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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Book Review of International Business Language

My review:

“Although our global village speaks a uniform business language, still there are many cultures that practice dissimilar habits and customs.”

Yeah! The world has become a global village and the ease of doing business had enhanced a lot in the last decade. To do business with the people of the other part of the world, you have to learn the tricks of the trade and most essentially the culture of that country.

Tami has explained in detail about the IBL and the pros and cons of doing business with the people on the other part of the world.

The moment I read the book blurb, I was pretty confident about the fact that this is the kind of book that will both be interesting and informative at the same time, and the book lived up to its expectations.

The book describes in detail about the cultural shock one gets when moving to another country and how to represent yourself, abiding with the local customs and culture. And how a person feels once he comes back to his home country, the rejection he faces and how to overcome it.

Tami has explained how women have taken the top executive positions in the world in the last few decades and how the thought process of a woman differs from that of a man.

To give a clear idea about what happens in a man’s and woman’s life in the latter stages of life she had beautifully described the initial stages of growth of boys and girls. I found myself accepting what she wrote and was laughing at the truth she put light on boy’s growing stages.  Though not completely oblivious of girls growing stages, but the information that I received from the book about girls, gave an idea about the decisions they take and how small and little game playing lessons can impact a lot on a person’s life, at a later stage.

One of the best books of its kind and genre! A must read for anyone who is willing to learn the basics of International Business Language.

About the book

IBL Code is a premier guide for executives, businesspeople, politicians, celebrities, diplomats, and more seeking to brand a personal image across the globe. Let yourself be understood and appreciated with the help of the IBL Code. In your effort to get to know the cultural traditions of foreign countries, you can systematically learn the International Business Language Code of success: • First impressions, external appearance, female executives, relocating your family • Personal networking, self-branding, online networking • Tools for verbal and non-verbal interpersonal communication, including intensity of voice, facial expressions, and eye contact • International dress protocol, personal wardrobe, accessories • Hosting skills, who sits next to whom and why, the party invitation, menu • Protocol for business meetings, conferences, conventions, management meetings, and conflict resolution • Effective media communication, creating a charismatic public performance, developing your company's online image This is a must-have book for entrepreneurs, investors, executives, and fundraisers, as well as politicians, diplomats, celebrities, and anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of foreign countries. About the Author Tami Lancut Leibovitz founded the International Institute for Image, Communication, and Etiquette in Business, Society, and Politics. As an advisor to public figures, senior executives, and diplomats, with thirty years of experience, Tami's books have become mandatory reading for people in business, media, and the public arena. IBL Code is a product of life-long, international expertise in the management of personal image branding.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Book Review of A Way Back Into Love

Title: A Way Back into Love
Author: Veronica Thatcher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Notion Press


Book Blurb:

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love... Well, that complicates everything. When you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned! 

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life is turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? What will she find when she returns home... to the man she left behind?

My Review:

Wow! What a great book! You will make an instant connection with the book as you read.

The best part about the book was the way the author played with emotions. The emotional aspect of the book is what will connect the reader to the book. The heart breaks, separation and again the reconnection make the story lively.

Emily, the protagonist of the story falls in love or feels that she is in love, even she is confused about the feelings she harbours for Derek, her childhood friend. But some misunderstanding gets in their way and she pulls out of her hometown and moves to Boston for her higher studies and in the mean time Derek falls in love with Emily’s half-sister Emma and proposes her and they are engaged.

As I read through the pages and I felt like the Emily life is like a Phoenix, and she has taken a rebirth in the latter half of the book.

What does happen when Emily moves back to her hometown and how does it affect Derek?

Will life be the same or will life play its cards in the most unexpected way that it can?

The story line was simple and it did become predictive at a certain point of time as to what would happen next. What I loved about the story was the conversation Emily has with Derek and the emotional aspect of it. It took me to a wonderland where everything happens as you want it to be. I just wished that my life was the same as of Derek and Emily, going on numerous numbers of dates and still fall in love all over again like the first day.

And this story does teach a lesson as you reach the last part of the story, a life lesson that everyone should learn and implement in one’s life.

Overall it is a great book that will fall in love all over again.

A perfect romantic novel for the young generation!

Author Bio:

Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

Author Links:




Buy links: Paperback - http://www.amazon.in/Way-Back-Into-Love/dp/1946641170                                             https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946641170/
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Book Review of the Granny Stories

About the book

Here is a life story to be gleaned from tales of adventure, remarkable journeys, and interesting people. The author's intention is to inform and inspire her granddaughters, and to leave them with an image of her as something more than the old woman they knew and loved.

Some internet research into the lists at the end of some of the sections will provide an historical and geographical backdrop to many of the lively anecdotes

My review

When I first saw the cover page of the book, it felt as if there will be stories told by granny for kids and I will fall asleep reading to the stories. It was fun thinking of the book as a story book for kids. It would have been good to read the kids stories to move out from the hustle bustle of life and to take a short break from life.

Now when I started reading the book, I found out that it was an autobiography of the author Margaret Henderson, who actually isn’t famous but her life is full of events and describes her life as it is; the people she met and the travel experiences she had and the teachers who taught her and a lot about her family.

What I noticed in the book was that some characters came into existence in various chapters and the author has described about them in one chapter and how they had influenced her life along with another person in her life in a different chapter. That was great to see a different perspective and approach of a person when he/she is with another person and how it influences the author life. It is a completely different approach of writing which isn’t a conventional one. This is what I liked a lot about the book.

Life is full of experiences and this book is a living testament of the author’s life. It’s always not necessary for you to live a great life; you can live a normal life and share your experiences in a great way.


Read more about the book at Online Book ClubThis book was an "OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day"

In conversation with Veronica Thatcher

Title: A Way Back into Love
Author: Veronica Thatcher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Notion Press



Blurb:

Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes, uncertain. People, irrational. But love…well, that makes everything complicated. And when you are caught in a tangled web of secrets, lies, and complex affairs, someone is bound to get burned.

Emily Stevens is a spunky, spirited college girl whose life gets turned upside-down when she realizes she's in love with her best friend of fifteen years, Derek Thorpe. As Emily prepares to confess her feelings to Derek, something happens one night which changes her life forever. Five years later, Emily finds herself in Boston, alone and heartbroken. Will she ever be able to forget the past? And what will she find when she returns home...to the man she left behind?




                                                https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946641170/

                             eBooks - https://www.amazon.in/dp/B06WRR5FN3

                                                https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WRR5FN3/


Author Bio:

Veronica Thatcher is an exciting new contemporary romance author. Ever since she was very young, she’s dreamed of becoming a doctor when she grew up. While still forging ahead with that, majoring in pre-med in college, she unwittingly stumbled upon a new dream—becoming a published author. Some may call her an introvert or a wallflower, but she has always found she could express herself better in written, rather than spoken, words. However, never in her wildest dreams had she envisioned she would pursue writing as a prospective career, not just a hobby. Her love for writing goes hand-in-hand with her love for a good romance novel—whether it be a feel-good, sweet romance or a dark, suspenseful one. When she’s not studying, reading, or writing, she is usually found blasting her favourite songs, sometimes singing and dancing along to them.  She dabbles in a number of activities, including painting, karate, singing and dancing. She is a huge chocoholic – probably the biggest – and she is an ice-cream junkie too. She considers herself technologically handicapped forever and has no shame in admitting that. She also deems chocolates her boyfriend, Patrick Dempsey the love of her life, and Friends her life!

Her first book, A Way Back Into Love, is slated for release in February 2017, and she hopes readers will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed writing it. You can reach Veronica through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad and Gmail.

Author Links:



Excerpt:

Emily stepped back from him and shook her head. “Oh, you know damn well what I mean. You know what, Derek? I’m done having this conversation with you. I’m so done with this conversation and I’m so done with you,” Emily spat out angrily before brushing past him.

“Emily, wait,” Derek said, catching her by her arm. “Where are you going?”

Emily spun around and gave him a bitter look before looking down at his hand gripping her arm. “Leave my arm,” she said in a low yet threatening voice, “And why do you care where I’m going? It’s none of your business.”

Derek didn’t leave her arm in spite of her warning and said, “Em, you’ve had too many drinks. You can’t drive in this condition. I’ll drop you home.”

Emily jerked her arm free from his grasp and replied in a bitter voice, “Thank you, but no. I’m perfectly capable of getting myself home on my own. I don’t need you to drop me home. Do you get it, Derek Thorpe? I DON’T NEED YOU!” Emily yelled the last words, causing a few people to look their way.




Author Interview:
1.What inspired you to write the book?

Ans – I know it’s kind of cliché and stupid, but a TV show did. Not the entire TV show, but a minor storyline of it.

2. When did you realise that you want to write a book?

Ans – When I started writing my debut, I didn’t even think I was writing a book. I didn’t know anything about writing or publishing and had no plans to publish it or become a writer. It started out as a project for an online fanfiction site. It wasn’t until after I had finished writing that I realized that it would make a good novel.

3. Who helped you in writing the book and please say about their contributions?

Ans – I posted this story on a fanfiction site before publishing it, and my reviewers helped me immensely in writing it. They constantly encouraged me, helped me through writer’s blocks, pointed out my mistakes and helped me grow as a writer. Without their constant support and motivation, I don’t think I’d have ever finished writing this.

4. How is your book going to inspire the readers?

Ans – The book is a second chance romance, as the name suggests. It’s gonna make my readers believe once again that true love always finds a way.

5. If you are given the chance to change one thing in your book what would it be?

Ans – Nothing! I’m proud of this book, even the horrendous mistakes. If I hadn’t made these mistakes, I’d have never improved. This book started out as an experiment, and you don’t change experiments. That’s why they are called experiments.

6. How do you find time to write and which part of the day is best for writing for you?

Ans – Well, I often have to sacrifice a lot of my study time to write as I’m horrible at time management. But, I love to write and wouldn’t give it up for the world. Though, I do need to start balancing out my studies and my writing.

I believe that my creative juices flow best at night, when everyone’s asleep and I have peace and quiet. It’s when I’m most productive.

7. Which books have inspired you the most, in the journey of writing this book?

Ans – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Love Story by Erich Segal, Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat.

8. What is the best advice, you would give for writers who are trying to write a book?

Ans – There will be a lot of times when it would seem easier to just give up, but don’t give in to that temptation. Keep at it. A lousy first draft is better than an unfinished manuscript.

9. What is the source of your positivity and ‘tips for life’?

Ans – My mum is the source of my positivity. She’s the strongest person I’ve seen in my life, and her strength inspires me too.

Tips for life? Well, I’m still figuring that out myself, but...The most important thing is to chase what you love. Never stop chasing what you love. And never give up. And the last one, do it with passion, or not at all.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

Ans – Rollercoaster romances, with a lot of ups and downs, sweetness, heartbreaks and of course, a happily ever after. I never write stories that don’t have a happily ever after. I delight in writing a romance filled with love, friendship, some bumps along the way and a well-rounded ending.








Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Book review of the compulsive move


About the book

The inner struggle of a teen doing his own thing, as opposed to doing what is right. He hides his true intentions, from his friends and family, to uproot his entire life and move from St. Louis to Chicago. This novel undergoes a profile of his personal and work life, along with a step by step analysis of how he executed such a difficult task. Emotionally speaking, he thoroughly under thinks a lot of situations that leads to a series of bad decisions

My Review

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on!” ~William Shakespeare.

The compulsive move by Phillip is all about dreams and how a guy named Kevin struggles to make his dreams come true. He isn’t happy in his hometown and wants to move to Chicago to make a life for himself.

But life has its own plans for the young Kevin. He carves out a business plan to make it in a big city like Chicago. Initially he and his friends were successful in the venture but in the course of time that business went in a loss and that had a impact on the school he was trying to get into.
Now this isn’t something new for the people who start a business and fail. This happens almost in every part of the world and the story has showcased the struggle and success everyone tastes in business or a startup. Kevin isn’t the only guy who faces this. Life is full of ups and down, one who rises to the top is the one who bounced back hard and made it to the big arena of life.
A simple story about a person’s struggle and how a person’s family supports him at times when he not aware what one should do next and how to propel yourself to the one single dream you have dreamt of.
What I loved about the book was the very last paragraph after a lot of ups and downs in Kevin’s life,
“Life isn’t supposed to be easy. It is something that has to be lived and experienced,

He told himself over and over again.”

Read more about the book at Online Book Club
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