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couple-common-cents-book-coverUpdate: A third award came in after I published this post. The 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Awards gave me Honorable Mention in the Home category as well.

Two 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

2016 Blog Year in Review

Ryan Eidson  —  December 31, 2016

The year 2016 was a big year for my book A Couple with Common Cents. It went from self-published to published by Morgan James (New York) in April!

Here are my top blog posts related to that book:

Two great posts from 2016 for young people:

Words of encouragement and inspiration that will live beyond 2016:

Five other great blog posts (essays) I published in 2016:

Have a great 2017!

I’m thankful for you!

Thank YOU for reading a post here (or more). Thank you for searching, for learning, for growing.

Merry Christmas and have a happy 2017! Enjoy this rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by the Six Appeal Vocal Band.

My friend Don and I recently enjoyed ethnic cuisine at the MU international bazaar. The Indonesian food was very spicy!

This is a song I wrote that gives a summary of the week of camp I helped with this summer.

Spring is early

Ryan Eidson  —  March 7, 2016

Spring has come early this year. Trees are starting to bloom and the soil is working up good. Today my wife planted onions and peas in our garden.

I like the wintertime snow, yet (besides sneezing from pollen) really enjoy the longer sunny days of spring much better.

When spring rolls around, everyone has more energy and is in a better mood when doing their daily work. We are anxious to clean the house and enjoy the outdoors.

The calendar doesn’t show spring starting for another two weeks, but I’ll say it anyway: Happy Spring!