Can Gold Prevent a Global Economic Collapse? Bestselling Author Michael Ruge Thinks So

We live in a world that is in a constant state of flux. Today, the only reliable constant in our society is change, which occurs at a much quicker pace than it ever has before. With technology evolving faster than ever before it’s no wonder that along with it the way that businesses operate is also changing. Small and large businesses alike are either evolving with the needs of their customers or slowly dying off. Politics around the world are also changing, and as history has shown us time and time again, the repercussions of political change can often have disastrous results on the global economy. 

Finances are most definitely changing. The best investment that one could make only five years ago is no longer a financially sound decision today. Guaranteeing financial security in the future requires a close observation and insight into the world’s economy and its multitude of influencers. 

In Ask About Gold, bestselling author Michael Ruge explains why we need to ask about the one tried and true currency in the face of global economic collapse. This book will take a look at one of the best financial securities in a time of economic instability and uncertainty. Ruge gives readers an outlook in terms of what to expect from the global economy in the coming years based on research by some of the wisest economists in the world, and shares his insight on the future of finances, the economy, and the one asset which is the cornerstone of – gold. 

The economy in countries around the world has revolved around gold for thousands of years. Only in the last few centuries was gold is no longer accepted in every day transactions. What does that mean for our economy, and more importantly, what does that mean for your own financial future? 

In order to ensure financial security today, isn’t it time that you Ask About Gold?

Michael Ruge is also giving away a trip to Vancouver B.C. where two winners will get to pan for real gold with Michael Ruge and his family. Runners up receive a limited edition leather bound copy of Ask About Gold. Get more details on the giveaway here.

Find out more in Ask About Gold by Michael Ruge, available on Amazon here, or visit



Real Life Drug Scandal Inspires Events in A Dead Game


After a highly coordinated, elaborate 20-month investigation conducted by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Customs and South Lake Tahoe police, the undercover operation code-named "Deep Snow" led to the arrest of the drug dealing South Lake Tahoe mayor and his wife along with 17 others involved in their distribution ring, including a South Lake Tahoe chiropractor who was selling kilograms of cocaine to clients as “bottles of vitamins”. The workings of illicit drug trade centered in the resort communities around Lake Tahoe, with money and cocaine being shuttled among suppliers and dealers in Orange County, Palm Springs and San Diego.

These are the events that unfolded one warm, summer day back in ’89. The story is picked up in A Dead Game, a romantic suspense based on the true story of the drug lord mayor of South Lake Tahoe and his elaborate network of drug trafficking and money laundering.   

Mira West’s A Dead Game is based on her first hand experiences while working in a casino during the course of these events. The story unfolds in a captivating tale of romance, suspense, corruption and greed.

Visit Mira West’s website here or get the book on Amazon here

Your Online College Course Survival Guide by Jacqueline Myers

Do you flounder through your online courses? Do you swear you have given up on online education? Do you want to take online college courses, but are scared you will fail so you stay stuck where you are? Jacqueline Myers has the perfect solution for all of the struggling students of the world: Your Online College Course Survival Guide.

Jacqueline Myers nails the top 10 success strategies for distance learning in a way that students can understand and implement immediately. As promised, the book is written for college students of all types by a legitimate online college educator. Students get the core strategies of successful online learning, all in one easy-to-read guide. To make implementation of the strategies even easier, action step checklists have been included at the end of each chapter. Online courses don’t have to be difficult! With this guide on your virtual bookshelf, you can make the grade and be successful in the virtual learning environment.

You can buy Your Online College Course Survival Guide: How to Make the Grade and Learn in The Virtual Classroom here. 

Still think you can wing it through your e-learning? Get a free samples of Jacqueline Myers’ Your Online College Course Survival Guide here before it’s too late!

Jacqueline has taught high school English, English as a Second Language, remedial composition to new college students, information literacy as an academic instructional librarian and college-level composition and literature. She currently teaches exclusively online, and has done so since 2010. She is also a freelance writer & editor, as well as the owner & writing expert at Nitty-Gritty English, a blog dedicated to providing trusted writing tips to the reluctant college writer.

For student who want to added edge in English, Jacqueline Myers is also available for hire as a professional editor and writing coach. Find out more at Nitty-Gritty English here.

How The 3 Reasons Why Book of Knowledge Helps Readers Succeed

The world we live in is constantly in flux with an endless ebb and flow of information, all of which are made up of reasons that are ripe for knowing. As you walk down the crossroad of life, striving endlessly towards knowledge, there will undoubtedly be plenty of noise along the way. It can be easy to get distracted by the noise, but it is the task of every knowledge seeker to do their best to ignore that noise and find 3 simple reasons for everything.

What do we stand to gain by knowing things? Take a look at some of the most successful people throughout history for the answer to that question: Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou, Steven King and the list goes on. They all succeeded at their craft because they were highly knowledgeable in their field, as well as in life.

Knowledge is essential to success. It’s a key component that drives people to succeed because the more knowledgeable an individual is, the more difficult it becomes to sit idly by and not put that knowledge into action. Knowledge often begets action. This is why having an educated community is essential to the improvement of any society. It all starts by picking up a book. Reading is a window into other worlds which allows people to gain essential knowledge, vicarious experience, imagination, creativity and much more.

Introducing The 3 Reasons Why Book of Knowledge, mankind’s greatest weapon in the war against “why?”. The 3 Reasons Why Book of Knowledge informs readers on 365 different topics – or 1095 reasons - within the categories of culture, lifestyle, business, science, technology, the most important people in the world and much, much more. Readers are able to learn something new every day for an entire calendar year by reading one page from The 3 Reasons Why Book of Knowledge.

In addition to the massive Book of Knowledge, the 3RW team has produced eBooks for each category which offers easy-to-consume, bite-sized knowledge, including The 3 Reasons Why Book of Culture, Book of Lifestyle, Book of Money & Business, Book of Science & Tech, and Book of People.

The 3 Reasons Why Book of Knowledge is available for pre-order here and will be available wherever fine books are sold starting February 4. Find out more of the 3 reasons behind life’s biggest and littlest mysteries at the world’s largest source for knowledge,

3 Reasons Why speed typing is an essential skill & how to type faster

This is an article I originally wrote for 3 Reasons Why. To find out more reasons behind life's greatest and smallest mysteries, visit

A much more detailed explanation on speed typing and how to make tons of money by speed typing are discussed in our new book, How To Make Money Writing Full-Time: Establishing Life-Long Skills to Find and Keep Work as a Writer, the first part in my Writing for Writer’s series in which I help other writer’s and authors achieve their goalsNow available for just $2.99 here.


Not unlike speed reading, speed typing is an invaluable tool in any professional writer’s toolbox. This is especially true to those who churn a lot of content, because the faster you type, the more money you will make.

Here are three reasons why speed typing is an essential skill and tips on how you can quickly learn to type faster.

Reason 1: Your time is worth is!

Time is the one resource we have that is finite. If it takes you half an hour to send one email, then that is time that you’ll never get back. For many occupations, the faster you type equivocates to the more money you’ll make. Speed typing is a lifelong skill that will help in every facet of your life, regardless of what you do at your day job. Plus, speed typing is skill which you can continually improve upon your whole life.

Do you need any more reasons to start speed typing?

Reason 2: Get cozy and go to work!

It should go without saying that you work better when you’re more comfortable. The same goes for typing. Make sure you’re sitting up straight, but allow your wrists to rest while your fingers are on the keyboard. Having them in the air inhibits your speed and is just plain uncomfortable.

Additionally, keep both feet on the floor and take breaks when needed. If your fingers or hands start to hurt, take a break! Straining yourself gets you nowhere, but pacing yourself will improve your strength. It takes time, but eventually you’ll need to take fewer rest breaks.

Once you’ve gotten a decent feel for where the keys are laid out, eliminate the habit of looking down while you type. For one thing, it prevents you from visually editing your copy in real-time, meaning more mistakes and more time wasted editing in the end. You’ll also learn the layout of the keys a lot faster since you are not taking any mental shortcuts.

Reason 3: Practice makes perfect!

The worst thing you can do is become complacent. Your typing skill can always get better as long as you’re balancing how fast you type with how correctly you type.

Test your speed routinely and set goals for the WPM you want to reach.

Once you’ve reached it, aim higher! Consider getting some coworkers or friends in on it and see who will reach the farthest. Whatever you decide to do, remember that typing is like any other skill out there: it requires practice, patience and time. Commit to improving it and you’ll get fantastic results.

Here is a great website to test your typing speed for free.

3 Reasons Why speed reading is an essential skill & how to increase your reading speed

This is an article I originally wrote for Find out the reasons for life’s biggest and littlest mysteries at 3 Reasons Why. 

A more detailed explanation on speed reading appears in my new book, How To Make Money Writing Full-Time: Establishing Life-Long Skills to Find and Keep Work as a Writer, the first part in my Writing for Writer’s series in which I help other writer’s and authors achieve their goalsNow available for just $2.99 here.

If you aren’t speed reading, you are cheating yourself out of your own time. This handy skill is especially important in college or any academic setting, but also an imperative skill for all facets of life.

Here are three reasons why speed reading is an essential skill and how you can increase your reading speed.

Reason 1: Quicker Comprehension

At its essence, speed reading is a method of learning information much quicker than traditional methods.

Many speed readers claim to be able to take in over 1,000 words per minute, however, comprehension drops dramatically at that level. The key to speed reading is a balance between eye movement and reading comprehension.

Experienced speed readers constantly adapt their reading speed to match the importance and difficulty of the content. Difficult content requires a slower reading speed, while simple content can be read much more quickly.

Reason 2: Only practice speed reading under the best conditions

In order to get the most out of your speed reading sessions, it’s important to only read when you know you have enough mental energy to do so.

Speed reading inherently requires you to be in a high-energy state. Therefore, like any intense activity, performance can be improved through a proper warm-up. It may sound silly, but try to get your heart rate up a bit by jobbing in place beforehand. When all else fails, there is always coffee or tea.

Standing promotes blood flow, which increases alertness and energy levels. It also engages all your limbs, making it a more engaging activity. Of course, you don’t have to always do this.

You should also optimize reading conditions. Some people prefer the background noise of crowded cafés when they’re reading. Other people prefer total silence. Whatever your preference is, make sure the atmosphere is just right before diving into a speed reading session. The key is to minimize distractions and interruptions.

You can also increase your reading speed by optimizing reading distance and lighting. By increasing the distance between your eyes and the content, you are able to see more words at once. Everyone’s optimal reading distance will be different depending on how near- or far-sighted they are.

Too little lighting will negatively affect your level of energy, making you drowsy. Too much lighting will strain your eyes and make it hard to concentrate. We’re shooting for the Goldilocks effect here.

Reason 3: Different methods of speed reading

The pointer method is a great beginner technique to force your eyes to adapt to a faster reading speed. Grab a pen, chopstick or other thin stick-like object. Trace under the words and let the tip guide your eyes. The pen is just a guide; don’t draw on the book. Trace at a pace that is 10 to 20% faster than your typical reading speed. Continually push yourself by speeding up once you’ve adapted.

The pointer method has three distinct advantages, such as ensuring that you read at or near your current top speed. It also helps you maintain a consistent speed while reducing instances of you losing your place.

Block reading is when you read multiple words in “blocks” of a set width. The width of each block will depend on your ability, but a good starting point would be ~3 words length per block, but with practice, you’ll be able to increase it to 4 or 5 words.

Backtracking is when you go back to re-read something you thought you missed. It seems like common sense to go back and re-read something you missed, but it can actually have a net negative impact on your comprehension.

Multi-tasking that includes any high-function activities inevitably has a negative effect on the main activity. It is possible to multi-task several low-function activities, but not with high-function activities like reading. More on this later.

The slowest readers vocalize every word, that is, they either speak or whisper the words out loud as they read. If you think about it, this tactic means that their reading speed is limited by their speaking speed. The majority of readers don’t read out loud, but they do so as an inner monolog called sub-vocalization.

Preventing yourself from sub-vocalizing is surprisingly simple. All you have to do is vocalize something else to block the speaking path in your brain. At first, you will notice that either your reading speed with drop or your comprehension will drop. However, with consistent practice, you will quickly surpass your previous reading speed limits.

Once you reach a certain point in speed reading, you will naturally begin scanning the words both above and/or below the line you are reading. This will result in non-linear reading, or reading that doesn’t follow the natural order of the words. It’s basically an advanced form of block reading that extends vertically. At first, this will work as a form of previewing, rather than reading words, but with enough practice, you may develop the ability to read multiple lines simultaneously.

As with anything, practice makes perfect! You may be able to only read 400 words per minute at first, however, if you keep using these tools, you’ll be able to read like an all-star in no time.

Staples has a great free speed reading test where you can compare your score to the national average. Take this test at least once a week and continually strive to increase your reading speed. 

3 Reasons Why we get writer’s block and how to overcome it

This is a guest blog originally published to one of the other websites I write for, 3 Reasons Why. Visit to find out more reasons for anything you've ever wondered. 

We all have those moments where words just won’t come easy. The muses are certainly a fickle bunch, however, the sooner you get to know what inspires and motivates you the better off you are in the long run. There are many ways in which you can find inspiration; most of them sound silly, but they work!

Here are three reasons why we get writer’s block and how you can beat it.

Reason 1: You are uninspired or burnt out

If you’re feeling a bit uninspired, try read inspiration quotes. Sooner or later you will find something that resonates with you. Pintrest is great for this, or just use Google images. Save the best ones in a folder on your computer and refer to them during any time you come down with a case of writer’ block.

Word games like Boggle and Scrabble are also great for this and force your mind to think of letters and words in unconventional ways. If you need a quick little inspirational pick-me-up throughout the day, try relaxing with a cup of tea and a crossword puzzle. The results may surprise you.

Reason 2: Get back to the basics

In order to champion writer’s block, you may want to get back to the basics. Listen to your favorite music from back when you were at the peak of your inspiration. Watch an old favorite movie of yours. Read your favorite parts from your favorite book. Get into a long conversation with someone you haven’t talked to in a few years. But remember, it’s important that you don’t linger too long in a nostalgic state of mind, lest you begin to backtrack

Reason 3: Exercise and Meditation

If you’re stuck on a one particular part of a writing endeavor, there are many things you can do to find your muse and jump start your brain. First, it is important to know your mind as well as your body. The best two weapons you can have in your fight against writer’s block are exercise and mediation.

Any amount of exercise which raises your heart rate and makes you sweat will increase blood flow to you brain, reduce cortisol and stress levels, and produce endorphins and other feel-good chemicals in your body which in turn sharpen your mind. Jogging is one of the best writing tools that anyone with a pair of headphones and pair of legs can do.

Although they don’t need to be in succession, a good meditation session following exercise will dramatically improve your focus virtually all day. Meditation can also be a great way to get more insight before beginning a new writing project. And all you need to do is clear your mind and focus on your breathing. If you’re like me, then you have millions of thoughts running through your head every second of every day. By slowing down and taking time to focus on “nothing”, our ability to focus on everything is significantly enhanced.

If you’ve never done meditation before, it is quite literally the easiest thing in the world. Here is a video that explains more.

The great thing about exercise and meditation is that they provide prominent results in your body and mind instantly and you can continue to reap these benefits throughout the day. Unlike caffeine, the intense mental clarity provided by exercise and meditation do not diminish over time.

Go for a jog. Sit and breathe. Write words. Repeat.

Welcome to Words Are Swords Publishing

Thank you for visiting our website. We are excited to launch Words Are Swords as an independent publishing house dedicated to arming readers with knowledge through our deftly detailed non-fiction eBooks on a variety of subjects.

Readers can look forward to 50 new titles from Words Are Swords in 2016.