Model Confusion: A Guide to Models Used by Business Analysts (Carnsa Development Series)
Fiction , Reviews / March 6, 2018

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Perhaps you just want to get an idea of the deliverables which a business analyst (BA) might use in a project? Perhaps you want a quick overview in your lunch break or daily commute? This is the first short semi-fictional story from the Carnsa Development Series, starring Claudia Carnsa, an enthusiastic business analyst. Spoiler alert: models are not exclusive to the business analyst role. This book introduces popular models which a BA may use to support a project or business. In this story Claudia must select and explain BA models to an audience with a very short attention span. The idea is that you will get enough detail to be comfortable if you encounter them in the future by using examples you can relate to.     ABOUT THE AUTHOR Chris Lewis is an experienced business analyst who tries to keep up with the latest tools and techniques. Chris has a variety of technology experience and qualifications, which include business analysis, Agile methodology and project management. Chris attempts to support and share best practice in a fun and relatable way.

A Stranger Love: Historical Romance Novel
Reviews , Romance / February 18, 2018

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Having lived a life of privilege as an only son of a well-respected family, Gregory is devastated to suddenly find himself a social pariah when rumors of his misdeeds spread through his close knit social circle. However, he finds deliverance in the form of Alicia who agrees to marry him despite his reputation. Although Gregory is certain that one cannot find love in a marriage between two strangers, love begins to blossom as the pair find themselves drawn to each other. Sneak Preview: “Here we are,” Alicia said softly. “Welcome to your new home.” “Thank you.” Gregory knew what was usually expected – that he and Alicia adjourn to their room and consummate their new union. Their situation was unusual; Jason, as the eldest son, was the one whose bedroom activities hold rather more importance to the estate and the family. Gregory was only here to provide funds. “Gregory.” Alicia stepped in closer, near enough that the heat of her body warms Gregory’s chilled fingers. “Would you like to go to bed?” Gregory tried to answer and was unable to muster up more than, “If you like.” “I can sleep in another room, if you wish.” Alicia…

Fiction , Humor , Reviews / December 30, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION “Hollywood, by definition, is a lie,” or so says “It Girl” wanna-be Alyssa Glenellen in “Exposure,” novelist Summer Fox’s steamy new send-up of Hollywood celebrity, tabloid media, and books about Hollywood celebrity and tabloid media. Frustrated fashion model Alyssa is on the fast track to become Sweetheart of the Paparazzi, traipsing through a Wonderland of narcissistic leading men, egocentric directors, cut-throat actresses, neurotic billionaires, and addicted sports heroes. Unfortunately, someone keeps threatening to strip, strap, strangle, gag, bag, host, slice, and dice her. What’s worse, she was caught by a photographer with a hole in her panties, and it’s splashed across the “Scene” page of the Los Angeles Times.     REVIEW A full blown, quirky page-turner that will leave you in stitches! By Piaras on 30 December 2017 for Emerald Book Reviews If you have that feeling in your gut that’s telling you Hollywood is your destination, have a read of this before you venture into the abyss! Exposure captures the delusionally ‘beautiful’ struggle of trying to make it in Tinsel Town; where narcissistic behavior is the norm, and attention seeking whoredom is the spiritual path to empty enlightenment. Having said that, this book is very funny!…

Horror Everywhere: An Anthology of Scares Volume 1
Horror , Reviews / December 2, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION   A book that holds a deadly secret. A violin that cannot be destroyed. A peephole that reveals true evil. A daughter with a lethal distaste for her parents. A watchful eye. Turn down the lights and enjoy these ten tales of the macabre as you find there is… Horror Everywhere   REVIEW Horror fans will love sinking their teeth into this one! From a young age, horror has been a companion for author Riley J. Pierce. It has been her longest love, and the thing that has kept her searching for what really goes bump in the night. From the classic monster to the teen slasher movies, she adores them all. She hopes that through the eyes of one horror fan to another, you’ll begin to ‘see the potential frights all around you’. She says that, ‘true horror fans can look at the simplest thing and turn it into something sinister.’ And that’s exactly what she has put into in this first anthology. The author weaves intense tales of horror, mystery, and suspense, with intriguing twists and turns that easily captivates the reader’s attention from the beginning. Amelia’s Secret, Enchantment of the Strings, Blind Date, Dinner…

A Business for the Broken
Fiction , Reviews , Romance / December 2, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION “Do you really want to wait for karma?” A small black business card for Seynire Inc mysteriously appears in a coffee shop to Beth Stanley, and another in Isla Gordon’s purse. With nothing but a phone number and a question printed on the card, they call it only to discover that within the city lies an underground company that specializes in revenge. For a hefty fee and a nondisclosure agreement, Beth and Isla decide to let go and let Lydia Stanwick, owner of Seynire Inc, teach their exes a lesson they’ll never forget. When plans start to derail, Lydia must fight to keep herself from being exposed while giving her clients exactly what they paid for. What starts as a heart for a heart ends in be careful what you wish for…   REVIEW A well-crafted steamy tale of revenge The title alone keys you into the tone of this wonderful new novel by Riley J. Pierce. A Business for the Broken has a dual story line that eventually leads the reader into an underground revenge service. Although they say revenge is a dish best served cold, I found this story getting a little hot under the collar…

Three Paperclips & a Grey Scarf (An Evan Davis Tale)

BOOK DESCRIPTION Evan Davis is a writer, or at least he would be if he could finish his first book. Because the book has languished unfinished, Davis finds himself presented with an ultimatum by his agent: Take a three-month assignment as a press embed in Afghanistan or risk losing his book contract. Since the job does have a salary attached he takes it, but before departing, a friend hands Davis a hastily gathered good luck charm: three paperclips. Over the months in country, he gets to know the men of a small team of US soldiers that he is deployed with and rediscovers his muse writing about their experiences in Southwest Asia for a truth hungry American public. Davis also finds a use for each of his talismans, as they save his life and those of the men he comes to regard as his team; the soldiers who promised each other that they would all make it home in one piece. REVIEW War is hell, for sure, but war can make for irrefutably brilliant book writing and movie-making. If you’re a fan of action, adventure, war stories, mystery, thriller and suspense…this one has it all! Author Sheldon Charles weaves a…

A World Without Color: A True Story Of the Last Three Days With My Cat
Fiction , Reviews / October 12, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION One story. Two endings. Genuine and fictional. Which ending is yours? What do you say to someone who is dying? And what do you say when that someone can’t understand a word you are saying? How do you comfort each other throughout… and beyond? My love, if you go away in a few days, the world will lose its colors and darken like the land of Mordor. If you go away and leave me to wander aimlessly, alone in this sea become wild, like a ship with a broken rudder and drowned sailors, and if I don’t find comfort in the warmth of your body, clutched in my embrace at the end of the day, I’m afraid I won’t survive. “I don’t regret anything. Marcel was not only my cat, he was my everything. My brother, my friend, my world shrank in a soft gray-striped furry ball.”—Bernard Jan Powerful. Emotional. Honest. A heartfelt and moving novella. Translated into English by Bernard Jan Editing and proofreading by Philip Newey, Thomas Carley Jr. and Kath Middleton Cover design by Mario Kožar MKM Media Cover photo by Zach Singh REVIEW Anyone who has ever lost a pet will be able to…

Being Exposed
Coming of age , Fiction / September 23, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Garrett tried to hide that he was gay—only his best friends knew—but when his secret comes out, so do his biggest fears and threats. Coming out has made Garrett a target, and when he’s attacked on a weekend trip, he must explore how to deal with his latest fate. His best friends Jackie and Tanya watch as Garrett navigates his new reality, and must decide how they would react if the deep secrets they harbor were revealed. Being Exposed tells the stories of three different friends dealing with the decision to reveal themselves and brave the potential consequences of being bullied or being able to find another way.    REVIEW   An Absorbing, Thought-Provoking and Heart-Wrenching Coming-Of-Age Story Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Being Exposed, is such a book. Author…

The Witches of Wildwood: Cape May Horror Stories and Other Scary Tales from the Jersey Shore
Fiction , Horror / September 5, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Werewolves… vampires… swamp beasts… zombies… even a Jersey Devil… all of these chilling creatures and more await you in this haunting collection of 11 contemporary horror fiction stories by Mark Wesley Curran. Uniquely set ‘down the shore’ in South Jersey’s Cape May County, these scary tales are sure to terrify and entertain both adult readers as well as young adults. The spooky offerings include: – An abrasive radio talk show host is stalked by an angry werewolf in ‘Werewolves of Dennis’ – A Fun Pier boardwalk worker falls under the spell of a strange attic dwelling girl  in ‘The Girl In The Attic’ – An ancient sailing ship filled with bloodthirsty zombies crashes into the Jersey Shore in ‘Night of the Wildwood Dead’ The cornerstone of the collection is ‘The Witches of Wildwood,’ the harrowing and suspenseful tale of a witch-hunting preacher hell-bent on killing four teenage sisters determined to destroy the world from their Wildwood boarding house. This collection contains: The Girl In The Attic – Dante’s Inferno At Castle Dracula – Neptune’s Revenge – Night of the Wildwood Dead – Captain Harvey’s Wildwood Seafood Palace – Showdown In Anglesea – The Fortune Teller Machine  –…

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