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We can all agree: Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me

They used to come knocking on the door and we’re called a traveling salesman. Most often, they were men while the women stayed home with thee children. Then the sales industry picked up on new technology called the telephone and became a nuisance at dinner time. More recently, with social media where most people spend much of the day, sales has taken over the social media platform. I may have missed a few steps in between, but this is just the main idea.

Now, there has always been a “salesy” language and ways to cold call or hard close and whatnot. But do those even work these days? I think many of us prefer to buy from people we trust. Usually, the people we trust are those who are learning more about us and using what hey learn to focus conversations. It’s all about really listening!


In the book “Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me”, Greg Koorhan shares how people in the sales industry don’t want a lecture. Don’t tell me what your product or service does and it’s benefits. He says to ask questions, learn more about me, and use those answers to better direct the conversation. Basically, if someone says they are looking for a desk that has all these functions to be better organized, don’t sell him a table that does none of what he’s looking for! 

Asking questions is quite important and active listening. So many people out there are so busy thinking about what they’ll say next that they don’t even hear what is being said. Stop being preoccupied during conversations! How can you build any trust with anyone who really isn’t listening? 

Koorhan suggests that in the sales industry, after learning more about the buyer, there should be story telling. See stories should be relatable to the buyers needs and wants. Real examples are always great! The author goes on to describe how to build your stories and use  it to your advantage in telling, not selling!

I enjoyed this book as I am in direct sales myself. This book confirmed much of the training I’ve received from my leaders and has provided me with more concrete process to get the story developed. If I learned anything in the past year, it is that connecting with others often comes with story telling. When you create emotions in someone’s heart, they tend to remember you and the emotion that was created within their heart.

Provided complimentary for an honest review through Reading Deals, I am thankful for the opportunity to not only read this book, but also to build myself better stories. For anyone who is trying to connect with anyone, sell anything, this is an amazing book to read. 

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails: fun, festive, & fantastic!

Reflecting on Christmas past isn’t always easy. We have moments we think are normal then moments we would rather forget ever happened. There are those quirky things our family does that drive us crazy and then those things we wish would last forever. Add some cocktails to the mix and it’s loaded with more excitement and interesting chatter, right?

Well, I have found this book full of short stories of Christmas past along with fun little cocktails, mainly a recipe for one! It is so well written, I feel like I’m right there, taking up space in Vicki Lasage’s super tiny apartment in France where the Christmas tree gets knocked over every time you turn! And I can understand the family quirks as my own family has our own.


Personally, I can’t see myself ever sharing about family quirks or life during the Christmas season. It actually sounds boring to me, but in Christmas Confessions & Cocktails, even the mundane seems exilerating! You know a writer is amazing when what may be boring suddenly becomes a sitcom.

Add in some cocktails to enjoy during the read is so much fun! If I was able to actually enjoy a recipe or two while reading, we’d have a much more entertaining review, I’m sure! 

I am thankful for the chuckles I had while reading this book by Vicki Lasage. Wow, and to think there’s more where this came from! Awesome!

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails was provided complimentary from Reading Deals for an honest review.

God Made You Just Right: Adorably written and beautifully illustrated

As a matter of fact, God DID make you just right! How fitting of a title to a board book full of rhymes and beautiful illustrations!


Each moment in the life of a toddler is significant and absolutely amazing. God Made You Just Right focuses on many of these activities that toddlers go through. The rhymes are super cute and flows so angelically from page to page, one idea to the next. 

The images portrayed are also not short of spectacular! I love how the story shows these children of both genders and many ethnicities through activities both inside and outside. Most importantly, the focus of how something as simple as their fingers or toes is useful in its own special way!

It’s lovely to see a children’s book guiding toddlers to be themselves and not try to be like everyone else. God made each of us differently, but His creation is perfect so we are all perfect in His eyes. That’s all that should really matter!

I would have loved reading this to my son when he was younger! Now he can read it to me! Even adults enjoy being read to! 

God Made You Just Right by Jill Roman Lord and illustrated by Amy Wummer was provided complimentary for an honest review for Worthy Publishing.

Excellent steps to Finding Freedom

It is common for people to simply love life day to day with no real rhyme or reason. We get up, go to work, go home, sleep, and repeat every day. What is your purpose in life? How are you living your life to achieve that purpose?

Before I started reading Finding Freedom by David R. Cross, I honestly had a wrong impression of what I would find between the covers of this 129-page book. Instead of it being how God will bless me with riches if I give much to my church, I was pleasantly surprised that it shares seven steps to finding your purpose and how to see it through. 


You see, God designed each of us differently with our own purpose in life and gifts specifically for that purpose. Your passion is likely different than the person next door. Sometimes your passion is similar to someone else’s, but the gifting you have is a bit different. How do you know what your purpose is in this life? Finding Freedom will help guide you through figuring this out for yourself! 

With seven steps to revealing the life God has purposes for you, Finding Freedom will guide you through a thought provoking bible study and a life activation guide to help readers achieve their purpose in life. The purpose given to you and you alone to achieve along with the gifts you were born with to accomplish.

Unless you actually sit and go through the life activation guide, this book is just another collection of words. It isn’t until you dig in and actually work on these steps will you get closer to knowing what your purpose really is. 

If you are anything like me, there’s a lot out there that’s interesting and worth learning about. But is learning about everything in the world your purpose? Maybe, but for most of us, it isn’t. Have I found my purpose after reading this book? I am a lot closer to understanding my purpose than I was prior to reading Finding Freedom. It is a daily journey to be with God, be in scriptures, meditations, and prayer in order to accomplish my purpose for the day. 

My favorite quote from Finding Freedom is this:

“At the heart of transformation is the fact that what you are becoming has nothing to do with what you were!” (p. 51)

This is so true to life. It isn’t about where you were or what you did in the past. It’s all about the here and now as well as the God-willing future. 

A complimentary copy of Finding Freedom was provided for a honest review through Bostic Communications. 

Non-stop adventure with a Worlds Traveler 

When the title said “Worlds Traveler” I immediately concluded that this would be about someone traveling the this world, the one we call earth. Boy, was I wrong! In the context of this book, a world traveler is someone traveling to different worlds! And what an adventure it is to travel with someone who can take you to different worlds!

The book begins with good friends, Philip and Natalie, exploring a dark mysterious cemetery. Seriously?! What are young teens doing at a cemetery in the middle of the night? Where are their parents and what are they trying to accomplish? 

This is where readers learn that Philip and Natalie are not your normal teens. In fact they have special gifts. Philip can look at a paper and be taken to different locations and time travel using his gift. Natalie can take on someone else’s gifts and make it stronger, she can talk to others telepathically, and she’s serves at Philip’s conscience as he often makes impulsive decisions. 

  
A sequel to the Magicians Doll, Worlds Traveler takes you in an adventure with the help of an adult who also has a gift, the gift to travel to other worlds. These different worlds include a place where everyone is in the shape of clouds and move around through stretching and floating, personifying the clouds you see above you every day. The various emotions results in the different types of cloud coverage that we see. 

Another world is a dark place, a kind of waiting area before heading to the afterlife. There’s also a forest, where you must be invited to enter its secret center. It’s a place where history is written, vegetation is lush and welcoming. 

Needless to say, the details in Worlds Traveler made me feel like I was right there with the characters looking in. I personally enjoy books that place me right there in the middle of everything. I also love books that expects me to use my imagination. There’s nothing better than the words coming to life in my head!

Worlds Traveler by M.L.Roble was provided complimentary for an honest review through both NetGalley and Bostic Communications. 

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It’s “Not by Happenstance”

Being born and raised in the state of Hawaii is what first pulled me to read “Not by Happenstance”. It takes place in Hāna, Maui, a place that takes a long curvy, not-so-motion-sickness friendly, yet gorgeous path to get to. I’ve been to Hāna, so reading a book placed there was intriguing as I’ve never read a fiction story about my home state before.There is a lot of what we call pidgin in this book, something mentioned in the book called Hawaiian Creole. It is used by the locals a whole lot more than my friends and family ever do. But, I live in a more urban area and it is likely that pidgin could still be popularly spoken by those in the Hāna area. It’s been a long time since I’ve been anywhere near there.

I also sensed slight animosity between the locals and visitors, even though this story is set at a bed and breakfast and the main character is not a local, but actually from California. This may be true in some areas, but I like how the story warms up to the visitors when they show they really care. 

The main character is Lokelani (Lani to her friends), she helps her grandmother (who’s real name is Cora, but Lani calls her Puna) take care of the bed and breakfast. Other characters include the interesting Pearl, who is a Chinese visitor who shares the right wisdom at all the right moments; Ahe, Lani’s local friend who doesn’t quite care for haoles (visitors); the college students who wrecked their place; a few others not mentioned much, and most importantly the mysterious, handsome, and flirtatious haole, Easton Allard, who is staying at the bed and breakfast for three whole months. 

Constantly attempting to do things and be close to Lani, Easton talks his way into doing things with her with the encouragement of Puna and Pearl. Frustrated, Lani goes anyway and Easton happily tags along, even though Lani made it clear that she is engaged to Derek. But, Easton makes it clear that Lani isn’t wearing an engagement ring, so technically she’s not engaged to anyone. 

Their adventures go from a potluck at Ahe’s with Lani’s local friends to fishing, hiking, and cleaning the place the college students trashed. Easton is always there to create memories with Lani, which she doesn’t like at first. It’s always sad when an engagement is broken, but when the love isn’t the same for both people, can it really work? Will being single be an open door for Easton or more frustration for Lani?

It is not often that I stay up all night to finish a book, but this is one of them. Enjoyable and adventurous, flirtatious and cautious, “Not by Happenstance” by Rachel Anderson is a book that will make you go through smiles, tears, blushes, and anger all in its 252 pages. 

   

Miss Match is obvious to everyone else but the matchmaker

Toujour is a European matchmaking business that utilizes actual people to match couples together using one-on-one interviews. Top matchmaker, Brooke, used Toujour to see the effectiveness of the program and she found an artist from Europe, who she is now engaged to because she believes in the effectiveness of Toujour. However, Brooke’s best friend, Luke, has been in love with her for eight years. Will Luke be able to convince Brooke he’s a better match for her?

 Luke Ryder has been named the CEO of Ryder Communications, a business his late father built years ago from his basement. Luke’s father recently died of lung cancer and Luke has been struggling to get through life. The board of directors at Ryder Communications question Luke’s ability to run the company. It is Beooke who is there for him and helps this bachelor to make sense of life as he now knows it. 

Simultaneously, Brooke’s boss and owner of Toujour shares that unless sales pick up, Toujour will close its doors. Brooke devises a plan to sign up hot bachelor and very popular Luke Ryder as a candidate on Toujour to help save the business. Little does she realize how many single people will suddenly line up for a chance to date Luke. 

Luke agrees to helping Brooke but refuses to seriously date any one because of his love for Brooke. Will Luke find true love and his original plan backfires? Will Brooke ever realize that there’s a better match for her than her fiancé?

Miss Match by Lindzee Armstrong is part of the No Match for Love series. An excellent first book to snag your attention and leave you eager for more excitement. The characters are realistic and details so descriptive. 

Ebooksforreview.com is a website that offers complimentary ebooks for a review. This is the first time I’ve used this site and I am so far very pleased. The selection of books is updated quicker than I can read a book and the format very simplified. 

A captivating short story questions morals of dishonesty

Donald recently got out of the military and is on his way home to Savannah, Georgia. He gets mugged and all his money and identification is stolen from him while he is in the nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C. How will he ever get home when everything he owns is stolen?

  
A stranger offers to help Donald out, feeds him, gives him spending money, and let’s him stay with him at his penthouse home in this short story, The Lost Tourist Franchise by CLR Dougherty. Under his circumstances, Donald accepts this hospitality from this stranger, who soon shares his franchise business and invites Donald to join the business. 

The Lost Touist Franchise business is where people wearing Luthers shirts pretend they’re working as tour guides, they find lost tourists and gently lead them in the direction of what they’re looking for. Even if they are led in the wrong direction, they’ll find someone else wearing the same shirt and be redirected again. This leads to hundreds in tips every day. 

However, on his first day on his own, Donald is approached by someone who claims he’s an agent who will fine Luther because Donald doesn’t have a license. This agent turns out to be a fraud and took $50 from Donald. Then Donald begins to realize that he’s doing the same thing to these tourists, misguiding them. 

What will be more important to Donald, the money he can make being a part of this franchise? Or just returning home to Savannah? 

This short story was sent via email as a result of subscribing to the author’s updates. 

One day at a time for 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom

A few months ago, I asked my son if I was a “happy mommy.” His response? “Not really, Mommy.” This cannot be a good sign if even my child can recognize if I’m happy or not, can it? This gave me a reason to read 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom by Arlene Pellicane.

  
This book is a day to day read, targeting one area of motherhood at a time. Each day brings the author’s personal stories along with scripture to back up how to depend on Jesus for the situation. There’s even suggestions for what to do as a stepmom, which I found helpful as I also have step kids. 

Some of the topics I found especially interesting was controlling the use of electronic devices, such as not allowing devices at the dinner table, not even allowing anyone to answer the phone. Another topic focused on spending quality and intimate time with your spouse. I am guilty of a lot of areas that is not helping this family be healthy, which doesn’t help my happiness as a mother.

As a mother of a seven year old and a stepmother of a twenty and a sixteen year old, I found 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom by Arlene Pellicane 5o be quite useful as I attempt to incorporate many of these 31 ideas into daily life. I’d have to admit, when everyone else is following their uses, it makes my life much easier.

There are a few areas I find especially challenging, but we are taking these in baby steps and slowly becoming happier and happier as a mom. 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom by Arlene Pellicane is a fantastic book for any mother with children of various ages and I highly recommend it!

A complimentary electronic copy of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom by Arlene Pellicane was provided for an honest review from NetGalley

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Is Being a Captain is Hard Work?

Action-filled and moral-packed story that brings to life the imagination of adventurous children. Pirates are on the high seas, with a captain who thinks he knows best and shipmates who know better. Captain No Beard is head of this band of pirates and each has their own job to accomplish. They’re heading north to Dew Rite Volcano, or is it west?

  
Being a Captain is Hard Work is a children’s book written by Carole P. Roman and illustrated by Bonnie Lemaire. The images of each colorful page depict the emotions and concerns of each character. It is so easy to place yourself, as the reader, onto this pirate ship with these semi-quarrelsome bunch. 

I read Being a Captain is Hard Work with my now 7-year old son. He’d not care to read it at first but quickly got sucked into the storyline. I think it was to Captain who didn’t want to listen to his shipmates that did the trick. Or maybe it was when the characters in this book started discussing the types of clouds that they saw to determine the weather. Whichever it was, he did not foresee the ending and neither did I!

A complimentary copy of Being a Captain is Hard Work by Carole P. Roman was sent to me for an honest review. Not only did my son and I thoroughly enjoy this book, we love the Cloud Key at the very end so we can study the clouds we see every day! As the cumulus clouds float quietly over me, I hope you and your child will enjoy this book as much as we have!