Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Looking for a Humorous Book to Read? Here it is.


Check out my friend, Stacey Gustafson’s  latest book, Are You Still Kidding Me? , available for 99¢.  Click here.

If you like Lisa Scottoline’s, I See Life Through RoséColored Glasses, then I think you’ll love her latest book.

Stacey has a unique way of telling quirky happenings, then, like the successful stand-up comedienne she is, the next beats are her responses in italic one-liners that up the humor to make readers snicker or laugh out loud.

According to Amazon, “Are You Still Kidding Me? is a hilarious and heartwarming sequel to #1 Amazon bestseller Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives. Gustafson tackles the foibles of modern family life—from toddlers and teens to empty nesters—with wry wit and plenty of humor. Click here.

The book is  perfect to read after a long day at work or while you’re waiting for the dentist or any other time you want to change your mood to a happier one.

It’s only available for 99 cents until the weekend, so get it now.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Story Consultant

Feng Shui Facilitator


Tips to Reach Amazon #1 Bestseller Rank


One of the important keys to reach #1 Amazon bestselling status for non-fiction eBooks is picking the right categories for listing your book. The fewer books in a category, the better chance of reaching #1. And, of course, promoting the book’s launch with an offer for free on that day only is important.

  • Promotion involves emails and/or posts several days before the launch (and the day immediately before) to all your social media links and everyone you know if you don’t have a client list yet. Announce that the eBook will be free for only one day, the launch day. Those people who order it get a free book while helping you to reach #1. It’s a win-win.
  • Be sure to research categories on Amazon Kindle to determine what categories other authors used for books similar to your topic. Pick at least 2 or 3 to categorize your book. On the day of the launch, keep checking your book’s ranking all day and take a screen shot when it shows #1 so you have proof.

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans reached #1 at 6:30 a.m. in one category and continued to be #1 for three days. In the second category, it became #1 later in the afternoon and stayed at that level for two days.

Fiction books are in broader categories, making higher ranking more difficult. My advice to you is to write a non-fiction book so you can become a #1 Amazon bestseller, which will add expertise to your branding and interest in your fiction.

I prefer to write fiction, but I enjoy being a #1 Amazon bestseller. To continue visibility, I will write more non-fiction books as well as publishing the two novels I’m polishing: Hada’s Fog and Norman in the Painting. I just need more hours in the day.

Thanks to Stacey Gustafson and Tamara Monosoff for their advice and encouragement to be a #1 Amazon Bestseller.

If you have questions, write them in the comments. I usually answer in a day or two.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Written Across the Genres

Hada’s Fog (to be released by the end of 2017)


Award-Winning Comedian Stacey Gustafson Is Featured In Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Comedian Stacey Gustafson

In my new book, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans,

# Stacey Lowrey Gustafson‘s story “Five Minutes as Stand-Up Comic” is featured with nineteen others.

She published a book ranked #1 Amazon Best Seller in Parenting & Family Humor, called Are You Kidding Me? My Life With an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives.

Her many awards include Erma Bombeck Humor Writer of the Month, Best Comedian at Tommy T’s Comedy Club Open Mic Night, and 2nd place winner in 2015 Toastmaster’s Humorous Speech contest.


My book will launch in a few days. I’ll keep you posted when it’s available so you can find out about Stacey’s path to becoming a comedian.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Hada’s Fog

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge – Day 1

Ericka Kind blogger

Erika Kind



Thanks to author Erika Kind from Liechtenstein, I’ve accepted her invitation to the 3 Day 3 Quotes Challenge. Here’s my quote for Day 1 followed by the challenge information for nominees to participate.

“We had the experience but missed the meaning.” by John Steinbeck

I discovered this quote in Anne Ayers Koch’s book, Look Both Ways At the Intersection of Yesterday and tomorrow. 


The rules for the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge:

  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
  • Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own. Don’t forget to acknowledge the source.
  • Nominate three bloggers to challenge them using their blog links.

My nominees:




Stacey Gustafson Gives Graduation Advice

Graduation Advice for My Daughter

Teachers, valedictorians and school administrators spoke at your high school graduation and offered advice like go to college, get a job, work hard, pursue your dreams, and travel. This is great for most graduates but just the tip of the iceberg. Since they did not ask me to speak at commencement, now I Graduation Advice for My Daughter Stacey Gustafsonoffer graduation advice for my daughter. It includes the little stuff that people often forget to mention that makes life meaningful.

Dear Daughter,

Congratulations! Today you have achieved a major milestone, graduation from high school. You’re moving onto a new chapter in your life, one filled with great adventure and the unknown. At times you may be scared and question all that you know as fair and just.

As you begin this new chapter I have graduation advice for you, most of it is common sense. Remember all the times I told you to pay attention and you ignored me? For your sake, I made a list to refresh your memory.

Pick up after yourself

Return things to the place that you found them. When you leave this house, maid service ends. From now on, unless you are staying at a hotel, the crap you put on the ground stays there. Forever. Or until you get around to picking it up. Don’t be the slob roommate in college. Represent yourself in the best light possible. We taught you way better than that. You only have one chance at a first impression.

Treat your siblings with kindness

Your brother is your closest blood relative. You will need him one day. It’s important to maintain a relationship with siblings. That means treat each other with respect and love. When you throw off-handed comments, or insults, it can leave deep wounds. Love one another. When your father and I are older, you will need a shoulder to lean on. I am an only child and wish I had someone to turn to when dealing with my parents, as they grow older.

Be careful of social media

Never put anything on Facebook, Twitter, email or any social media that you wouldn’t want your grandma to read. I know it is easy to get caught up telling the world about your latest achievement, biggest failure, and the type of sandwich you ate for lunch. Keep in mind, the pictures you post now may seem cool, like one of you after too much alcohol or freak dancing, but will come back to haunt you later, I promise. One day you will interview for a job, God willing, and a potential employer may come across that picture. The job you thought was yours will go down the drain. Don’t do anything that can limit your potential.

Keep the laughter

Humor makes difficult times more manageable and great times even better. Surround yourself with people who have a sense of humor. Never be too old to pull a prank or tell a knock-knock joke.

  • The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. — Mark Twain
  • The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. — E E Cummings
  • Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. — Lord Byron
  • Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. — W. H. Auden

Put your hair up in a ponytail

When preparing food keep the locks tied up. People don’t want to eat a hairball. Take it from me, this advice in invaluable.

Use moisturizer with sunscreen on your face everyday

I can attest to the importance of properly treating your skin. Growing up in the 70s, sunscreen came in two types, SPF 2 and baby oil with iodine. Both of these were horrible for you. But as a kid, I didn’t know any better. Around 20, my mother got diagnosed with skin cancer and that was my wake up call. From then on, I avoided the sun with a hat and layers of sunscreen. Learn from my mistake and cover up. Avoid the sun.

Treat others, as you would like to be treated

Never act a snob. Don’t con yourself into believing you are better than someone else. Remember that waitresses at Chili’s? You never know, that could be you.

Make a sincere apology

A bad apology is worse than no apology. Forget about the lame ass apologies like, “I’m sorry you’re mad.” That’s the worst one I’ve ever heard. You’re sorry that they are mad? As if you had no accountability? I learned from Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture, a proper apology has three parts. First, admit that what you did was wrong and say, “I’m sorry.” Then let people know that you feel badly that you hurt them. Next, ask how you can make them feel better. You will keep friends for life this way.

Give your friends and family the attention they deserve

Do not use your cell phone or any other electronic device when others are speaking. Their time is valuable too. You show disrespect when you stick a cell phone in front of your face when others are talking. Who do you think you are to talk to others and texting at the same time? The Kardashians?

Pick the same qualities in a date as you would a future mate

Listen to your gut. If that guy on the dorm floor is always in a bad mood, don’t think that you can change him. Find a guy you can talk to and one that makes you laugh. A sense of humor will conquer many obstacles because life is too short not to be happy. When you think you met the man of your dreams, pick carefully and treat kindly. Take your time. This is one of the most important decisions you will make in your entire life.

Nothing is free in life

Lastly, remember that nothing is free in life but your parent’s love. And never let anyone rain on your parade!

I love you, Mom

Need more advice from mom? Read That Perfect Letter from Grown & Flown http://grownandflown.com/perfect-letter-to-college-kid/

BUY MY BOOK Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives is available on Amazon and ebooks. It’s filled with stories you’ve never read on my blog, like the time I called SWAT on my neighbor or faked a heart attack in church. Hoping to make you laugh one story at a time. Get your copy now!! Click to purchase on Amazon.Need More Laughs?

Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives is available on Amazon and eBooks. It’s filled with stories about crazy families, holiday chaos, school disasters and more. Hoping to make you laugh one story at a time. Get your copy now!! Click to purchase on Amazon.