Sunday, December 10, 2017

Book Review | Ride the Wave by John Wessinger *8/10 Stars*

Ride the Wave: How to Embrace Change and Create a Powerful New Relationship with Risk

by John Wessinger


Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Published by: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Page count: 280
Source: I received a Hardcover copy from the author in exchange for an honest review (Thanks!)

My Rating: 8/10 Stars

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Summary


THE NEW CHALLENGES 
We are in an era in which technology and information-sharing platforms have given buyers and consumers more information about products and services than ever before. There is a new power dynamic between companies and customers in which buyers no longer need organizations to help them make a purchase decision. As the competitive landscape continues to change, business leaders will need a new process for overcoming challenges and a new mindset to find success.

BE MORE LIKE THE SURFER 
Author John Wessinger believes that organizations must learn to embrace the conditions (quickly evaluate changing markets), adopt a progression-based mindset (continually build new skills), and use risk as a compass (willingly explore risk-driven strategies) to thrive in these new conditions. Business leaders must be more like surfers and approach marketing and selling the same way surfers approach riding waves: by using a set of principles to overcome new challenges and leveraging the natural momentum within changing markets to break through the status quo.

RIDE THE WAVE 
This book is for business leaders, organizational teams, and anyone looking for a process to overcome a new personal or professional challenge. Ride the Wave provides the reader with a tactical roadmap of how successful organizations have used the principles to overcome disruptive market challenges, build new skills, and find success in the face of extreme professional risk. This book will help you embrace the changes we are all experiencing and create a powerful new relationship with risk by exploring it head-on instead of avoiding it.


The verdict


I rarely read non-fiction and am super picky when it comes to books from this 'genre'. Ride the Wave has been one such pick this year. Though I believe 2018 is going to be an year with more non-fiction titles checked off the TBR list than fiction. Fingers crossed!

An engaging and fast paced read, Ride the Wave shows entrepreneurs ways to overcome challenges and hurdles in this always-online, technology-dominant time, inspiring readers to think out of the box. With comparisons between surfing and starting your own business, the author strategises on how to succeed in either, offering a fresh, non-cliched perspective on the much cliched pointers like embracing change, resilience, persistence, having a vision and always learning. 

I especially loved how the author weaves his real life examples and stories from surfing experience into the book, marrying them to world of entrepreneurship. 

Always-Keep-Learning has been my personal number one motto since as far back as I can remember. Resilience was added in, at the beginning of this year, and it's not going anywhere. I would definitely recommend giving this book a read, if you've ever dreamed of starting something of your own. 



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About the author



John Wessinger is the author of RIDE THE WAVE: How To Embrace Change And Create A Powerful New Relationship With Risk. John is also the founder of the sales and marketing firm LATERALUS Solutions and is the creator of the Ride the Wave Process.
LATERALUS was founded by John in July of 2014 and built from his experience working within the healthcare and retail industries. He has helped to build market leaders and contributed to the success of billion-dollar brands within global organizations.
As a marketing and sales strategist, John can solve complex business challenges and relieve pain points within organizations. He works with business leadership and collaborates with sales and marketing teams to design initiatives that challenge the status quo and the way that companies do business.



Thursday, December 7, 2017

$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway | Jailbird by Taylor Dean

BOOK TWO IN THE SOUND OF SILENCE SERIES IS NOW AVAILABLE!!!



JAILBIRDbyTAYLOR DEAN




My hometown decided to rename me Jailbird.

Every day I silently scream out, “My name is Mia Faraday!” My time in jail does not define me. I am so much more than one heated mistake.

And yet, my slip-up weighs on me. There’s so much more to the story than anyone realizes. I must face Stony, my ex, and confess everything.

I don’t want to. I’d rather have five teeth pulled. While I’m awake. Without anesthesia.

But this is something I have to do, something I need to do. Not just for Stony. I need to do it for me. Especially for me. I can’t move forward with my life until I gain closure from the past.

When I meet Grayson Elliott, I am easily pulled into his orbit and it’s exactly where I’d love to stay. He makes me laugh and not take life so seriously. He makes me want to live again.

But I don’t love me right now, and that healing needs to come first. I’m not relationship-ready or marriage material. My mind is focused on redemption. I want it. I need it.

Besides, when Grayson hears about my colorful past, I’m sure he’ll be gone before I have time to utter the word goodbye.

After all, who could ever love a jailbird?






The Sound of Silence Series is a three book series.
Book One: Stone Silence, Spencer’s Story
Book Two: Jailbird, Mia’s Story
Book Three: Hothouse Flower, Shay’s Story

Each book has a happy ending and there are no cliffhangers.
They are not standalones and should be read in order.

Did you miss Book One, STONE SILENCE?
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Great big beautiful love.

Does it really exist?

Everyone tells me it does. They say, “Spencer Elliott, don’t worry, you’ll find it one day. You just have to find the right man and when you do, it will surprise the heck out of you.”

I’m still waiting for that heck of a surprise to hit. It has proven to be elusive thus far. I’m pretty sure the entire world is lying about love and the joke is on me.

I know I want a man in my heart and in my life. Unfortunately, most men immediately push my OFF button and I lose interest quickly.

Feeling pressure to prove I’m trying to find my soulmate, I finally give in and agree to a date. Huge mistake. Afterward I find myself abandoned in the middle of nowhere, in desperate need of help.

That’s when I meet Stony by chance.

He’s a silent and unsmiling man who intrigues me with his ability to keep going after life has knocked him down. Suddenly the abstract notion of love becomes tangible and within my reach. Once I experience it, I wonder how I ever lived without it.

That’s when I stay with Stony by choice.

But when Stony’s hidden past and present-day reality collide, his silence is broken. And the truth about his life nearly brings me to my knees. I can’t compete with ghosts from the past.

I refuse to fight for a man’s love. He either loves me or he doesn’t. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.

My only hope is . . . he does.





Praise for STONE SILENCE:

Oh. My. Gosh! I absolutely LOVE Stone Silence! Talk about swoony! This book is AMAZING! I was sucked in from the very beginning and found myself lost in the journey of Spencer and Stony. I laughed out loud, got teary eyed, let out little dreamy sighs and refused to put this book down until I finished it! I devoured it! -KJ's Book Nook

Oh man. I will always read everything Taylor Dean writes with no hesitation. I LOVE Taylor Dean books. If you have never read anything by her, you really must. -Aimee, Getting Your Read On


Hothouse Flower, Book Three will be released on January 1st, 2018









Excerpt


Stony and Spencer’s Place.

Ugh. It’s magical inside the fenced-in property, as if I just walked into a secret garden. Stony always said he was going to build himself an oasis in the middle of the prairie land, and he did it. I didn’t expect it to be quite this beautiful. Green grass covers small rolling hills. Sidewalks meander the property. Flower beds bloom madly with all the colors of the rainbow. It’s almost like being inside of a Thomas Kinkade painting.

I want to run. I want to turn around and erase this serene picture from my mind. I’m not sure I want to witness Stony’s happily-ever-after. The consolation is that now I know I didn’t ruin his life. I should feel grateful for that knowledge. I kind of do and I kind of don’t. My emotions are a tangled mess when it comes to Stony. I’ve had two years in jail and a little over a year in Galveston to think about this moment, to anticipate exactly what I want to say to him. Now that it’s upon me, I can feel my mind going blank.

But I’m doing it anyway.

I march forward with determination in every step and I push on the doorbell before I can change my mind. I hear a Windsor chime echo through the house in a majestic sort of way. A little more cringing goes on inside of me at the perfection of it all.

The seconds before the door is answered seem interminable. I’m a hot mess.

Lock me in a tank with hungry—no—starving sharks. Put me in a lion’s den and let them have me for dinner. Make me appear on that dumb TV show, Naked and Afraid.
Anything but this. I don’t want to face Stony. I don’t, I don’t.





About the author


Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.







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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Book Review | Caelum Sky by Andrea L Radeck *9/10 Stars*

Caelum Sky: #1 Worlds Apart Illustrated

by Andrea L Radeck


Page Count: 78
Published: October 15, 2014
Publisher: 
Independent (through Kickstarter)

Source: I received a Hardcover copy from the author in exchange for an honest review (Thanks Andrea!)
My Rating: 9/10 Stars


Summary


An epic clash of reality and the paranormal, Caelum Sky is centralized around an unorthodox, backwards love story. It delves into the afterlife; starts with a empty-slate brained spirit trapped in the body of a dinosaur demon who is trying to develop her own soul while getting chased around by a pair of commercial exorcists.

Find Andrea on twitter at @ALRadeck



The verdict


Beautifully written and illustrated by Andrea Radeck, Caelum Sky is an absolute delight to read and hold and just stare and drool at in general. 

I love how the protagonist is fleshed out, how emotionally relate-able and solid. The writing however drags at some places and the general flow could have been slightly better. But it didn't fail to suck me in from the very first page. The artwork is so vibrant and has this dream-like feel to it that has you turning and admiring each page as you go and it's over before you know it. I've read it twice already. Ugh, cliffhangers!

I just wish it were longer. Can't wait for volume two!



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About the author




Andrea Radeck is a professional illustrator and author of the Caelum Sky series. She does work for StarCityGames.com, Fantasy Flight Games, Paizo, and Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Her Young Adult/ Paranormal book, Caelum Sky was release late 2014. Her latest project is Caelum Sky Illustrated #2 that she is currently painting, slated for completion mid to late 2015.



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