Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hear No Evil by Michele Savaunah Zirkle Marcum

Rain No EvilRain No Evil by Michele Savaunah Zirkle Marcum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rain No Evil by Michele Savaunah Zirkle Marcum contains a great juxtaposition of evil and goodness. Here the author writes about the fight to find the good even in harrowing times. Alex and Savannah Templeton are going through a difficult spot in their marriage, mainly due to infidelity. Savannah asks God for guidance, but receives an answer she may not be ready for. Rain No Evil is based on a true story, and the author uses the present tense narration and dialogue to pull the reader in and make the story even more explosive. With elements of a horrible marriage and lots of verbal abuse, along with paranormal, demonic random happenings, this is a unique story. The writing feels cathartic for Marcum, enabling her to tell the story. The descriptions are well written, the scenes are well captured, oftentimes the book is quite revealing on a personal level. Overall, an emotional tour de force that pulls the reader into the story.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Growth Hacking: Silicon Valley's Best Kept Secret by Raymond Fong and Chad Ridderson

Growth Hacking: Silicon Valley's Best Kept SecretGrowth Hacking: Silicon Valley's Best Kept Secret by Raymond Fong
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Growth Hacking: Silicon Valley's Best Kept Secret by Raymond Fong and Chad Ridderson is filled with tons of useful information for any business owner looking to grow their business. The book is well structured around the six aspects of ASP, or the Automated Selling Process. With plenty of anecdotes to make a point, and clear and concise writing, this is an easy read that will help to bolster sales. One of the best examples of creative thinking to jump start sales, is the Dollar Shave Club and how they used a YouTube video to create demand. Perhaps it was a little luck, but it worked and worked well. While marketing may have different pipelines now, the basic principles haven't changed; you must spend money in order to make money. Marketing is key to growing a business and to being successful. This book is chock full of actionable steps to take in order to not only expand business and customers, but keep them coming back. A must read for any business owner. Highly recommend.

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Judas Son of Simon by Daniel Molyneux

Judas Son of SimonJudas Son of Simon by Daniel Molyneux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Judas Son of Simon by Daniel Molyneux is Molyneux's third book, his first being The Angel of Antioch, and his second, a companion book, Elias' Proverbs. With a master's degree from Austin Seminary; a doctorate from Fuller Seminary and studies at Condordia Seminary, Molyneux is certainly well versed in the history of the Bible. Judas, Son of Simon explores the life of Judas. Judas is born to Simon Bar-Levi and his wife, and from there grows to be a phenomenal son beyond measure. However the tide will soon change, and Judas becomes a more controversial figure, without whom, Jesus would not have been arrested and captured. This book is successfully written with clear details about the time period as well as the unceasing influence of Rome. Ultimately, this is a story told by the betrayer of Jesus, and with his voice the reader gains further understanding and clarity about Judas' struggle with God.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bits and Peaces by Mitchell Graye

Bits And PeacesBits And Peaces by Mitchell Graye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bits and Peaces by Mitchell Graye is an intriguing collection of stories that focus on every day people, their challenges, and their visions of reality. Divided into three sections, Graye uses various techniques to pull the reader in; from fictionalized short stories to capturing the less than perfect human experience. An avid people watcher, Graye infuses his stories with a sense of realism, making the most of the all too real human condition. I especially enjoyed the story about Michael, who was fired from his job of twenty-odd years for no apparent reason. Ultimately, he becomes the victor, not only on a personal level, but in the impact he has on a homeless man, Curtis. The essence of the stories is that one never truly knows what is going on in another's life, people hide behind facades and faces. Graye explores this gray area that few people challenge, and in doing so, opens up the world with all of it's various inhabitants. Highly recommend for an exploratory and inquisitive read.

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Other Than by Mia Jo Celeste

Other ThanOther Than by Mia Jo Celeste
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love the title of this book, Other Than by Mia Jo Celeste, her first kindle book which sets the stage for more in the series. The opening is a little reminiscent of Poe, half dead corpses in coffins. This aspect kind of reminded me of Premature Burial by Poe; while in fact, Evie, our lead female heroine is half dead. She is likely suspended, half dead, half alive. A shape shifter, or skin-slider as described. She is the daughter of a doctor, knows much about herbs and potions, and is her father's apprentice. She wakes up in a coffin that is headed to an island, Lowell island, sinister and inhabited by Lord Victor Lowell and a multitude of wild cannibals. What may begin as a romance between Evie and the dark and mysterious Lowell confounds and confuses Evie; there are dark forces at work that Evie must overcome. Celeste has a way of capturing the world of vampires as accurately as a writer can describe something that is both fantastical and scary. A worthy trip awaits the reader in this captivating dystopian romance.

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Shadow Mountain Book One: Shadow Mountain Saga by Tess Collins

It's so nice to read an authentic book that truly depicts the South and the people in it. Tess Collins has that true southern voice in her book, Shadow Mountain( Book One: Shadow Mountain Saga). From the beginning pages, the folk are described accurately, right down to the dialects and speech inflection. A coal miner's daughter herself, Collins has a wonderful way of creating strong female characters that feel so real. Not to be outdone by the girls, Lafette, a young boy who is afraid of nothing, not the Wampus, not even witches, is an accurate and charming character. Collins' heritage shows in her reverence for the natural beauty of the area and the hardiness of the souls that inhabit the mountains. With a little mysticism, and a lot of common sense, Collins has written a captivating story that is at once grounded and riveting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Can't find Love by Patrice M. Foster

The Can't Find Love Series Box Set #1-4The Can't Find Love Series Box Set #1-4 by Patrice M Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a pleasant surprise this little novella, Can't Find Love by Patrice M. Foster is. The main character Ashley is in a dead end and dangerous relationship with Keylon. After a booze filled night ends with Ashley being attacked by Keylon, Ashley must re-examine her life and relationship. The one good thing that happens to Ashley is her meeting Vince Moretti, a promising basketball star. From their initial meeting to their first date at an upscale restaurant, the electricity and attraction is evident between the two. Vince seems like a great guy, everything that Ashley wants, even her best friend, Jada thinks so. But Ashley's life is filled with secrets, not the least of which is her bipolar mom who never leaves the house and her father who is never around. There is so much great characterization in this book, the author perfectly captures the tone and cadence of each person. A wonderfully written, troubled romance; looking forward to the next installment in this series.

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