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Things don’t cost what they cost

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Thanks to everyone who downloaded my latest book, The Naked House: Five Principles for a More Peaceful Home already.

For everyone else, an excerpt:

“It’s as true of a blender as it is of a dog: things don’t cost what they cost. They cost what they cost to buy, maintain, move around and store. All these factors cost money (yes, space alone costs money: square footage is the number one factor in home price, and have you seen your heating bill lately?), but there are several other costs to consider, and both are more valuable than cash. The first is the cost of your time: the sheer number of minutes that add up to hours that add up to days that you spend rearranging, cleaning, protecting, and working around your stuff. And the second is the cost of your emotion . . .

“For the purposes of this book, the terms “bare” and “naked” aren’t so much about wearing no clothes as they are about wearing nothing that distracts from your beauty.
It is the total and complete absence of clutter.”

New book announcement: "The Naked House"

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Quick post today to tell you about my latest book. It’s called The Naked House: Five Principles for a More Peaceful Home, and as you may have inferred from the title, it’s about home organization and simplification. Here is the back cover copy:

“The solution is almost always fewer things. That’s the Naked House philosophy in a nutshell, though the importance of top-notch organization (“a place for everything and everything in its place”), design unity, cleanliness and quality round out this book’s description of the most desirable, peaceful home in which to live. With a tongue-in-cheek, personal style, The Naked House is an inspiring but not-too-serious primer on cleaning, organizing and reducing clutter—and on changing the way you view the purpose and soul of your home.”

You can get the book on Amazon here.

One thing that’s even better than an awesome book review

Lately, I’ve been sort of pondering, sort of intending to receive something I don’t usually get (and don’t often ask for, either): really, really honest feedback. Feedback of the slightly harder-to-hear variety.

In other words: I’d like to get impartial book critiques from my readers. Because in my experience of life, there is something that’s even more awesome than an awesome book review.

And that’s a not-so-awesome one.

I mean, it’s super important to find out what you’re doing right, of course, and to receive encouragement to keep on going. But if I ever want to get on Oprah or whatever, a few “learning moments” are definitely in order.

And so, as I’ve done once on my blog before, this week I’m extending an offer to you, my blog readers: If you buy any of my books, then send me a quick email telling me what you *really* thought of it and why, I’ll refund your purchase price (or send you a different ebook or printed book of your choice) with almost as much gusto as I use during the writing process itself. If you’re a writer and would prefer an in-kind critique, we can arrange that, too.

And that’s not all! I’ll also send you a whole bouquet of loving happy vibes–for free! (Can’t you just feel that gusto?)

Now, don’t worry: If you love the book you choose and have no real criticism to share, I’m actually find with hearing the good stuff, too. (You can also post a review on Amazon with the same, though note that I’m not basing your refund on that.) But a few “wasn’t really into it for this reason” comments would be super, super helpful as well.

Just email me at mollie@mollieplayer.com with the review (anonymous comments are totally fine).

Life is what you think about, reprised

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Last year I had the pleasure of holding a book signing for my latest book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends. Here, a reblog for you: the piece I wrote promoting the event–and my perspective on the goal of my writing as I see it right now.

Mollie Player is just a regular person. And yet, she is trying—sometimes very, very hard—to be different. And the way Mollie wants to be different is this: she wants to stay the same.

She just wants to be more of herself.

She wants to learn how to be aware of the Divine inside her at all times. She wants to communicate with God.

In other words: she wants to get enlightened.

Lofty goal? Maybe. Is she there yet? Probably not.

But she is, just maybe, on her way.

Often when people describe their lives these are the things they talk about:

  • What they did or do;
  • What they had or have;
  • Who they knew or know.

If you ask Mollie, though, she’d tell you that those things aren’t what life is at all.

Life, she says, is what goes on inside your mind.

It’s what you care about. It’s what you dream about.

It’s what you think about every day.

And so, even though she is just a regular person, Mollie decided to write about some of the thoughts that have made up her real life so far—and with which other regular people may be able to relate.

Mollie hopes that you like them, but more than that: she hopes they’ll make you different—even if that just means being more of yourself.

Apparently, the Nook is somewhat popular

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So, the word on the street is that not all of my readers have Amazon’s Kindle; other e-readers are somewhat popular, too. And so it is for these unique path finders that I have recently gone to the trouble to publish my most recent book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends, on the Kobo e-reader as well as on the Nook. (I was going to do the iPad/iPhone, too, but Apple and Linux, my operating system, don’t get along so well.)

Another reason to download? Its free.

Finally, something to be negative about

Okay, so y’all know that I’m all about the positivity and stuff. But sometimes–just every once in a while–a little bit of negativity is not only an acceptable part of life and growth … it’s actually pretty darn awesome.

The other writers out there will hear me when I say that negative book critiques are often examples of that.

And so, this week I’m extending an offer to you, my blog readers: If you buy any of my books, then send me a quick email telling me what you *really* thought of it and why, I’ll refund your purchase price with almost as much gusto as I use during the writing process itself.

And that’s not all! I’ll also send you a whole bouquet of loving happy vibes–for free! (Can’t you just feel that gusto?)

Now, don’t worry: If you love the book you choose and have no real criticism to share, I’m actually find with hearing the good stuff, too. (You can also post a review on Amazon with the same, though note that I’m not basing your refund on that.) But a few “wasn’t really into it for this reason” comments would be super, super helpful as well.

Just email me at mollie@mollieplayer.com with the review (anonymous comments are totally fine).

My latest book needs some reviews, y’all

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Just checked my reviews for my latest book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends, and, well … there are none.

This is a good book, ladies and gents. (Then again, you knew that; after all, I’m awesome.) So give it a good review on Amazon (or a less accurate review of another kind). I know you want to.

Thanks in advance! Y’all are awesome.

From the front flap

Here’s something straight from the front flap of my new book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends:

“And so, I’ve decided: this is the year I am going to get friends. It is also the year I’m going to figure out how to pray without ceasing, to live in a state in which every action that I take, every word that I speak and every thought that I think comes from the Source inside myself far beyond my conscious mind.

I am going to communicate with the Divine, and not just occasionally—I’m going to do it all day long.

I really don’t know if I will be successful but I do know this: if I’m not, it won’t be for lack of trying.”

Book announcement: "You’re Getting Closer"

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Well, I finally did it. After about ten years of considering the idea, last year I actually attempted, as the Apostle Paul advises in the Bible, to “pray without ceasing”–to communicate in an ongoing way throughout with the Divine. If an experiment like this interests you, you’ll probably enjoy my most recently published book about it, called You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends.

Thanks for your support throughout my writing journey. I look forward to reading your comments here, via email at mollie@mollieplayer.com, and in your Amazon.com reviews.

Come to my book signing? Please?

Just wanted to let you know that you are cordially invited to my book signing for the launch of my new book, You’re Getting Closer: One Year of Finding God and a Few Good Friends.

Here’s all the relevant info:

Save the date! 

Date: Saturday, August 30th

Location: Newport Way King County Library meeting room

Address: 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue,WA

Hours: 2:30pm till 4:30pm

Free Parking

Free Tea and Coffee

In order to get a book signed, you must purchase it in advance as the library won’t allow onsite purchases for this event.

Thanks for all your awesome support.

Life is what you think about

Today, a little piece I wrote for a book signing I’ll be doing in Seattle next month. It describes the purpose of my writing as I see it right now. Enjoy!

Mollie Player is just a regular person. And yet, she is trying—sometimes very, very hard—to be different. And the way Mollie wants to be different is this: she wants to stay the same.

She just wants to be more of herself.

She wants to learn how to be aware of the Divine inside her at all times. She wants to communicate with God.

In other words: she wants to get enlightened.

Lofty goal? Maybe. Is she there yet? Probably not.

But she is, just maybe, on her way.

Often when people describe their lives these are the things they talk about:

  • What they did or do;
  • What they had or have;
  • Who they knew or know.

If you ask Mollie, though, she’d tell you that those things aren’t what life is at all.

Life, she says, is what goes on inside your mind.

It’s what you care about. It’s what you dream about.

It’s what you think about every day.

And so, even though she is just a regular person, Mollie decided to write about some of the thoughts that have made up her real life so far—and with which other regular people may be able to relate.

Mollie hopes that you like them, but more than that: she hopes they’ll make you different—even if that just means being more of yourself.

Free stuff is cool: last day

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Reminder for you in case you missed it: Today is the last day to get the following eBooks for free on Amazon.com:

What I Learned From Jane

On the Bus

Medium Rare

Also note that you can also get all of these eBook titles (and any of my titles) free anytime with the purchase of the print editions.

Oh, and Amazon.com reviews are always appreciated.

Thanks for downloading.

Free stuff is cool (reminder post)

Reminder for you in case you missed it: Starting today (in honor of my sister’s birthday) and ending Saturday, May 10, I’m giving away the following eBooks on Amazon.com:

What I Learned From Jane

On the Bus

Medium Rare

I could’ve just marked the books down to 99 cents, but that didn’t sound like nearly as much fun.

Free books are just cool.

Tell your friends and share this post if you like!

Also: Happy Birthday Allie!

Free stuff is cool

This week I gave some books to some of my (in-person) friends, and it was so much fun that I got inspired to do the same for you my awesome readers. And so, starting Tuesday, May 6 (in honor of my sister’s birthday) and ending May 10, I’m giving away the following eBooks on Amazon.com:

What I Learned From Jane

On the Bus

Medium Rare

I could’ve just marked the books down to 99 cents, but that didn’t sound like nearly as much fun.

Free books are just cool.

Tell your friends and share this post if you like!

This story has no beginning

My plan for keeping my promise to make this blog suddenly awesome:

1. Write less.

2. Write better.

3. Tell a story.

So far, I’m not too worried about the first two. It’s the third that makes me a little nervous. I mean, I am telling a story. It just doesn’t have a beginning. You know, the part that gives the reader all the very important background information.

Oh, well. If you really want a beginning, you can always read my books.

Alternatively, you can read the short version in the next post.

Reminder post: Amazon Prime members read my books for free (apparently)

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Reminder post here … The friendly folks at Amazon have seen fit to let Prime members borrow a book a month from the Kindle store … for free! I love this program, and since I have books out there, too, I thought I’d let you know about it if you didn’t already.

Enjoy some free reading and leave a review on Amazon when you’re done!

Five-day free-for all: Last day!

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Greetings, dear readers, and a quick reminder for you: Today is the last day of your five-day free-for-all!

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, here’s how it works: For the rest of the day, everyone who leaves a review of one of my books on Amazon.com will receive a printed copy of the book they review–or any other book of mine (your choice)–in the mail. Just send me an email with your name and address plus the link to your review. Oh, and try to get the email to me within a week or so.

It’s your last chance, people, so get typing!

By the way, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a reader from them for your desktop for free.

Five-day free-for all: Day one

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Greetings, dear readers. Got some good news for you: Today is day one of your five-day free-for-all!

Here’s how it works: For the next five days, everyone who leaves a review of one of my books on Amazon.com will receive a printed copy of the book they review–or any other book of mine (your choice)–in the mail. Just send me an email with your name and address plus the link to your review. Oh, and try to get the email to me within a week or so.

Super easy, right?

By the way, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download a reader from them for your desktop for free.

Amazon Prime members: Read my books for free (apparently)

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So, not really sure how or why this works, but I recently discovered by accident that Amazon Prime members (which, by the way, if you’re not one already you really should be!) are able to borrow my books and read for free! Seems strange, but I’m sure I get some kind of profit from it somehow. In any case, feel free to check it out and report back whether or not it worked.