on Writing has gathered a group of blogging buddies to write about finding love in unimaginable places.
Why this topic?  We’re celebrating the release of Michael French’s twenty-fourth novel. “Once Upon a Lie” (Terra Nova Books) is an exploration of the secrets families keep, and the ways those secrets can tear a family apart.

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This is a perfect day to take part in this event as it is my 14th wedding anniversary. It is also the perfect theme – finding love in unimaginable places.

In 200, I had been separated for two years and although I reached out to others on ICQ (an online community to meet people around the world), I had no real desire to get involved romantically with anyone, and de4finitely not remarry.
One night, the name “Lionheart” popped in the roulette section – you never knew what name would appear.
Since I love all things Medieval, I quickly sent a message. A man from my own province replied. For several weeks we messaged back and forth. One day though, I had had enough of ICQ and deleted all my contacts and stayed away for long while.
It was not until several months later that Bill saw me once again revisit the site, messaged me and we reconnected. This led to phone calls and finally to a first date.
It was a slow path to getting to know each other. We both were honest with each other, which I know may be a rare thing when meeting online. But within a year we would be engaged and a year later we would marry – at age 50.

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Now, fourteen years later our love is strong and now that we are both retired, we aim to enjoy this new chapter in our lives.

 

Visit The Muffin to read what Michael has to say on finding love in unexpected places and view the list of my blogging buddies.

About Once Upon a Lie:

Twelve-year-old Jaleel Robeson is on the run after the police in his tiny Texas town try to frame him for the death of his father. A world away, Alexandra “Alex” Baten is growing up amid all the material comforts a wealthy Los Angeles lawyer can provide. One day, a simple cup of lemonade unites their lives, leading to a maze of adultery and murder that shatters Alex’s youthful innocence and Jaleel’s struggle to reshape his life.

While the forces of the law try to unravel the mysterious death―or at least find a scapegoat―the two youths see the trajectories of their lives entwine, unravel, and come together again. Justice, Alex learns, can be a strange and nebulous thing, easily enmeshed in webs of loyalty and betrayal. Justice, Jaleel finds, can be a powerful―but dangerous―rock on which to build a life of honor and courage. As their stories play out over the years in cities far apart, best-selling author Michael French fills the world of Alex and Jaleel with a cast of vivid characters both supporting and threatening their efforts to build a life that “works” amid the expectancies of others and their own conflicting drives.

About the Author:

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A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English and of Northwestern University with a master’s in journalism, Michael French is the author of twenty-four books: adult and young adult fiction, art criticism, biographies, adaptations, and gender studies. A native of Los Angeles, he also is a successful businessman, an avid high-altitude mountain trekker, a world traveler to developing countries, an activist, and, with his wife, Patricia, a philanthropist raising money for programs aiding teachers in Santa Fe, N.M., public schools, which are some of the most challenged in the country.

Author Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelRFrenchAuthor/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mfrenchauthor Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/mfrenchrt66/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrfrenchbooks/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/287338.Michael_R_French