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Book Excerpt! Garry McDaniel & Sharon Massen’s ‘The Dog’s Guide to Your Happiness’

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For a sneak peek of Garry McDaniel and Sharon Massen’s The Dog’s Guide to Your Happiness: Seven Secrets for a Better Life from Man’s Best Friend (Lumina Media, February 28, 2017) check out the excerpt below! What We Can Learn About Play and Happiness Some of our sweetest memories come from childhood play—board games, tree climbing, hide-and-seek, kick the can, playing house, street football, and the list goes on. It was through play that we learned to be responsible, and play is the foundation of a healthy, happy child. Great things also happen when families play together. You have surely heard the saying “the family that plays together, stays together” (or something like that). Having fun together is a crucial…

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Book Excerpt! Candace Spears’ ‘Bring Your Crayons to the Office’

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For a sneak peek of Candace Spears’ Bring Your Crayons to the Office: A Way Forward for Playful Business Analysts and Project Managers (CreateSpace, March 1, 2017) check out the excerpt below! Introduction What is business analysis as compared to project management? While the methods and suggestions in this book are applicable to both skill sets, business analysis and business analysts are the primary focus here. It can be said that project managers are responsible for delivering the solution to a problem, while business analysts are responsible for discovering the problem and determining the solution. Traditionally, business analysts are taught to do requirements gathering and analysis, or any type of elicitation, they do so through time-consuming question and answer sessions. Such as:…

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Book Excerpt! Kim Alexander’s ‘Pure: A Paranormal Romance’

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For a sneak peek of Kim Alexander’s Pure: A Paranormal Romance (Captive Quill Press, March 12, 2017) check out the excerpt below! Pure: A Paranormal Romance Chapter One The unicorn walked right past me. Maybe it didn’t notice me because I was standing behind my car. I know, a Mini Cooper isn’t that big, and I was just standing there with my key in my hand and my mouth hanging open. But it didn’t look my way; it just kept walking up the middle of Kenyon Street like it was an enchanted grove or something. It was getting close to 4:30 in the morning, so there wasn’t any traffic, just some late night drinkers looking for Ubers, and me, getting off…

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Book Excerpt! Lisa Scottoline’s ‘One Perfect Lie’

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For a sneak peek of Lisa Scottoline’s One Perfect Lie (St. Martin’s Press, April 11, 2017) check out the excerpt below! One Perfect Lie Chapter One Chris Brennan was applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he was a fraud. His resume was fake, and his identity completely phony. So far he’d fooled the personnel director, the assistant principal, and the chairperson of the Social Studies Department. This morning was his final interview, with the principal, Dr. Wendy McElroy. It was make-or-break. Chris waited in her office, shifting in his chair, though he wasn’t nervous. He’d already passed the state and federal criminal-background checks and filed a clear Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Form, Child Abuse Clearance Form, and…

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Book Excerpt! Cathy Fyock’s ‘Blog2Book’

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For a sneak peek of Cathy Fyock’s Blog2Book (Red Letter Publishing, January 2, 2017) check out the excerpt below! Blog2Book: Clearing the Decks How do busy professionals find the time to write their books? I recently spoke with Steve Bustin (at SteveBustin.com), a speaker colleague from Brighton in the United Kingdom. I learned from Facebook that he had written his book in one week, so I had to talk with him to learn his secrets. While he used many of the same strategies that I outline in my book, On Your Mark (in fact, he had purchased a copy of my book beforehand), there was one central idea of his that stuck with me. He cleared the decks. What does it…

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Book Excerpt! Beatrice Chestnut, PhD’s ‘The 9 Types of Leadership’

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For a sneak peek of Beatrice Chestnut, PhD’s The 9 Types of Leadership: Mastering the Art of People in the 21st Century Workplace (Post Hill Press, January 31, 2017) check out the excerpt below! Why Are Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence the Most Vital Factors in Excellent Leadership? Interestingly, it turns out that if you are unkind to people, if you regularly engender negative feelings in others, you tend not to be an effective leader. Being disrespectful and controlling and insensitive tends to be correlated with being bad at managing people. Of course, throughout history, there have undoubtedly been many examples of successful jerks, but more and more, leaders who are self-centered, ego-driven, unaware of their own reactions, unskilled in managing…

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Book Excerpt! TS Rhodes’ ‘Pirates of the Golden Age’

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For a sneak peek of TS Rhodes‘ Pirates of the Golden Age: Revealing the True History of Pirates And Their World (CreateSpace, 2016), check out the excerpt below! Christopher Columbus discovered the New World for Spain in 1492, and he brought back news that the natives had gold. Only 14 years later, 45 ships had sailed to the Caribbean. By 1550, Spain had colonized lands ten times the size of Spain itself. Many of the expeditions were funded and led by Spanish nobles. Basically, they got permission from the Spanish king to start colonies, then went in with soldiers, horses and guns, and carved out their own small empires. They wanted the gold and silver found in the New World. Hernando…

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Book Excerpt! Mark Jaffe’s ‘Suitcase of Happyness’

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For a sneak peek of Mark Jaffe‘s Suitcase of Happyness: A Roadmap to Achieve and Enjoy Your Happiest Life (Cool Breeze Press, June 22, 2016), check out the excerpt below! PATHWAY 2: The Power of Passion My friend Tracy wound up making an unexpected choice during a recent vacation. For part of the trip, she stayed with another woman she found through her college alumni directory who showed her around the countryside. After a couple of fun days of sightseeing in the crisp autumn air, the woman encouraged Tracy to join her on a rafting trip down the rapids of one of the local rivers. The morning of the rafting trip dawned cold and wet. The skies were dark gray and the…

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Book Excerpt! Marc Rainer’s ‘A Winter of Wolves’

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For a sneak peek of Marc Rainer’s A Winter of Wolves: A Jeff Trask Crime Drama (CreateSpace, September 30, 2016), check out the excerpt below! Jackie Turner began the circle around the Lincoln Memorial, switching her gaze from the road to the huge marble structure from time to time just to make sure nothing was going on. So far, it had been a routine patrol on the graveyard shift. Christmas was only a few days away, and the crowds on the National Mall had dwindled to the usual trickle. The tourists were at home for the season. Whatever they could scrape together in a tight economy was going for gifts to put under their trees. She looked up again at the Doric columns…

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Book Excerpt! Dr. Jennifer Stagg’s ‘Unzip Your Genes’

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For a sneak peek of Dr. Jennifer Stagg’s Unzip Your Genes: 5 Choices to Reveal A Radically Radiant You and learn how to put your health in your own hands, check out the excerpt below! Introduction Technological advances have dramatically impacted almost every aspect of daily life, from how we communicate to how we buy things to how we bank. Now, there’s a high-tech and scientific revolution underway in health care that can transform patient care. I’m not referring to a new treatment for one disease but rather something that can help both physicians and patients. Genomics. If you’re a science geek or you remember your Biology 101, you know that our bodies contain DNA, which is the so-called building block of life.…

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Book Excerpt! Jessica Teich’s ‘The Future Tense of Joy’

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For a sneak peek of Jessica Teich’s memoir, The Future Tense of Joy, check out the excerpt below. INTRODUCTION Survivors remember the past in pieces. Not necessarily “before” and “after,” which would be easier. It’s more like time melts into Dali-like puddles, or convulses, slamming together faces and events. Psychologists often speak of a distortion in time afterward, as though the trauma occurred only moments before, but some- times the pain is so buried it ceases to exist. Then it springs up suddenly, like an allergy, even when it seems there’s no irritant. Or descends, like a fine but malevolent mesh. That was true for me, but I could never write about my experience as a “survivor.” Even the word seemed…

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Excerpt: The Must-Read Guide for Anyone Dealing with Crippling OCD and Anxiety

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Below is an excerpt from the first chapter of Adam Shaw and Dr. Lauren Collaghan’s Pulling the Trigger: The Definitive Survival and Recovery Approach to OCD, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Related Depression. Introduction COURAGE NOT FIGHT Accept Your Mind, Own It For What It Is. This Takes Courage, Not Fight All my life, from being a little boy to a fully grown man, I tried to suppress my thoughts and anxiety because I knew no better and because I felt compelled to fight them. I was frightened, ashamed of and appalled about my mind and my crippling thoughts. It was terrifying, lonely and debilitating. I constantly felt that I was on the edge of madness and that no one or…

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You Don’t Have to be a Failure!

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Motivational speaker, actor and now first-time author M.J. Dougherty knows that failing, although discouraging, is sometimes necessary in order to move on to bigger and better. After a number of decisions didn’t go Dougherty’s way, he began to realize that he could benefit from the lessons he was learning along his road of self-discovery. Because of those lessons, Dougherty decided to pen, Life Lessons from a Total Failure (Amazon, August 17, 2016). To understand more about Dougherty and what led him to write his debut book, check out what he had to say in the Q&A below and then read an excerpt from the book! BookTrib: What lesson was the most difficult thing to learn through your failures? M.J. Dougherty: While I…

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Book Excerpt! Matthew Jobin’s ‘The Skeleth’

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In 2014, The Nethergrim was named New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens 2014, it was chosen for the Texas Library Association’s 2015 Lone Star Reading List and selected as a finalist for the 2015 Monica Hughes Science Fiction and Fantasy Award. And now, the long-awaited sequel is finally here! Author Matthew Jobin has written the second book in The Nethergrim series, The Skeleth (Philomel Books, May 10) and we’re pretty sure it won’t disappoint. For a sneak peek, check out the excerpt below. The Skeleth: Chapter 3  Tom reached out to grasp the black-and-white muzzle. Quiet, Jumble! No barking.” Jumble sat back on his haunches. He beat his ragged tail in the mud. Tom let go; Jumble’s mouth stayed shut. John Marshal slid down to join them at…

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Book Excerpt! Allison Gilbert’s ‘Passed and Present’

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Today, April 12, marks the much-anticipated release day for Allison Gilbert’s Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive (Seal Press, April 12). A how-to manual for learning ways to best remember the ones we’ve lost in life, Passed and Present offers a road map meant to help the reader celebrate lost life rather than mourn it. Below is an excerpt from the newly released book. When someone we love dies, we usually benefit from being passive recipients of support. Between the rituals of burial and the recitation of certain prayers, between the wakes and shiva calls, the bereaved, and those who console them, know their role and take their place. But consider the vacuum that happens later. I’ve never met…

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Book Excerpt! Jude Deveraux’s ‘The Girl from Summer Hill’

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New York Times Bestselling author Jude Deveraux’s latest release, The Girl from Summer Hill, will be available on May 3 and can we just talk about how excited we are to get our hands on a copy? If you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for Deveraux’s next hit like we are, then we’ve got a treat for you. Find a quiet nook to set yourself up in and enjoy the first chapter from The Girl from Summer Hill. Act One, Scene One Mr. Darcy is revealed There was a naked man on Casey’s back porch. She would have called the police or, at the very least, screamed if he hadn’t been so damned beautiful. Instead, without so much…

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