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text 2018-10-12 14:29
Reading progress update: I've read 294 out of 294 pages.
Spotlight - Patricia Wentworth

gosh, this is a tough one to rate fairly. I'm going to give it a tentative 4 star rating, because the entire book was at that level...but I will go mulling over the ending for a while; "were those clues and a solution that merit 4 stars?". I may drop the book down to 3.5 stars...but I'm not sure. it was a very entertaining read, and I did enjoy the finish, but I'm not sure how high the solution ranks, even as compared to other Miss Silver books. definitely a bunch of them were cleverer in the wrap-up...but I did like this book a lot, for many reasons.

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text 2018-10-12 11:00
Spotlight & Giveaway! Joy to You and Me (at Work) Amy Thornton!





Book Title: Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 179 pages
Genre: Self-help, Business
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Release date: June 5, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 19, 2018
Content Rating: PG (This book is for ages 16+, so there is the occasional "damn", "hell", and "ass" thrown in as far as language, but nothing worse than that.)





Are you one of the 48% of employees worldwide who don't like their jobs? Do you feel constantly stressed at the office? Or maybe you're just feeling "blah" about your job and want to bring some life back into your workplace. If you talk to anyone about their careers or jobs these days, most of the time you won't hear positive stories or excitement. You'll probably hear words like "busy", "stressed", "exhausting", and "mind-numbing." And with the good old 40 hour workweek becoming a distant memory for many of us, this reality is just plain sad.


Joy to You and Me (At Work!) helps turn these situations around by giving the reader easy tips they can implement quickly to start making a positive difference in the workplace. Being joyful isn't just a "fluffy-cutesy-nice" thing to do each day - it actually increases productivity and is good for any company or organization.

The book helps anyone learn how to:


- Be a more joyful person
- Bring joy to co-workers
- Bring joy to customers
- Bring joy to networking


This fun, easy-to-read guide shows people of all ages and personalities how to make a difference immediately to make not only themselves happier, but to spread that happiness throughout the workplace - and beyond!


By sharing stories from the author's 25+ years of making a joyful difference in the workplace and examples from truly kick-ass companies, Joy to You and Me (At Work!) is a life changing, fun read for anyone who wants to improve their work life.


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40183283-joy-to-you-and-me




What made you write a book about bringing joy to the workplace?



It’s funny - this whole book was actually kind of an accident! I was going to take an online course about how to get a book published in the summer of 2017. As the week of the course approached, I realized this was only going to be about non-fiction books vs. fiction. I primarily write novels! I wondered, “What on earth could I write about?”


While walking my dogs one evening, I began to think about my career and experiences over the years. I realized that every employer I’ve ever had has been sad to see me go for one particular reason – I’ve taken some truly unique, memorable steps to bring happiness to my co-workers and customers.


The next thing I knew I was sitting on my porch swing furiously jotting down ideas in a notebook. In less than an hour I had an outline for a self-help book about bringing joy to the workplace.



What advice would you give budding writers?



Don’t EVER give up! Keep on reading, writing, learning, and growing in your craft. This is the first time I’ve been published by a REAL publisher vs. self-publishing. I’m 48 years old and it feels incredible to finally be living my greatest dream.



How long have you been writing?



I’ve been writing books, short stories, and poetry ever since I received my very own K-Mart “Snappy Blue” typewriter at the age of eight. This sucker only typed in capital letters, but I literally wore it out creating dozens of stories!



What is your writing schedule?



I’ve always had the most success when I’ve been able to start out writing during a couple of weeks away from my day job. I’ve recently written books thanks to two foot surgeries and an extra-long holiday vacation!


I’m already carving out two weeks during the upcoming holiday season for my next project. I find that having this long start gets me in my “groove” and makes it easier to continue writing during weekends and evenings to finish a book.


What is your favorite dessert?



S’mores – without question. I’m normally a healthy eater, but get me around a campfire, graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars and I’m thinking, “Screw it!” I normally eat three in one sitting without one shred of guilt!


AVAILABLE in print or ebook at -


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Joy-You-Me-At-Work-ebook/dp/B07CZRJ6CL/


B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/joy-to-you-and-me-amy-thornton/1128897874?ean=9781944056728


Tell-Tale Pub - https://www.tell-talepublishing.com/store/c41/Self_Improvement.html




One winner will get a paperback copy of Joy to You and Me at Work and a $25 Amazon.com Gift Card and 2 winners will each get a paperback copy of the book (open to USA only / 3 winner total)






Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been bringing joy to her workplaces for over 25 years thanks to her innate enthusiasm. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant professional for 17 years, is a former columnist for the Noblesville Daily Times, and is a current board member of Noblesville Main Street.


Website - http://authoramythornton.wordpress.com/

Twitter - https://twitter.com/AuthorThornton

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/authoramythornton/










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text 2018-10-12 03:02
Reading progress update: I've read 236 out of 294 pages.
Spotlight - Patricia Wentworth

wow, something rather electrifying has happened just where I’ve left off, and it sets the stage for a tense final 58 pages, which I will reluctantly save for tomorrow morning. I wonder if there is going to be another murder, before this is done...


I have no idea who the killer is, but I feel like I’ve missed something obvious. grrr.

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text 2018-10-12 00:40
Reading progress update: I've read 158 out of 294 pages.
Spotlight - Patricia Wentworth

I absolutely love it - despite Miss Silver not being in it very much (up to now) - but I won’t have any idea how it really rates until I get a solution to the Mystery...and a few more shocks and/or surprises before that would be cool too.

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text 2018-10-11 14:55
Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 294 pages.
Spotlight - Patricia Wentworth

this one comes right after Latter End in the Miss Silver series, and based on that previous book, and what's going on in this one, Wentworth seems to have been at her peak for writing riveting scenarios that lead to a corpse. this book has some vile, sordid people in it - well, this Porlock creep, for sure - and there is a miasma of evil and arrogance wafting from Porlock that infects everything and everyone involved, and which makes the book compelling. Porlock sure has a lot of nasty irons in the fire, but if he's not careful, someone's going to bash him over the head with an iron, or just throw him in the fire. terrific Mystery novel, so far.

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