couple-common-cents-book-coverTwo organizations have awarded prizes this month for my fiction book, A Couple with Common Cents. One award is for book design, and another award is for the story.

The 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Contest named A Couple with Common Cents as a finalist in the Best Overall Design Fiction category. This award includes a medal and recognition at a ceremony in New York City on May 31 in conjunction with Book Expo America.

In addition, the 2017 Missouri Writers Guild President’s Contest awarded this book Second Place Fiction Short Story. The award was announced at the Guild’s annual conference on May 6 in Columbia, Missouri. This award includes a cash prize.

I was excited when I found out I received these awards! The team at Morgan James Publishing did a great job with the cover and interior layout.

Built around themes of perseverance, faith, and mentoring, A Couple With Common Cents: A Short Story About Abundant Hope in Your Family Finances provides practical advice to couples. This inspirational story will guide readers to rebuild the bridges of communication with their spouses about money.

The book is available in fine bookstores everywhere and online:

Amazon Paperback | Kindle | iTunes/Apple iBooks | Books-a-Million | Barnes & Noble Paperback | Nook | Indigo.ca | IndieBound | Powell’s Books

Mar 21

Learn to quickly abandon ideas/projects that don’t work

There are two types of hustle (see this post by Jeff Goins). Sometimes you hustle to find out your project will work; sometimes you need to abandon your idea. Discern the difference.

couple-common-cents-book-coverI love this book! It’s a great example of a young couple dealing with finances. I believe it’s very true to life. And as a wife who deals with the money and budget in our marriage, I definitely could relate to her feelings on a lot of things.”

“The book is good at showing the different ways of thinking about money, with one person more concerned about security and the other just happy with the status quo and thinking debt is the way to go, just because it’s always been that way.”

“I recommend the book as a good example of how one family worked together to learn about finances and changed their thinking to make things better.”

—from Lee Broom‘s review of A Couple with Common Cents

It’s now January 24. How are you doing with the progress of your goals for 2017? Here’s a classic goals video from the late Zig Ziglar. Remember, resolutions are not goals.

a poem (haiku)

A warm morning. Fog.

Difficult to see, to drive

Sun melts the low clouds.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Quote by Thomas Edison on opportunity