Thursday, January 22, 2015

'Your Leadership Edge: Mastering Management Skills for Today's Workforce' by Ravinder Tulsiani


Blurb:

Not everyone is born a great leader, but anyone can foster core leadership competencies for themselves and become actionable, effective leaders. If you're ready to take the next step in your career and learn the secrets to effectively motivating and developing your team, Your Leadership Edge is the program to take you there.

Your Leadership Edge is not just another leadership development self-help book; it is a complete management training program. The leadership training guide is geared toward managers, supervisors and executives of all backgrounds and experience levels and provides concrete steps that you can take to become a better leader right away.

As you work through the management training guide, Your Leadership Edge will help you assess your own leadership competencies and allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. From there, the leadership development program helps you find ways to overcome the obstacles that stand in your way of being the type of effective leader that motivates, inspires and retains employees.

In the pages of Your Leadership Edge, you won't find broad discussions of leadership development that are difficult to relate to or use to affect change in your own leadership style. Instead, you'll engage in a series of exercises and activities that make the concepts discussed relevant to your own position. It's this difference that makes this leadership training program so powerful. By the end, you will have a deeper appreciation of your own level of leadership skills and be poised to lead those who report to you in a way that maximizes their job satisfaction and improves their overall performance.

Discover the leadership skills that transform subordinates into productive, positive and driven teams that are poised to accomplish their goals. Become the type of leader that you have always wanted to be. Order the paperback version of Your Leadership Edge or download this life-changing leadership training program for your Kindle today.

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About the Author

Ravinder Tulsiani, is a renowned Leadership Expert, Author and Speaker. He has appeared in several major media outlets including Bloomberg, CNN and Wall Street Journal and is the author of numerous quality, business and self-help resources.

With over 13 years of industry experience, Ravinder's reputation for excellence reflects his expertise as a strategic planner, who creates cultural transformation in business, focusing on educating and motivating the workforce to achieve core business objectives.

Ravinder is not only a Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP) with a Masters Certificate in Adult Training & Development and Human Resources Management Diploma, but has a Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) accreditation and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI).

Ravinder has compiled his wealth of industry experience and his business acumen to comprise Your Leadership Edge – Mastering Management Skills For Today's Workforce so that industry professionals can unlock their leadership potential using his proven step-by-step program.

'2014 Christmas Collection' by Stephanie Burkhart & More!



Christmas Collection
by Stephanie Burkhart

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Seven complete sweet to sensual romances from seven multi-talented authors in settings that are sure to be magical this holiday season. There's a story for everyone.

A SEASON OF MIRACLES by Linda Swift

Caroline Ross, a Confederate widow, desperately seeks medical help for her little son in the Union Army camp.

John Oldham, a soldier disowned by his family for choosing the wrong side, comes to her aid. As they keep a vigil for days at Danny's bedside, a close relationship develops between them. John longs for a family and wants to make Caroline and Danny his own.

Will his wish come true in this season of miracles?

AT FIRST SNOWFALL by Cecilia Corona

May all your dreams come true, takes on a whole new meaning when Xiomara finds out she's an Oracle with Fae witch powers, and her boyfriend is a werewolf from another realm.

When her half- brother shows up on her doorstep with his prophecy, the true nightmare begins. She must stand beside him in the battle of Galant or the evil Queen will destroy the kingdom.

Some faerytales are all too real, but if she can unleash her powers and learn to control them before the first snowfall, she just might find her happily ever after.

MR. CHRISTMAS ELF by Stephanie Burkhart

Jules' Christmas list is looking pretty pathetic. She needs a new muffler for her car and a hundred dollars to pay off her root canal. Her niece is asking for an iPad, but all Jules can afford is a Barbie doll. The peppermint on the top? Her boyfriend dumps her in a text message.

Jules could use a little Christmas magic, so when Elvis pops up claiming that he was sent by Santa to fill her Christmas list, all she has to do is believe – in the magic the season has to offer.

ALL THAT WE HAVE IS OUR SOUL by Katrina Gillian

The wait is finally over. Today is Theodore Lewis' 18th birthday and his essence has switched places with his soulmate for the day. His people have practiced this tradition for centuries. They are granted the chance to see the world through each other's eyes before actually meeting.

Only the Fates may have missed their mark. Theo's life is in 1940 and his soulmate is in 2014. This couldn't be happening. Is he doomed to never be with his soulmate, or will the Fates find a way to make this right?

CHRISTMAS TEARS by Rebecca J. Vickery

What's a widowed mother to do with two children to provide for and Christmas coming soon? Noelle Welborn is in dire straits when she loses her job, is cheated out of her pay, and has no relatives to which she can turn. Then they lose the roof over their heads. Sleeping in the car seems the only option left.

Officer Nick Stewart stops when he spies a familiar looking car parked in a church parking lot late one night. Sure enough, she's the same pixie-faced woman he warned before. When he discovers she has kids asleep in the car, he insists she park in his yard or go to the police station with him.

But what about the next night, and the next?

ROOM AT THE INN by Nan O'Berry

Welcome to Magic Hallow, Pennsylvania. On the day before Christmas Eve, Helena McCray finds herself driving from New York to Washington, D.C. with a car load of Felicity Adams designs. She wasn't expecting the storm of the century to send her car careening off the road. Rescued by James Buchannan, she is taken to a grand old Victorian he has been fixing up as a bed and breakfast.

Gift of the Magi has been handed down in James Buchannan's family since his great, great, grandfather brought his Russian bride home from Europe. But the Magi is a secret place where James can hide from the world. Helena McCray slowly melts his heart and together they find out the magic of the inn could be in opening their hearts to a new beginning.

BLAME THE MISTLETOE by Markee Anderson

Do you believe in love at first sight? Or love after a kiss under the mistletoe? Neither did Tasha or Cal...

Tasha Adams owns a bakery and catering shop after losing her nursing career. Lack of confidence and low self-esteem make her an almost hermit, especially during the holidays.

Calvin Miller, busy doctor and bachelor, receives a sudden and unexpected visit from his young niece and nephew for the holidays. There go his work plans.

Then a fateful collision on a staircase changes all their lives.

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The bus slid up to the stop near the coffee shop. I hustled out the door and rushed toward the store, noticing a guy reading the letters to Santa in the window. There were five minutes 'til opening. I didn't want to disappoint Joe again by being late, so I broke into a trot – and slipped on a hunk of ice. The sidewalk was coming up fast, but I fell into the arms of the letter reader.

He smiled one of the most adorable smiles I've ever seen and a cute little dimple popped out in his cheek. "You smell like peppermint," he said.

I opened my mouth, stammered like an idiot, and shut up. Mr. Dimple held me close. I didn't want to move. He owned a very solid body, with unkempt, curly, sandy blond hair that covered his ears and ice blue eyes that pierced my soul. I melted like a snowman in June.

"I'm Elvis."

"Hi, Elvis." I managed to squeak.

He chuckled and helped me to firm footing on the ground. "And you are?"

"Julie Erwin, but everyone calls me Jules."

"So, you're the one with the depressing Christmas list."

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

LINDA SWIFT

Linda Swift divides her time between her native state of Kentucky and Florida. She is an award-winning author of published poetry, articles, short stories, and a TV play. Linda holds an Education Specialist Degree from Murray State University with post-graduate work from U. of Alabama and was a teacher, counselor, and psychometrist in the public schools in three states.

Linda's first two books were published by Kensington. She currently has twelve E-books (also in print) and seven short stories available at Amazon and other distributors. Her Civil War novel, This Time Forever, has been adapted for a short film titled Clarissa's War which will soon be available through Vimeo.

Visit her website at http://www.lindaswift.net

CECILIA CORONA

Cecilia Corona is a massage therapist by day and enjoys the adventures of writing by night. When she's not sitting at her computer plotting her next tale, she's enjoying the Southern California weather. She loves movies, animals of all kinds, especially her three dogs, and she's a big fan of mermaids. When she was young and saw the movie Splash for the first time, she believed sprinkling salt in the bathtub would magically allow her to grow a tail. She was sadly disappointed when the experiment didn't work. If she can't be a mermaid, then maybe she'll just have to write about them.

You can visit Cecilia at: http://authorceciliacorona.blogspot.com/

STEPHANIE BURKHART

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for the Los Angeles Police Department. She served in the U.S. Army between 1986-1997 in the Military Police Corps. Raised in New Hampshire, she now makes her home in Castaic, CA. Stephanie adores chocolate, enjoys coffee and participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's held in Santa Clarita, CA on 20 Sep 2014. She writes romance and children's stories. Stephanie is published with Victory Tales Press, Desert Breeze Publishing, and 4RV Publishing.

Visit Stephanie's website at: http://www.stephanieburkhart.com

KATRINA GILLIAN

Katrina Gillian is a big fan of Marvel comic books and superheroes. Only a real man would dare to wear tights when facing down the bad guy. Gotta love that!

When she isn't thinking of ways to take down Hydra, she creates pre-made book covers at: Gillian's Book Covers, "Judge Your Book By Its Cover". You can also check out her published cover art designs at Western Trail Blazer and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing. All That You Have is Your Soul is her debut story with Victory Tales Press.

Visit the author at: http://katrinagillian.blogspot.com \ http://judgeyourbookbyitscover.blogspot.com/

REBECCA J. VICKERY

Rebecca J. Vickery has been married to the same very patient man for quite a while now. She has one son, a special daughter-in-law, and three wonderful grandchildren.

She lives in South Carolina, USA, and slips away to go camping at Myrtle Beach whenever possible. Long walks on the beach help her to unwind and often ignite her imagination with new stories.

She enjoys the challenge of adding a special twist to her stories of romance. Usually they involve the paranormal, mystery, adventure, suspense, or a bit of fantasy along the way to a happy ever after ending.

Recently Mrs. Vickery has branched out into speculative fiction and has several short stories published in that genre. She owns Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery, a small independent company, and also Victory Tales Press, where invited authors share their stories in various anthologies.

You may visit Rebecca at these sites online: rebeccajvickeryauthor.com \ rebeccajvickery.com \ victorytalespress.com

She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors.

NAN O'BERRY

Nan O'Berry lives on a small farm in Western Tidewater with her family and pets including a Black Angus cow named Esmeralda. A graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in education, she taught elementary school for several years before turning her attention to writing romance. She loves hearing from readers.

Please feel free to contact her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-OBerry-Romance-Author/161753103856411 or at her website: http://oberrynan.wix.com/nanoberryauthor

MARKEE ANDERSON

Markee Anderson resides with her husband, three older children, and various pets in Wisconsin.

See more information at www.markeeanderson.com and more information about her other pen names at www.sweettalebooks.com.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Find Your Dream Job by Nicholas Wyman, author of 'Job U'



How to find your dream Job

Are you feeling the bombardment of messages from family, friends and the media telling you ‘a desk job (like a manager or an accountant) is the only respectable way to make a living’ - the exact kind of job that bores you to tears. Or you’re in a job that isn’t fulfilling and you can’t stop dreaming about doing something completely different. What should you do?

Too many people put off pursuing what they really want in a career. In many cases, the problem isn’t a lack of opportunity; it’s a lack of information about all the amazing opportunities that exist. But as I can tell you first hand, your dream job is probably out there waiting for you; all you have to do is choose the right path towards it.

There are over 3 million American jobs that need to be filled. We are currently experiencing what economist call a job-skills gap, which is simply a mismatch between the skills people possess and the skills employers actually need.

One of the best ways I have found is through Vocational and practical skills training. This is not just what was once known as ‘blue collar jobs’. In fact, it can be the ticket to well-compensated careers in business and entrepreneurship, hospitality, aviation, health care, graphic design, mechanical engineering, information It’s never too late. Anyone, at any stage in their career can pursue a skills-based education.

In short, there’s never been a better time to seize these opportunities to follow your dream.

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Nicholas Wyman is a speaker and expert on applying real-world solutions to the challenges companies face in finding skilled employees. His book 'Job U: How to find wealth and success by developing the skills companies actually need' is out now !



Monday, January 19, 2015

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Read an exclusive excerpt from 'Yesterday People (The Past Life #3)' by Terri Herman-Ponce


Yesterday People

by Terri Herman-Ponce

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David Bellotti’s only focus is to find his abducted twelve-year old daughter. When he sees her on a news segment with her captor, a renowned archaeologist who’s made a major discovery, David sets out to bring her back home. But the search leads him to a secret message that could alter man’s history forever.

A message David and his daughter inscribed twelve-thousand years ago.

A message that will prove dangerous in the wrong hands.

Protecting this powerful information seems simple until David realizes some people will use his daughter against him to get it, at whatever the cost. Now David must make a choice. Protect mankind from a secret past that must remain hidden, or save his little girl.

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Lottie remembered the magazine interview well, which followed her first regression through Ancient Egypt and her past life as a royal sister to Pharaoh. “Dr. Arroyo, who discovered my tomb in the Valley of the Nobles, says it will take years to study all the artifacts they’ve found. So I’d agree that this is only the tip.”

“It was a double tomb, if I remember,” Dr. Berzet said. “For you as Shemei and your lover, Bakari.”

Lottie nodded. 
Dr. Berzet hesitated, and the sudden widening of his eyes caught her attention.

“Is something wrong?” Lottie asked.

“No, no.” He cleared his throat. “It is just that you are a very striking woman. Your dark eyes, your olive skin, your long black hair…you have the exotic look of someone who could have walked right out of a temple in Ancient Egypt.” He smiled again. “And I suppose in a way you did.”

Lottie couldn’t help but smile again. It wasn’t the first time she’d heard someone say that.

Dr. Berzet released a sigh. “This whole scenario is fascinating. Absolutely fascinating. To have actual oils and tools and jewelry that you once used…to have your history carved out on those walls…to have proof of your previous existence…” He shook his head. “I cannot even begin to know what that must feel like.”

Strange, Lottie wanted to say but instead told him, “To be honest, Dr. Berzet, I don’t know how much help I can be to you. David, as I mentioned when you phoned the other day, is away and I can’t make a commitment to do these interviews without him. And, to be honest, I don’t think he’ll agree.”

Dr. Berzet picked up a pen and twirled it between his fingers, drawing attention to the tattoos between them. The pen had a purple barrel and purple ink. “You realize this is important to a lot of people, yes?” He waited a few seconds for Lottie to answer before going on. “Do you realize how groundbreaking this study would be? What we, as a people, could learn from what you know? Where you have come from? What you have experienced?”

“It’s David’s work.” Lottie shrugged. “Your study could potentially make him too high profile and that could be dangerous for him.”

“I think it is already too late for that,” Dr. Berzet said, tapping the Current Psychology magazine with the pen.

In some ways that was true, but Lottie had made a promise to David and she would keep it for as long as possible. They both knew their past lives would become more prominent to the public over time, but hopefully later rather than sooner. More than that, they separated three years ago because of broken promises and painful lies, and when they got back together they swore to never let that happen again. Lottie intended to keep it that way.

Dr. Berzet switched hands and kept twirling the pen, and went quiet for a long while. “There are many studies out there, Lottie. May I call you Lottie?”

Lottie nodded.

“And so many theories about reincarnation, and why and how it exists. There are believers and non-believers.”

“I know that.”

“This will change how humans view their world. Do you realize the impact your history will have on our history overall? Of the entire planet?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Terri looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. She thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, scotch, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, the beach—and a host of other stuff that would take too much real estate to talk about. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. And, in her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, she wants to be an astronomer. Terri’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with ancient Egypt.

Terri is a member of member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and you can read about her at http://terriponce.com/.

If you love social media, you can also find Terri on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Terri.Ponce.Author and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TerriPonce.

Come visit. She’d love to hear from you!


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Review of 'A Groovy Kind of Love (The Bibliophiles #3)' by Karen Wojcik Berner

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A-Groovy-Kind-of-Love-800 Cover reveal and PromotionalUptight British lit lover meets a free spirit at a book club and his world is turned upside down!

After placating to his father’s demands that he play Little League baseball and major in computer programming in college rather than his beloved English literature, Thaddeus assumed that several years into his career, he would finally get some peace and quiet.

Then he met Spring Pearson, the younger, free-spirited daughter of Hippie parents, at a book club meeting. Instantly smitten, Thaddeus finally worked up the courage to ask Spring out. But will an old college pinkie-swear promise Spring made fifteen years ago get in the way of this bibliophilic romance?

”A Groovy Kind of Love” is the third and final installment of Karen Wojcik Berner’s Bibliophiles series. Written as stand-alone novels, each book focuses on one or two members of a fictional suburban classics book club, revealing their personal stories while the group explores tales spun by the masters.

**My thoughts**

This book is definitely different for a romantic read. The entire first half of the book delves into an extensive history of each half of the couple's love affair with books. As you get to know their families, you do wonder how they ended up becoming such bibliophiles. As a bibliophile myself, though, I can appreciate their strong love for the written word and a desire to incorporate reading into every area of their lives. I also love how Thaddeus is in love with all things British, as I am also inclined in that direction.

Halfway through the book, our romantic leads finally meet each other. In some respects, it felt like Part One went on too long, building that backstory, especially when you get into significantly more action in Part Two. Yet, I was still engrossed the whole time I was reading the entire book. 

They are an unlikely couple in some ways, with the age difference and significant background differences. It is that intellectual connection, though, that makes them work. That is something that I can appreciate and also seek in all kinds of relationships. It was also refreshing to read a romance that wasn't so dependent on sex.

I will recommend keeping a tissue on hand. One particular situation made me cry, but probably more because I have experienced it first-hand with a loved one. Others may simply choke up or frown as they read through it. Still, it is an interesting read. Knowledge of the first two books in the series doesn't seem to be required.

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Karen - groovyAuthor Bio:

Karen Wojcik Berner writes contemporary women’s fiction, including the Amazon best-selling series, the Bibliophiles. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, and Fresh Fiction. She currently serves on the Author Council of LoveToReadEbooks.com and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association.

When not writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her youngest’s football or lacrosse games, discussing the Celts with the oldest, or snuggling into a favorite reading chair with a good book and some tea.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

'Job U: How to find Wealth and Success By Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need' by Nicholas Wyman


Get ready to relearn everything you thought you knew about what a successful career path can look like.

Today, unemployment hovers at a near-record high, yet 3.5 million American jobs remain unfilled. Why? Because companies simply cannot find people with the skills they actually need.

The good news is that this skills gap represents unprecedented opportunities for every person seeking a successful and exciting career. But these opportunities can’t be found inside the walls of the traditional classroom. Instead, they lie in the myriad of educational options that provide the technical, vocational, and soft skills on demand in today’s workplace.

Whether you are recent high school or college graduate, or well along in your career journey, Job U will help you find your way to a more secure and prosperous future.

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Nicholas Wyman is a speaker and expert on applying real-world solutions to the challenges companies face in finding skilled employees. He is CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation, which develops mentoring programs for corporations and places people in apprenticeship and training programs globally. He has an MBA and has studied at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. He is an apprenticeship expert and CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation. He advises and develops programs for companies such as Nissan, Mercedes Benz, Citibank and Coke Cola on how to recruit, train, retain and "reskill" employees. A hands-on leader in the field, Wyman is dedicated to closing the gap between education and employment around the world.