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Magnificent Vibration by Rick Springfield (Guest Review) by Randy L. Scott

I received this novel as a gift from a friend who knows my taste in stories. I knew of Rick Springfield as both a musician and actor and am now pleasantly surprised to find him a great storyteller and author. Magnificent Vibration is a short novel which asks (and answers) the questions: Why are we…… Continue reading Magnificent Vibration by Rick Springfield (Guest Review) by Randy L. Scott

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Calling All Book Lovers

It’s been almost 6-months since we began our monthly Book Review Week. We’ve had great success and a ton of fun hearing from others as well, but thought this might mark the perfect opportunity to speak to those not in the writing industry. For those of you who just love a good book and perhaps…… Continue reading Calling All Book Lovers

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How to Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams – Fast! by Dan Janal (Book Review)

In any given week, I read between 2-3 books with at least another 2 in the wings either half read or in the “to be read soon” pile. Thankfully, I read FAST. But, I don’t WRITE as fast as I would like. Unless, of course, I’m on a deadline, then I write like the wind.…… Continue reading How to Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams – Fast! by Dan Janal (Book Review)

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Give and Take by Adam Grant – Guest Review

“Success depends heavily on how we approach our interactions with other people.  Every time we interact with another person… we have a choice to make:  do we try to claim as much value as we can, or contribute value without worrying about what we receive in return?” The quote above describes the main premise of…… Continue reading Give and Take by Adam Grant – Guest Review

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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (Guest Review) – Tae Haahr

Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle is a dystopian alternative history look at the world in 1962, imagining that the Allied forces had lost the Second World War. The book, published in 1962, is the inspiration behind Amazon’s current running show by the same title (which, by the way, is amazing if…… Continue reading The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (Guest Review) – Tae Haahr

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Thirty-Three Cecils by Everett De Morier (Book Review)

The year is 1992 and media coverage focused on the U.S. Presidential Election, the L.A. Riots, and Amy Fisher. These headlines dominated, but there was another story, and now over twenty years later, it is available in book format. It is the story of a disgraced cartoonist and a man who works at a landfill.…… Continue reading Thirty-Three Cecils by Everett De Morier (Book Review)

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Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco (Book Review)

They say it is the winners who write the history books. But, what if…what if…a new truth was written? What if you could not RE-write history, but write a new history? Three editors at a publishing house are frustrated with the dearth of manuscripts of occult conspiracy theory. So, they cook up a plan to…stir…… Continue reading Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco (Book Review)

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What We Read Before Google

Everything old is new again. Vinyl is back. Vintage is back. Farm to table, moon phases, and helpful hints are just a few of the tidbits you can find within these pages. I bet you thought the Farmer’s Almanac was no more, didn’t you? In the last quarter of 2018, I picked up the 2019…… Continue reading What We Read Before Google

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Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me by Greg Koorhan (Book Review)

We are storytellers, all of us, whether we realize it or not. Our emotions drive our decisions, our purchases, our direction. But, somehow in the rise of the quest for data-driven insights, the story sometimes gets lost in the details. Greg Koorhan’s book Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me – How to Use Storytelling to Connect…… Continue reading Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me by Greg Koorhan (Book Review)

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Book Review)

It’s been nearly ten years since I first saw the book A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness in an English language bookstore in Prague, Czech Republic. I was the clerk in that bookstore and often eyed the tome with envy. But, books enter our lives, it seems, at different junctures than we first imagine.…… Continue reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Book Review)