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FEATURED BOOK: Why Leadership Sucks by Miles Anthony Smith

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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.

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.

To discover why leadership is frustrating and learn practical action steps for your leadership journey, download a sample or buy Why Leadership Sucks now.

Editorial Reviews:
Miles uses the first person throughout to personalize the account, which is based upon not only his perspective, but his successful experiences as such a leader. As he explains, a leader role is less forgiving, with organizational leaders held to a much higher standard and less able to recover from mistakes. While Miles’ book isn’t the only guide available, it is the most succinct, hard-hitting survey on the market, linking personal ideals and ethics to business and spiritual pursuits alike.
-Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

A young business senior may find it much more palatable than many out on the market today, and I am pretty sure if I was starting out and had read it, I would have made a lot fewer mistakes and have had a much better rep as a leader, maybe. Because it’s all exactly that – bite sized and accessible without reading like a tome on business theory from a knowledgeable and entertaining author…a smart choice for a speedy, easy read to get your chops down pat for business leadership.
-Catherine Tosko, Self Publishing Review

Bio
Miles has held positions as General Manager for several small businesses or business units over the years. He currently works for Rawhide Boys Ranch as Vehicle Program Director. Miles has broad management skills across many functional business disciplines in accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, and leadership. Miles earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oral Roberts University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University.

Born a Hoosier, raised an Okie, and currently residing in the Frozen Tundra of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Miles Anthony Smith is a happily married husband of Carolyn and a proud father of three. Now in his mid-30s, he was fortunate to have been given a significant leadership opportunity by his father at the age of 25. He is a classically trained violist, violinist, and composer, with passion in the fields of small-business management, marketing, macroeconomics, servant leadership, Classical education, and Christian apologetics.

Miles, a Gen X’er leader and author, cares enough about organizational health to make the tough decisions, hire and coach the right people, set clear expectations, develop a strong team culture, and strengthen organizational cash flow, exhibiting both humility and fierce resolve. His mission in life is “To Chart the Course, Pave the Pathway, and Light the Lane for Others to Eclipse My Own Success in Leadership.”

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FEATURED BOOK: The Imati by C.T. Hillin

Genre: Young adult paranormal romance or urban fantasy

eBook available for $2.99 until and FREE with purchase of paperback!

Young Adult Paranormal Romance / Fantasy

Do you know what it feels like to die? Alastrina Byrne does; she dies all the time. She has felt the pangs of starvation, the wounds of being stoned and the burn of fire behind cries of “witch.” Yet, she cannot reach her true death. She is a three-century-old Imati with the face of a seventeen-year-old girl.

Ally is on the run from Seeker assassins, a secret brotherhood determined to kill her kind. Forced to flee and pack up her life for the umpteenth time, she moves cross-country to hide out in a small, but quirky town: Belfast, Maine.

Ally just wants to be “normal” — but she is haunted by the mistakes of her past. However Belfast and its residents are different and for the first time in a century, she meets a boy — Connor Winfield.

But Connor has secrets of his own; secrets that could get Ally killed and the two of them together will change everything.

Set in a world of immortals, Souljumpers, Seekers and ancient prophecies — with flashbacks to Ally’s life in 18th century Ireland, the French Revolution, 19th century South America, a slave ship bound for the New World, and beyond — this is a journey about choices and how the decisions we make in the past, have consequences in our future.

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FEATURED BOOK: Mazie Baby by Julie Frayn

Genre: Literary/Women’s

Mazie Reynolds has moxie from the top of her bruised face to the tip of her broken wrist. She married a man she adored, and who adored her in return. But over fourteen years, her happy marriage soured with each new beating. When his attentions shift to their twelve-year-old daughter, Mazie knows it’s time to get the hell out. She hatches a plan to escape. But can she outwit the man she vowed to obey until death do they part?

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FEATURED BOOK: SanClare Black by Jenna Waterford

Genre: fantasy, young adult

No SanClare fated to bear the title “Prince of Sorrows” ever enjoyed an easy life, and soon after Nylan learns he will carry this prince-name, his existence as a sheltered Sensitive comes to a brutal end. Abducted by pirates who leave his beloved guardian for dead, Nylan is thrown through the Breach into magic-fearing Camarat where he lands with a broken shoulder and only a few, frayed strands of his unraveled memory.

Once shielded by his guardian, Nylan must endure the invasion of thoughts and emotions from even the slightest touch. This dangerous empathy leads Nylan to the accidental discovery of his healing ability, but when he dares to use this power to save a dying woman, Nylan is convicted of witchcraft and thrown into the streets.

Faced with only one way to survive, Nylan sells his body to buy his escape from the harsh slums of Camarat and becomes famous for his unmatched skill and beauty. But as his guardian searches both sides of the Breach for his lost prince, Nylan’s secret use of his healing powers to help those in need brings him a different sort of fame—and the attention of a power-hungry man who realizes that Nylan possesses exactly what he’s been looking for.

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FEATURED BOOK: The Jonas Trust Deception (A Thomas Gunn Thriller) by AFN Clarke

Genre: thriller, mystery/suspense, action and adventure, espionage, fiction

Thomas Gunn is ex-British Special Forces with a talent for infiltration and assassination. Skills that year ago he reluctantly called on, to expose an international conspiracy that led to the murder of his father and death of his best friend. He thought it was all behind him. But a desperate call from his journalist friend Morgan, propels him into an even more sinister plot that threatens global politics and the security of the United States.

Racing to follow her cryptic clues, Thomas and his partner Julie are thrust into the deadly path of Mexican drug cartels, corrupt politicians, the CIA, FBI, MI5, and ruthless Wall St brokers. What evil end-game binds these unlikely players together? It appears the shocking truth lies in the painful memories of Thomas’s past, during covert operations in Afghanistan at the height of the war. A past he had hoped to forget, but will not forget him.

Tearing at his soul is a haunting question – was he used as a pawn in an insidious “game” back then? Is he still being “played” even now? Outraged at the thought, he does something so unexpected that its boldness and daring will take your breath away! But how high a price will he have to pay for uncovering the truth?

As the son of an MI6 operative, former Officer in Britain’s elite Parachute Regiment, pilot, race-car driver, yachtsman and bestselling author of “Contact”, AFN Clarke brings a wealth of experience to this latest Thomas Gunn novel. As John Staughton writes in his review: “Edge of your seat material. AFN Clarke is a powerful force in the thriller genre.” Available in both ebook and paperback format.

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FEATURED BOOK: Her Temporary Hero by Jennifer Apodaca

Former beauty queen Becky Holmes and her baby are on the run from her dangerous ex. With her dreams of love and marriage destroyed, she’ll do anything to protect her child…even agree to hide out in her boss’s cousin’s house while he’s away.

Wealthy, sexy, and emotionally haunted Logan Knight needs a temporary wife to get his land, per his dad’s rules. No wife, no inheritance. But when that wife lands on his doorstep and comes with a baby, his darkest memories are triggered. He tries to keep his distance, but his efforts are shattered when he starts to have real feelings for his fake wife and child.

Just as Logan begins to think he may have a future with Becky, his attempt to have it all backfires into a betrayal that forces Becky into a heart-wrenching choice no woman should ever have to make.

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FEATURED BOOK: The Iron Locket by Samantha Warren

Genre: Paranormal Romance

She was raised to hunt faeries. He was raised from the dead.

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Aiofe Callaghan comes from a long line of faery hunters. Hired by one of the faery queens, they protect the human world from chaos and destruction. But when Aiofe stumbles through an open door into the land of Faery, she discovers the job isn’t as simple as it seems, and neither is she.

Arthur Pendragon spent centuries in blissful nothingness, until the day the four queens banded together to raise him from the dead. Along with his twelve most talented knights, he leads the warring armies of Faery against the greatest enemy they have ever known: one of their own.

Can they overcome their differences to confront the greatest challenges either of them have ever faced?

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FEATURED BOOK: The Witch, The Wolf and The Vampire by A K Michaels

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Peri has been running since she was fifteen – using her magic to stay safe. ‘They’ can track her magic tho, so she has to use it sparingly. In Vegas, for a cash in hand job, and things turn nasty! She knows the amount of magic she would have to use to escape unscathed would bring ‘them’ right to her.

Before she can use the vast magic required two males appear and aid her. One a wolf, one an ancient vampire.

Josef, the vampire, and Gabe, the wolf, are more than a little interested in this skinny girl. What ensues shocks both of the strong males – this girl is more than a stray, more than a witch – it looks like she is a mate – for both of them!?

Will Peri stay? Will they keep her safe? Who, if any, of the two will she choose? Just how much power does this stripling of a girl have locked inside her?

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FEATURED BOOK: Massacre at Lonesome Ridge by Samantha Warren

Genre: Zombie western

Don’t stop. Don’t look back. Just RUN.

Connor McClane is used to hard times. As sheriff of Lonesome Ridge, he’s fought his fair share of bad guys. But when creatures that should be impossible threaten his town, he’ll face the hardest challenge he’s ever known.

Charity Banks, the once-debutante from New York City, has a hunger for human flesh and a zombie horde to do her bidding. Can Connor defend Lonesome Ridge from her undead army?

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FEATURED BOOK: The Universe Builders by Steve LeBel

Genre: scifi/fantasy, young adult and adult

What if God got a C- in Universe Building 101?
(Well, not our God, of course. One of those other guys…)

Dive into a humorous fantasy world unlike anything you have imagined. A world of gods and goddesses who build universes for a living. Are they all-powerful and all-knowing? Well, not exactly…

As Bernie graduates from God School, he is thrilled to land his dream job as a builder of universes. His first assignment is to build his own universe. Determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie forges ahead, only to find problems everywhere. Mysterious asteroids, unexplained volcanoes, shifting continents and more lead him to suspect sabotage. But who could sabotage his universe? Only another god could do that.

It’s god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his vicious foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything.

A fascinating tale of good vs. evil and a young hero on a journey of self-discovery in an original, humorous, fantastic wrapper.

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Featured Book: Simply Irresistible: A Spruce Creek Romance by Sharon Burgess

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About Simply Irresistible: A Spruce Creek Romance by Sharon Burgess

This is a complete romance novel – there is no cliffhanger ending. Simply Irresistible is a ‘sweet romance’ – no graphic sex. That’s not to say there is no sex, but it takes place behind closed doors.

A Spruce Creek Romance

Kat Morelli, determined to escape the scrutiny of her parents, accepts a job as a veterinary technician in the Rocky Mountain town of Spruce Creek, Colorado. She thinks her boss is a pompous ass and she doesn’t especially like him. But when she is attacked in his clinic, she moves into his apartment for her own safety.

Jordan Walker, DVM, is a man with a lot of baggage. Since he is always dragging it with him, he is not a very nice person. But he doesn’t need to be nice to know his duty and do it. Kat was attacked in his clinic. She might still be at risk. His duty is to protect her, even if it means letting her be his roommate.

Can Jordan shed his baggage? Can Kat overcome her dislike of the surly vet? Can their relationship survive the ultimate betrayal?

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Featured Book: Whispers of Hope: Transcending Abuse, Cancer and Divorce to Embrace Peace by Denise Cunningham

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About Whispers of Hope: Transcending Abuse, Cancer and Divorce to Embrace Peace by Denise Cunningham

Have you ever wondered, “Is there more to life than merely surviving?” If you’re ready to set down the baggage from your past and experience lasting peace, joy, and love in your life, then this book and its transformational tools can be a gentle guide on your journey to thriving.

Whispers of Hope is an inspirational story of courage, resilience, and forgiveness. It chronicles the author’s victory over generational patterns of abuse, addiction, suicide, and cancer, and offers heart-changing practices to empower you. Through its pages you’ll discover that inner peace is possible, no matter what has happened in your past. You are not broken and you are not alone. There is hope in all situations. It’s whispering all the time…Are you ready to hear its messages?

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Featured Book: Peril by Frank Howell Evans

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About Peril by Frank Howell Evans

Free on kindle! Detective Jules Poiret falls ill. From his hospital bed he and his assistant Miss Sarah Long have to solve the murder of the lady on the bus.

According to Wikipedia, Jules Poiret was inspired by Sherlock Holmes and in turn inspired Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. Created in 1909 by writer Frank Howel Evans, Jules Poiret is one of the grandfathers of the British detective genre.

This year sees Sophie Hannah writing the first new Hercule Poirot book in 39 years, The Monogram Murders, the first new Lord Peter Wimsey book and the first new Albert Campion book since the death of their respective original writers. It also sees the publication of the stories of detective Jules Poiret on Amazon Kindle for the first time.

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Featured Children’s Book: A Sandy Grave by Donna McDine

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About A Sandy Grave by Donna McDine

The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of the adventures to be had, especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they find themselves thrown into discovering the identity of the mysterious men at the beach?

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Featured Book: Shrouded in Blackness by Norma Jeanne Karlsson

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About Shrouded in Blackness by Norma Jeanne Karlsson

Gangs, organized crime and underground bare-knuckle fighting make up the world that Kieran Delaney thrives within. His reputation is built on the talent of his fists, as much as his ability to get information about any and everything. Never one to be caught by surprise or bested, Kieran knows what you’re going to do before you do it… until Darcy Quinlan enters his life. She introduces herself with a knife to his throat and a promise of unbridled pain. Darcy’s life has been destroyed by betrayal and false promises of safety. Living on the streets for the last eight years, she’s has been a ghost. Never in one place long enough to be seen because you can’t catch what isn’t there. Now Kieran sees her and can’t erase her image from his mind.

Kieran and Darcy must now battle to keep her alive and by his side. As her past enters her life from every angle, Kieran makes certain her safety is no longer a concern, annihilating her demons at every corner. He’ll fight, he’ll maim, he’ll torture and he’ll murder to keep Darcy protected. If Kieran can win, her life will no longer be shrouded in blackness… loyalty will lift the veil.

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Featured Book: Finding Forgiveness in God’s Word by Joyce Villeneuve

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Finding Forgiveness in God’s Word by Joyce Villeneuve

New Release!

DO YOU STRUGGLE TO FORGIVE? All of us experience hardship of one kind or another as we go through life. But it’s betrayal by loved ones, colleagues, friends, and even complete strangers that can lead to one of the toughest challenges that human beings face—the issue of forgiveness. So, where can we find that “deeper grace” to forgive the seemingly unforgivable?
Finding Forgiveness in God’s Word is a journey through the Bible and author Joyce Villeneuve’s own difficult experiences—one that offers true hope to those who struggle with unforgiveness, along with answers to such tough questions as: How can I forgive others? How can I forgive myself? How can God forgive me? And more…
Through these powerful true stories, you’ll discover there is nothing that can keep you from receiving God’s forgiveness, grace, and redemption, if you ask for it. You’ll also learn the keys to forgiving others, no matter how inexcusable or even unspeakable their actions.

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Featured Book: Broken by Annie Jocoby

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About Broken by Annie Jocoby

Book One of a three book trilogy.

Nick O’Hara is a veritable womanizer. The only qualifications that he looks for in a romantic connection is that the person is hot and breathing. Mainly hot. He has no desire for an emotional connection with another person, and that’s the way he lives his life. He has his fabulous wealth and his reputation as a premiere architect, and that’s enough for him.

Until Scotty James.

Scotty is a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City. She’s broken from traumatic experiences from her years in foster care and homelessness. She has a vulnerability that is intoxicating to Nick, because, deep down, he knows that he is as broken as she.

When Nick pursues Scotty, it seems that she is the only woman who doesn’t want to be with him. At first she’s a challenge, but Nick soon finds himself falling in love for the first time in his life. With a woman who wants nothing to do with him.

Can Scotty overcome her trust issues and fear to let Nick in? Or will she prove to be too broken to trust?

This is a full-length, 95,000 word, New Adult novel with mature themes.

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Featured Book: 51 Ways to Help Your Social Media Manager Crush It by Shawndra Russell

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About 51 Ways to Help Your Social Media Manager Crush It by Shawndra Russell

If you’re a business owner or manager that has delegated social media management, this book will show you how to help take your social media strategy to the next level. If you’re a social media professional, this book will show you exactly what you need to ask for from the companies you work with to ensure that you are doing a stellar job. And since there’s a big chance that one day in the not-so-far future you’ll be asked to participate in the social media program of the company you work for, this book can help you understand all the work that goes into managing social media, so you’ll be better prepared when social media tasks become part of your job description.

This book is also packed with recommended resources from top social media experts, like Jay Baer, Gary Vaynerchuk and Erik Deckers, that tie into the 51 tips. These tips are clear, concise, and will be insanely useful for taking your social media program from meh to amazing. You’ll be surprised how these tweaks will pay off in your overall digital marketing efforts and help your brand have a bigger online presence.

And if you’re part of a company that is still resisting social media or barely utilizing the social networks available, share this book with your decision makers, so they can understand how, with a cohesive team effort, social media can be a powerful tool in improving your bottom line and creating the kind of customer loyalty that can last a lifetime.

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Featured Book: Roar of Revenge by Joan Foley Baier

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About Roar of Revenge by Joan Foley Baier

Keri’s scream woke her from the nightmare…that huge black SUV bearing down on her, crunching her leg against the concrete barrier in the zoo’s parking lot. An unlikely hero, the elephant in the zoo where Keri works, saves her from sudden death. If the animals didn’t make such an uproar, the SUV would have come at her again… and killed her. But now, who will save her in the real world?

The police investigate fruitlessly. The threats keep coming. Eventually, Kevin has to move back into the house with her and the kids while her leg heals—and also for her security. Is Kevin enough to stave off a killer?

The kids love having them all together again, but she,,,? She feels the same old pull when he looks at her, and when he touches her. But is that enough to open her heart again? And for what? Another heartbreaking separation?

This novella, Roar of Revenge, is a quick read and answers all these questions in a suspenseful romance of intrigue, mystery and love.

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Featured Book: Texas Haven by Kathleen Ball

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About Texas Haven by Kathleen Ball

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Everything in Annie Douglas’ life has taught her men can’t be trusted. Although Burke is big, strong and not seemingly gentle, Annie feels drawn to the handsome, Texas cowboy. Upon discovering Burke’s advertisement for a wife, Annie shyly asks if he might consider her.

Burke Dawson wants children; unfortunately, that also includes a wife. His first wife was a citified hellcat who stole half of his ranch. Now, Burke is determined to find an honest, country girl with no expectations of love.

Misunderstandings, accidents, and treachery leads to Annie leaving shattered and alone. Can their shaky start lead to the loving relationship they both desire but neither is sure of?

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