Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Billion Dollar Byte



The Billion Dollar Byte
by D. Justhy

 

The Billion Dollar Byte equips high-level businesspeople and technologists with the tools and strategies to leverage Big Data to drive ethical “Good Profit.” Traditional legacy companies need a framework for making data strategy central to their business models in the same way that the newer Digital Native companies have. The Billion Dollar Byte provides that framework by providing concrete models for creating smart data infrastructures, accurately weighing the value of data and data systems, investing in the right technologies, hiring entrepreneurial people with tech skills, leveraging the full value of data, and much more. It aims to help companies aligns their data strategy with their business model. There is a special importance placed on attracting and retaining the right entrepreneurial-minded technologists that can help leverage data for profit.



Motherhood, Martyrdom & Costco Runs



Join bestselling romantic comedy author, Whitney Dineen, as she discovers the three Es of parenting:

• Exhilarating—when you first discover you’re pregnant.
• Exhausting—when you realize you’ll most likely never sleep again--like EVER.
• Explosive—OMG these kids spew from both ends!

And that’s just the beginning. Whitney shares the ridiculous highs and excruciating lows of her catapult into motherhood. Enjoy the ride as this new mom vows to give up profanity while falling in love with… you guessed it, Costco. Be careful, because if you’re anything like Whitney, you may just pee a little. 

Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as Whitney plummets into postpartum depression, desperately tries to get her kids to stop yodeling in public restrooms, and comes to terms with the fact she’ll never quite be queen of her own kingdom. Get ready to laugh, cry, cheer, and pat yourself on the back for the sake of mommies everywhere. And while you’re at it, stop by Costco for a case of toilet paper and a Very Berry Sundae. You won’t regret it! 







Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Tear for Eternity.com



A Tear for Eternity.com
by Virginia Alison

A timeless energy encircles the world, drawing humanity into its grasp, eternally swirling, pulling souls together, tearing them apart in the eternal struggle of love, life and loss and amidst this cacophony there are thousands, who every day opt to open their computers hoping and believing that there is someone out there for them.

One of them is Mia, a fifty something author and self-confessed hermit whose garden is the bane of Mr Jenkins life. Juggling reality with fantasy and a lot of wine, there is no happy medium and after corrupting Mr Jenkins grandson, her reputation is a bit ragged around the edges, much like the leaves strewn across the only unkempt yard in the street, namely hers.

Calamitous, outrageous and with a flagrant disregard for the rules her one passion in life is Kip and for six years they have been involved...Over the internet.

More than aware of the pitfalls of online dating, Mia’s rather wry and cynical view of relationships from the safety of a computer screen should be enough to deter anyone, anyone except this stubborn, passionate woman who has had him in her life for so long, she yearns to know where the dream ends and the fairytale begins.

It has long been their desire to meet, yet they are both reticent to see it to fruition as too many ifs and maybes shape their path, that is until the opportunity arises.

What does destiny hold in store for two people, bound by a golden thread across the sands of time?
Will it be exquisite passion or agonizing sorrow that fuels the tears for eternity?



A Tale of a Rough Diamond


A Tale of a Rough Diamond

Not all that glitters is diamond; sometimes it is only glass. But even its sharp edges will never hurt you like family.

Stephan is living a life every teenager would envy. Son of a wealthy businessman, he lives carefree and carelessly. However, nothing is as it seems, and his perfect life is doomed; it has been since before he was even born. Days thrill-seeking, nights lock-picking; it’s all just about to fall apart.

His older brother has uncovered a secret. For all their years together, Roger has envied Stephan’s life, his success, the attention he has from their father, but now Roger can wait no longer; this is the moment, the moment he can hurt Stephan the most, when he can turn Stephan’s choices against him, tear apart everything he cherishes, and steal away his future.

With secrecy and the resources of the Russian Mafia on his side, the older Mills brother effortlessly brings Stephan’s world down around him, a single tip-off to the police burying him under the ruins of his former life.

After a year behind bars, Stephan seems to have no hope, no future. Cut off even from the rest of his family, can he reclaim his life and freedom, or will he sink still lower? Will his years of petty crime damn him, or will they be enough to help him fight back?
And will he have to do it alone?






Monday, October 16, 2017

Weed's in Nana's Garden



Weeds in Nana's Garden
by Kathryn Harrison

 
A young girl and her Nana hold a special bond that blooms in the surroundings of Nana’s magical garden. Then one day, the girl finds many weeds in the garden. She soon discovers that her beloved Nana has Alzheimer’s Disease; an illness that affects an adult brain with tangles that get in the way of thoughts, kind of like how weeds get in the way of flowers. As time passes, the weeds grow thicker and her Nana declines, but the girl accepts the difficult changes with love, and learns to take-over as the magical garden’s caregiver. Extending from the experience of caring for her mother, artist Kathryn Harrison has created this poignant story with rich illustrations to candidly explore dementia diseases, while demonstrating the power of love. It is a journey that will cultivate understanding and touch your heart. After the story, a useful Question and Answer section is included. 20% of the proceeds from the purchase of this book will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.



Cousins' Club



...all written with a sharp, satiric blade...Cousins' Club reminded me strongly of Tristram Shandy... Readers' Favorite
Cousins’ Club, a satirical novel, erupts when a grandmother decides she is tired of being the matriarch of the least successful Jewish family in America. She consults mystical medieval texts that divine the next born grandchild will be a genius who will change their fortunes. But her worries do not stop there. She is also convinced that no one in her clan is smart enough to raise a genius by themselves. Her solution—the child will be passed from household to household to gain their collective wisdom. 


This picaresque romp takes place in 1950’s Brooklyn. The unusual events and the menagerie of characters, which includes radical rogues, cockeyed intellectuals, and pie-eyed strivers, will be familiar to readers of Phillip Roth, Bruce Jay Friedman, and Stanley Elkin. 
In the end, this fantastical story about family begs the question—how wrong can a grandmother be?




Sunday, October 15, 2017

Books of the Week - October 15, 2017 - The Protectors Damon

Featured Books of the Week
October 15, 2017

*Some of the August/September Book Cover Contest Winners



Love at First Crepe
by Heidi Renee Mason

Who knew a delicious crepe, a kung fu attack, and an unexpected love could create such mayhem. In Heidi Renee Mason’s humorous romantic mystery, an easygoing chef soon discovers life can become complicated when you’re busy falling in lust and foiling murder plots.

Born into the wealthy Simpson family, free-spirited Willow is determined to make her own way in life. Cooking is her one true love, and she is content to keep it that way. Romance has never been on her agenda, but she suddenly finds herself in the middle of a deliciously decadent love triangle. With two gorgeous men vying for her attention, she vows to keep her distance from both, but the tantalizing chemistry is hard to ignore.

Unfortunately, it seems that someone wants to get rid of Willow, making her already tricky situation that much more difficult. One crazy night changes everything, and Willow’s life is turned upside down. Between thwarting her own murder plot, keeping her divinely tasty admirers at bay, and trying to stay on the good side of her finicky cat, Omelet, Willow’s plate is full. With far too many cooks in the kitchen, will she be able to stay alive long enough to figure out who wants to kill her?




Camouflage
by Tammy Jurnett-Lewis

 

“Camouflage: Because I wear a Smile” Anthology Compiled by Tammy Jurnett-Lewis, forward by Cheryl Wood , by Co-Authors Asanta Michelle Brooks, Karyn Smith-Davis, Adrienne Dawkins, Ryan Elizabeth, Eliza Hawkins, DeAndria Lewis, Latrice Massey, Kimberly McGhee, Cora Genice Midgett, LaTonya Renee, Melody Stewart, Ahna White, Chelle R Yancy

The Power of the word "Camouflage" holds so many meanings...this is an inspirational book with over 14 authors! We humbly invite you to read these stories of amazing women of courage, whom wrote about their past struggles. Each Co-Author unveils the covering of her own Camouflage, which she used to blend in with her surroundings; in order to get through life. Watch the Triumphs of Transformations as the Camouflage is taken off and a metamorphosis takes place. Each author wrote about a painful situation in their lives and these stories unmask the Camouflage, to help heal not only their own souls, but yours as well. What are you Camouflaging in your life?




The Protectors Damon
by Teresa Gabelman

Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to not only protect his own kind, but humans as well. Crimson Rush is the new drug on the streets, and it's their duty to find who is behind the selling of vampire blood and stop it. 
A social worker, Nicole Callahan, fights for the right of every child placed in her care. There's a war now, as vampires have stepped out into the spotlight taking their place in society, and the children are at the heart of it all. 
Damon and his fellow warriors have been ordered by the Vampire Council to train Nicole and her colleagues against the dangers they now face in their new world. Even as sparks fly and tensions mount, Nicole and Damon depend on each other to protect the children of both races.



More books to check out!

Heaven Scent - The Trilogy
by Virgina Alison

Fate has her wicked way in this compelling trilogy set in modern day Texas. Encompassing strong family bonds within a powerful, yet light hearted romantic saga, from the first lost note and missed telephone call Evan and Ginny fight against the odds to find their own little piece of heaven. Seemingly influenced by an old arrowhead and the sweet scent of jasmine, their lives swirl within a whirlwind of laughter and heartbreak as they rush headlong towards their destiny.

Book two finds Ben - Ginny and Evan’s son – following in his father footsteps as he turns twenty-one. Brought up by his Aunt Charlotte and her son - JD - on Creek Ranch and haunted since birth by the scent of jasmine, Ben feels something is missing from his life. History begins to repeat itself when Jeannie, inextricably linked by a strange quirk of fate to the doomed Adams clan, meets Ben on his birthday. Love is the result - but like father, like son - serendipity has a few tricks up her sleeve.

Book Three awakens the arrowhead - after eighteen years - to the present as the young girl, Jodie's, birthday approaches, it sets events in motion, which pull on Ben’s heartstrings. Across country, the jasmine blooms and its scent drifts on the breeze in search of his soul. When a glimpse of the past gives fate a nudge, Ben yet again, finds himself chasing the fragments of a dream. The final book in the series sees the conclusion to generations of fated Adams boys who hope that happiness lies in their destiny, which waits just around the corner, over the hill...


●At Job Interviews ● On The Job ● In Business ● In Personal Life
WHAT THIS BOOK CAN DO FOR YOU
1. Elevate your Ordinary Communication into Effective Communication.
2. Add a touch of excellence to your Interpersonal Skills.
3. Make your Analytical Ability sharp-focussed and result-oriented.
4. Help you master the Art of Learning.
5. Train you to reap more rewards from your Time Management Skills.
6. Bring you prosperous results from your Positive Thinking.
7. Help you Set the Goals and Get the Results.
8. Mould your Creative and Innovative Skills.
9. Improve your Personal Hygiene and Personal Grooming.
10. Unleash the incredible power of your Enthusiasm.
11. Annexure I: Common Mistakes in English and Their Corrections.
12. Annexure II: Do's and Don'ts for Successful Job Interviews
Overall, it could make you a Better You!
 

The Unhuggables
by Kena Sosa

Oliver is upset—very upset—and nothing his mother says makes him feel better. When she tries to give him a comforting hug, he rolls up into a tight ball like an armadillo and won’t let his mother near. She tries to coax him out of his huddle but then his claws come out. Oliver pretends to be one ferocious animal after another—none of them very good at giving hugs. But it is hard work saying no to a mother’s love. Through creativity, patience, and affection (as well as a healthy dose of humor), Oliver’s mother finds a way to get through his imaginative defenses and give him the best hug ever.


“It was dark—it had always been dark.”

Azrael Chaos is a demon slayer for the Order of the Maleiorcum. While on a job, he meets the beautiful Nissa Omen who can control the minds of others with her dancing. After discovering a plot enacted by the forces of Hell that centers on Nissa, Azrael takes her to the monastery where he completed his training to protect her. But things become more complicated when Azrael’s old rival and suspected demon general, Mammon Zebulun, takes an interest in her.

Before the forces of darkness can execute their dastardly plan for world domination and turn the tide against God’s holy warriors, Azrael must face the faults in his faith and find the strength necessary to save Nissa.

Let the Gothic Epic begin.

Get this eloquently written modern Gothic novel that has an average rating of 5 stars on Inkitt. Readers raved calling it an "unexpected pleasure" with "great heroes" and "great villains." Remnants of Chaos: Chaotic Omens left them begging for more. You won't be able to put it down.
 
I Know That I'm Different
by Jamie R. Nailey

Differences are to be celebrated and accepted. We are all different in some way, and that is okay. God made us that way.


 
Dane Lassiter was a wolf in shining armor.

He was the sensible, level-headed shifter that everyone relied on to keep the peace and follow the rules, which he did, no matter what the cost to his personal happiness. When he met his fated mate, the one woman created just for him, Dane realized that there was nothing he wouldn't do, no rule he wouldn't break to make her his. The ruthless streak he'd kept hidden emerged with a vengeance.

Shana Nichols craved the kind of bond that mates shared.

She longed for a man who would always be faithful, love her forever and make her burn with desire. She got more than she dreamed of when a charming wolf shifter claimed she was his mate. He stole her heart with gentle patience and panty-melting passion, but she could not be the mate that he needed. After she rejected their union, she discovered that walking away from the mate bond was impossible.

Because he'll stop at nothing to make her his
.

The Awakening
by TL Travis

In The Awakening, book 1 of The Elders Trilogy, Jessica Cartright has come of age. On top of being new to adulthood and all it encompasses; her nightly dreams are haunted by a faceless man guiding her deeper into the darkness. Fight or flight mode ensues, but she’s trapped.

When she’s finally reunited with her first love, her dreams start becoming a reality. Is this a coincidence or are they somehow linked? When these two worlds collide, she fears for her life but finds there’s nowhere left to run.

Trigger Warning:
Without giving away any spoilers, I need to warn you there are two attempted rape scenes. Please note the key word is “attempted.”

 
**You can get this book for FREE right now. Just click the link above.


 
Weeds in Nana's Garden
by Kathryn Harrison

A young girl and her Nana hold a special bond that blooms in the surroundings of Nana’s magical garden. Then one day, the girl finds many weeds in the garden. She soon discovers that her beloved Nana has Alzheimer’s Disease; an illness that affects an adult brain with tangles that get in the way of thoughts, kind of like how weeds get in the way of flowers. As time passes, the weeds grow thicker and her Nana declines, but the girl accepts the difficult changes with love, and learns to take-over as the magical garden’s caregiver. Extending from the experience of caring for her mother, artist Kathryn Harrison has created this poignant story with rich illustrations to candidly explore dementia diseases, while demonstrating the power of love. It is a journey that will cultivate understanding and touch your heart. After the story, a useful Question and Answer section is included. 20% of the proceeds from the purchase of this book will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.


 
Fire and Ice
by Jessica V. Fisette

It's been months since the accident on Asher Creek bridge that nearly claimed Allie's life. She hasn't heard from her boyfriend Phoenix since the fire station went up in flames, and she's no closer to finding the man who saved her from drowning that night. To make matters worse, she's somehow lost the elemental abilities that connected her to Phoenix—something she once believed only they shared. Vivid, unrelenting dreams have kept her searching for answers. Phoenix is in danger—she knows it. But, now they've found her: familiar, official-looking men who act nothing like the federal agents they impersonate. To keep her family safe, Allie decides to leave the only home she’s known since she was two years old and search for Phoenix on her own. But, others have different plans for her. The man who saved her returns, and he isn’t alone. A powerful, evil cult leader is after Allie, and she has no choice but to accept the protection of an unexpected ally who holds the answers to secrets from her past. Every step brings her dangerously close to finding Phoenix and discovering her real identity, but the truth is far worse than she ever could have imagined.