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Guest Post: Your Personality Impacts Your Life

By Gigi Vorgan and Gary Small, MD –

Our friend Mindy told us about some real estate she and her husband bought after retirement, and used the phrase, “location, location, location.”  She said it had a gorgeous view and was close by so family and friends would come and visit.

We weren’t talking a scaled-down house, or condo.  We were talking about the kind of real estate you buy and keep for later.  Hopefully, much later.  We‘re talking cemetery plots.  Mindy said they’d gotten bunk-beds in Simi Valley.  We asked what bunk-bed plots in Simi Valley were selling for these days, and hoped they were dirt-cheap.  Mindy told us that they had already been approached to sell the plots to another party.

We’d never realized there was a market for this type of final-resting place real estate – people buying and selling cemetery plots like timeshares in Palm Springs, until this conversation.  We had never really thought about cemetery plots at all.  What if you change your mind and get cremated? Do your kids inherit your plot like a condo in Boca Raton?

Mindy’s personality would likely score very high on the conscientiousness scale.  She was the type of person who always thinks ahead and plans carefully for the future.

Conscientiousness is one of the five personality domains which have been shown to predict overall success in life.  Conscientious individuals are organized, punctual, thorough and trustworthy.  They also tend to have better relationships and lower divorce rates.

People who score high in conscientiousness are not only more resilient, they also enjoy better health.  These individuals are more likely to take their medicines and visit their doctors on a regular basis.  They tend to consume healthier foods, exercise on a regular basis, and not smoke.

Clearly, conscientiousness is a personality trait that helps people accomplish their goals.  But sometimes too much of a positive trait can become a negative attribute.  For instance, conscientiousness taken to the extreme can be seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD.  People with OCD are often extreme perfectionists, unusually rigid and stubborn, and not much fun to be around.  Thankfully only about 2% of the population have full-blown OCD, and effective treatments are available.

SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 DaysThe good news is that most people can become more conscientious if they set their minds to it.  In our new book, SNAP! Change Your Personality in 30 Days, we provide readers with the strategies and tools to change their personality in just one month.

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Book Blitz: The Lost Eye of the Serpent

The Lost Eyes of the Serpent
by Jeremy Phillips
(The Rose Delacroix Files, #1)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: August 8th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult

Meet A New Book

Welcome to my first book blitz (and to my newest book blog emoticon… “Meet A New Book.” He joins his brothers from my book rating scale.) I only recently joined Xpresso Book tours, and this is the first book that stood out enough for me to request to be a part of the Blitz.

The book has several things I enjoy, a Victoria setting, a retelling of a classic (with a twist- Sherlock Holmes is a women) and a good heroine.

It’s also interesting how book trends work because this month I had also put in for a First to Read copy of A Study In Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas. It seems like to the season for feminine Sherlock Holmes retellings.

Charlotte Holmes takes us on an adventure under the assumed name, Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

It may sound crazy, but Jonathan Delacroix is certain his sister Rose really is Sherlock Holmes…

Girls are not detectives. But in the summer of 1893, in the small western town of Hope Springs, Rose Delacroix is bound and determined to prove them all wrong. When the famous Emerald Serpent Jewels are stolen from the Delacroix family hotel and the blame lands solely on her older brother Bill, Rose recruits Jonathan as her Watson-like counterpart to solve the case.

Proving your brother innocent is difficult when the evidence keeps stacking up against him…

Before Rose and Jonathan can properly start their investigation, another robbery is committed. The rusty revolver purported to have once belonged to Wild Bill Hickok has been stolen from the general store and found hidden amongst her brother’s belongings. With Bill in jail, and the owner of the Serpent Jewels planning to sue the Delacroix hotel, Rose knows she has to find a lead, and soon.

A witness comes forward claiming they saw Bill steal the jewels, but Rose isn’t about to be bullied into ignoring the facts…

Rose and Jonathan must put their sleuthing skills to the test or witness their family fall to ruin due to…

…the lost eye of the serpent.

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Bottom Line: 

I don’t know yet. The book sounds great, but since this is a promo blitz without a review copy I’m going to have to wait to find out how good it is. But for now it’s goes onto the TBR list.

Find out more about the author Jeremy Phillips.

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I’m Going On Tour…

Xpresso Book Tours


I found out about Xpresso Book Tours via Functioning Insanity Reviews and betwixtthesepages, two book bloggers who I enjoy. Just this week I’ve been notified that I was chosen for not one, but two upcoming blog tours.

The first is Elemental Secrets by Elle Middaugh.

ESValerie Moore was a beautiful, headstrong girl with below-average social skills and above-average anxiety (including a flair for over-analyzing).

With her mother long deceased, and her father recently deployed, she ends up being sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. But, being a Navy brat had made her into a bit of a loner, and making friends certainly wasn’t her strongest suit. As if the life of a typical teen wasn’t hard enough.

But Valerie soon discovers she’s not a typical teenager. Not by a long shot.

SECRETS are revealed…

…About her family, about her newfound friends and relationships, and about her whole world… Things that have been kept from her for her entire life…

But the biggest secret of all is revealed when Valerie discovers that she has Elemental powers, and a chain of inexplicable and irrevocable events unleashes throughout the little town…

The second is actually a two book set! I’m so excited, two books! The Midnight Sea and it’s sequel Blood of the Prophet by Kat Ross.


Visionary. Alchemist. Savior. Saint.

The Prophet Zarathustra has been called many things. Now he spends his time drawing pictures of weird-looking goats. That’s what happens when you’ve been stuck in a prison cell for two hundred years. But the man who might be mad, and is definitely supposed to be dead, has suddenly become very valuable again…

It’s only been a few weeks since Nazafareen escaped the King’s dungeons with her daēva, Darius. She hoped never to set foot in the empire again, but the search for the Prophet has led them to the ancient city of Karnopolis. They have to find him before Alexander of Macydon burns Persepolae, and Darius’s mother with it. But they’re not the only ones looking.

The necromancer Balthazar has his own plans for the Prophet, and so does the sinister spymaster of the Numerators. As Nazafareen is drawn in to a dangerous game of cat and mouse, her newfound powers take a decidedly dark turn. Only the Prophet understands the secret of her gift, but the price of that knowledge may turn out to be more than Nazafareen is willing to pay…

The Blood of the Prophets tour will be stopping by my blog on Sept 21st, and Elemental Secrets on Oct 20th. So stayed tuned to hear about these exciting books.

Have you done a book tour? I’d love to know some of your thoughts and maybe a hint or two for how to make them rock. Leave me a comment to let me know.