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Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life by Tasha Eurich

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"Most people feel like they know themselves pretty well. But what if you could know yourself just a little bit better—and with this small improvement, get a big payoff…not just in your career, but in your life?

Research shows that self-awareness – knowing who we are and how others see us – is the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships.  There’s just one problem: most people don’t see themselves quite as clearly as they could.

Fortunately, reveals organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich, self-awareness is a surprisingly developable skill. Integrating hundreds of studies with her own research and work in the Fortune 500 world, she shows us what it reallytakes to better understand ourselves on the inside - and how to get others to tell us the honest truth about how we come across.

Through stories of people who’ve made dramatic gains in self-awareness, she offers surprising secrets, techniques and strategies to help readers do…

Need You Now (Cloud Bay #1) by Emma Douglas

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"Welcome to the small island town of Cloud Bay, where it's never the wrong time to find a love that's oh-so-right. . .

Caleb White knows what he wants out of life--and being a star tennis player is not it. After speaking to the press about his plans to retire, Caleb decides that a trip to quaint, beautiful Cloud Bay for its legendary music festival is exactly what he needs. There will be time to figure out what to do with his life without a racket in his hand soon enough. Until then, Caleb is content to be stuck on an island with CloudFest's gorgeous director Faith Harper. . .

The daughter of a famous rock star, Faith knows all about fame, fortune, and hot flings that aren't meant to last longer than a few good songs. Gorgeous, built Caleb is a temptation she can't resist, but she's not prepared for the way he makes her feel. . .and the dreams that they both share. What begins as a carefree distraction deepens into something real. But i…

Relentless Heart: A Novella (The Reed Family Book 3) by Tyora Moody

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Assistant District Attorney Asia Reed is relentless about not losing a case. But she’s fighting a losing battle in the faith department. Now approaching forty, never married and with no children, a growing sense of unease has made her weary about her career and life.

When a former boyfriend and prominent defense attorney is gunned down in his office, Asia is jolted into action, determined to find out who’s responsible. Only hours before his death, Adam Locklear insists they meet about information she needs to know. Did Locklear’s death have anything to do with what he wanted share?

Detective Isaac Coleman seems to think so. Will Asia's persistence put her in the path of a killer?"

Title:  Relentless Heart
Author:  Tyora Moody
Publisher:  Tymm Publishing LLC
Series:  The Reed Family Book 3
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Relentless Heart" by Tyora Moody

My Thoughts....

Another good read where we see the Assistant District Attorn…

Mercedes and Thugga: An Memphis Love, by LaQuita Cameron

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"Treyvon “Thugga” McKinney is always hungry for money. Thanks to Mercedes, he opens his own nightclub and makes major moves to change his life for the better so that he can leave the streets for good. After finding himself behind bars, he is faced with the betrayal, secrets, and tragedy. Mercedes Grant’s is gorgeous, wealthy, and has her own hair salon. In her eyes, her life couldn’t get any better. Rocko Fitzgerald has been Thugga’s right hand man all while keeping his true feelings for Mercedes hidden. His crazed obsession is getting worse and it’s only a matter of time before he teaches the couple that love will get you killed faster than a speeding bullet."

Title:  Mercedes and Thugga:  An Memphis Love
Author:  LaQuita Cameron
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Mercedes and Thugga" by LaQuita Cameron

My Thoughts....

What a read that will leave you with some many emotions…

Dangerous to Love by LaQuita Cameron

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"Karmel Harvey graduated at the top of her class in law school. She’s one of the most beautiful, success female lawyers of Atlanta. She has the life most women dream of, with a big house, fine man, and no kids! With less than a few days away from her wedding, she is starting to believe her fiancé, Amani, isn’t the man she thought he was. But don’t let her pretty face fool you, this diva is far from perfect and has her own share of secrets that are about to be unmasked…

Sparkel is Karmel’s younger sister. She looks up to Karmel and dreams of graduating college one day to live the lavish life that her sister has. The only thing stopping her is the love she has for the father of her children. He’s determined to be a famous rapper, but can’t leave drugs alone long enough to make a decent hit. When her childhood friend Dre, finds himself the cause of their sour relationship, things fall apart and there’s no telling if Sparkel or Dre can survive what’s in store fo…

Hearts of Purpose: Real Life Stories from Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things for the Glory of God by Gail G Nordskog

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"Following the example of Joan of Arc, who sought God on her knees, received a directive from Him, and then stood and followed His leading, you too can be inspired and equipped to live out your purpose in first hearing from God and then taking your stand in following Him. Hearts of Purpose brings you nine real-life stories from ordinary women doing extraordinary things for the glory of God. These powerful storiesare inspirational and reflective, and will help you open the door toward exploring His call in your own life.

As Gail Grace Nordskog professes, quoting Song of Solomon 2:4, "His banner over me is love." Just as Joan of Arc could step forth in full confidence under the banner of her calling, so we too have the banner of God's love over our lives. Nordskog reinforces this affirmation throughout her book, reminding readers of God's love: the touchstone that directs our hearts and lives."

Title:  Hearts of Purpose: Real Life Stories…

The Honeypot Chronicles 2 - Kinky Me, Kinky You By: R. Marlaan Rush

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"R. Marlaan Rush is handing you another tantalizing buffet of sexual escapades! You can dine on stories such as a admiring husband teasing his wife in a restaurant, a kinky game of hide and seek in the woods and more!"

Title:  The Honeypot Chronicles 2 Kinky Me, Kinky You
Author:  R. Marlaan Rush
Author:  LuLu.com
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"The Honeypot Chronicles 2 - Kinky Me, Kinky You" by R. Marlaan Rush

My Synopsis...

What 'sexual escapades' will this author bring to the table in "The Honeypot Chronicles 2...Kinky Me, Kinky You?"  Well, we get six more real 'Kinky' read that only the erotica genre will love.  From "Lust After Dark" featuring Zeke...what will his prize be?  "Halftime"  How will Dante, Steve, Tommy and Eddie spend their time during 'Halftime?"  "Playing With My Kitty" featuring Tristan with his mistress. Then on to "Public Playtime&quo…

The Honeypot Chronicles 1.5: Extra Sticky Kindle Edition by R. Marlaan Rush

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"R. Marlaan Rush is dipping into the honeypot again and giving you 5 explicit, kinky tales sure to grab more than just your attention. From an erotic day spa experience to a man getting over his exes by getting on the maid hired by his friends, Extra Sticky will leave you panting and wanting more. More of what? More desire, more orgasms, more sex. Buyer beware: putting your fingers on this book will have you putting your fingers on something and/or someone else! Get caught up in the heat of passion and lust within The Honeypot Chronicles 1.5: Extra Sticky. Indulge in the fantasies."

Title:  The Honeypot Chronicles 1.5 Extra Sticky
Author:  R. Marlaan Rush
Publisher:  R. M. R.
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"The Honeypot Chronicles 1.5" by R. Marlaan Rush

My Synopsis...


When I was asked by this author would I read her novel and give a review I naturally said yes because that is what I do... read and review novels all genres.  Som…

The Honeypot Chronicles By: R. Marlaan Rush

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"How do you like your erotica?

Do you like it dirty and straight to the point? Do you like it slow and sensual like a love-making session? Or, do you just want to enjoy getting off on kinks? Whatever your pleasure, The Honeypot Chronicles is the book for you! Eleven kinky stories of explicit sex involving interracial love, girl on girl, BDSM, menage à tróis, etc will get things sizzling in the bedroom. One reviewer states, “each story will leave you with vivid imagery painted in your imagination through pretty raunchy scenes.” Two readers use the term “seductive poetry” to describe the content of The Honeypot Chronicles. Get your adult on today!"

Title:  The Honeypot Chronicles Author:  R Marlaan Rush Publisher:  BookBaby  Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review:
"The Honeypot Chronicles" by R. Marlaan Rush

My Synopsis...

OK, the question that is asked..."How do you like your erotica.?"  Well, let me tell you if you like the ero…

Shattered (Steel Brothers Saga #7) by Helen Hardt

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"Ryan Steel is known in Snow Creek as the handsomest Steel brother with the most jovial personality. Now that his busy grape harvest and winemaking season is over, he's happy to spend time with his family and help his brothers, Talon and Jonah, celebrate their impending nuptials. The Steels are taking a well-deserved break from the conspiracy surrounding them...until an unlikely woman and a long-buried secret shatter Ryan's world.

Detective Ruby Lee has been on her own since she was fifteen. When her past collides with the Steel family's mysteries, she's determined to find the truth. She has her own issues, and she's not looking for a relationship, despite her all-consuming attraction to Ryan Steel. The gorgeous dark-haired man gets under her skin anyway...and he needs her.

Together they explore both of their histories, but those pasts could cost them a future."

Title:  Shattered Author:  Helen Hardt Publisher:  Waterhouse Press Seri…

The Art of Hiding A Novel by Amanda Prowse

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"Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.
Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina’s life of luxury quickly disappears and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.
But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.
Stirring and empowering, this novel from bestselling author Amanda Prowse once a…

It Hurts Me To Love You 3 by Ms. T. Nicole

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"When everything you love is suddenly taken from you, it’s easy to feel as if revenge is all you have left. But when you finally realize that the only way to truly be free is to sit back and let things unfold at its own pace, in time, you will forget all the pain, tears, and all the reasons why you want vengeance. All that really matters is the person who is standing beside you is willing to take every risk to be with you despite all your flaws, mistakes, and imperfections. It is in that moment that you fully understand that love overpowers hate, and your true happiness is based solely on that one decision: to let go of the past, or continue on a path that can ultimately cost you everything that you love once again.

After being shot, Yam struggles to put the pieces of his life back together. But when the one person who stood by his side is taken away from him, leaving behind an emptiness in his heart, Yam finds it even harder to trust the people in his life.…

VIRTUE (Sons of Scotland #1) by Victoria Vane

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"A man without a past…

Abandoned at a monastery as a young child, Alexander serves two masters—God and the fading memories of his past life—the one he never got to live. As he nears the day to take his vows, he’s sent on a last sojourn into the real world, but what begins as a test of faith becomes a journey to manhood.

And a woman who doesn’t know her own heart…

Born from the line of two kings, Lady Sibylla Mac William is abandoned by her sire as a child and then ruled illegitimate. Though she lives a happy life under her uncle’s protection, Sibylla craves something more, but never could she imagine losing her heart to the would-be monk who unexpectedly arrives to tutor her brother.

Together, they will forge the future of a kingdom…

When dark secrets from the past come to light, Alex and Sibylla’s fates become inextricably entwined. Will Alex choose the safe and secure path he knows, or will he reject holy orders to embrace his true destiny… and the woman he…

Put It in Ink By: Danyelle Scroggins

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"Nikiya Barnett is no spring chicken and she is too smart, too independent, and too wise to see the truth and ignore it. With every ounce of strength she has, she lets go of the only man she thinks she'll ever love. Just when she is convinced that moving forward, means moving into the arms of someone new, God intervenes and the real truth emerges. Raja Abrams lost the love of his life, and all because of a one night adventure with the woman who is now his wife. As he builds his future, a key business decision to let God in his business, opens the door for not only prosperity but also problems and possibilities. Sappora Ink is only doing what she is called to do when she leaves her job and becomes the host of blog talk show Real Folks, Real Truths. Never in a million years would she have ever imagined God to do the exceedingly and abundantly and all because of obedience. Will her talk show be in the middle of a huge scandal or will it expose secrets that …

It Hurts Me To Love You 2 by Ms. T. Nicole

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"Torn between his love for Paisley and his thirst for revenge, DJ must seek help from someone in his past to find out all he needs to know to make a decision that could possibly ruin his relationship with Paisley.

Paisley's new found attitude is starting to drive Yam crazy, but when she finally stands up to him and makes a life changing choice, a wedge is driven between her and her beloved father. As she struggles with the life that she chose and her love for her father, she finds that her whole life was a lie, and it changes everything for her.

Snake feels that he can't stand behind Yam and his decisions any more. He struggles with his love for his family and the love he has for his woman. He finds that he can no longer live with a promise that he made so many years ago. It's time for him to reveal the truth and face his consequences."

Title:  It Hurts Me To Love You 2 Author:  Ms. T. Nicole Publisher:  Royalty Publishing House  Series: # 2 …

What I Gain Through His Pain by Nicole Benoit-Roy

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"In a society filled with easy Christianity and cheap grace, Nicole Benoit-Roy takes her relationship with Christ to a much deeper level. Since becoming a Christian, she has been learning about her newfound Savior, Jesus Christ. She is an educator who vows to be a student for as long as she lives. The more she learns about the cross of Christ, the more she realizes the importance of it in her life. As she meditates on His suffering, she concludes that His pain is the reason for every blessing in her life. In this book, "What I Gain Through His Pain," she shares her story about the benefit of the cross as she expresses gratefulness for His pain."

Title:  What I Gain Through His Pain
Author:  Nicole Benoit-Roy
Publisher:  Lorekeeper Publishing Services; 1 edition
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"What I Gain Through His Pain" By Nicole Benoit-Roy

My Thoughts.....

What a wonderful testimony this author gives of her life and…

The Golden Lie by B.M. Hardin

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"Have you ever told a lie?

Yaya Ramsey dedicated her life to being a good wife. She loved her husband with everything in her, but everything isn't always enough. She'd thought that she'd married the exception. Needless to say, she'd thought wrong. Her husband, Dakota, isn't the man he portrayed to be and after finding out a few of his heartbreaking secrets, Yaya is forced to come up with a plan.

What do you do when the person that you love the most, no longer loves you back?

You tell a Lie!

Hurt and full of rage, Yaya wants revenge and she becomes apart of a Lie that changes life as she knows it and things for everyone around her will never be the same.
She'd forgotten to consider one little thing...
What if the Lie actually worked?

Twists and turns, sex and deceit, Yaya's world is turned upside down, and she learns a cold, hard truth, that isn't always the easiest to accept and that is: No matter how well you think you kno…