Friday, 11 January 2013

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Friday, 11 January 2013

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Why Leadership Sucks - Miles Anthony Smith
Genre - Leadership & Small Business Management 
Rating - G
4.8 (11 reviews)
Free until 12 January 2013
Kindle bestseller in both "Leadership" and "Management" categories

Do you wish you were in leadership, or are you frustrated with being in leadership? Do you wonder why leadership sucks? You are not alone.

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"This strong cover uses color and composition to illustrate the book’s thesis. Confident and direct, it does a great job of matching the tone of the provocative title."

**Praise for Why Leadership Sucks**
"Miles speaks frankly and offers hard-hitting, cold-hard truths behind effective leadership. In short concise chapters, he packs it into one body of knowledge."

"I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. It is well written and timely. It is also right on with what is needed in business and politics today."

Why does leadership suck?
It sucks because real leadership is hard, requires selfless service, and because the buck stops here. Servant leadership or Level 5 leadership is uncomfortable, humbling, self-denying, painful, and counter-intuitive; nonetheless, it is the only kind of leadership that brings lasting results, genuine happiness, and true self-fulfillment.

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Time's Twisted Arrow - Rysa Walker
Genre - SciFi
4.9 (14 reviews)
Free until 12 January 2013
Kirkus Reviews, January 2013
"A young girl aims to change her fate and the lives of everyone around her in Walker's time-bending debut novel.

Like most teenage girls, Kate Pierce-Keller is struggling with a lot of changes in her life. Her parents are divorced, she's trying to fit into a new school, and her grandmother has suddenly popped back into her life. As if things aren't confusing enough, Kate finds herself strangely attracted to the glowing medallion her grandmother flashes in front of her. That blue light turns out to be the start of a grand adventure that takes Kate across multiple lives and eras as she tries to piece together how an ancient wrong changed her fate. Kate's estranged grandmother, it's revealed, is a time traveler, and Kate possesses the same power. A wrong jump put her grandmother in the path of a killer, creating a timeline in which Kate and her whole family never existed. 

Readers are swept along with Kate as she struggles to understand the past, future and present. Conversations effortlessly flow, even though a few characters can be long-winded, and descriptions strike a satisfying balance: rich with evocative imagery but not overburdened by details. Well-depicted young Kate is full of questions, assumptions and emotions. Her family may be flawed, yet she's committed to setting the past right to ensure their future. The plot moves along rapidly, taking Kate into situations that are both fantastic and believable. Walker indicates that this is only the first book in a series; teens interested in fantasy, sci-fi or good old-fashioned romance will be eager to find out what happens next to Kate as she travels through her first love, adolescence and time.

Sharp writing, a flair for dialogue and a big, twisting imagination."


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Book Description

They weren't panic attacks. Of that, seventeen year old Kate is certain, no matter what the shrink told her parents. But it's even harder to accept the explanation offered by her terminally ill grandmother - that Kate has inherited designer DNA from the time-traveling historians of CHRONOS, who were stranded in the past by a saboteur. Kate knows that her grandmother's story could easily be the brain tumor talking, but that doesn't explain the odd medallion or the two young men - one of them hauntingly familiar -- who simply vanish before her eyes on the subway. It doesn't explain Trey, the handsome stranger who now occupies Kate's assigned seat in trig class. And it definitely doesn't explain why Kate is now in an alternate timeline, where leaders of a previously unknown cult hold great power and are planning a rather drastic form of environmental defense. 

In this new reality, Kate's grandmother was murdered at age twenty-two on a research trip to the past, which means that Kate's mother was never born, her father doesn't know her and, for all intents and purposes, she doesn't exist. The only thing keeping her from disappearing entirely is the strange blue medallion around her neck, and the only thing keeping her sane is her burgeoning relationship with Trey. To restore the time line, Kate must travel back to 1893 and keep herself and her grandmother clear of H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who is stalking young women at the Chicago World's Fair. But that choice comes at a price - she'll remember the past few months with Trey, but when he looks at her, he'll see a total stranger.


Leaving the Comfort Cafe - Dawn DeAnna Wilson
Genre - Contemporary Romance
3.7 (24 reviews)
Free until 13 January 2013

This newly revised, reformatted, and re-edited version contains bonus features including the Dawn DeAnna Wilson short, "Cures for a Crush."

Blythe Shelley got a 1600 on her SAT and a full scholarship to Cornell University.
But she never went.Instead, she took a job as a waitress at the Comfort Cafe in Conyers, North Carolina...

Austin Parker wanted to follow his college crush to New York City, but a slumping economy prompted him to take a job as town manager of Conyers, where his master's degree was no match for the well-oiled machine of "good ol' boy" Southern politics.

Austin went to the Comfort Cafe to sample its famous raspberry pie, but he got much more than dessert---he got a dose of Blythe, who brings a splash of color into his gray-flannel world. 

Austin is determined to discover why Blythe gave up her Ivy League ambitions.

This novel will be enjoyed by fans of Anne Tyler and Joshilyn Jackson.
Dawn DeAnna Wilson's latest novel, Ten Thousand New Year's Eves, is also available on Kindle.

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Sexy Babe
Sexy Babe - James L. Conway
Genre - Thriller
Rating - R
4.8 (18 reviews)
Free until 15 January 2013
Grace Taylor is an adorable young actress trying to make it in Hollywood. But she’s having a really bad day. She is dumped by her boyfriend, fired by her agent, and kicked out of her apartment – then things get really nasty…
Grace comes to the rescue of friend, Madison, a gorgeous redhead with a deadly secret. During the struggle Grace kills a man in self-defense – a dangerous man with a lot of dangerous friends – forcing Grace and Madison to run for their lives.
Pursued by the mob, wanted by the cops and the FBI, Grace and Madison find themselves in a firestorm of bullets, blood, betrayal, kidnapping and murder.
Sexy Babe is a wild and wicked thriller full of humor, unforgettable characters and nonstop action.
Top Dog (Shifter Tales 1)
Top Dog - Cynthia and Mike Arsuaga
Genre - Adult Paranormal
Rating - NC17
4.4 (14 reviews)
Free until 12 January 2013
Drake Martin—private investigator, ladies’ man, shape-shifter—Yorkshire terrier,
named Precious. Enter six-year-old Kady Hartley and life changes. Years later, they meet again. Still a PI, she's FBI. Follow them on an adventure tracking the Russian mob involving human trafficking through the streets of New Orleans and watch the fur fly.
Following Kady to New Orleans where she is on assignment he knows it will be
easier to watch over her if he stays in the shadows, keeping his shifter abilities
hidden. He hooks up with the local Sufi, head of the shifter family clan, but
eventually engages in a bloody battle with the Russians. But, there is another
enemy in their midst, one who won't rest until he destroys their chance at everlasting love...
Drake has fallen in love. Can Kady love him for who he really is, or will she leave him upon discovering the truth about him?
Oh boy!
Text Me, Guido
Text Me, Guido - Adrian Staccato
Genre - Humor
Rating - R
4.1 (14 reviews)
Free until 13 January 2013
"Text Me, Guido" is the debut novel from author Adrian Staccato. Told entirely through text-messaging conversations, the book follows five Italian-American college friends as they complete their final semester of school. They are: Enzo, Sofia, Giulia, Claudia, and Phil.
Enzo is your typical bronze-tanned Guido. The son of a wealthy home builder, he spends his days at the gym and his nights at the club. When he's not buying drinks for his friends, he's showering his longtime girlfriend, Sofia, with gifts - making her the envy of the neighborhood. Her friends, Giulia and Claudia, secretly hope the two will break it off, but Sofia is set on marriage and eagerly awaits Enzo's proposal.
Enzo's friend, Phil, is the outcast of the group. He dislikes to party, and attributes the "Jersey Shore lifestyle" to the decline of civilization. Nevertheless, he finds himself infatuated with Giulia - a crush since kindergarten. Giulia, however, is wildly insecure and has no interest in his bookish ways. She has her heart set on Enzo - and with a little maneuvering, she might just get what she wants!
Bad Wolf (Bad Wolf Chronicles: Book 1)
Bad Wolf - Tim McGregor
Genre - Horror
Rating - PG13
4.0 (46 reviews)
Free until 12 January 2013
Detective Lara Mendes’s hard work finally pays off when she gets the chance to join the homicide detail. There’s only one catch; she has to partner up with a cop no one wants to work with.
John Gallagher is a veteran homicide detective who loves stomping bad guys and hates partners. When the Lieutenant saddles him with this green kid named Mendes, his first reaction is to ditch her but a call comes in about a body on the river bank and the rotation says they’re up.
What they find are human remains, mutilated and partially devoured. Their investigation reveals a killer stalking the city with a pack of vicious, feral dogs.
And the suspect believes he is a werewolf.
But this is Portland, where crazy bastards outnumber normal ones ten to one. Except there’s another catch. The crazy werewolf guy? He isn’t crazy...
Stress-Free Retirement Planning
Stress Free Retirement Planning - Mark J. Orr
Genre - Finance
Rating - PG13
4.7 (23 reviews)
Free until 13 January 2013
Are you 100% certain that the retirement planning path that you are currently on is going to lead you to a great and worry-free retirement? Or do you have some doubts?
If you DO have some doubts about your future retirement, this book can help provide you with a simple and solid road map to a long and secure retirement. Don't just download it, read it!
This book will show you exactly how you can get 25%-40% more after-tax, spendable retirement income while slashing your investment risks while saving for retirement and especially while enjoying retirement. Hence the title: "Stress-Free Retirement Planning".
Retirement planning is one of the most talked about subjects in personal finance. As a Certified Financial Planner since 2000, Mr. Orr says it is always the most frequent query that he gets from prospective clients across the USA.
It can be read in about an hour. It's easy-to-understand and comes with helpful 4-color graphics. (for USA citizens/residents ONLY as he is not familiar with investment/tax laws in other countries).
This compelling book is very different than 97% of the books about investing, building wealth and planning for retirement. It does NOT offer the same old, tired and failed advice of: work hard, live well below your means, save more money, diversify and buy "5 star" mutual funds. It is NOT about buy, hold... and keep praying.
No... this interesting book describes a foundational retirement strategy which provides many other important personal finance benefits – while saving for retirement and then during retirement.
These great benefits include liquidity, tax-free and penalty-free access to your savings, safety of principle, good potential annual returns without stock, bond, real estate or commodity market risks - and a TAX-FREE retirement income stream in the future. You CAN plan to retire with real confidence and put this crucial planning on cruise control.
These proven financial strategies offer a safe & simple methods for building wealth over time. It's not a get-rich quick scheme nor does it involve taking unreasonable risks. The strategy is completely recession-proof which is very important since an economic recession occurs about every 5 years in the USA.
So depending upon how many years you have until your own retirement date, you’ll likely go through a few recessions while you are accumulating money to retire on. And once you are retired, you’ll likely experience another 5-7 of them while taking income distributions if you live to average life-expectancy.
The book also shatters five big retirement “myths”, providing some thought-provoking facts which should change the way you’ve thought about traditional retirement planning and building wealth. This information alone is worth the price of the book, but the simple "alternative" retirement planning road map and unique strategies are written in later chapters are incredible.
You will learn how to easily avoid stock market risks and gain nice profits during stock market rebounds. You will also learn how to use your non-qualified retirement savings as your “personal bank” so that you can self-finance your own car purchases, children’s college education expenses and re-capture 100% of every single monthly car payment that you make.
You can safely enjoy tax-free retirement income with this powerful ROTH IRA alternative strategy and avoid so much stress.
This personal finance strategy has been safely used by many Fortune 500 companies, small business owners and the wealthy for decades. Now it's your turn to enjoy the same planning benefits that remove much of the risks and emotional stress out of planning for a long & prosperous retirement.
If you are looking for a solid personal financial plan for both today and tomorrow, one that will give you the confidence to stick with it, read this book. The strategies can change your financial life right now and remove many fears or frustrations that you may have about your financial future.
Treasure of Saint-Lazare
Treasure of Saint-Lazare - John Pearce
Genre - Historical Mystery
Rating - PG13
4.3 (41 reviews)
Free until 12 January 2013
An old lover brings a cryptic letter to Paris, pulling Eddie Grant reluctantly into a treacherous web of intrigue and death -- but giving him a slim chance to find the terrorists who murdered his family seven years before.
  It launches him on a dangerous quest through Paris and the Loire Valley for the most valuable piece of Nazi loot that remains missing, a famous Raphael self-portrait from the early 16th century, along with the crates of Nazi bullion that accompanied it -- all intended to finance the Fourth Reich.
  Jen Wetzmuller, daughter of his father"s World War II colleague in Army Intelligence, arrives in Paris, bearing a letter she found after he father was run down by a car on the streets of Sarasota. Its clues take Eddie from his Paris home to Florida, where he works to solve the mystery, barely escaping with his life. Then it"s back home to burrow into the darkest reaches of the German occupation in search of the treasure.
  Along the way he and Jen restart the brief, fiercely passionate affair that he abandoned, to his regret, 20 years before Sarasota.
  Most of all, Treasure of Saint-Lazare is a novel about Paris.
Mars, The Bringer Of War
Mars: The Bringer of War - George P. Saunders
Genre - Science Fiction
Rating - PG13
3.8 (24 reviews)
Free until 13 January 2013
John Mars is the oldest astronaut in the fleet and the commander of Challenger II. His latest assignment from NASA is a top-secret shuttle mission to the moon to investigate a mysterious signal. What he finds is an alien robot that murders his crew and destroys the source of that signal - a deep-space probe. When John returns to Earth without his crew, the probe, or any evidence of what really happened on his mission, NASA forces him into retirement.
Humiliated and disgraced, John takes a job as a pilot for a commercial airline, unaware that his experience on the moon has marked him more than psychologically: in the battle to save his crew and himself, John Mars was injected with an alien tracking device.
One night, while flying his regular route, John and the occupants of his plane, including his fiancé Anna, are whisked aboard a gigantic ship and thrown into deep space toward the Andromeda Galaxy - home to an Alien species called "Sels". The Sels live for one thing only, colonization of all worlds in the known universe. And now they've got their sights set on Earth. But in order to decide if Earth is a worthy adversary, the Sels have something special planned for John - a kind of alien vetting program.
John, Anna and the rest of his group arrive on a Sel planet used for wargames, where alien life forms are pitted against one another - and the Sels - in death battles. One by one, John Mars' small group of survivors succumb to the Sels. But a larger problem looms for Mars - even if he can survive the Sel wargames, how could he ever get back home and warn Earth of impending invasion and assimilation into the Sel Empire?
The Lonely Mile (Thriller)
The Lonely Mile - Allan Leverone
Genre - Thriller
Rating - PG13
4.3 (82 reviews)
Free until 13 January 2013
When struggling hardware store owner Bill Ferguson witnesses a kidnapping in progress, he reacts instinctively, breaking up the crime and saving a young girl. But the kidnapper, a sociopath known as the “I-90 Killer,” escapes and vows revenge, targeting Ferguson’s own daughter as his next victim. Now one terrified father must unravel a plot that may go much deeper than he realizes, racing against time to save his only child from an unthinkable fate.







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Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
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2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
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3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
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4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
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5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
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6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
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8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
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9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
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10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
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11. Elevenses from Around the World
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12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
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