Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Monday, May 30, 2016

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

I Crumpled my Paper Book Tour





At age 23, Allison De Meulder started an online business in a time when ecommerce was a relatively unknown term. Sixteen years later, she reflects back on how she grew the business and how the business turned her into an adult.

This book tells Allison's story. It is not meant to give advice, but rather to inspire women. She wants to show women that they can have a successful business, be a wife and be a mother, all at the same time. Allison has done it all, from hiring her husband to work with her, bringing the kids to the office on holidays instead of brunching with bunnies, to providing jobs and opportunities and inspiring a corporate culture filled with creativity, comradery and lots of sugar, chick flicks and crafting. Allison did it by choosing the right (and wrong) people for her team, making mistakes at every turn, taking risks and being an introvert. It sounds exhausting and it was, but Allison is still standing tall.


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MY REVIEW OF I Crumpled my Paper

I enjoyed reading this author’s account of her experiences in the world of entrepreneur and what she has taken away from it. It’s a big accomplishment to own your own business at such a young age, and I applaud her for it. I agree with her that some people are not cut out to manage, and it’s a daunting task weeding through them. I can understand why she is so successful. She has taken the time to find her dream team, and she does whatever it takes to keep them happy at their job. And I must say that she has some ingenious ideas for motivation. The one thing that disappointed me was her pet peeve of the term ma’am. I’m sorry, but I’m from the south and my upbringing requires me to answer with that term. It’s a sign of respect and should be received that way. I could see the growth of her character throughout her learning process, and that’s what it takes to be successful.
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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Successful entrepreneur, creative genius, passionate leader. They may seem like buzzwords, but nevertheless they describe Allison De Meulder. In 1999 she launched InvitationConsultants.com, one of the first online retailers of personalized invitations and announcements. In 1999, she was a true pioneer. In 2015, In 2015, she remains at the helm of one of the few original online invitation companies that has survived the dot com bust and the wave of consolidation in the industry. The company is still privately owned and never accepted any capital or debt. Their products have been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, Real Weddings, The Knot magazine, HGTV Magazine, Woman’s Day and numerous other publications.

In December of 2013, she successfully launched the wholesale line Matrick & Eve, a strong brand of paper and gifts sold in brick and mortar stores. She saw an opportunity in the market for creative, fun and unique products. The line features greeting cards, coasters, notepads, stationery, and more. All of the products are designed, printed and packaged in-house at the Matrick and Eve studio, proudly made in the USA. In one year, the line went from zero to over three hundred stores, including museums, boutiques, home decor shops, bookstores, and stationery and gift stores, and is still growing strong. This spring Matrick and Eve can be found in such stores around the country as Sur La Table, Francesca’s and Paper Source.

Allison’s main focus is to maintain a company culture steeped in creativity, teamwork, service and out-of-the-box thinking. Fun is always present at the office and can be seen at their craft days, sketching afternoons and monthly luncheons which usually involve movie trivia. Allison has grown her company to be a unique place of opportunity for designers as well as those creative minded individuals who want to be in an innovative and challenging environment where things are always changing and growth is not a noun but a state of mind.
Born in New York City and raised in Miami Beach, Allison dreamed of becoming an entertainment lawyer. She majored in business because she thought it would be a good foundation for law. She studied at Boston University’s School of Management before finishing her degree at the University of Tampa. To her surprise she fell in love with everything business and took a different path. She then earned her MBA. Allison’s work experience includes marketing communications and public relations. She considers her areas of expertise to be: organizational management, product development, creative direction and change management.

Allison enjoys sharing her passion for business and creativity through public speaking and writing. She is currently writing her first book, a business book with a personal twist. To follow Allison’s business musings, and for news about her book, visit www.allisondm.com. She enjoys spending her free time traveling with her family, watching chick flicks, listening to 80’s music, collecting interior design books, walking, writing, reading, dreaming of new products, touring universities and working on interior design projects that focus on rustic chic and modern vintage decor. She and her husband have three children and four chickens. 

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Free and Bargain Books Linkup Week 10


Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Life as Leels | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | All Romance Reader
Tuesday
It's My Side of Life | Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley BooksA Library of Reviews | Cinnamon Hollow Reviews
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Nicki's Nook
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance | Mother Distracted | Colorimetry | The Ultimate Fan Blog
Saturday
Totally Addicted to Reading | 3 Partners in Shopping | Angie's Angle I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings
Sunday
Lynchburg Mama | LibriAmoriMieiAli - The Dragon Slayer | Wondermom WannabeMy Bizzy World |  Deal Sharing Aunt | Rambling Reviews 


For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection!

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Come back and check out the new selection every week x



Friday, May 27, 2016

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

High Hopes Book Review

High Hopes

By Sue Lilley

Can a future be built on the quicksand of secrets and lies? If you love an absorbing drama, you’ll be hooked on Grace’s intriguing dilemma. 

Imagine you’re Grace … Twenty years ago you had a drunken one night stand with Sam, your oldest friend, when you both believed you’d been dumped. Sam got back with Dixie, his girlfriend and neither of you mentioned it again. 
Imagine … You got pregnant. You were a penniless student faced with a heartbreaking decision. Believing it was best for everyone, you had your baby in secret and gave her up for adoption, convinced you’d be giving her a better life. 
Imagine … Your daughter has now traced you and is asking questions about her father. After twenty years of sadness and guilt, you’re desperate to meet her but you never told Sam you had his child. 
Imagine … If you confess to Sam and Dixie now, the news of a secret daughter will tear their marriage to shreds and smash your lifelong friendship into smithereens. 
Imagine you’re Grace … What would you do? 

Don’t miss this compulsive and moving drama. Buy now and discover what the future holds for Grace, Dixie and Sam when shocking revelations toss the family into turmoil.

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MY REVIEW OF High Hopes

Grace, Dixie and Sam were inseparable. Although Dixie and Sam were a couple, Grace and Sam had been close friends the longest. Unknown to Dixie, Grace and Sam had a one night stand that resulted in Grace having a daughter that she gave up for adoption. Now 20 years later, Grace has to tell Sam about the daughter she gave up. Can Dixie and Sam’s relationship survive the betrayal, and can they ever trust Grace as a friend again?


This had an interesting plot of eclectic characters. Even at her age, Grace was still immature, but I could tell by the end that she had grown wiser. I thought Danny, the gardener, was an amazing character, with his upbeat personality. It was hard for me to imagine any good outcome to the situation that they all faced. It had me riveted throughout the read. But I did enjoy the closure that the author gave to the story.
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**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Witches of Panay Spotlight Event







Welcome to another exciting spotlight event with Novel Publicity. This time, with Author Fayr Willow The Witches of Panay! As usual, we've got a great slate of bloggers sharing their thoughts on this book, and some unique and super fun prizes in our rafflecopter contest!


We’re helping author Fayr Willow release her book The Witches of Panay today and spreading lots of author love.


The Witches of Panay
By Fayr Willow

Magickal romance sizzled when teens Larissa and Jake, met again on Earth.

Friends as children, they once lived on Panay, a planet of witches, good and bad. After the Dark Queen and her Empire Witches attacked Larissa’s village, she and her mother had no choice but to flee Panay and seek refuge on Earth.

Then, at sixteen, Larissa found Jake in her region of Yorkshire, England. What began as a crush on this dashing boy led to something deeper. Their understanding of one another deepened and their thoughts, thought alike as they travelled through dangerous paths of Magickal Realms and through Earth’s Scandinavian section that is Norway. 



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About the Author

Malika Gandhi is known as Fayr Willow, for The Witches of Panay series. She was born in India and brought up in the UK. She lives with her husband and her two boys in the East Midlands. Malika Gandhi is a part-time writer and has written three books that are based in India and the UK. The Witches of Panay is her first book for Young Adults and above. 

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