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Book Review: The Law of Attraction: How to Get Your Man The Slam-Dunk Formula to Getting the Love of Your Life by Sally Huss


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Synopsis:
Sally Huss’s book first reads like the memoirs of a beautiful and talented tennis star discovering how exciting the world can be for a young woman open to romance and adventure. At fifteen, Sally was playing tennis and spending time with an equally young Ricky Nelson. Reading about her first love affair at Wimbeldon and the fun years while working for Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. at Goldwyn Studios, the anecdotes that Sally Huss recount remind me of the most glamorous aunt or family friend of my mother’s generation.

A catalyst leads Sally to rethink her approach and her life. With meditation and greater self awareness, Sally comes up with her “letter to the Sun” in which she describes the traits and characteristics of the right man for her. Then Sally prepared to meet this man – by putting herself and her life in order – both on the surface and “inside her mind and heart”. Sally has a clear sense of the life that she wants and is strong enough not to settle for men or situations while being open to opportunties until she does come across the right person and relationship. Not surprisingly, this right man falls deeply in love with Sally. With patience, strength and love Sally and her man, Marv, create a life together. It’s over 35 years since her letter to the Sun and Sally’s book is her way of sharing her story and secret.

Review:
The Law of Attraction: How to Get Your Man – The Slam-Dunk Formula to Getting the Love of Your Life is a short and enjoyable read. The secret that she shares reminds me of the advice that my grandmother, quite a famous beauty in her time, would give me and my cousins. Although the drawings and photos give the book a self-published feel, the book is self-published and as you read it, you realize that adds to its particular charm.

Publisher: Huss Publishing (March 19, 2009), 56 pages.
Courtesy of Bostick Communications.

About the Author, courtesy of the Author’s website:

Sally Huss has been an artist all of her life. She was raised in Bakersfield, California where she took her first private oil painting lessons at the age of 10. She studied art at Occidental College, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Fine Arts.

At the same time Sally (Sally Moore) was developing her art skills, she was developing her tennis skills. She became National Junior Champion, a member of the U.S. Wightman Cup Team and a Wimbledon semi-finalist. As an accomplished tennis player Sally taught her special brand of Zen tennis to celebrity clients such as Barbra Streisand, Joel Grey, Jill St. John, Marilyn Bergman, Helen Reddy, Larry Hagman, Jack Jones, Milos Forman, among others. After playing the Virginia Slims Women’s Tennis Tour against tennis greats such as Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, Sally became the head rackets pro at The Aspen Club in Colorado. There she hosted visiting celebrities, including Clint Eastwood, Merv Griffin, Ingmar Johansson and Rod Laver.

In the 1980’s with the help of her husband Marv, former head of advertising and promotion for Hallmark Cards, Sally returned to art and writing in a big way. Along with her own products — her gift art and original paintings — she branched out into licensing. Her designs and verse found their way into lines of greeting cards for American Greetings, plus collections of wallpaper, ceramics, mugs and even T-shirts. Now her art dances across thousands of products including clothing, purses, children’s books and even baby bibs. Her paintings and gift art brighten walls and uplift hearts in homes, office buildings, restaurants and hotels everywhere. One piece even graced the walls of the White House.

Today Sally Huss is considered one of the leading artists/designers in the country, in many cases combining her writing with her art. This has resulted in a number of books for children and The Happy Book published by Ten Speed Press. Her most recent book, The Law of Attraction: HOW TO GET YOUR MAN — The Slam-Dunk Formula to Getting the Love of Your Life, is taking off in popularity as people recognize the wisdom it reveals in the light-hearted manner that it is presented.

Visit Sally Huss’s website to learn more about her life, art, and books.

Thank you to Bostick Communications and Sally Huss for this opportunity!

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Book Review: The Richest Man in Town: the Twelve Commandments of Wealth by W. Randall Jones


Review of The Richest Man In Town: The Twelve Commandments of Wealth by W. Randall Jones

Synopsis:

W. Randall Jones, founder of Worth Magazine, identified and interviewed the Richest Man in Towns (RMITs) in one hundred American towns and cities. Jones selected self-made types who found their own paths to success through hard work and their creativity. While members of this select group span a range of companies and industries, they share certain traits. Jones calls these traits the Twelve Commandments of Wealth.

Here are the first few:

1. Seek Money for Money’s Sake and Ye Shall Not Find.
– Wealth comes from a contribution of real value

2. Find your perfect pitch
– Know your own unique strengths and talents and match them with your personal passion.

3. BYOB: Be your own boss
– Don’t work for someone else, found your own enterprise. Choose partners carefully – only those who bring something critical to your success.

The bulk of the book is devoted to describing these Twelve Commandments of Wealth and sharing how successful men demonstrated these traits. Anecdotes come from a diverse group of successful folk. Here are just a few: Michael Dell, Stephen King, Sam Zell, Fred Smith, Carl Icahn, John McAfee, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, and Larry Ellison.

Aside from describing the traits, Jones offers exercises to help us find our strengths and individual paths to wealth. For instance, when describing the need to look for more than money, he suggests writing your own obituary to visualize your lifetime goals.

Review:

I found The Richest Man in Town: the Twelve Commandments of Wealth to be an interesting and absorbing read largely because of the wealth of stories shared by his sources.

Some of the quotes are particularly memorable and here are a few that I can’t resist sharing:

“I always tell young people there is no substitute for hard work and diligence. It takes eight hours a day of hard work to be a success, but it takes most people twelve or thirteen hours a day to do eight hours of good work.”
– Joe Taylor, former CEO of Southland Log Homes and secretary of commerce for SC

“Everyone should have at least one silent goal. This is a goal that is known only by you. It’s a reach goal, one that is extremely hard to attain, but potentially life altering, even world changing. These kinds of world-changing golas are realized by only very few people. If you don’t reach them, you certainly won’t be judged by others-it’s your well-kept personal secret.”
-Dr. Thomas Frist Jr., co-founder of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest for-profit hospital management company

As I read, my copy slowly filled up with post-it tabs and notes. I highly recommend the book for those interested in business books and personal finance and for their loved ones who might need personal finance tips.

Publisher: Business Plus; 1 edition (May 4, 2009), 256 pages.
Courtesy of Hatchette Book Group.

About the Author, courtesy of Hatchette Books Group:

Randall Jones has spent 25 years in the magazine and media business. He is the founder of Worth magazine, the financial lifestyle magazine for active wealthy investors, and is also the founder of The American Benefactor magazine, the first magazine about philanthropy from the donor’s perspective. He was recently honored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America as “Philanthropist of the Year.”

Here’s a video of Randall Jones Welcome to The Richest Man in Town
Shared via AddThis

To learn more, visit Randall Jones’s website at http://www.richestmanintown.com/
Listen to an excerpt of the audio book or read an excerpt at http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780446537834.htm#

**Enter the contest for The Richest Man in Town at
http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/2009/06/giveaway-richest-man-in-town-twelve.html

A big thanks to Valerie at Hatchette Books Group for the opportunity to review this book!

Book Review: The Law of Attraction: How to Get Your Man The Slam-Dunk Formula to Getting the Love of Your Life by Sally Huss


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Synopsis:
Sally Huss’s book first reads like the memoirs of a beautiful and talented tennis star discovering how exciting the world can be for a young woman open to romance and adventure. At fifteen, Sally was playing tennis and spending time with an equally young Ricky Nelson. Reading about her first love affair at Wimbeldon and the fun years while working for Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. at Goldwyn Studios, the anecdotes that Sally Huss recount remind me of the most glamorous aunt or family friend of my mother’s generation.

A catalyst leads Sally to rethink her approach and her life. With meditation and greater self awareness, Sally comes up with her “letter to the Sun” in which she describes the traits and characteristics of the right man for her. Then Sally prepared to meet this man – by putting herself and her life in order – both on the surface and “inside her mind and heart”. Sally has a clear sense of the life that she wants and is strong enough not to settle for men or situations while being open to opportunties until she does come across the right person and relationship. Not surprisingly, this right man falls deeply in love with Sally. With patience, strength and love Sally and her man, Marv, create a life together. It’s over 35 years since her letter to the Sun and Sally’s book is her way of sharing her story and secret.

Review:
The Law of Attraction: How to Get Your Man – The Slam-Dunk Formula to Getting the Love of Your Life is a short and enjoyable read. The secret that she shares reminds me of the advice that my grandmother, quite a famous beauty in her time, would give me and my cousins. Although the drawings and photos give the book a self-published feel, the book is self-published and as you read it, you realize that adds to its particular charm.

Publisher: Huss Publishing (March 19, 2009), 56 pages.
Courtesy of Bostick Communications.

About the Author, courtesy of the Author’s website:

Sally Huss has been an artist all of her life. She was raised in Bakersfield, California where she took her first private oil painting lessons at the age of 10. She studied art at Occidental College, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Fine Arts.

At the same time Sally (Sally Moore) was developing her art skills, she was developing her tennis skills. She became National Junior Champion, a member of the U.S. Wightman Cup Team and a Wimbledon semi-finalist. As an accomplished tennis player Sally taught her special brand of Zen tennis to celebrity clients such as Barbra Streisand, Joel Grey, Jill St. John, Marilyn Bergman, Helen Reddy, Larry Hagman, Jack Jones, Milos Forman, among others. After playing the Virginia Slims Women’s Tennis Tour against tennis greats such as Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, Sally became the head rackets pro at The Aspen Club in Colorado. There she hosted visiting celebrities, including Clint Eastwood, Merv Griffin, Ingmar Johansson and Rod Laver.

In the 1980’s with the help of her husband Marv, former head of advertising and promotion for Hallmark Cards, Sally returned to art and writing in a big way. Along with her own products — her gift art and original paintings — she branched out into licensing. Her designs and verse found their way into lines of greeting cards for American Greetings, plus collections of wallpaper, ceramics, mugs and even T-shirts. Now her art dances across thousands of products including clothing, purses, children’s books and even baby bibs. Her paintings and gift art brighten walls and uplift hearts in homes, office buildings, restaurants and hotels everywhere. One piece even graced the walls of the White House.

Today Sally Huss is considered one of the leading artists/designers in the country, in many cases combining her writing with her art. This has resulted in a number of books for children and The Happy Book published by Ten Speed Press. Her most recent book, The Law of Attraction: HOW TO GET YOUR MAN — The Slam-Dunk Formula to Getting the Love of Your Life, is taking off in popularity as people recognize the wisdom it reveals in the light-hearted manner that it is presented.

Visit Sally Huss’s website to learn more about her life, art, and books.

Thank you to Bostick Communications and Sally Huss for this opportunity!

Celebrate ThrillerFest with an Audiobook giveaway of Swimsuit by James Patterson


Thanks to Anna at Hatchette Books Group, we’re having a giveaway of Swimsuit by James Patterson. Thanks so much, Anna and Hatchette for your generosity!

About the Book, courtesy of the author’s website:

THE BEACH…
A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after she goes missing, Kim McDaniels’s parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter.

…WILL NEVER BE…
Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the L.A. Times, gets the McDaniels assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief—Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer. And for Ben to have the story of his life.

…THE SAME FOR YOU AGAIN.
All the while, the killer sets the stage for his next production. His audience expects the best—and they won’t be disappointed. Swimsuit is a heart-pounding story of fear and desire, transporting you to a place where beauty and murder collide and unspeakable horrors are hidden within paradise.

Listen to an excerpt of Swimsuit at
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/_swf/hbg_audioplayer.swf?mediaPath=/_swf/audio/adults/Swimsuit_Webclip.mp3&imgPath=&titleVar=Listen%20to%20an%20excerpt&


CONTEST DETAILS:

To enter, please share your favorite fictional detective or detective series or detective novel.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win.
2. For an extra entry, sign up to become a follower and mention this in your comment. If you’re a follower, let me know and you’ll get the extra entry.
3. For an extra entry, become a subscriber and mention this in your comment. If you’re a subscriber, let me know and you’ll get the extra entry.
4. For an extra entry, follow me on twitter (startingfreshny) and let me know that you do.
5. For an extra entry, blog about this contest and post the link.
6. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you’ll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to U.S. and Canada. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends on midnight of Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

My Forbidden Desire Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway!


Thanks to Anna at Hatchette Books Group, we are giving away 5 copies of My Forbidden Desire by Carolyn Jewel this July. Thank you so much to Anna and Hatchette Books Group for your generosity!

About the Author, courtesy of Author’s website: Carolyn Jewel has been writing stories ever since she could scribble. Now that she’s grown up (mostly) she writes historical and paranormal romance because she loves history and imagining the lives of people who lived in years past, and because she’s fascinated by the loves and travails of the not-exactly-human in any time period.

Visit Carolyn Jewel’s website to learn more about the author, her road to publication, her writing tips, and to read an excerpt of her book.

Synopsis:
Alexandrine Marit is a tall, beautiful, platinum blond witch with fluctuating magical ability and a difficult past. When the story opens, she is face to face with her adopted brother, Harsh Merit, surprises her after having believed him to have died years before. Alexandrine has the ability to sense danger and is alerted to a deadly threat which she learns was triggered by her attempt to find and contact her to track down Rasmus Kessler, her biological father and a powerful mage. Harsh Merit is enemies with Rasmus Kessler and hopes to protect his sister with the help of Xia, a former mageheld, fiend, and friend.

As a mageheld fiend, Xia had been captured and controled by Rasmus Kessler. His experience has taught him to hate all mages and witches deeply and without exception. Xia agrees to protect Alexandrine and it is this vow that keeps him from attempting to kill her or to seduce her. Though Xia is recovering from abuse by Rasmus Kessler and despises witches, he finds himself powerfully attracted to Alexandrine.

Alexandrine and Xia must work together to outwit and survive the attacking fiends, magehelds, and mages all the while battling their growing attraction for each other. Or will their growing bond somehow help them save themselves?

Review:
Tough but caring and rather gullible, Alexandrine is a sympathetic heroine. Her interaction with Xia is quite explicit and heated. Carolyn Jewel created a complicated history for her world of mages and fiends which makes this paranormal romance different from others that I’ve encountered. I personally did not find the battle between the mages and the fiends very compelling, but the book is an interesting read overall.

Publisher: Forever (June 1, 2009), 384 pages.

Participating Sites:

http://bridget3420.blogspot.com – June 28 review and giveaway
http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com/ – June 28 review and giveaway
http://ajourneyofbooks.blogspot.com – June 28 review and giveaway
http://debbiesworld.wordpress.com – June 28
http://yankeeromancereviewers.blogspot.com/ – June 28 giveaway
http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com – June 28
http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/06/28/blog-tour-my-forbidden-desire-carolyn-jewel/
http://dreyslibrary.blogspot.com/ – June 28 review, giveaway, and Q&A
http://undercoverbooklover.blogspot.com/ – June 28 giveaway and Q&A
http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com – June 28
http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com/ – June 28 review and giveaway
http://www.mgpblog.com/ – June 28 review and giveaway
http://trinsnook.blogspot.com – June 28 review and giveaway
http://mustreadfaster.blogspot.com/ – June 29 review and giveaway
http://www.loveimpossible.com – June 29 review and Q&A
http://seductivemusings.blogspot.com/ – June 29 review and giveaway
http://reviewfromhere.com/ – June 29 review
http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com/ – June 29 review; giveaway
http://mindingspot.blogspot.com/ – review, giveaway, and Q&A
http://reesspace.blogspot.com – review and giveaway
http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/ – June 29 review, giveaway, and possible Q&A
http://horrorandfantasybookreview.blogspot.com – June 29 review and giveaway
http://www.myspace.com/darbyscloset – review

CONTEST DETAILS:

To enter, just let me know that you want the book.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win.
2. For an extra entry, sign up to become a follower and mention this in your comment. If you’re a follower, let me know and you’ll get the extra entry.
3. For an extra entry, become a subscriber and mention this in your comment. If you’re a subscriber, let me know and you’ll get the extra entry.
4. For an extra entry, follow me on twitter (startingfreshny) and let me know that you do.
5. For an extra entry, blog about this contest and post the link.
6. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you’ll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to U.S. and Canada. No P.O. boxes. The contest begins on June 28 and ends on midnight of Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

Thank you, Anna and Hatchette Books Group!

Celebrate ThrillerFest with an Audiobook giveaway of Swimsuit by James Patterson


Thanks to Anna at Hatchette Books Group, we’re having a giveaway of Swimsuit by James Patterson. Thanks so much, Anna and Hatchette for your generosity!

About the Book, courtesy of the author’s website:

THE BEACH…
A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after she goes missing, Kim McDaniels’s parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter.

…WILL NEVER BE…
Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the L.A. Times, gets the McDaniels assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief—Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer. And for Ben to have the story of his life.

…THE SAME FOR YOU AGAIN.
All the while, the killer sets the stage for his next production. His audience expects the best—and they won’t be disappointed. Swimsuit is a heart-pounding story of fear and desire, transporting you to a place where beauty and murder collide and unspeakable horrors are hidden within paradise.

Listen to an excerpt of Swimsuit at
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/_swf/hbg_audioplayer.swf?mediaPath=/_swf/audio/adults/Swimsuit_Webclip.mp3&imgPath=&titleVar=Listen%20to%20an%20excerpt&


CONTEST DETAILS:

To enter, please share your favorite fictional detective or detective series or detective novel.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win.
2. For an extra entry, sign up to become a follower and mention this in your comment. If you’re a follower, let me know and you’ll get the extra entry.
3. For an extra entry, become a subscriber and mention this in your comment. If you’re a subscriber, let me know and you’ll get the extra entry.
4. For an extra entry, follow me on twitter (startingfreshny) and let me know that you do.
5. For an extra entry, blog about this contest and post the link.
6. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you’ll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to U.S. and Canada. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends on midnight of Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

New Audiobook Giveaway: How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell


Through Anna at Hatchette Books Group, we are holding a giveaway of the audio book of How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell. Thank you so much, Anna and Hatchette Books for your generosity!

The perfect, compact listen for today’s fast-paced world, How Successful People Think (derived from Maxwell’s previous book, Thinking for a Change) will teach listeners the 11 secrets successful people know. Arranged in an easy-to-follow format, America’s leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, will teach listeners how to expand their thinking and achieve their dreams

We are also conducting a giveaway of the book version of How Successful People Think which ends on June 30, 2009.

CONTEST DETAILS

To enter, please name someone who you personally consider to be successful and tell us why. Or share your favorite Michael Jackson song, album, or music video.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win.
2. For an extra entry, sign up to be a follower. If you’re already a follower, let me know and you’ll get the extra entry as well.
3. For another extra entry, subscribe via googlereader or blogger or by email and let me know that you do.
4. For another entry, follow me on twitter (startingfreshny) and let me know that you do.
5. For another entry, blog about this giveaway and send me the link.
6. Leave a separate comment for each entry or you’ll only be entered once.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at midnight of Sunday July 19, 2009. July 31, 2009.

Note: Due to the delay in the book review, I’ve extended the deadline of the giveaway to allow readers of the review to enter the contest.

Thank you, Hatchette Books Group for this giveaway!