Saturday, December 8, 2018

EXPRESS EXEC: A novel approach to outrunning the pace of change by Gary Brose



Are you a business owner or a manager faced with having to create a great deal of change within your organization? Then you need to know how and Express Exec addresses that issue head on. The pace of change is escalating and running your business so that it remains relevant and can keep pace with that change is exceedingly difficult. Express Exec paints a picture for owners and managers via a descriptive novel about business. Walk in the shoes of Andrea Lane, an interim VP at a struggling company faced with having to make massive change in a very short period of time. Listen in on her conversations with management and employees alike as she attempts to gain trust and move her organization forward during fast paced and troubling times. Not your ordinary business book, but a hands-on tutorial about people, human nature, and the daily battle to fight in order to outrun the pace of change.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Open with Care by Genie Davis and Pauline Baird Jones



Unexpected guests come bearing gifts. This interstellar Christmas will be one for the ages…
Gini won't let her bickering family or the incoming blizzard dampen her holiday spirits. But nothing could prepare her for the uninvited houseguests. She's not sure if she's ready to exchange gifts with the man who broke her heart or the little green aliens on the roof.

But the intergalactic visitors have a gift for Gini… a taste of the youth and love she left behind…

Jane MacKenzie has never opened a Christmas gift that transformed her world. At least, not until she accidentally opens a box to find a man who was lost in a blizzard over 100 years ago. Jane isn't sure how to handle the strange visitor and his otherworldly agreement…

But the Christmastime encounter may just open her heart to a love that can stand the test of time.
Open With Care contains two sci-fi romances inspired by the spirit of gift giving. If you like simmering chemistry, snowy Wyoming settings, and family drama, then you'll love Genie Davis and Pauline Baird Jones' festive story set.

Buy Open With Care today to discover why love isn't alien on Christmas!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Love Affair by Amie Denman and Mary Williams

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Hope Kingsley lives her dream of running the candy and coffee shop in downtown Kenyon Cove, Maine. At the Candy Cove, her customers can count on sweet treats and a warm welcome. She has everything she wants, but when a handsome dentist comes to town and occupies the space next to her store, the temptation is too much to resist. He’s quiet, but his smile tells her he’d make her Christmas a lot sweeter if he’d let down his guard.

Edmund Foster expects Kenyon Cove to be just the next rung on the ladder he’s using to rebuild his career after his former office manager violated his heart, his trust, and the law. Spending only a few months at a time as a substitute dentist throughout the state of Maine, he doesn’t know if or when he’ll ever be able to put down roots. However, one taste of Hope’s sweetness has him wishing for a new beginning with the help of some Christmas magic.

Maggie Kenyon loves the small town in Maine she calls home. She’s a member of the town council, a local business owner, and more than a little interested in the police department’s newest officer, Owen Starr. Although Owen attempts to mind his own business as he adjusts to life in Kenyon Cove, he’s unable to keep his mind off Maggie. Their two encounters in past months have both ended in her bed, yet he resists his attraction for her.

When Maggie tells him she’s pregnant with his baby, Owen wants to do the right thing and start a relationship for the sake of their unborn child. Maggie agrees to a relationship, but what she really wants is his love. Can the magic of the Christmas season bring them both the unexpected gifts of a family and lasting love?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

'Twas The Night by Linda Wisdom



Nothing could send Ukiah Jones running except something shocking. Two of his best buddies got hitched and eternal Ki was determined not to be number three. Now he was holed up at the friends’ jointly owned Lake Tahoe cabin until he felt it was safe to come out.

There was only one, make that three, problems.

The cabin was taken over by a lady on the lam and two young kids. His masculine safe haven was quickly cluttered with toys and filled with the noise of kids singing Christmas carols. What didn’t help was Ki’s response to their beautiful and very mysterious protector.

But it wasn’t about to stop there. Not when Sydney and the kids wanted him to play not only Santa, but daddy!

Monday, December 3, 2018

It’s December at the Chocolate Shop, come on in… by Debra Salonen

It was my great privilege to be part of a six author, twelve book series called Love at the Chocolate Shop. And what goes together better than romance, chocolate and Christmas?! Lucky me! I wrote Book III MONTANA SECRET SANTA, which released last December.

I can’t tell you how much fun I had writing this book. Because it’s set in a small town that is truly loved by so many readers, I was able to include colorful “locals” as well as community traditions, all the while building on a romantic connection sparked by a “meet cute” that included three rescue dogs in the hero’s care.

Here’s a snippet that includes a bit of mistletoe mischief (©Tule Publishing):

With the entire table pressed into taste-testing service, Jonah stood and motioned for Krista to follow him across the room to an open space near a gorgeous holiday display. "Mom assured me this Santa thing won’t take every hour of every day. She said it's gotten a lot easier since your partner set up an online presence.”
Krista tried not to inhale too deeply because his scent--a combination of winter fresh air, chocolate, and hint of pine--was too distracting. “We might consider creating a private Facebook group and doing the initial critique process for wishes there.”
He held up a hand for a high-five. “Great idea. Then, a few of us can meet here each morning to brainstorm ways to fill the agreed upon wishes and set a budget.”
The touch of his palm connected in a weird way that made her close her fingers in a fist as she dropped her hand to her side. “I may not be able to make every…” She pictured the check. “I’ll be here."
“Me, too. It’ll be the incentive I need to walk the dogs early. Tonight, I’ll set up an overall plan and flowchart so we can track when and how our requests come in. We’ll need to do the same for the income side of things. I’m curious as to why the donation well suddenly went dry. The sooner we get our account set up online, the sooner we can track things in real time.”
Krista found his analytical approach reassuring. His grand gesture with the check might have had a bit of the theater behind it, but his approach to business was a lot like her own.
"Simple and transparent works for me. As I said earlier, my family is in show business. Nothing is ever straightforward when you're surrounded by thespians."
He moved a smidgen closer. "Simplicity of design is key to both my inventions and my business strategy. When I start overthinking something, I step back for a new perspective. I usually hop on my bike. Exercise is a great distraction for an overactive mind."
“Well, this is Montana. Your bike riding is going to be limited to cycling in the gym for the next few months.”
She chewed on her bottom lip debating about how frank to be. He’d given her ten thousand reasons to say yes to this partnership, but what exactly would that involve? Her inner bullshit reader said he had to have another agenda. And she sure as heck never considered herself a spokesperson for Christmas.
“Blue Sky is my baby. Christmas is a one-off. Four weeks. Blow and go. It’s over and done and I’m looking at a new month, a new intern and no jobs lined up.”
“What about your partner? Is she out of the picture completely?”
Krista didn’t know and the not knowing kept her awake at night. She hated ambiguity. Black and white. Bottom line. Profit and loss. Those were her touchstones.
“Amanda should be able to provide backup by phone. But I want you to know that Blue Sky will always be my first priority.”
He held out his hand. "Understood."
She shook it twice, intending to let go and return to their table, but as Sage passed by on her way to the counter, she said, "Mistletoe."
Sage pointed up. "House rules. A kiss is mandatory."
Krista groaned. She'd witnessed this bit of holiday mischief several times when she'd been in the shop. "But--"
Before she could express her protest, Jonah wrapped his arms around her--not unlike the way he had when he broke her fall. Only this time, he was in front of her. And his lips hovered an inch from hers, waiting for permission.
She closed her eyes and leaned in to get the silly kiss over.
The instant his lips touched hers, the magnitude of her mistake hit. Not only had Jonah Andrews been drinking her favorite cocoa, but the sweetness mixed with his natural chemistry created a potent combination that made her knees turn rubbery and her heart begin to pound. She kissed him back because she was powerless to do otherwise.
Luckily, a smattering of applause brought her back to her senses.
Cheeks burning, she turned and bowed. Being the daughter of an actor had to be good for something, right?

If you’re intrigued and want to read more, the first chapter is free at Tule Publishing, click here to: READ MORE.

Or you can purchase from the retailer of your choice here: BOOKS2READ

Either way, I hope you’ll check out the Love at the Chocolate Shop Facebook page, where I’ll be running some giveaways this month, including free recipe cards.

Happy reading!


Sunday, December 2, 2018

A Drakenfall Christmas by Gerlyn Corillo - $0.99 Goodie!

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In this 55K novel, Mark and Maisy, ahem, that is, Lord and Lady Shiley, get ready to celebrate their first Christmas together at Drakenfall, their renowned estate-turned-resort in the heart of the Cotswolds. The energetic and very un-aristocratic couple find themselves conspiring in guest shenanigans and getting tangled up in staff kerfuffles as they try to make the holidays warm and bright for everyone.

In an uncharacteristic turn, unflappable house manager Glynis Ferry seems to be getting her duster ruffled every time she catches sight of Shaun Fletcher, the new head groom. Pippa Taylor, a whirling dervish of a domestic, works below stairs to make the magic of Drakenfall happen for everyone else. But will there ever be enough magic left over for her? There will if most worthy valet Kafi Diop has anything to say about it, as he tries to spin holiday enchantment every which way. But his clever plans always seem to go cataclysmically awry, even with Maisy helping out as his faithful sidekick.

​And what about Kafi's grandest of schemes, set to take flight at the Drakenfall Christmas Ball? He's depending on guest Jamie Tovell, who's depending on his secret crush Lea Sinclair. ​But​ even if everything goes off without a hitch, will the secret Maisy's been hiding from Mark all season pop up at the most inopportune moment to set everything asunder? It's a Drakenfall Christmas ... topsy-turvy and heart-warming, generously sprinkled with laughter and lavishly frosted with romance​!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Worry Beads: The Big Uneasy 4 by Pauline Baird Jones



Laura Baker has seen a lot during her job as a New Orleans EMT. She has responded to just about every type of emergency known to man. An unexpected act of kindness during one call puts her on the news—and her life and heart at risk.

Archie Gunn receives an unexpected tip sends him to the beautiful and mysterious city of New Orleans. His trip opens up more than he expects –and a bayou full of danger. There is a lot going on in New Orleans and it isn’t all good times and Mardi Gras.

Download the latest installment of The Big Uneasy series and discover what happens in New Orleans can be downright deadly!
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