Awesome Indie Book Roundup (3/29/14)

Who doesn’t love free books! Goes with my Friday Free Top Ten EBook lists!

Tech Tuesday: Square Register

Square Register mobile point-of-sale system.

Unless you’ve been under a rock the past few days, you know I’ve just signed on with Square Register to sell my Ultimate Simple Healthy Fresh Cookbook (and maybe Flavored Peppers) in addition to the paypal link on this website.  Now, when I’m out and about I can accept credit card payments on-the-go!  Now on Square Market:

Take payments

Swipe or key in all major credit cards. Record cash, gift cards, and other forms of tender.

Customize your Register

Organize your products or services for faster checkout and easy reporting.

Track your sales

View your complete sales history from the app.

Delight your customers

Customers sign and tip right on your device, and can choose to receive an email, text message, or printed receipt.


Card-processing systems adhere to the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).

Stopping fraud before it happens

We stop fraud via live monitoring programs that analyze transactions as they’re happening. This is known as risk visualization. The approach helps us detect and investigate suspicious activity before a fraudulent charge takes place. This method is not only a pioneering way for us to protect merchants, but it’s also a better way to build an automated system to detect criminals that will scale as our business grows.


Cookbook Promotion Giveaway!


In honor of publishing my cookbook, Ultimate Simple Heathy Fresh Cookbook, I’m hosting a giveaway!

While I’m not requiring purchase with entry,  I would at least hope you look at the cookbook’s page on the website (listed 4th under the ‘simple healthy fresh’ menu on left side of the page).

The prizes are 1st: My cookbook; 2nd: YakPak Spring Tote (pink vinyl type with owls); 3rd: yakpak iphone  cover.

To Enter, put email address in comments, you can say what your favorite low-carb, low-salt recipe is as well, if you feel so inclined. The contest will be open for one month, until March 10th, and limited to North America.  One entry per person for contest, winner chosen by random number generator attached to comment with email address.

If there are no entries by the end of the contest, March 10th, the items will be donated to a local Women’s Shelter.

Enjoy & Healthy Eating!

Travel Mini Espresso Maker

travel espresso maker

Hello fellow coffee lovers, bought a mini stovetop espresso maker (not a gsi) from a second hand store. It holds 4 ounces water, flared bottom, straight sides and a the lid unscrews with a filter inside and a spigot shooting up about three inches with a hook where the coffee shoots out. There is room on top for a small espresso cup and it isn’t lipped like a GSI. The filter doesn’t remove from the lid and I’m wondering how it works. Any ideas?

opene espresso maker

 I’m unable to find the maker online and was wondering if anyone out there does know what kind it was and what type of filter it needed?

Monday Review: Taptu


Product Description Taptu – instant access to all your interests in one beautiful little app. Add your favorite web sites, blogs and social networks and see Taptu transform them into gorgeous visual article streams.

Browse Taptu’s custom streams on a huge variety of localized topics from News, Sports, Tech & Gadgets to Wellness, Recipes or Entertainment.

Mix & merge topical and your own streams in the StreamStudio or pep them up with more content using Taptu Magic.

Sync your streams, bookmarks and other data between mobile devices and tablets with our user accounts. Simply log in to Taptu with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google.

Share news or streams you like with friends via Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, email.

Save articles to view them later using Instapaper, Pocket or Taptu’s bookmarks.

My Take:

I’ve tried a few of the news aggregate apps, such as Currents, Pulse and Taptu.  The top winner, in my humble opinion, is Taptu.  Pulse became too bloated and difficult to use, find news, entertainment, used up too much resources on my computer.  Currents is a good app, that has many magazines to choose from but has a tricky user interface, clicking and sliding back and forth giving you ample opportunity to mis-click or mis-touch the magazine.  It’s widget forces you to choose one magazine to have on the widget then opens the entire app, when sometimes you just want the highlights of the news.

Taptu, on the other hand, has a great widget that shows all the highlights of the news, not just one channel, more like a newspaper than magazine app or widget. The app itself shows all the top news stories under each topic, such as world news, home, entertainment and so on.

I would give Taptu 5 stars.

Sorry no Tech Tuesday post

Spent the day at the dr’s ofc and hospital. Turns out I contracted a lung infection but dr doesnt’ know if it was a virus or bacteria neither if it was bronchitis nor pneumonia. Prescribed cough medicine and some antibiotics as well as an inhaler. Still feeling crappy, still can’t sleep, still can’t breathe and still coughing. So no blog post today and may not blog tomorrow.