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Sisterly Pride – The Art of Diesel Free 2 days only- Giveaway

The Cover of my Brothers E BookI am the proud Sister of Mark Marasch… he’s one of the many brilliant Siblings in my family. Mark is a Rocket Scientist, a family man and a wonderfully fun personality, you know I am puffing up my chest with pride, I am so proud of my whole family. 🙂

Mark Marasch family Man he's in a race car surrounded by wife, kids and our parents.
Mark Marasch family Man. Mark is in the race car surrounded by his lovely wife, kids and our Mom & Dad.

Mark worked hard researching and figuring out how to change his truck to run on Diesel. After all the work, Mark realized that there was a real need for a book on how to do this. So Mark took up a pen name (I love the pen name, Mark A Billy) and wrote a book! His book is called “The Art of Deisel” and he’s having a Free Giveaway on Amazon for 2 days only, this weekend!

Did you want to or have you been thinking about changing  your vehicle over to run on Diesel? If so, please go over and show your love, and check out The Art of Diesel (kindle edition): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HMUUOAM

My brother Mark, Author of The Art of Diesel.

Now I will let you know that my brother Mark is a Libertarian so you will see a lot of his thoughts and attitudes reflected in this book.


Love & Hugs,


Help for Crowd-Funding Projects – Book Review


Hacking, Kickstarter, Indiegogo (how to raise big bucks in 30 days on a budget) by Patrice Williams Marks

Hi there friends, the title of the book “Hacking, Kickstarter, Indiegogo (how to raise big bucks in 30 days)” by Patrice Williams Marks, caught my eye when I saw it on Tomoson. And I was hooked when read the description of  the book:

FACT: Over 65% of crowd funding projects fail. Why? Top 5 Reason’s For Failure:

1) Campaign Missing Key Elements
2) Launched Before Gathering Their Tribe
3) Expected That if They Build It, They Will Come
4) Poor Advertising/Social Media Strategy
5) Lack of Partners

Hacking Kickstarter, Indiegogo (or any other crowd-funding site) How to Raise Big Bucks in 30 Days
walks you step by step into the process of creating, launching and wrapping your project. 


– How Curated Communities can give you added exposure

– How to get featured in Kickstarter and Indiegogo’s newsletters (solid gold)

– How to grab funders attention the moment they land on your page

– How to generate traffic to your project

– How to easily find and target bloggers and journalist who want to publicize your project

– and much more!

Tried and true tactics, tips and secrets that work.

The rest is history as I felt that I simply had to apply to review the book, not only for myself but for some people that I know would be interested in a good book on this topic. For those folks that I know will be checking this post out, I just had to let them know what I thought of the book…. lucky me my application to review the book was accepted.

Crowd-Funding Projects are a mystery to most, but not to me, not any longer.

Now I had very limited understanding of crowd-funded projects, until I read this book. I had seen a project like this in action a few years ago. “Twig the Fairy,”a beautiful lady (that I follow on Facebook) that dresses up as a Fairy and travels around the country appearing in Renaissance Fairs. Twig had used Kickstarter for her Fairy Book for Children. I couldn’t contribute anything but share the updates and information with all my followers on facebook & in emails… hey every little bit helps. This was the limit of my experience/understanding of these crowd-funding projects.

Although I didn’t understand how this all works, I did know that I have 3 or 4 people following my blog that could use some information on this… for all I know many more of you can use this information too!

You and your product no longer need to sit waiting for a wealthy benefactor to contribute to the productions realization.

In this book you will find all that you need to assist you in fulfilling those financing needs… WELL that is IF you manage to get noticed! Getting Noticed is one of the most important things that this book talks about.

Welcome to the world of online Crowd-funded Projects

You may be wondering what Kickstarter and Indiegogo are, well they are only 2 of the many sites online tailored towards the crowd-funded projects. To name some of the other sites offering such services there are also Mobcaster, Rockethub and GoFundMe.

In the book “Hacking Kickstarter, Indigogo (how to raise big bucks in 30 days)” you may notice Patrice referring to Kickstart Projects frequently. If you choose another site for your Crowd-Funding Projects, never fear, this informative book will be just as valid with any of the other sites.


The best way to use this book?

Obviously the best way would be to use it before you start your campaign… however… The book is so very thorough that it is still valid for those already in their campaign!

Patrice take you by the hand and shows you around the big wide world of Crowd-Funding Projects…

Patrice guides you through building your “Tribe,” as she calls it, all the way to the end of your Campaign. All the important research has been done for you, in this book and what is even better than someone researching and advising you in a book, is that the author has practical experience in these hints, tips and Secrets that she shares with you!

After reading this book, I felt like a warm and caring new friend just patiently explained everything that anyone would need to know about Crowd-Funding Projects. I found this book extremely easy to read, and hard to put down. The Author describes what you need or should do, she has set up links throughout the book for examples of what she is talking about. She also takes you by the hand, if your Campaign should happen to fail, and she gives you the tools you need to assist you on getting back on the proverbial horse.

I have to tell you that my head is still swimming with all the information that I found contained in this book. I do see what a pain it must have been for Patrice to wade through the oceans of sites to find just the right ones for her book examples and all those great Secrets that she shares… you gotta love it that all the leg work has been done for you!

This is not one of those books that you read once and never return to. I just don’t see myself  getting rid of this treasure trove of information! I can see myself coming back to it again and again to read through this book.


I chose to get the book from iTunes and as I read I started adding in the little red bookmarks (though I don’t know much about ibooks from itunes, I don’t even know if there is a way to go directly to my little red bookmarks). I do plan to go back now and start again from the very beginning and take notes for myself and my future use.

For people wishing to take on the endeavor of creating a Crowd-Funded Campaign, keep in mind, it’s not an easy task… nothing worth while is, is it? You have a ton of work ahead of you and if you follow this book step by step, I don’t feel you will be just another of the many fish in the sea, I firmly believe that you will get yourself noticed and this is exactly what you need when you are trying to get people to help fund your project.

Where can you pick up the book “Hacking Kickstarter, Indiegogo: How to Raise Big Bucks in 30 Days (Secrets to Running a Successful Crowd Funding Campaign on a Budget)“?

Smashwords – (Single purchase gains access to all ebook formats.)

Also at:

 Amazon (Kindle Edition), Apple iTunes Store (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) and at Barnes & Noble (Nookbook)


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Family Book, writing my portion…. about my thoughts on the subject

   Last year I received a big Manila envelope from my Mother, what was in it? The typical stuff, that is typical for my Mothers mailings, it’s always a smörgåsbord of odds and ends in her mailings. I received copies of some of her recipe cards, some of them favorites of mine and some she newly discovered… some copies of articles concerning Systemic Lupus, Fibromyalgia and Cervical Vertebra newest surgical info and so on. What was so unusual about this envelope was  that it also contained a questionnaire for a Family Book that she wants to make.
   I struggled to think of a single thing to put down in this book answering all the questions, strange how I am finding this a struggle. I struggled long enough and time went by… the list of questions plagued me for a while… of course during a move this Spring (in which the original paperwork got lost, still packed up in a box somewhere) I thought of some perfectly fun and funny answers for this, but of course it was during a move and no notes were taken. Well, Mother decided that half of the children replied and she would place in a brief statement for us other 3 kids and print up the book. Well here it is months and months later, not only has it not been printed, but now we must answer the questions in a week! *sigh*
   Fascinating how the mind works… when not under a time limit I could think of things that would be perfect but they are all gone in a Fibro Fog of sorts, flying away with the winds of time and lack of brain power… the brain is already overwhelmed trying to take care of my pain levels that have been through the roof as of late.
  I can go through my memories of my childhood, early adulthood and Marriage… the questions of favorite childhood memories sad to say are a bundle of little pieces, that gives me a headache as I try and push them to the surface. The problem is that one memory is not a favorite over the others and why am I taking this so seriously? Well, I regretably haven’t had children of my own, (perhaps do to my Systemic Lupus) I won’t be much of a story or memory to others when I pass on. I want my words to have meaning, to show my sense of humor, some of what made me the me that I am today and to have some words of wisdom in them… evidently its too much to ask of this brain of mine in exhaustive pain? What am I to do?
   I will not plague generations of the family with the struggles of  being poor & disabled with crippling pain, the struggles of not having a home to call your own but dealing with slum lords and messes of others at your front door, the struggles of barely getting by and the heartache of not taking a trip to see relatives who live far away etc etc. But I would really love it if some questions were asked about how to get by, or what advice we’d give others on getting by. I think I have been given, by my Parental Units (yes I am showing my age… yay Coneheads!), the knowledge and tools to get me through more successfully then others manage on so little. I sew (thus my blog: Sew What, Darn it) and craft, make my own soaps (laundry and dishwasher and leftover soaps get collected to make new soaps), I make my own many things (mostly out of old clothing, buttons, beads from friends jewelry that had fallen apart and they were going to toss etc etc) and so people generally think I am better off then I am. But they never see my mess of an Apartment as these things I do (and rarely do them)… it take up both energy, of which I have in rare supply (just thinking and talking on some days takes up what energies I do have) and takes up room. The lack of energy leads to lack of energy for much more then dinner and dishes and lack of room all add up to this messy little apartment. Alas I diverge… forgive me, the powers of ramblings are after all my biggest strength… or is it that ADD? 😛 
  Well my ramblings are more personal today then ever, I feel I am writing to my diary… it is a big wide world out there and this blog is but a tiny little piece of dust, and so I have hit the “publish post” button and placed my dust particle in the winds of the Internet… where it lands, it’s hard to say…but I know it’s there, with my ramblings

Well, this will probably be edited and polished up in the furture… I am not focusing well at all today and worse yet, I am in a hurry.

Love, hugs & kisses