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Preacher's Son, by Elaine White


Preacher's Son


Part of the 'Strength' Anthology

#anthology #YA #Strength #indieauthor #preachersson #lgbt #authorsofig


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text 2019-01-22 10:45
MERCY (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 1) - John W. Mefford

MERCY (The Ball & Chain Thrillers Book 1) by John W. Mefford | Author Will mercy save a life or end many?

Kindle - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JNJ4VGC
Paperback - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1794123687

"True to Mefford's style, a killer with a connection, trouble at every turn and questions that you are desperate to get answered. I can't wait to see where Mefford is going to take this pair, and I am eagerly awaiting book 2!" reviews Ebook Addicts UK

"A double edge sword mystery. The mystery not only left you wondering who the suspect was, but also left you guessing as to who was going to fall prey at their hands as well." reviews Life as Leels

"Lots of twists and turns in this one and things don't turn out like you will expect them to. The ending will make you want to read the next in this series!" reviews Miki's Hope

Read more on the #book, series, and author here...

18 years.

7 months.

And 21 days.

The torment can last only so long.

Cooper Chain isn't just down on his luck -- he's almost down for the count. The mob wants a piece of him, and he sees no way out.

It's a special week for Willow Ball, a woman who's survived her own tribulations to reach this milestone in her life. 

Through fate -- or a temporary misalignment of the stars -- Willow and Cooper cross paths for the first time since college. Will an unexpected spark re-ignite the flame?

A shattering discovery changes everything for Willow and Cooper. The murder is unlike any other. But what will the cops do about it?

Attacks ensue, chaos ruptures a family . . . Through it all, how can Willow and Cooper find the killer?

But it's not over. As the bodies pile up, a pattern develops and it rocks Willow and Cooper to the core.

And then someone emerges after a three-decade disappearance. Could he be connected to this string of murders?

The past might provide the breadcrumbs to end this nightmare. But Willow and Cooper may not live long enough to see it through.

Will mercy save a life or end many?

Get MERCY now!

If you're a fan of Michael Connelly's Ballard and Bosch, David Baldacci's King and Maxwell, Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles, or the TV show "Castle," you'll devour this first, page-turning Ball & Chain thriller.

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review 2019-01-22 09:28
The Penguin Classics Book, Henry Eliot (Ed.)
The Penguin Classics Book - Various Authors,Henry Eliot

I first engaged with the Penguin Classics imprint in the second half of my teens when I started reading Thomas Hardy, as a result of an English lesson that used a passage from The Woodlanders, describing fallen leaves - thanks, Mr. Bray! (He was one of those teachers who was better the more enthusiasm or talent you displayed - no good for the recalcitrant or below average.) Anyway, I was delighted one day when I saw a flimsy paperback that turned out to be a catalogue for the series, including the Modern Classics, too - being handed out for free! Of course I took one and used it for reading inspiration. I still have it, decades later!


Now, the imprint has a new print catalogue - a large format hardback of over 400p, with the Modern Classics to get their own separate volume - costing £30. The lsit has expanded an enormous amount since the '80s! Is it worth it? After all, a constantly updated listing is available online for free.


Well, for me the answer is a resounding, yes! This isn't simply a list of books in print. As well as short descriptions of each book, there are micro-biographies of the authors and sidebars about the history of Penguin Classics and biographies and anecdotes about editors and translators who have worked on the series. There's even a page explaining ISBNs and their origins. Did you know that the first three digits of a bar code are a geographical origin code? Since books are fundamentally international, they have their own code, known as "bookland" - which is why ISBN13s all start "978" or "979." I love that books have their own country! It's probably more peaceful than the human occupied ones.


The Penguin Classics remit is gigantic; the classics of world literature up to and including WWI - thousands of years. The book therefore stands as a guide to the world of books that are still considered important/great/interesting/entertaining after at least 100 years. It shows up some of the impacts of world history just by charting how much (or little) material came from where and when. The list has not been sniffy about genre, at least as far back as the '80s, by the way. It has changed constantly (not just growing) - books have gone out of print, been replaced with new translations, expanded, split up into multiple volumes, conflated into fewer volumes, so I expect this volume was out of date by the time it went on sale, but that in no way detracts from its value to me as a ready reference and source of inspiration.

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review 2019-01-22 08:07
Millionaire Underdog - JT Foxx’s Teachings for Success

JT Foxx is a name that most entrepreneurs recognize when attending seminars. He is without a doubt a world renown personality and considered to be the #1 wealth coach in the world. He is a serial entrepreneur of a lot of companies, brands and a property investor. However, all of this success didn't come overnight.


He started out with $974 in his pocket at the age of 24, and he never dared to look back. He built a global empire that spans over 40 countries and still standing strong up to this day. Along with his success as a coach, he's also a to-selling author with his book, Millionaire Underdog. The Millionaire Underdog reviews and success stories are through the roof with people saying that this is a must-read book. Let's find out why in the first place.


Millionaire Underdog - The Book Review


The book is clearly reaching out to all entrepreneurs -- new and seasoned. It's basically a blueprint of the different elements an entrepreneur must have in order for them to become successful. The book has a ton of information, it would be impossible to review all of it in here. You could break it down by chapter and have enough blog posts for a year, but we'll just have to discuss the important points here.


At the start of the book, he tackles about the mindset. He illustrated 11 theories about such. These theories are, according to Foxx, "bold statements...that are intended to disrupt the normal and change the way you think". We won't be enumerating them all in here; however, the transactional vs transformational mindset will be discussed here.


For starters, transactional thinkers are asking the question HOW (for instance: How do I get more customers?). On the other hand, transformational thinkers ask the question WHY (Why should clients transact business with me?). According to Foxx, the WHY is better than the HOW due to it being more strategic. This is how millionaires ought to think according to Foxx.


A recurring theme is the importance of taking action. Foxx also speaks of having dreams and dream boards; however, you need to use those dreams to fuel your action to get to where you want to be. You need to make a plan, and you must follow it. Perhaps you'll modify your plans along the way to adapt to unforeseen changes; however, you must keep on pressing forward until you get to where you want to be.


In addition, the book also addresses the longevity of a business. In order for a business to stay competitive and relevant, it must continually innovate either acquisitions or development. The business must evolve continually. Plus, Foxx also emphasizes about the importance of branding and marketing, and how it has become vital to the success of just about any business in today's modern time.


To Conclude

To conclude, Millionaire Underdog is an actual blueprint to how to succeed in business. The book will walk you through things like marketing, sales, growth, time management and the importance of having a proper mindset. Would you like to share your own Millionaire Underdog reviews and success stories? Let us know down in the comment section below.

Source: millionaireunderdog.com
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review 2019-01-21 22:38
"Appointment With Death" DNF at 20%
Appointment with Death - Agatha Christie

Oh dear. If the pedants who teach creative writing classes by rote ever needed support for their insistence on "Show, don't tell" as their unerring advice, then they need only make people read the first 20% of "Appointment With Death".


I've never been so bored by or so impatient with an Agatha Christie book.


We are, for reasons that are not yet clear to me, in an hotel in Jerusalem. We start with Poirot overhearing and dismissing a fragment of a conversation between an American man and a woman, saying, "You do see, don't you, that she's got to be killed". He then provides some light relief by remembering an amusing anecdote about Trollope, This was the only fun part of the read for me.


After that, we were treated to the full and terribly stilted and melodramatic conversation that followed the opening line that Poirot dismissed and we learn that murder is actually being contemplated.


Then Poirot disappears and we are presented with a truly bizarre and slightly scary spectacle and older, male French internationally recognised psychologist and a young, female, English, newly-qualified psychologist analysing an American family that they've barely met and confidently ascribing to them all kinds of pathological conditions with an assurance that is as dull and as difficult to believe as it sounds.


Only after the young British psychologist has invited a young woman, who she sees as vulnerable and immature, to her room at midnight and then tempted her with prospects of a degree of freedom that the poor young woman has never contemplated, do we come face to face with the monstrous bullying of the old matriarch that everyone is afraid of.


By that time I'd already given up. 


How can someone of Christie's experience have knocked out such a clumsy and boring start to a novel?


I'll pass on this one, send it back to audible and take my chances with "Murder On The Orient Express" instead.



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