How to Trick your Toddler into Eating Fruits & Veggies Every Day!

imageWhen I received a Ninja blender for Christmas, I had no idea it would be the key to luring my toddler into eating a larger variety of fruits and vegetables … EVERY I DAY! After a rough winter of cold, after cold, after cold, I was frustrated and about to lose my mind. I became a local honey freekazoid, hoping to naturally boost my daughter’s immune system, but I couldn’t figure out how to get my picky eater to try the honey, or anything else healthy for that matter. That’s when I discovered the world of homemade smoothies.

I’ve been known to hit Tropical Smoothie several times a week in the summer, but that can get expensive. Making smoothies at home is more affordable, incredibly healthy, and the process allows your child to get in on the fun. My ninja came with a variety of smoothie recipes, but we discovered our favorites by experimenting on our own.

Each morning, I turn on our favorite music, place everything we need to make our smoothies on the counter, and I allow my 3 year old to help toss in the ingredients. (Carefully, of course.) This has become our morning ritual and something my daughter looks forward to every day; unless mommy is cooking bacon. We also love bacon!

Here’s our family favorite:

  • 2 tsp of Honey
  • 6 Baby Carrots
  • Handful of Kale or Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • A small handful of Blueberries or Strawberries
  • 1 tsp of Flaxseed
  • 1 Single Serve Yogurt
  • 1 Cup of Orange Juice
  • Add Ice and Blend

I also found a book on Amazon with great reviews, and it includes pictures the kids will enjoy, for parents interested in getting more creative with smoothies:

Best 100 Smoothies for Kids by Deborah Harroun 

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Free Alternative Advertising for Indie Authors

In the realm of advertising possibilities for independent authors, there are an overwhelming amount of options, many of which can be costly. You aren’t guaranteed success no matter how much you spend, so it’s great to find free advertising opportunities wherever you can. For most authors, free advertising is your only choice, so I would like to share this amazing experience I had at the park today. Yes, it relates to advertising your book for FREE!!

imageLook beyond those adorable, tiny readers in training, and you will see a Park Pages Little Tree Library. Citizens of all ages are encouraged to leave a book and/or take a book. You can sit and read at the park, or take the book home. I was there for two hours, and I am pleased to report that adults, teenagers, and toddlers raided this brilliant book box all morning long. In fact, the three girls pictured here quit playing and started a read-a-thon on the sidewalk that would make any parent proud.

 

How Can Indie Authors Benefit from Little Free Libraries?

If you can find these Little Free Libraries in your area, I urge you to put a copy of your book in all of them. Write a personal note in the front of your book, and (kindly not desperately) explain that reviews are valuable to an author. Keep it short and be genuine. Now go put your book in the box!

Imagine grabbing a book out of the box, only to discover a thoughtful, handwritten note imagefrom the author. As an avid reader myself, I’d be stoked! Leaving a personal note, asking new readers to review your work, is an excellent way to establish a connection with your reader immediately. What if the reader tells five of their friends about the amazing book they discovered at the park and leaves you a stellar review? Word of mouth is the king of free advertising! Go back every now and then to see if your book is still there. If it’s gone, leave one more … or five!!

 

 

*** WARNING: If your book cover could in any way be considered offensive or R rated, I would not recommend this avenue of advertising, as small children frequent these boxes as often as adults. The last thing you want is an angry parent leaving a bad review because you corrupted little Jonny! ***

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Thank you for reading. I hope you find this avenue of advertising useful, however small it may seem.

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Free Short Horror Stories

 

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Please take a moment to download and read these two short horror stories for free on March 6th through the Amazon Kindle store.

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Nobody’s Home:

I was hooked from page one! Carter has mastered the art of pulling you into a story wholly, making you feel like the inflicted.” -Lynn

When a young college student signs up for a weekend of volunteer research in the Smoky Mountain region of North Carolina, she soon discovers that the cabin she has been sent to is uninhabitable. When a stranger shows up, claiming to be a fellow student volunteer, Catherine hesitates to trust him. Could he be the one who lured her miles away from civilization? Together they must decide how to survive one night in the dark confines of the abandoned cabin.

The Black Shadow:

The way the author intertwined very real threats with hair-rising, blood-curdling nightmares was remarkably clever.” -Lana Chacra

After her parents divorced, Gracie and her mother moved into an old, two-story, riverfront home, where demons were just as real as the terrible bus ride that Gracie took to and from school each day. When a disturbed boy threatens to harm Gracie and her mother, the young girl becomes trapped between a world of nightmares and reality. After weeks of verbal and physical abuse on the bus, Gracie is faced with her worst fear, and one horrifying night will change her life forever.

 

Thank you for stopping by! If you enjoy these stories, please leave a review or a comment here on my site. 

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Free Books & Prizes from 30+ Authors!


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is hosting the March Madness Takeover on March 5th and 6th, bringing together a talented group of authors. Readers will be invited to interact with more than thirty authors who have prepared lots of fun games and teasers to promote their published novels and upcoming new releases. I will be taking over on Sunday, March 6th, at 8:00 p.m. Join me for a chance to win a free eBook copy of the romantic thriller novel, Shadows of Deception!

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Heat Up Your Holiday Reading List with this Hot Amazon Kindle Deal!

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If you are looking for amazing Kindle deals this holiday season, take advantage of this limited time offer!

Shadows of Deception: Get this highly rated romantic thriller today! Only .99c December 25th-30th

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4.6 out of 5 STARS!!

“The plot is extremely well woven, it kept me turning page after page without ever realizing I was way past my bedtime. The characters are well developed and fit perfectly with the storyline.” -Lana Chacra

Annabelle Montague is an admirable, successful woman, living the American dream. But, when she receives a disturbing phone call from a former client, her seemingly perfect life unravels under the weight of a shocking revelation; one that changes everything she thinks she knows about her charming husband, Evan. Horrifying secrets and violent threats soon send Annabelle on a dangerous journey of fear, paranoia, and unshakable nightmares.

Determined to elude the man she once loved, Annabelle turns to the peaceful shores of North Carolina for refuge, where she seeks the help of Cole Cross, her estranged childhood sweetheart. Once Annabelle reunites with Cole, nothing can eclipse their reignited passion. When a flicker of light from a beach bonfire reveals a familiar, malevolent face from the shadows, Annabelle fears that Evan has found her. Caught in a world where reality becomes blurred by haunting nightmares, Annabelle is pushed to unimaginable limits.

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The Black Shadow will be available for free until December 28th!

“The way the author intertwined very real threats with hair-rising, blood-curdling nightmares was remarkably clever.”

After her parents divorced, Gracie and her mother moved into an old, two-story, riverfront home, where demons were just as real as the terrible bus ride that Gracie took to and from school each day. When a disturbed boy threatens to harm Gracie and her mother, the young girl becomes trapped between a world of nightmares and reality. After weeks of verbal and physical abuse on the bus, Gracie is faced with her worst fear, and one horrifying night will change her life forever.

Nobody’s Home will be free December 28th-30th!

“I was hooked from page one! Carter has mastered the art of pulling you into a story wholly, making you feel like the inflicted.”

When a young college student signs up for a weekend of volunteer research in the Smoky Mountain region of North Carolina, she soon discovers that the cabin she has been sent to is uninhabitable. When a stranger shows up, claiming to be a fellow student volunteer, Catherine hesitates to trust him. Could he be the one who lured her miles away from civilization? Together they must decide how to survive one night in the dark confines of the abandoned cabin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Win $200 in the Winter Wonderland of Books Christmas Giveaway!!

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Love cash and books? Me too!! Enter The Winter Wonderland of Books Christmas Giveaway for a chance to win $200 Paypal Cash, free books, and tons of unique prizes from 50+ authors!

I’ll be giving away a free Kindle eBook copy of my romantic thriller novel, Shadows of Deception, and a First Lines of Literature Mug from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. Good Luck & Happy Holidays!!

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Stock Up For Halloween With This Kindle eBook Giveaway! 4 Days/3 Thrilling Titles!

Do you love free amazon ebooks for your kindle and stumbling upon great new authors? Me too, so I’m doing a massive ebook giveaway October 8th-11th. Below you will find specific dates for each title, along with book details. I hope you enjoy my romantic thriller novel and two terrifying short stories!

BlackShadowCoverNewTHE BLACK SHADOW: Free Oct. 8th

After her parents divorced, Gracie and her mother moved into an old, two-story, riverfront home, where demons were just as real as the terrible bus ride that Gracie took to and from school each day. When a disturbed boy threatens to harm Gracie and her mother, the young girl becomes trapped between a world of nightmares and reality. After weeks of verbal and physical abuse on the bus, Gracie is faced with her worst fear, and one horrifying night will change her life forever.


SHADOWS OF DECEPTION: Free Oct. 9th

“The plot is extremely well woven, it kept me turning page after page without ever realizing I was way past my bedtime. The characters are well developed and fit perfectly with the storyline.” -Lana Chacra

NewShadowsCoverAnnabelle Montague is an admirable, successful woman, living the American dream. But, when she receives a disturbing phone call from a former client, her seemingly perfect life unravels under the weight
of a shocking revelation; one that changes everything she thinks she knows about her charming husband, Evan. Horrifying secrets and violent threats soon send Annabelle on a dangerous journey of fear, paranoia, and unshakable nightmares.

Determined to elude the man she once loved, Annabelle turns to the peaceful shores of North Carolina for refuge, where she seeks the help of Cole Cross, her estranged childhood sweetheart. Once Annabelle reunites with Cole, nothing can eclipse their reignited passion. When a flicker of light from a beach bonfire reveals a familiar, malevolent face from the shadows, Annabelle fears that Evan has found her. Caught in a world where reality becomes blurred by haunting nightmares, Annabelle is pushed to unimaginable limits.

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NOBODY’S HOME: Free Oct. 10th & 11th

When a young college student signs up for a weekend of volunteer research in the Smoky Mountain region of North Carolina, she soon discovers that the cabin she has been sent to is uninhabitable. When a stranger shows up, claiming to be a fellow student volunteer, Catherine hesitates to trust him. Could he be the one who lured her miles away from civilization? Together they must decide how to survive one night in the dark confines of the abandoned cabin.

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Dark Dreams Halloween Giveaway: Enter to Win $175 & Tons of Books & Prizes!

darkdreamspromoI am so excited take part in the 2015 Dark Dreams Halloween Giveaway! We have more than 50 talented authors, offering over 100 prizes. The grand prize is $175.00 Paypal Cash, and the contest is FREE to enter!

I will be giving away a free Kindle eBook copy of my thrilling short story, Nobody’s Home & a high quality, 16oz. Edgar Allan Poe Literary Mug from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild which features quotes & images from Poe’s stories and poems. It’s basically the most AWESOME mug you could own! Happy Halloween & good luck to all contestants!

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Shadows of Deception: Download this Explosive Romantic Thriller FREE 8/22 & 8/23!

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“The plot is extremely well woven, it kept me turning page after page without ever realizing I was way past my bedtime. The characters are well developed and fit perfectly with the storyline.” -Lana Chacra

Annabelle Montague is an admirable, successful woman, living the American dream. But, when she receives a disturbing phone call from a former client, her seemingly perfect life unravels under the weight of a shocking revelation; one that changes everything she thinks she knows about her charming husband, Evan. Horrifying secrets and violent threats soon send Annabelle on a dangerous journey of fear, paranoia, and unshakable nightmares.

Determined to elude the man she once loved, Annabelle turns to the peaceful shores of North Carolina for refuge, where she seeks the help of Cole Cross, her estranged childhood sweetheart. Once Annabelle reunites with Cole, nothing can eclipse their reignited passion. When a flicker of light from a beach bonfire reveals a familiar, malevolent face from the shadows, Annabelle fears that Evan has found her. Caught in a world where reality becomes blurred by haunting nightmares, Annabelle is pushed to unimaginable limits.

Click Here For Your Free Copy! Happy Reading!

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Nasty Trolls: Now Bend Over While I Verbally Spank You!

Indie authors from indiebooksbeseenall over the world joined together yesterday to celebrate their pride and accomplishments. I had a blast, gave away almost 200 copies of my short story, Nobody’s Home, and enjoyed watching a diverse and talented group of writers celebrate one another. Despite all of the magical rainbows and fun, there always seems to be that one douche lord that wants to spoil a perfectly good time.

I put out a tweet, accompanied by my #IndieBooksBeSeen support picture, encouraging readers to buy an indie book. I stated that indie authors work hard, because we do; the majority of us at least. Enter douche lord! Douche lord decided to get his/her digital panties in a bunch over my tweet and stated something along the lines of, “Why should people support the work of amateurs?” Blah, blah, blah.

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I blocked this person, and I didn’t respond. As I’ve stated before, I do not negotiate with terrorists, trolls, or toddlers. (Okay! Occasionally with toddlers.) I then made a follow up comment on my own tweet, explaining that all authors, both traditional and indie, work hard. However, yesterday was INDIE PRIDE DAY. Indie authors do work hard. It’s not a simple task to write, edit, design your own cover, conduct research about an ever-changing industry, and market your face off around the clock, while you wait months or years to get noticed. All the while, authors are leading a very public life, which opens us up to pointless attacks from people like the above mentioned douche lord.

After we’ve polished our books, and feel that we are providing readers with quality material to enjoy, authors rely heavily on reviews. If we get enough positive feedback from our amazing readers, people might begin to finally notice our work. No reader is forced to buy our books. They can read the reviews and sometimes the first 3 chapters, before making the decision to purchase. You can usually tell if an author has written an entire novel in one night and neglected to edit their work. Allowing readers to discover this for themselves seems like a reasonable deal to me.

Thank you for reading, and please keep up the hard work. While writing may or may not lead all authors to financial rewards, your work is still an amazing accomplishment. It is important to respect and consider constructive criticism, but do not let anyone discourage you; particularly the nasty trolls who will eventually cross back over their bridge of negativity, so they can wallow in their own misery.

Warm and fuzzy wishes to you all,

Corey Schultz Carter


Christopher Percy Author

Published author of Dark of Winter & Origins Short Stories

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