Saturday, October 13, 2018

Book Spotlight for Joy to you and me by Amy Thornton



Book Details:



Book Title: Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton

Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 179 pages

Genre: Self-help, Business

Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC

Release date: June 5, 2018

Tour dates: Oct 1 to 19, 2018

Content Rating: PG (This book is for ages 16+, so there is the occasional "damn", "hell", and "ass" thrown in as far as language, but nothing worse than that.)



Book Description:



Are you one of the 48% of employees worldwide who doesn't like their jobs? Do you feel constantly stressed at the office? Or maybe you're just feeling "blah" about your job and want to bring some life back into your workplace. If you talk to anyone about their careers or jobs these days, most of the time you won't hear positive stories or excitement. You'll probably hear words like "busy", "stressed", "exhausting", and "mind-numbing." And with the good old 40-hour workweek becoming a distant memory for many of us, this reality is just plain sad.



Joy to You and Me (At Work!) helps turn these situations around by giving the reader easy tips they can implement quickly to start making a positive difference in the workplace. Being joyful isn't just a "fluffy-cutesy-nice" thing to do each day - it actually increases productivity and is good for any company or organization. The book helps anyone learn how to:



- Be a more joyful person

- Bring joy to co-workers

- Bring joy to customers

- Bring joy to networking



This fun, easy-to-read guide shows people of all ages and personalities how to make a difference immediately to make not only themselves happier, but to spread that happiness throughout the workplace - and beyond!



By sharing stories from the author's 25+ years of making a joyful difference in the workplace and examples from truly kick-ass companies, Joy to You and Me (At Work!) is a life-changing, fun read for anyone who wants to improve their work life.



Buy the Book:




Meet the Author:





Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been bringing joy to her workplaces for over 25 years thanks to her innate enthusiasm. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant professional for 17 years, is a former columnist for the Noblesville Daily Times, and is a current board member of Noblesville Main Street.





Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

G1044 The Wisdom of listening; pieces of gold from a decade of interviewing and life

Title of the book: The Wisdom of listening; pieces of gold from a decade of interviewing and life

Author: Marilyn R Wilson

Publisher: Real Lives Press

Publishing Date: 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9953147-2-6

Summary:

The next time you're out in public, take a moment to look around you. Each and every person you see holds wisdom in their pockets--pieces of gold they've accumulated as they walked their own unique life journey.

Within these pages, Marilyn shares some of the many pieces of gold she has received over her decade-long career. They have been offered to her during interviews, through random encounters and while facing difficult challenges. The most important? We are each unique and exactly who we are meant to be.

Are you ready to dig for gold? All you need to do is be brave, be present in the moment and be open to the possibilities--then start a conversation.


Author Info:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Buy the Book:
Amazon ~ Amazon.ca ~ Barnes and Noble
Add to Goodreads
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Meet the Author:

Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer, published author and speaker with a passion for interviewing. Her career as a writer began in an unusual way: by answering a Craigslist ad from a NYC magazine. The world shifted when she conducted her first interview—she had found her passion.

Since 2006, she has interviewed over a hundred and fifty people from around the globe, co-owned a local magazine, wrote freelance for others, worked as an editor, published two books and provided author support for her publisher. Her goal as an author -- to give wings to the stories of others and to pay forward some of the many "pieces of gold" received during interviews - bits of wisdom that have changed her life. ​

Connect with Marilyn: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
Personal Opinion:

I LOVED reading this book! Really loved it. Its very inspirational and the author is very open with her vulnerabilities and issues she has had, but she didn't let them stop her from thriving and being the best she could be. A lot of the values she wrote about were the ones I tend to agree with, and I applaud her using the environmental conscientious effort in trying to stem the mass consumerism of the culture.This book came at the right time for me in my life. Also, a very gorgeous and beautiful cover.

This is for iRead Book Tours

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

Sept 24 - FLY HIGH! - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 24 - This and That Book Blog - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 25 - #redhead.with.book - review / giveaway
Sept 26 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / guest post / giveaway
Sept 27 - Read and Review - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 28 - Truly Trendy - review / author interview
Oct 1 - Writers and Authors - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2 - Library of Clean Reads - review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 3 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 4 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
Oct 5 - The Autistic Gamer - review / giveaway
Oct 8 - From Isi - review
Oct 9 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Oct 10 - Jorie Loves A Story - guest post
Oct 10 - To read is a great adventure - review / author interview
Oct 11 - Paulette's Papers - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 - Jessica Cassidy - review / giveaway
Oct 12 - One Frugal Girl - review / giveaway
Oct 12 - Jorie Loves A Story - review
TBD - Live To Read ~Krystal - review / guest post / giveaway

5 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

G1038 Book Review of Death Logs out by E.J. Simon

Name of Book: Death Logs Out

Author: E.J Simon

ISBN: 9781980730318

Publisher: Endeavour Media

Part of a Series: Michael Nichols

Type of book: Humanity, brotherhood, intelligence, artificial intelligence, secrets, pope, the vatican,  murders

Year it was published: 2018

Summary:

Is Alex Nicholas really dead?

Two years since the brutal shooting of Alex Nicholas, a gambling underworld boss in Queens, NYC. But his brother, Michael, a respected CEO, struggles with a secret: his murdered brother has been communicating with him via his laptop using AI. This AI-Alex can foresee dangers in Michael’s path, and appears to be trying to help him – even controlling machinery and electronics via WiFi. Meanwhile, trouble is stirring in the historic capital cities of Rome, Berlin and Paris. Inside the Vatican, Monsignor Kurt Schlegelberger has designs to build his power and prepare for the sudden ascension of the Free Forces Party, a throw-back to the Nazis.

Schlegelberger will stop at nothing, but first he must deal with a new threat: someone appears to know the true story behind a series of murders in the US, committed by clergy to cover their tracks of child abuse within the Church. Alex’s re-appearance puts Schlegelberger’s plans in jeopardy. Dead or alive, the way to finish off Alex for good can only be to get to his close family, namely his brother Michael…

This fast-paced third instalment of E.J. Simon’s Death series will keep readers guessing to the very end.

Characters:

Main characters include Michael, younger brother of Alex who took over Alex's business when Alex has died. Michael is resourceful and intelligent. There is also Alex who seems to be evolving as the story goes on and is also resourceful, intelligent and fun loving. Of course, he also loves messing with people, and thrives on attention. There are other characters such as Sindy Steele, the killer nurse and the evil guys in form of Vatican, but they aren't as developed.

Theme:

What is humanity

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from a lot of characters' points of view such as Michael, his brother Alex, then their paramours. I feel that points of view tended to jump a lot and it was difficult for me to understand who is talking and who isn't. It's also action-paced and there doesn't seem to be a lot of character development,. although its a different story with Alex. I also feel that the author really wrestled with the question of what makes humans humans and whether or not machines or artificial intelligence can achieve that level.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Meet the Author:

E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website: www.ejsimon.com.

Connect with E.J.: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram
Buy the Book:
Amazon
Add to Goodreads
Opinion:

To be honest, I have read the prequels for the book years and years ago, which in hindsight is not good because I didn't enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed the prequels, and which does answer the question that its obviously not a stand-alone novel and that previous books are a must-read, and that all three must be read in a few sittings as possible. The story is very quick paced and somehow I couldn't really catch up to the level I felt that I needed when I read the book. Its definitely interesting and does have potential, but I feel that it should have been developed more to help the readers who are not familiar with the characters or past events become more familiar.

This is for iRead Book Tours

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

Aug 20 - TFaulc Book Reviews - book spotlight / guest post
Aug 21 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Aug 22 - The Book Drealms - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 - Jane Reads - review of Death Logs Out / guest post / giveaway
Aug 24 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 24 - meirem_in_booksland - review of Death Never Sleeps
Aug 27 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 28 - Two Points of Interest - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Aug 29 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Aug 30 - Truly Trendy - review of Death Never Sleeps
Aug 31 - The Nerdy World Blog - review of Death Never Sleeps / author interview
Sept 4 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Sept 5 - Two Points of Interest - review of Death Logs In / giveaway
Sept 6 - Truly Trendy - review of Death Logs In
Sept 7 - Books for Books - review of Death Never Sleeps
Sept 11 - Two Points of Interest - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 12 - Books for Books - review of Death Logs In
Sept 13 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Death Log In / giveaway
Sept 14 - meirem_in_booksland - review of Death Logs In
Sept 17 - Truly Trendy - review of Death Logs Out
Sept 17 - Writers N Authors - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Sept 18 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Sept 19 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Death Logs In / giveaway
Sept 20 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 21 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 24 - It’s My Life - review of Death Never Sleeps
Sept 25 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Death Logs In / giveaway
Sept 25 - Writers N Authors - review of Death Logs In / giveaway
Sept 26 - Readers Muse - review of Death Never Sleeps / guest post
Sept 26 - Writers N Authors - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 27 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 28 - Books for Books - review of Death ​Logs Out
Oct 1 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Oct 2 - Celticlady's Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 3 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Oct 4 - Readers Muse - review of Death Logs In
Oct 8 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Death Logs Out
Oct 9 - The Booksnake Etc.- review of Death Logs Out
Oct 10 - The Nerdy World Blog - review of Death Logs Out
Oct 10 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Oct 11 - meirem_in_booksland - review of Death Logs Out
Oct 12 - Readers Muse - review of Death Logs Out
TBR - The Booksnake Etc.- review of Death Never Sleeps
TBD - The Booksnake Etc.- review of Death Logs In
TBD - The Nerdy World Blog - review of Death Logs In
2 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

An Important Article: 10 Things Indian Students Miss About Home When Studying Overseas

From the time I arrived to America to now, I always found myself being involved in immigration tales as well as the fine line between assimilating and staying true to one's roots. Although the article is geared towards Indian (students of South Asian ancenstry,) I imagine that it can apply to anyone, especially towards international students.

This article was not written by me, but was written by someone, and I agreed to share it on my blog because I feel its important to recognize and know others' experiences. 

10 things Indian students miss about home when studying overseas

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Clash of Empires by Paul Bennett Book Blast


Clash of Empires by Paul Bennett

Publication Date: December 8, 2016
Paperback & eBook; 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1540666628

Series: The Mallory Saga, Book #1
Genre: Historical Fiction


In 1756, Britain and France are on a collision course for control of the North American continent. The eventual result can be described as the first world war, known as the Seven Year’s War in Europe and the French and Indian War in the colonies. The Mallory family uproots from eastern Pennsylvania, and moves to the western frontier, where they find themselves in the middle of war. Daniel, Liam, and Liza (the three Mallory siblings) become involved in the conflict in ways that lead to emotional trauma for each. The story focuses on historical events and includes historical characters. Clash of Empires is an exciting look at the developments leading to the events of July 1776, which are chronicled in the sequel as we follow the exploits and fate of the Mallory clan.

"I feel both educated and thoroughly entertained by Mr. Bennett’s debut novel ‘Clash of Empires’. Rich in detail mined from the author’s clearly painstaking research, we find lessons that should have been learned from the distant past rising to the fore once more; cannons boom, bullets fly and tomahawks spin through the air as the war builds towards a brutal climax. A fresh voice and a cracking tale. Recommended!" - Author Gordon Doherty

Amazon US | Amazon UK | IndieBound

About the Author

Paul’s education was of the public variety and when he reached Junior High he discovered that his future did not include the fields of mathematics or science. This was generally the case throughout his years in school as he focused more on his interest in history; not just the rote version of names and dates but the causes. Paul studied Classical Civilization at Wayne State University with a smattering of Physical Anthropology thrown in for good measure. Logically, of course, Paul spent the next four decades drawing upon that vast store of knowledge working in large, multi-platform data centers, and is considered in the industry as a bona fide IBM Mainframe dinosaur heading for extinction. Paul currently resides in the quaint New England town of Salem, Massachusetts with his wife, Daryl. The three children have all grown, in the process turning Paul’s beard gray, and have now provided four grandchildren; the author is now going bald.

For more information, please visit the Mallory Saga Facebook page. You can also find Paul on his Blog, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Book Blast Schedule

Thursday, September 20
Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Friday, September 21
Passages to the Past

Monday, September 24
Donna's Book Blog

Tuesday, September 25
Impressions In Ink

Wednesday, September 26
SilverWoodSketches

Thursday, September 27
The Book Junkie Reads
Carole Rae's Random Ramblings

Friday, September 28
Jathan & Heather

Monday, October 1
Book Nerd
The Lit Bitch

Tuesday, October 2
Just One More Chapter

Wednesday, October 3
Svetlana's Reads and Views

Thursday, October 4
A Darn Good Read

Friday, October 5
100 Pages a Day

Monday, October 8
CelticLady's Reviews

Tuesday, October 9
Maiden of the Pages

Wednesday, October 10
The Book Review

Friday, October 12
Bri's Book Nook

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a signed copy of Clash of Empires to one lucky reader! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 12th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US/Canada only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Clash of Empires Blast


Monday, October 1, 2018

Coming Attractions for October 2018

October is my birthday month, and yes, I'm not looking forward to my birthday, which is four days away. I dream of a birthday that cannot be achieved, that cannot be done, that's why I'm not looking forward to it. This birthday will be like a day just like any other.

Book Spotlights and Tours:

CLASH OF EMPIRES BY PAUL BENNETT Book Spotlight (October 3rd, 2018)

Death Logs Out by E.J. Simon (October 8th, 2018)

The Wisdom of Listening: Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing and Life by Marilyn R. Wilson (October 9th, 2018)

Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton Book Spotlight (October 11th, 2018)

Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr (October 16th, 2018)

Don't Write a Crappy Book by James M. Ranson Book Spotlight (October 23rd, 2018)

Lullaby Road by James Anderson (October 30th, 2018)

Hopeful reads:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Tamara Jenkins Reid

Love, and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel

A Different Mirror; A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

Sown in Tears by Beverly Magid

The Master and the Maid by Laura  Libricz

Amnesia nights- QUINTON SKINNER

A Knife in the Fog by Bradley Harper

For Fresh Fiction:

The Abbot's Tale by Conn Iggulden

Lady be Good by Amber Brock

The Way of Beauty by Camille di Maio

The Lost Season of Love and Snow by Jennifer Laam

Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

October 2018

LULLABY ROAD BY JAMES ANDERSON
SR: October 3rd, 2018
FR:
A House Divided-Pearl S Buck
SR: March 11th, 2016
FR: N/A
Murder by Perfection- Lauren Carr
SR: October 3rd, 2018
FR:
The devils wind- Steve GOBLE
SR: September 21st, 2018
FR: October 13th, 2018
Only killers and thieves by Paul howarth
SR: October 9th, 2018
FR:
THE LOST SEASON OF LOVE AND SNOW BY JENNIFER LAAM
SR: October 8th, 2018
FR:
Under the pole star- Stef Penney
SR: August 25th, 2018
FR: October 9th, 2018
Death LOGS out- E.J SIMON
SR: September 22nd, 2018
FR: October 3rd, 2018
The Hidden Light of Northern Fires-Daren Wang
SR; September 14th, 2018
FR: October 8th, 2018
Alvar the kingmaker by Annie Whitehead
SR: October 13th, 2018
FR:

Nonfiction:
Tree of Souls-Howard Schwartz
SR: February 10th, 2014
FR: N/A
The Wisdom of Listening-Marilyn R Wilson
SR: October 1st, 2018
FR:  October 4th, 2018
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