Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book Feature: The Berkshire Jack Russells by Eileen Chatwin - Win a $25 Gift Card



Inside the Book:


Title: The Berkshire Jack Russells 
Author: Eileen Chatwin 
Publisher: Authorhouse 
Pages: 108 
Genre: Memoir 
Format: Ebook

This is a true story about two Jack Russell's who lived in Berskhire with my me and my children. They truly had a wonderful life and I think you should read about them, what they got up to and they places they visited. When you hear other people saying it's a dogs life, they mean that they think that dogs have an easy life. Well that is not true as they are always guarding their owners as well as trying to enjoy themselves. They also met some interesting animals during their travels so why not read about them.
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Meet the Author:

Having been the owner and lived with these two Jack Russells, Gabby and Boni, all their lives, l thought there was a story to be told about them as they were the most loyal and fun loving dogs you could wish to have owned. They were mother and daughter, as we had two litters of puppies, but we did not keep any from the second litter as we thought two dogs were enough in a house. We took them everywhere we travelled both in England and abroad, and wherever we lived they were constantly on guard for our personal safety whether that be out walking on a lead or in bed when they were guarding the house. When they died, almost within a year of each other, we realized what a difference they had made in our lives as a family. They were missed almost every day, you had got so used to them bouding around the house. My grown up daughter's have families of their own now and are going to have some Jack Russells very soon of their own for their children. My late husband would love to have known that a book had been written about our two dogs as he thought they were great. Gabby was born in June 1976 and died in September 1992 and Boni was born in May 1978 and died in October 1993. I live in the County of Berkshire in England where there are a lot of Stud Farms that breed Jack Russells so you see a lot of them around. I do creative writing as a hobby now that I am retired and thought how delighted my late husband and of course my own children would be if I wrote about the dogs we had. I am a widow and live on my own but have plenty of good memories to keep me going. My grandchiildren are always asking for stories about the dogs that their mum's had and of course I always oblige. Happy Days.

Giveaway

Eileen is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins February 15 and ends on February 26.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on February 27.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Book Blast: The Humanist Society by Joseph Sassoon - Win a $25 Gift Card


Inside the Book:


Title: The Humanist Society Book Blast 
Author: Joseph Sassoon 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Pages: 174 
Genre: Social Science 
Format: Ebook

What accounts for the rise and fall of so many civilizations—especially when some of them held more political power than their rivals? Author Joseph Sassoon tackles this question and many others in this, his second volume on self-actualization. As a missionary for humanism, he explores the social conditions that are necessary for the greatest number of people to achieve self-actualization.

In presenting his theories, he reviews the work of major thinkers, including Kurt Goldstein and his landmark book, Human Nature in the Light of Psychopathology; Charles Darwin; Buddha; and many others.

Sassoon explores the answers to key questions:
• What is society’s role in helping individuals move toward self-actualization?
• What benefits would society enjoy if more people achieved their potential?
• What are the main characteristics of a humanist code?
• What can we do to promote humanist values?

A third volume in this series will establish the conditions required to bring about a world federalism based on humanism. In a changing world with competing ideologies, it is more important than ever to establish the importance of humanist values. In this study, Sassoon describes a step-by-step social arrangement leading to self-actualization for the greatest number of people in society.
ORDER INFORMATION
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Meet the Author:

Joseph Sassoon is married with two children and two grandchildren. He is also the author of Self Actualization: Theory and Technology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Long Island University in New York and is a retired real estate developer. The Humanist Society is the second book in a trilogy on self-actualization.

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins February 15 and ends on February 26.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on February 27.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book Feature: Pickles by Raymond Mendoza

Inside the Book

Title: Pickles Author: Raymond Mendoza Publisher: iUniverse Genre: General Fiction Format: Ebook
 The most deadly of enemies are often those we cannot see. The greatest battles are not the ones written on the scrolls of history but plague the battlefields of our hearts. We all encounter grief, pain, and loss. Sadly, many do not survive their struggle. In author Raymond Mendoza’s Pickles, Michael Harvey is lost in a stormy sea of hopelessness. He is trying to find himself again after his wife and their unborn child are killed by a drunk driver. Grief holds him captive as he tries to continue maintaining his art gallery with his father after the devastating loss. However, as Michael begins to realize, there are things that are solely constructed by His hand. As Michael struggles with the unseen battle, signs begin to appear through a newly discovered journal. While it seems like there is no hope for a man who is like a lost ship at sea, the glow from the lighthouse seemingly guides him back to the shores of loving again. And sometimes it comes from unexpected sources, like a dog named Pickles. Pickles is an emotional journey that portrays the power of true love as it is lost and then found once more. No matter how bad things may seem, through God’s power and love, one can be restored.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Guest Post from Nick A. Shepherd, author of Reflective Leaders and High-Performance Organizations

Inside the Book

Reflective LeadersTitle: Reflective Leaders and High-Performance Organizations
Author: Nick A. Shepherd and Peter J. Smyth
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Business and Economics
Format: Ebook/Paperback

An organization operating in the twenty-first century is different from one that operated during the Industrial Revolution. Today’s focus is on optimizing human potential; people are the enablers of most aspects of intangible value. People develop relationships with suppliers, customers, distributors, and other third parties through which work is executed. In Reflective Leaders and High-Performance Organizations, authors Nick Shepherd and Peter Smyth take an integrated view of organizational performance that blends a focus on both outcomes and relationships. Reflective Leaders and High-Performance Organizations suggests a framework for developing and applying an improved approach to organizational leadership and management. In addition to philosophy and conceptual approaches, it presents tested practical tools and direction. It also delivers case studies of organizations that have applied Shepherd’s and Smyth’s ideas and realized measurable improvements in the day-to-day activities of the organization, along with measurably improved outcomes from the organizational activity. Using over twenty years of practical consulting experience as well as careers in management, Shepherd and Smyth demonstrate how effective leaders can maintain a focus on organizational tasks and outcomes and do this while building and enhancing human relationships.
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Guest Post

“My boss is such a moron – she only occasionally listens to what I have to say and even then seems to ignore my ideas.” Sound familiar? While we may not have uttered the words directly it is quite possible that we may have heard it from others. How true is it? The reality is that many people get promoted into leadership positions – not on their ability to lead but on their ability to get the job done. Yet once in a leadership position they often come to realize that they rise or fall based not on their own efforts but on the work of others; the result can be that they constantly hound their staff for results – thinking that is their job. Yet this creates dissention, unhappiness and an overall loss of morale. What do effective managers do? In our book “Reflective Leaders and High-Performance Organizations” we share ideas developed over 25 years of working with individuals and groups. We describe how effective leaders must start by understanding their own personality and behavior and how this seen by others. Many of us see ourselves in a different way than others see us - and are surprised when we receive feedback that fails to match our own perceptions of ourselves. What “I think about myself” in my reality but unfortunately it may not be the reality of others! Effective leaders learn to “look in the mirror” so as to start understanding how they are seen by others and how that determines how others respond to them. So to be an effective leader starts with the willingness to: a. Have an open mind about opportunity for personal improvement; b. Be willing to receive feedback from others in a “non-defensive” way, and c. Be willing to take the feedback, learn from it and seek ways to improve. People who are placed in leadership positions hold both the success of a department or an organization in their hands. It is almost a “sacred trust.” They have the potential to grow and develop other people in a way that maximizes their potential and brings the greatest benefit individually and organizationally. This is a critically important opportunity – there are no successful organizations only successful people – and successful people are encouraged and developed by effective leaders.

Meet the Author

Nick A. Shepherd has more than forty years of business experience. Since 1989, he has owned the management-consulting and professional-development company, EduVision Inc., which provides management-consulting and development services to public and private sector organizations. Peter J. Smyth has over thirty-five years of experience in the fields of adult education and organizational consultation, counseling, psychology, social work, and mental health. He holds numerous qualifications in the areas of teamwork, leadership, coaching, emotional intelligence, and personal and organizational assessment. Shepherd and Smyth have worked together for over twenty-five years facilitating workshops and helping clients enhance their teams and leadership capabilities.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Secret Life of Goblins by Mike Phillips, author of Hazard of Shadows

Inside the Book:

Title: Hazard of Shadows
Author:Mike Phillips
Publisher: Caliburn Press
Pages: 280
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ecopy/Paperback

The enchanted creatures of legend still exist, taking refuge from an age of camera phones and government labs in a secret place called the World Below. After leading a revolution against Baron Finkbeiner, the despotic ruler of the World Below, Mitch Hardy has taken the throne. Unknown to him, ancient powers are at work. The Lords of Faerie seek to revenge the death of Baron Finkbeiner and recover the mysterious Blade of Caro. Soon Mitch is fighting for his life against hellish monsters, the likes of which he never imagined.
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The Secret Life of Goblins                                                                            

Thank you for joining me for this guest post. My name is Mike Phillips and my new book is Hazard of Shadows, the sequel to The World Below. For those of you who aren’t familiar with my work, especially the Goblin King Series, it might seem strange to have what is traditionally thought of as monsters to be the heroes of my books. After all, goblins have always been viewed as the most evil and despicable of creatures in myth and folklore. I thought it would be interesting to turn things around and see what developed. The result was this wondrous and crazy urban fantasy series. So for this post, it’s the secret life of goblins.

Throughout history, goblins are portrayed as wicked creatures, not as powerful and evil as demons, but certainly no one you want to meet in a dark alley. They are usually looked upon as the worst of the monsters that hide under the bed or go bump in the night. They are blamed for everything from the breakdown of machinery to the disappearance of small children. Goblins make mischief and mayhem wherever they go. With all that to work with, creating a world where these rotten creatures are the heroes was an interesting process.

First of all, I had to come up with some kind of moral code. If goblins are nothing more than bloodthirsty animals, they aren’t going to make many friends. So, I went for tough, sometimes even brutal, but misunderstood. They might do bad things, but often they do it for the right reasons. Think of a very short version of Robin Hood and you won’t be far from my thinking. Goblins are loyal to their friends, even if what their friends are doing is wrong. They lead tough lives, so they realize that if they help someone out in the present, they might need the same support sometime in the future. Goblins never leave a friend in trouble.

The goblin social structure is loose, due mostly to the fact that goblins are never safe in a world where they have such bad reputations. They are often organized into crews. This involves associations for protection, but more importantly, personal gain. Once part of a crew, a goblin commits his or her life to the success of the group ventures, but once completed, is free to move on. They do, however, tend to stick with the same crew, even if they don’t get along particularly well with the others. Changes in status and position within a crew are common. All goblins fancy themselves the leader of their crew, which often causes arguments, but these disagreements are generally nothing a good, old fashioned knock-down drag-out fight can’t solve.

The goblins in my stories are a little taller than knee high. They are lithe and well-muscled but not bulky. They are more like gymnasts than football players. The goblins look like oversized toads with long noses and floppy ears –so they’re kind of cute in an ugly sort of way. Living on the fringes of human society, they have taken up the habit of clothes, often dressing in light clothing with lots of pockets to hide things of value. In public, they often take the guise of stray cats, an illusion that allows them access to all of human society with little interference.

Goblins have many talents. Much like their human counterparts, they often focus on one area of expertise. One might be a good fighter or especially adept at food court dumpster diving, where another might be really good at breaking into liquor stores. All goblins have a good amount of magic, especially illusion and concealment, but only a few serve as the storehouse for the ancient goblin wisdom. Pranking and theft are considered the most honored of goblin talents, honed to perfection over many lifetimes of humans.

Writing about goblins was a lot fun. They make colorful characters. I look forward to future books, number three is already in the works, and developing my goblin heroes even more. Thank you for joining me on this guest post. I hope you check out Hazard of Shadows and the first book in the Goblin King Series, The World Below. You can always catch up with me at on the web at www.mikephillipsfantasy.com. Take care, MP



Meet the Author

Mike Phillips grew up on a small farm in West Michigan, living much the way people did at the turn of the century. Whether it was growing fruits and vegetables or raising livestock, Mike learned the value of hard work and responsibility at a young age.

While his friends spent their summers watching reruns of bad sitcoms, Mike’s father gave him a very special gift. He turned off the television. With what was affectionately referred to as “the idiot box” no longer a distraction, Mike was left to discover the fantastic worlds that only exist in books. When not tending sheep, gardening, building furniture, chopping wood, or just goofing off, Mike spent his time reading.

With all that hard work at home, Mike was always eager to go to school. He excelled as a student and went on to pursue a career in the sciences. Working as a Safety Engineer in the Insurance Industry, Mike soon became bored with the corporate grind. Writing engaged him like nothing else. After a few novels and numerous short stories, he thought getting published would be a pretty neat idea. And so, here it goes…
   

Friday, February 12, 2016

Book Feature: Forget Me Not, Lost and Found Love, Borrowing Trouble and Bringing Delaney Home

 

Inside the Book:

Title: Forget Me Not
Author: Crystal B. Bright
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook
Roses are red, violets are blue. Only one woman could make NFL star Gideon Wells walk away from the Super Bowl: His Mama, “Queen” Elizabeth, the beautiful, strong black woman who adopted him and his two white brothers when they were just kids. So when Elizabeth develops a pressing health issue, Gideon doesn’t hesitate to come home and run the flower shop she loves almost as much as her boys. But there’s an unexpected complication in Queen Elizabeth’s shop: and that complication looks really good in a gardener’s apron and pruning gloves. This mama’s boy has a naughty side too. Janelle Gold has always thought of herself as a geek, more into books than sports, preferring brains over brawn. So a gorgeous jock like Gideon Wells is not exactly the type she usually goes for. But there’s something about the hot quarterback that makes Janelle think sometimes opposites do attract, and it’s not just his dedication to his family, or the fact that he can hold his own in the flower shop. There’s just something irresistible about a man who stops to smell the roses.
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Meet the Author:

Crystal Bright graduated with a B.A. from Old Dominion University with a major in Creative Writing, a minor in Communications, and an emphasis on Public Relations. She earned her M.A. from Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Chesapeake Romance Writers. For more information about Crystal and her writing, please visit her website at CrystalBrightWriter.com. Follow her on twitter: twitter.com/CrystalBBright..  
 

Inside the Book:

Title: Lost & Found Love
Author: Laura Browning
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook
Welcome to Mountain Meadow, Virginia, where homecomings lead to happily ever after… Tabitha MacVie has come to Mountain Meadow to meet the sister she never knew, and find the family she longs for. What she discovers is a close-knit community determined to close ranks against the new art teacher, especially once she catches the eye of the town’s most eligible bachelor. Tabby tries hard to keep Joe Taylor at a distance. But staying away from the handsome preacher isn’t easy once he opens his arms to her…. Tabby is the answer to Joe’s prayers. Too bad the spirited beauty believes she doesn’t belong in Mountain Meadow—or with him. Still, Joe can’t resist offering her shelter against the local gossips, or giving her a strong shoulder to lean on when her family hopes are dashed. And when Tabby’s life is suddenly on the line, Joe will do anything to save the woman who stole his heart.    photo addtogoodreadssmall_zpsa2a6cf28.png photo B6096376-6C81-4465-8935-CE890C777EB9-1855-000001A1E900B890_zps5affbed6.jpgB&N292865-apple-ibooks-logo

Meet the Author:

After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, I worked for more than two decades in television news, both on camera and behind the scenes. It's a fascinating, exciting business. However, I've always loved making up my own stories rather than reporting the stories of others. So, I changed gears and began teaching English. The altered pace allowed me to ramp up my love of writing fiction. When I'm not writing or teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, baking, photography and the menagerie of animals that help us call North Carolina home.

Inside the Book:

Title: Borrowing Trouble
Author: Stacy Finz
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook
In the beautiful mountain town of Nugget, California, staying out of the limelight is easy, but staying out of love is a bit more challenging… Back in Los Angeles, Sloane McBride was a great police detective, but after she uncovered corruption on her own squad, the job became nearly impossible. In the bucolic hills of Nugget, she can start to imagine a life after all that, where she keeps her head down, does her work, and doesn’t bother anyone. But her delicious next door neighbor isn’t going to make it easy to keep to herself… Brady Benson’s wildest dreams came true in LA—but they were paired with a living nightmare. As executive chef of a searing-hot restaurant, he was lauded, adored… and then found himself caught in the sights of a lovelorn stalker. Now, laying low in Nugget, he finds his own heart ensnared by the beautiful new cop with her own reasons to start over. Neither Sloane nor Brady came to town looking for love, but it seems to have found them. Trouble is, so have their pasts. And they’ll have to stop hiding from both if they hope to come out the other side together… Praise For Stacy Finz “Finz is a unique new voice. Nugget, California is a charming small town filled with inventive characters and sweet romance." --Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author of the Lucky Harbor Series "Tender and touching, Stacy Finz writes romance with heart." --Marina Adair, #1 National bestselling author of Summer in Napa
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Meet the Author:

Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writingfiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.
   

Inside the Book:

Title: Bringing Delaney Home
Author: Lee Kilraine
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ebook
In the sleepy town of Climax, North Carolina, all five Cates brothers are known for being tall, dark, and delicious. But each has his own incomparable love story . . . Quinn Cates has known Delaney Lyons forever. But after years away from home, Delaney’s a changed woman. A mysterious accident she refuses to talk about has left her hurting—in body and soul—and acting out in dangerous, and occasionally entertaining, ways. Quinn’s on the local police force, so he’s used to dealing with troublemakers. This one’s pretty incorrigible—but he suspects her flippant exterior is hiding something softer and deeper inside. Every time he has to rescue Delaney from herself, his heart and his hormones both go into overdrive. But he owes it to Delaney’s sister to keep an eye on her. He’s got some experience with that after spending so much time at it back in high school . . . Delaney just wants to fend off the gossips, fight off the pain of her past, and make her escape once again. But Officer Cates is ordering her not to leave town, and his interrogation techniques can be very persuasive . . .  
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Meet the Author:

Lee Kilraine lives in the pine woods of North Carolina. When she isn’t typing away on her computer with her golden retriever, Harley, destroying something at her feet, she’s probably sitting on her front porch swing coffee drinking, puppy watching, plot wrangling, book reading, rain listening, storm watching or firefly gazing. It’s also a great spot to catch up with one of the kids or share a glass of wine with the Alpha-dude. Lee is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist. She loves writing and reading stories with a HEA and if they make her laugh…well, that’s perfect.
 
 

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