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The MacGregor Legacy 3-book series

From Scotland to the colonial Carolinas a family's faith is tested as they find grace

Dark Biology by Bonnie Doran

"Propels...into a realm of storytelling once dominated by Michael Crichton." ~ Robert Liparulo, author of Germ, The 13th Tribe and The Judgment Stone

Awakened Redemption by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

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The Heart Remembers by Michele Huey

A tale of enduring love & faithfulness.
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Vol I, a collection of Christmas short stories available at Guidposts.org

Monday, August 11, 2014

Build a Platform Without Steroidal Fluff


#blogging #platform #social media
Building a platform often includes creating a blog. First time bloggers are usually overwhelmed and have no clue where to start. Let’s take a look at a few ideas that will get you successfully started on building your platform.
First, you need to ask yourself a few questions:
  • Do you have time to create a blog?
  • Are you committed to maintaining a blog?
  • Will you bring something new to an already over-saturated market?
  • Can you adapt to market trend changes?
  • Do you see blogging as a burden?

Social media is booming and everyone feels like they need a platform. Blogs and podcasts are all over the web and it seems like everyone is concerned with content. People think beyond words when it comes to blogging. Content includes videos, images, and podcasts. In order for your blog to attract interest, you must provide information that people want. Merely creating steroidal fluff will get you criticized and ignored.

Your blogging content needs:
Valued Information – Share content that you have learned and are knowledgeable. Teach others what you know. Try not to sound like everyone else. This will help establish credibility, trust and likability.

Creative Mixture – Your blog must keep visitors interested and entertained. Utilize images, photos and videos to get your points across in an exciting and creative way.

Distinction – Separate yourself from others by approaching your topic from different angles. Don’t be afraid to allow other knowledgeable colleagues to guest post on your blog. This will help you gain access to new patrons that might not otherwise visit your blog.

Consistency – Blogging once a month is unacceptable as readers will forget about you or lose interest. Most readers have a reading schedule, so post a schedule for your blog and stick to it. Blogging 2 to 3 times a week should be sufficient.

Organization – Readers who find your blog for the first time will want additional information similar to what initially landed them on your blog. Creating static web pages with your best posts in various categories is an excellent way to organize an archived system. Have a search feature in the sidebar to make it easy for readers to find what they are looking for.


Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – While it is important to get your pages ranked higher on a web search, steroidal fluff stuffed with multiple keywords in your titles and posts could backfire on you. Google may drop your site in the rankings and you and your site could be labeled unreliable and untrustworthy. The best SEO is creating original content that is relevant and helpful with a few select keywords.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Photoshop Tutorial - Using the Color Variation Tool to Restore Old Photos

You might have many reasons to change the color tint of a photo. In this Photoshop tutorial, I show you how to use the color variation tool to give an old photo a vintage look. This image is of one of my ancestors in the late 1800's. It's of poor quality, black and white, and has frayed edges. To clean up the white spots and frayed edges, I used the brush tool to give it a smooth background and cropped the edges. I used the color variation tool to give it a brown, faded color.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Heart Remembers by Author Michele Huey

#Christianfiction
~ The perfect Memorial Day weekend story ~
A tale of enduring love & faithfulness, blending the Vietnam era with today!

About the Book
During her tour as an Army nurse in Vietnam, Evangeline “Vangie” Martin lost her beloved husband Seth, a Dust Off pilot, to the war when he was declared MIA. Vangie decides it’s time to move on and has Seth declared dead. She heads to a mountain resort for her fortieth high school reunion, hoping to reconnect with her high school sweetheart, but fate has other plans. The resort caretaker is none other than her husband, Seth. With no memory of his life before being shot down, he refuses to acknowledge his true identity.

Vangie must make a decision. Should she cling to the past and try to make Seth remember, or forget the past and accept Seth as he is now?


"Romance, heartbreak, laughter and suspense, all rolled up in a book that will keep you turning pages into the wee hours of the morning."

Kathleen Bolduc, Amazon Review

"I loved everything about this book, as it was true to life and showed how God intervenes in our daily lives to make everything work out for our good."
Sybil Nichol, Amazon Review 



About the Author
Michele writes an award-winning weekly newspaper column, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea, placing 2nd in the 2009 Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s Keystone Press Awards. Her work has appeared in numerous national publications, including Guideposts, Upper Room, Home Life, Teachers in Focus, Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayer, God’s Abundance, and One Year Life Verse Devotional.
 
Her daily radio program, God, Me, and a Cup of Tea, aired on stations in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Alabama for 10 years. Michele's debut novel, The Heart Remembers, was published by Helping Hands in March 2014 with 5-star reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. She’s since signed three contracts with HHP, so look for more fiction from this author!

In addition to her addiction to reading, she’s an avid (sometimes rabid) Pirates fan and grandmother; loves baseball, Italian food, and hiking; and makes the best homemade pizza around. Michele and her husband, Dean, live in western Pennsylvania and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Visit Michele online at www.michelethuey.com


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Photoshop Tutorial - Creating Images with Transparent Background

#Photoshop 

Below I've created a short video showing how to use Photoshop CSS to create images with transparent backgrounds. 


 

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