The Tax Man Cometh

The Good Freedom

DEBT FREE, “In Jesus’ Name!”

by Min. Marc K. Vines

Now in Print! Check out the new cover and order yours today. The tax man cometh!

Book Review (originally posted September 2011)

Using the 500+ financial references in the Bible and his own life examples, Marc K. Vines explains the signs and mistakes that will lead you to debt. Once you know how you got into debt in the first place, you’re less likely to make those bad choices again. With 25 years in the lending business and having been a landlord, Marc has more than a good idea on how finances play an important role in our lives. The author isn’t just saying “do this” and “don’t do that” based on research alone. He has actually walked the walk. He tells how he was once on top of the house-flipping game, to how he fell to the bottom of the title pawn hole, and his on-going trek out of debt with the Lord’s help. Stress in our finances can take a toll on our spiritual, physical and emotional well-being. The Good Freedom, DEBT FREE in Jesus’ Name shows a spiritual way to look at money, credit and how God wants us to live in wealth. And surprising to most, it starts with tithing. For whoever reads this book, I’m sure they will learn at least one thing they didn’t know that could save them thousands of dollars and keep them out of “financial slavery.” Yes, that’s what the author says debt is, “financial slavery.” This book is a candid look at the poor money management skills we have been given and are passing down to our children and how the basic guidelines for financial wealth, lending and borrowing haven’t changed much since they were written in the Bible long ago. It’s a quick, conversational read that opened my eyes to a lot of things I didn’t know about finances, our country and how God is always at the center of it all. The Good Freedom is a great read and I recommend taking a look at it.

Available in print from Infinity Publishing

Also available in ebook on Amazon Kindle
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The Other Slipper: Book Review

May contain spoilers, but not details.
The Other Slipper by Kenechi Udogu

The story begins with the preparations for the great ball where (Cinder)Ella will meet her prince and live happily ever after. However, this story is not about her. It is about Jo, and to a certain extent, her brother Ron. When Jo stumbles across a pumpkin and glass slipper and takes them home, she alters her destiny. When the slipper starts to hum for its mate, Jo is forced to accept the rumor about Ella and an enchanted slipper. Hoping she can just return the slipper and go back to normal, she seeks out Ella who is now living in the palace. However, Ella’s godmother Arla tells Jo that she must now return the pair to their rightful owner, the Lady of Ould. Jo can no longer doubt the existence of magic as everyone has heard of the great and powerful Lady of Ould. So in the company of her protective older brother Ron, Jo begins a journey that reveals truths about her family origins that expand her small world and leaves no doubt that magic does exist.
I was hooked right away. The author presents a good description of Jo as the too-tall awkward teenaged girl. The reader is immediately endeared to her. Although Jo can be frustratingly stubborn at times, her stubbornness does push the story forward. The story is an easy and quick read that keeps you interested. In one scene, Jo and Ron meet a stranger named Locke who offers to accompany them on their journey as protection when they are attacked by someone trying to take the slippers. When Locke reveals who he really is, the passage only explains the symbol he shows them and then the chapter ends. The reader doesn’t find out what this all means until several pages later, and by then new surprises spring up to keep you reading.
Some of the explanations of characters’ history are a little confusing. Others are long and seem a bit awkward for characters to be narrating them. I would have liked a little more “he said” or “Jo said” because in places it took longer to figure out who was speaking until the end of a long passage of dialog. There are grammar issues but not too distracting.
The description and consistency of prose really involves the reader. Jo’s character is really perceptive on facial expressions, letting the reader “see” the reactions of other characters. Also, the humming of the slippers does not end when they are reunited and at first the constant reminder of this fact annoys, which is exactly what it’s doing to Jo throughout the book until it just becomes background noise, again like Jo’s experience. Great device to bring the reader in.
The ending, although neatly tied up left me desiring a bit more from Jo and the antagonist. There does seem to be room for a sequel. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars, or 7 out of 10. Good reading for those who like fairy tale spinoffs. But don’t be confused, this is an original story and not a retelling.

Available on Smashwords and Amazon

Review can be seen on SmashwordsAmazon and Goodreads

Freedom of Speech vs PayPal: Winner?

PayPal has backed down! See their blog post here. They have better defined their policy and shifted focus to individual e-books instead of “classes” of e-books. This is due to the letters, emails, phone calls, blogs, tweets, etc. from Indie authors and support from the following advocacy groups: Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). Thank you for all the support from writers and readers and friends of readers and writers. Thank you to Smashwords for sticking up for its authors!

Yeah, we still need disinfectant spray for most of television, radio and the internet, but that’s my job to keep my household “clean”. Free speech is protected and I’m relieved that PayPal is taking the time to specify instead of just grouping certain e-books into a box and labeling them off limits.

Now go, and freely download Three Weeks in May for FREE! And enjoy that freedom.

Happy reading everyone!