Friday, August 22, 2014

Sheepskin Rug Giveaway

Here's another giveaway to enter. Doesn't this sheepskin look sooo inviting? 

Prize: 
Classic Australian Sheepskin Rug 
 Prize Value: $103
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fire Storm Book Review

FIRE STORM
By Mike Worley

Late one night, a resident of Santa Rosa reports that someone was banging on his front door and screaming for help. A raging fire which threatens homes and an armed robbery stretch police resources. Officers do not respond to the neighborhood until the following morning, when the resident calls again to report a horrific discovery. In the neighborhood, police find blood in several locations and what appears to be a gruesome crime scene. But there is no body and no evidence of the means of injury. 

When the victim’s body is located a few days later, identification is hampered. Angela Masters must sort out a mound of conflicting information to determine who the victim was and to identify her killer. By the time the victim is identified, evidence points to a serial killer preying on young girls. Will Angi be able to sort out the puzzle and, even then, will it lead her to the killer before he can strike again?


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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF FIRE STORM***

How do you catch a demented killer?  You put Detective Angela Masters on the case. She has her own way of investigating to get results.

I loved Angi’s character. She was very believable in the way she thought things out. I could tell that the author is a former cop by the meticulous details of the case. I wasn’t sure how the wildfire was going to tie into the brutal murder, but when it finally did, I felt like the fire didn’t need to be part of the story.  To me, it was basically off-topic.


I also liked how the author added all the unspoken thoughts of a few of the characters, that and the small bit of humor. Of course this confirmed my thoughts also. I would have liked the author to include more reasoning for the crimes. I think that was cut too short. I will enjoy reading further Angela Masters’ Investigative stories.

My review can also be found at:
    AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE     GOODREADS
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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me.


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About the Author

MIKE WORLEY

Police officer, investigations commander, chief of police, university instructor, national consultant. Mike Worley brings a varied background to his development of detective mysteries. On top of that, each of his stories contains elements of real cases, so there is built-in realism even though the stories themselves are fiction.


Mike is a veteran of 34 years in law enforcement. His career spanned the ranks from patrol officer to captain in the Boise Idaho Police Department. He served as an investigative commander in both criminal investigations and in internal affairs. He was later selected to serve at chief of police in suburban Meridian, Idaho.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pazuzu Unbound Book Review




PAZUZU UNBOUND
By Saurav Dutt

Engulfed in darkness within a desolate road on the edge of civilization stands the New Terminal Hotel. The fate of a group of strangers is tied inexorably to an ancient and unspeakable evil waiting within its walls ready to be unleashed. The demon Pazazu thrives on human flesh and blood to satiate its burning hunger. It chooses the faithless, the lonely, the estranged, those inflicted with rage and self-contempt for humanity. 

As midnight beckons and these lost souls converge upon the unholy grounds, this ancient evil is determined to be awakened, hell-bent on capturing the lives it so craves to satisfy its blood lust. As they enter the silence of God’s tomb, they will come face to face with Pazazu: once banished to Hell forever, never again to torment a human soul but who has now arisen once again to annihilate mankind and destroy countless human lives. 

Steeped in horrific ancient mythology and terrifying folklore, the demon Pazazu terrified scores of readers and film goers in the seminal book and movie ‘The Exorcist’ as well as its subsequent incarnations in both cinematic and literary form; but the winged demon is now due for a grisly return in a new book timed to coincide with the unleashing of The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology onto Blu-Ray this September 23rd. 


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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF PAZUZU UNBOUND***

In a hotel, in an out of the way place, lies pure evil. The New Terminal Hotel is host to the demon Pazuzu.  With the help of his minions, all forms of low-life human beings are drawn to it, if not suspiciously brought there. Few survive.


This was a very disturbing read to me, since it’s a possibility, a demon surrounded by low-life scumbags. I can’t say that most of the victims didn’t deserve what they got. I got satisfaction in that, but the deaths of the innocents, not so much. The way the author described the demon was unsettling to me. It made me not want to visualize it, nor even say its name. But I really could visualize the seedy hotel and all its inhabitants, although I wish I couldn’t. That wasn’t a comfortable feeling either. I wish that the author had inserted an angel or two to show contrast of good and evil. I think that would have brought more to the story. I won’t be forgetting this read anytime soon.

My review can also be found at:
    AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE
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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me.


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Saurav Dutt

British author Saurav Dutt is a creative polymath. He wrote for The Guardian, The Independent; he is a painter, film producer, photographer, graphic design illustrator and above all, an accomplished author and writer. His books have covered film star biographies, contemporary fiction and horror, Manga and graphic novels. His books have been short-listed and featured at the London and Frankfurt book fairs, MCM Comic Book Convention and BookExpo America amongst others. As co-writer and associate producer of the independent film 'Live Life Dearest' he is also a Gothenberg Independent Film Festival winner. 

Dutt currently resides in the United Kingdom. As well as Amazon.com, his books are available in Waterstones and Barnes & Noble in paperback, hardback and Kindle formats.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Corner Office Book Review





The Corner Office

By Anand Rao

 It’s always good to know who is running the show! 


Kevin, The CEO of a fast growing Technology company waited in The Corner Office, admiring the magnificent views and contemplating what lay ahead. His Chief Technology Officer had alerted him to a seemingly unsolvable problem that plagued their most profitable software application and was on his way over to discuss the situation. If not resolved soon enough, this issue could dampen company’s bright future and affect the livelihood of thousands of its employees. As always, Kevin assembled his best people and left no stone un-turned to figure out a solution. This time around though, something was different. Despite their efforts, things went from bad to worse. What were they up against? Could they pull through? Was Kevin the man for the job this time around and who was really in charge?



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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE CORNER OFFICE***

When the executives at PIT Technologies are made aware of inconsistencies with their core moneymaking platform, they go into crisis mode to find out what is wrong to correct it. They discover that the app has indeed been hacked. Working around the clock, they nip it in the bud, but little do they know, they now have bigger problems.

I enjoyed reading this as if I were in the middle of the brainstorming and executive meetings, although they lost me a couple of times technology-wise. The efficiency of their team was impressive to me. I felt sorry for Kevin, the CEO, but thought he did a great service to his company.

When it was all over, I still felt like there was more to uncover, and the ending confirmed it. I’m looking forward to the continuation of this story.

My review can also be found at:
    AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE     GOODREADS
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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me.


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Anand Rao

An Indian author based in Seattle who enjoys the life of adventure and travel, and a burgeoning corporate career. His personal and professional endeavors have connected him to people across the world providing a unique perspective on their aspirations and interactions. Interested in communicating ideas and narrating stories, he published his first book 'The Corner Office' in July 2014. The book examines the interaction of executives in a fast growing technology company confronted with a never seen before crisis. Rao draws upon his corporate experience working with top executives but adds flavor and philosophy to the story. He aspires to continue writing stories that examine human behavior and potential.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Connecting Happiness and Success Book Review




Connecting Happiness and Success: A Guide to Creating Success Through Happiness

By Ray White

Don't wait until you reach success to become happier! Most of us are relatively happy, but we are also aware of a deep sense that we could be happier. We believe happiness will come when we reach certain goals in our lives like getting married, buying a new home, getting a raise, a promotion, or a new job. So we forego a little happiness today and this week so we can reach those goals sooner. Our challenge is the days and weeks turn into months and years. The goals we thought would make us happy turn out to be just milestones on a long journey, and our happiness does not materialize like we had hoped. Happiness in the form of a deep sense of contentment, satisfaction, and fulfillment seems to be missing. This book will help by providing a clear plan on how to choose happiness and then leverage that happiness to become even more successful. Don’t spend your life chasing success and hoping for happiness, learn how to connect happiness and success. 


Connecting Happiness and Success is a guide to creating Success through Happiness. It includes 4 concepts you can implement to become happier and 3 concepts that teach you how to leverage that happiness to be successful. It includes practical applications, examples and activities. 



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***MY HONEST REVIEW OF CONNECTING HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS***

This is a guidebook for learning how to live happily as well as being successful. Its goal is to help understand how happiness and success are connected, and provide specific actions to take to achieve them on a daily basis.

It is generally thought that success brings happiness. The truth is that happiness should come first. Both are intertwined and the actions you take to make yourself happy will inevitably bring you success. Culture conditions us to chase success and to fight through being unhappy, rather than make happiness a daily habit.

You should do small things every day that eventually lead to milestones of success during your lifetime. You must learn to take control of your life, build positive relationships, and identify your own higher purpose. Once you define what success means to you, and prioritize your actions to achieve it, all that’s left is to implement the discipline to get you there.

I like the way the author broke each step down, and listed tasks to do.  It was very easy to understand. I feel like I have a road-map for my own achievement now. 

My review can also be found at:
    AMAZON     GOODREADS
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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me.


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Ray White

Ray's Higher Purpose and Definition of Success are helping people be happy and successful. He wakes up at 5 am every morning to work on his blogs or books before starting the day with his paying job in advertising. Ray White has been married for 25 years and has 3 wonderful teenagers. He is a C-Level executive with 30 years of business experience helping start-ups and Fortune 1000 companies improve performance and profitability by focusing on developing successful employees. Ray speaks and teaches business classes on Leadership, Happiness,and Success at all levels of the business hierarchy from new employees to C-Level executives. Ray is on the board of Pursuit-of-Happiness.org and the University of North Texas Professional Leadership Program. You can find more information about Ray and Connecting Happiness and Success at ConnectingHappinessandSuccess.com.