Monday, April 30, 2018

Everybody Works In Sales by Niraj Kapur

Everybody Works in Sales
We all work in sales. If you work for somebody, you earn a living by selling their product or service.

If you are self-employed, you earn a living by selling your product or service. 

When you buy from Amazon, they always recommended other products similar to the ones you are purchasing or have already purchased - that’s selling.

When you download a song, movie or TV show from iTunes, they always recommend more similar products. That’s selling.

When you register for most websites, they sell their products or services to you through a regular email.  

When you attend an exhibition at the NEC, London ExCel, Olympia, Manchester or even a local market, everyone is trying to sell you their product.

We all work in sales, yet few people know how to sell. Until now.

Containing 27 valuable lessons, plus 17 interviews with experts, Everybody Works in Sales combines unique storytelling and personal development to ensure you have the tools you need to do better in your career.

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Although this book reads more like memoir than self help or an improvement primer, the more I read, the more interesting it became. His employment experiences are interesting and the information on sales performance and working in various settings seems to be spot on. I have heard similar experiences and opinions from someone close to me. 
The author includes lessons, followed by expanded descriptions of them in real life and recaps in each chapter. My favorite was "If your boss is a psycho, don't try to change him." 
Other good lessons are to listen more, pay attention to your gut and know when to walk away. 
He also shares some good resources for continuing ones education daily.

About Niraj Kapur

Award-winning executive, Niraj Kapur, has worked in corporate London for 23 years.

From small businesses to a national newspaper to FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, he’s experienced it all and shares his insight, knowledge, big wins and horrible failures.

Containing 27 valuable lessons, plus 17 interviews with experts, Everybody Works in Sales combines unique storytelling and personal development to ensure you have the tools you need to do better in your career.

Niraj has also had several screenplays optioned, sitcoms commissioned, kids’ shows on Channel 5’s Milkshake and CBBC. His movie, Naachle London, was released in select cinemas across the UK.

He’s working on his next book while advising companies and coaching individuals on how to improve their sales.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018


Shot in the Dark (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
17th in Series
Setting - New York
Berkley Prime Crime (April 17, 2018)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451488848
Digital ASIN: B07465ZYKT
A new smartphone dating game turns the Village Blend into a hookup hot spot, until one dark night, when a gunshot leaves a dead body behind and the landmark coffeehouse becomes the center of a whole new scene--a crime scene.
As Village Blend manager Clare Cosi attempts to finalize a date for her wedding, her ex-husband becomes addicted to making dates through smartphone swipes. Clare has mixed feelings about these quickie matchups happening in her coffeehouse. Even her octogenarian employer is selecting suitors by screenshot! But business is booming, and Clare works hard to keep the espresso shots flowing. Then one dark night, another kind of shot leaves a dead body for her to find.
The corpse is a successful entrepreneur who became notorious for his "hit it and quit it" behavior: prowling for women on dating apps, then devastating his conquests with morning-after insults. Though the NYPD quickly arrests one of his recent victims, Clare finds reason to believe she's been framed.
Now, with the help of her ex and crew of quirky baristas, Clare starts "swiping" through suspects in her own shop, determined to find the real killer before anothershot rings out.
Includes a bang-up menu of tempting recipes.

Age is not relevant when it comes to matters of the heart or desires to solve a mystery.
Everyone gets involved when techno- dating arrives and makes the Village Blend a HOT spot.
Things heat up even more with the sounds of gunshot from the upper area and the discovery of a customer's body in the river.
If Murder can be fun, then this is a series you will love.

About the Author
CLEO COYLE is the pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini.  CLEO COYLE grew up in a small town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning scholarships to study writing at Carnegie Mellon and American Universities, she began her career as a cub reporter for The New York Times. Now an author of popular fiction and New York Times bestselling media tie-in writer, Cleo lives and works in New York City, where she collaborates with her husband (also a bestselling author) to pen theCoffeehouse Mysteries for Penguin. Together Cleo and her husband also write the Haunted Bookshop Mysteries under the name Alice Kimberly. When not haunting coffeehouses, hunting ghosts, or rescuing stray cats, Cleo and Marc are bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for NBC, Lucasfilm, Disney, Fox, Imagine, and MGM. In their spare time, they cook like crazy and drink a lot of java. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting
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Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery by Maymee Bell

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Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery Cozy Mystery 
1st in Series Setting - Kentucky 
Crooked Lane Books (May 8, 2018) 
Hardcover 257 
Pages ISBN-13: 978-1683315711 
Digital ASIN: B075QJM2W8

In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder. Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by. With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the country club is grim: Emile’s peppery personality had burned members and staff alike. Sophia wonders which one of them burned him?

 A delicious start to a new series full of southern spunk and sass. 
After a broken heart sends Sophia Cummings running home to her Bitsy, her mama, she reconnects with friends from high school and agrees to bake the most spectacular wedding cake the small town of Rumford, Kentucky has ever tasted.  An unfortunate occurence of wrong time and place have Sophia at the discovery of a body and her old employer set up to take the fall for murder. To add insult to the batter and sour her home visit, the man who caused Sophia's heartbreak  arrives to replace the dead chef!
Delightful characters, delectible southern banter, I guarantee you'll pick up a few new phrases  for your own use, and an unpredictable future for Sophia are all on the menu.  Will the wedding go on as planned or is it truly cursed?  Can you go home again and survive? 
Included in the reading and at the end are amazing recipes you must try yourself and share with family and friends.  
This is a full five star read and taste!

About the Author

Maymee Bell is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling author Tonya Kappes.
She lives in Kentucky with her family and her two schnauzers.
She likes strong coffee, slow-country days, and fresh-baked cookies - but she like telling stores best of all.


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A Hole In One: A Glass Dolphin Mystery by Judy Penz Sheluk


Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Barking Rain Press (March 6, 2018) 
Paperback: 178 pages ISBN-13: 978-1941295731 
Digital ASIN: B079VJLVQ4

Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.
They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.
Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancĂ© (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.
All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?

About the Author

Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). 
Judy’s short crime fiction appears is several collections. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario.
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Queen Mary's Daughter

There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person's life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? 

What if King James VI of Scotland didn't succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?

"Queen Mary's Daughter" presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at:

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This book is suitable to YA audiences but adults will appreciate it as well. The writing is clean and uncomplicated but the story has twists that may surprise you. 
Mary Elizabeth is devastated to lose the grandmother that raised her. Gran's final words were to trace her roots "before it is too late." An heirloom ring given to Mary Elizabeth on her sixteenth birthday is crucial. Mary travels to Scotland thinking she has only two weeks to do the digging but the action and suspense begin far sooner. 
Mixing facts within the fiction, this book takes a look at the political upheavals of the sixteenth century but adds a futuristic interpretation to what whould happen if it were possible to change events. Exciting and different from other time travels books or TV shows.

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Murder at the Mushroom Festival (A Kelly Jackson Mystery) by Janet Finsilver


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Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Lyrical Underground (April 17, 2018) 
Paperback: 176 pages 

ISBN-13: 978-1516104239 
Digital ASIN: B07465HNVP

There’s a corpse among the chanterelles!
Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson is hosting a cooking class during the Week of the Mushroom festival to attract guests, not drama. But soon after she finishes foraging for an edible mushroom species on sacred Native American land, a local newspaper reporter gets shot dead at the same site. With suspicions spreading like fungi in the quaint Northern Californian community over the culprit’s identity, Kelly and a savvy gang of sleuthing seniors known as the “Silver Sentinels” must uncover the truth about the secluded property before a tricky killer prepares another lethal surprise . . .

 I enjoy the contributions of senior sleuths, and this series has a wide variety of personalities.
The staff for the hotels and touristy industry are well written and I appreciate their loyalty to each other. When one becomes a suspect, you know no one will rest until he is proven innocent and the case closed.
An interesting mystery, some great animals, and even new possibilities for the veterans!
This book proves that situations are not always strictly black and white, but some choices are better than others.

About the Author

Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. 
She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. 
Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs–Kylie and Ellie. 
Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. 
MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. 
Her second book, MURDER AT THE MANSION, was released on June 7, 2016. Book 3, MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER'S TABLE was released on March 14, 2017.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Rosie and Friends: One-Of-A-Kindness Blog Tour

ROSIE AND FRIENDS: ONE-OF-A-KINDNESS by Helen Hipp, Children's Picture Book, 40 pp., $8.99 (Paperback) $13.95 (Hardback)

Author: Helen Hipp
Publisher: A Different Kind of Safari, LLC
Pages: 40
Genre: Children

Embark on a new safari with Hornsby the rhino as he comes face-to-face with losing his sense of belonging. No longer accepted by his herd, Hornsby searches for companionship. With the help of his new buddies, Hornsby learns that his life is one of a kind, and that spreading his kindness is a good way to make new friends!
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Can a person (or an animal) be tough yet gentle? Can a nice person (or animal) do things that make others angry? How does one find friends? This sweet story illustrates these ideas and more.
While we may seem to belong to a group that is very much like us, can we make friends with others who are different? Is it OK to be imperfect?
Cute and colorful and fun. This is a story parents won't mind reading over and over.
There is a cute craft included.

Approaching life with excitement and energy, Helen works hard to help people achieve exuberance! Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1959, Helen is the middle child of five. Her father, whose work demanded strong problem-solving skills and mother whose interest in art, provided Helen with endless opportunities to look at things from different perspectives.

Today, Helen continues to take advantage of an imaginative mindset that creates opportunities out of obstacles. A concept she fostered in her children, one of whom has special needs. As Helen explored career opportunities, she connected her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on helping individuals with special needs reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Inspiration and fun, is Helen’s motivation and her life’s fuel.

Helen explains her enthusiasm as, “each day is an opportunity, waiting to be shaped and here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.”

Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and written multiple self-help articles published by where she is viewed as an expert in her field.

In addition to her work, Helen has written two children’s books creating a very effective way to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.
Her debut children’s book, A Different Kind of Safari, released in 2013 addresses the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Once again, the engaging safari family led by Rosie the Pink Hippo inspire, and help you see your life differently in her new book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different. With a cast characters experiencing real-life issues, her books provide children with the opportunity to identify, understand and feel supported by the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns.

Rosie and Friends Helping Children to Understand That Their Uniqueness Is Not a Weakness.