Book Review: Way of the Wolf: Straight Line Selling- Master the Art of Persuasion, Influence, and Success by Jordan Belfort (Kindle book)

51pSCI+uD8L._SY346_Bestselling author and “The Wolf of Wall Street”, Jordan Belfort, shares step-by-step instructions on using his very successful Straight Line System for any business, industry and even your personal life.  He notes that you do not have to be in sales to use this system.  You can use it from selling your great qualities in a job interview to selling anyone on a great idea.

He teaches one how to use the Three Tens to influence a customer.  He discusses the five core elements of the Straight Line System and notes the three things that “absolutely must come across in the first four seconds of an encounter with a customer”.  There are many other great factors to consider of which he includes examples and links to his website.

You may be thinking, “Why would I want to read this really dry subject material?  I’m not in sales.”  I admit I thought the same thing when I began, but Mr. Belfort’s writing, practical examples and great stories really move this book along, and I found myself thinking of ways to use various tips in my professional and personal life.  As one who has not watched the movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, I was able to form my own opinion of Mr. Belfort’s style and persona, and I can understand why he is so successful.    I wholeheartedly recommend this self-help guide to selling pretty much anything you want.

Thank you to Mr. Belfort, North Star Way, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book!


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Book Review: Drive-by Shouting by Mark Chase (9781911559122)

41tKonwJ7bL._SY346_Oh, how those girls had loved an artist; now, guitars were carried by buskers and out of touch wannabes, while guys who couldn’t play a note, but called themselves DJs, got laid every night.

Matt and Gram were down and out band members in England finally on there way to the top when they were dropped from their record label.  By pure dumb luck, desperation and selling out, Matt became a TV celebrity and family man, and at 36 years old Gram kept his integrity as a musician by riding the bus to play gigs at local taverns with minimal pay.   After several years and many bad decisions, the fame and fortune comes back to bite Matt in the butt, and he asks Gram for help to which Gram immediately turns him down.  The story goes on to include secrets, revenge, and karma.

I’m not a big fan of stories that jump around from past, present and future and this book has lots of that.  Some of the emotional outbursts from some of the characters are not credible and the story is mediocre at best.

Thank you to Mr. Chase, 3P Publishing Ltd. and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: 69 Million Things I Hate About You by Kira Archer (Kindle eBook)

51A8kEE2YoL._SY346_Kiersten Abbott receives her new job by default.  Sexy Cole Harrington, president and founder of Harrington Enterprises, let his first assistant go because he wanted her to attend a conference on the same weekend as her wedding.  As second assistant, Kiersten’s work is cut out for her as he looks at her and says, “Let’s hope you last longer than the last three.”  Little did Kiersten know her luck would change for the good when she wins the lottery along with her friends.  Just to add some retribution for the long hours and no appreciation she receives from her new boss, she decides to make his life miserable by creating the Termination Pool at work to see how long it takes for her to get fired.

Cole Harrington is wondering what is wrong with his usually competent new assistant and learns about the office pool to see how long it will take him to fire her.  No one outsmarts the boss so he joins the pool and plays along with his “sexier than hell” assistant.

The sparks fly between Kiersten and Cole and the lengths she goes to get herself fired are hilarious and very creative.  This is a laugh-out-loud romance that is sexy and sweet.  Ms. Archer creates a new and refreshing plot that made this old romance reader long for more!

For more information about the author and her works, please visit her website at

Thank you to Ms. Archer, Entangled Publishing, LLC, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison (9781451695977)

51aoPrUgPHLGloria, Dot, Liddy and Marjorie agreed to secret pact number thirty-four in 1962 that when their kids grow up and their husbands die, they will move to France.  On the same day they started pact number thirty-five, The Dirty Book Club.  “A fifty-four-year tradition that would save them all.”

M.J. Stark’s work was her escape.  When she was editing other people’s stories she forgot about her own, but when she was offered co-editor in chief of her magazine, it was a kick in the teeth.  She was promised editor-in-chief, but her boss didn’t think she could handle it by herself.  Therefore, she left New York and moved to California to live with her boyfriend, Dan Hartwell.

M.J. met Dan’s neighbor Gloria and her life changed forever.  When Gloria’s husband died, Gloria moved to France and gave four more women (M.J., Addie, Jules and Britt) their secret letters and their forbidden library.  The young women weren’t big fans of each other, but their lives became entwined for better or worse.

I have read my fair share of Chick Lit and this book was okay.  Nothing extraordinary.  Just another novel about four women with unique personalities who become friends.  If you like Sex and the City, this book is for you.

Thank you to Ms. Harrison, Gallery Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: Veteran Avenue by Mark Pepper (9781911583318)

51UWJVnlHuL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_“Humans are capable of amazing behavior at both ends of the moral spectrum”.

When a young boy, John Frears met a strange man who gave him a picture of his granddaughter and told John “if you are the one, you’ll need it”.  The one what?  It took several years to find out what the man meant.

Virginia Chester was worried about her father Dodge after her brother Donnie’s suicide.  Who is this friend of Donnie’s, and can he help her father slay his demons?

Hayley Roth may finally have a chance at a new life, but her husband Larry is a bad cop on a downhill slide who may take her down with him.

Larry Roth made a mistake and “mortality had never been so clearly defined”.  He can’t go back and make it go away and he needs to set everything straight with his wife no matter the consequences.

Joey DeCecco’s partner is a dangerous cop who is coming unglued and Joey has to protect his young family at all costs.

All of these people are brought together under unusual circumstances that will change their lives forever.

This book was a little slow to start, but once the characters were introduced the story unfolded into a fast-paced, suspense thriller with some unexpected twists.  Along with the suspense Pepper adds some humor and romance to give it some balance which worked well in the story.

Thank you to Mr. Pepper, Urbane Publications and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book Review: You Can Run by Steve Mosby (9781409157533)

51lPfPhfOrL._SY346_“Monsters are made, not born, and the truth is that they can be made anywhere.”

The Monster has never been present when the women have died, so he has no idea how long it takes.  He’s done with them by then, so what does it matter?

The Worm is incapable of killing for himself, he’s spent years enjoying the Monster’s actions from a distance.

The Writer is racked with guilt about all the terrible things he’s done to the person he loves.

The Detective believes in pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.  His instincts are telling him that there is a connection between them, but how do they all add up to the Red River Killer?

This is one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time.  Mosby pulls you in by thinking you know who the killer is and then he adds a new twist that keeps you guessing.  A refreshing story that renewed my faith in a great read!

Steve Mosby is the author of three previous novels, The Murder Code, The Nightmare Place, and The Reckoning on Cane Hill, all available from Pegasus Crime.

Thank you to Mr. Mosby, Pegasus Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book!

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Book Review: The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration by Katharine Coggeshall (9781521361719)

51L-5mEOu2L._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_Planning a wedding these days is not easy and writing your wedding vows can be a daunting task.  Ms. Coggeshall makes that task much easier by providing romantic vows, Christian vows and bonuses such as a list of inspirational words and questions and tips on writing your own vows.

I believe there is a vow for everyone in this book whether one chooses something the author has already written, or one uses the words she offers as a basis for one’s own personal vows. The photos provided are beautiful and give that extra touch needed for this book.  A very beautiful book that would be a wonderful gift for a bridal shower.

For more information about the author and her books go to her Amazon page.

Thank you to Ms. Coggeshall for giving me the opportunity to review her book.



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