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26 03, 2011

Review: Merchants of Deception by Eric Scheibeler

By | March 26th, 2011|Categories: Business & Investing, Current Events, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Erin McKibbin

There “are many different types of cults. There are religious, political, financial, self improvement, UFO, and other types as well…As different as they all are, most have certain defining characteristics that lump them into the category of a cult.”

In the 1990s, Eric and Patty Scheibeler fell victim to a business cult that has been snaring innocent families for several decades. The indoctrination into the Amway cult financially, emotionally, and spiritually bankrupted this couple whose only intent was to provide a financial and moral backbone for their family. Thanks to the political clout that Amway and Quixtar have had over the United States legislative, judicial, and executive branches of the government, this destructive cult still rends the American dream from licit families to this day.

The Scheibelers rose rather high in the ranks of Amway’s

6 03, 2011

Review: The Skinny on Time Management by Jim Randel

By | March 6th, 2011|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy J.

The Skinny on Time Management covers effective time management techniques in a small concise little package. The book is written with still frames, using a stick figure to represent the author as he provides tips on the best ways to manage time.

The book is a quick read and offers advice on determining whether or not you are making an effective use of your time. The book also provides guidance for changing your ways and becoming more conscious about how your time is spent.

If the readers make the suggested charts (as I did), they will be shocked at how the time in a day, week, month or year is really spent!

The Skinny on Time Management uses wit and humor to bring readers a new awareness about how their time is spent. The book provides simple tips

22 02, 2011

Review: Fashion Unraveled by Jennifer Matthews

By | February 22nd, 2011|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy J.

Fashion Unraveled takes the reader through the back door of the glamorous fashion industry. The book is essentially a step-by-step introduction on how to get started in the business, offering case studies, blank forms and detail sheets, practical guides for discussion, questionnaires, cut sheets, tips on defining a market and couture advice. It also goes over customers, production, design philosophy, press releases, look books, websites and more.

Fashion Unraveled advises the budding fashion designer on how to use the Internet as a marketing tool. The new fashion maven will learn everything there is to know on setting up a fashion blog, what it means to use SEO content, and the best ways to use self promotion to get a foot in the door of the fashion business.

The book goes on to cover a laundry list of

12 01, 2011

Review: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

By | January 12th, 2011|Categories: Business & Investing, For Men, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Hundreds of thousands of people die every year from surgeries gone wrong. While surgeries are never truly “routine” and unexpected things do happen, some errors are very preventable.

A surgeon by profession, Atul Gawande was part of the team assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) to look at the prevalence of surgery errors. They heard accounts from other surgeons – those that operated in high-tech hospitals of the developed countries and others from the developing countries that lacked adequate resources, training, personnel, and so on.

What they found was that errors happened everywhere, and no amount of technology or pharmaceuticals could prevent them. In fact, errors happened most often due to human error, due to routine tasks that were forgotten while focusing on the more complicated problems at hand. This conclusion led to the development of a

24 11, 2010

Review: The Winner’s Brain by Jeff Brown and Mark Fenske

By | November 24th, 2010|Categories: Business & Investing, For Men, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Non Fiction, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy J.

The Winner’s Brain is a fascinating book that teaches the readers how to harness their personal brain power in an effort to lead a more useful and productive life. The authors discuss finding new ways to motivate ourselves, and to eliminate procrastination in our lives. They suggest mapping out the steps to help us reach our goals, and then focus on how to efficiently work to complete each step. In this way, we will find rewards at each stage of accomplishing long range goals. The book includes tips, pointers, history and scientific explanations on why our brains are only operating on half cylinders.

The Winner’s Brain reviews relationships between how the brain works and the relationship of the whole to the parts. The book also features break out text boxes for added information and

16 09, 2010

Review: The Skinny on Success: Why Not You? by Jim Randel

By | September 16th, 2010|Categories: Business & Investing, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Self Help|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Leigh A.

Everyone should have at least one good inspirational book on their bookshelf. It will get you through tough times by reminding you of the courage of your convictions. It will force you to re-examine the choices you’ve made – not as mistakes but as corrections you might want to make. And, like any good book, it will grab your attention no matter when you decide to pick it up.

And if you’re still searching for that one good book, The Skinny on Success should be your next read. Using a stick-figure couple who want to make their dreams come true, author Jim Randall talks about what it truly means to be successful. And as he quotes studies, research, and real-life examples of success, it becomes clear that the turning point for whether a person is successful

27 07, 2010

Giveaway: “Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh

By | July 27th, 2010|Categories: Business & Investing, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Non Fiction, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |94 Comments


Win 1 of 3 copies of Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh!

About Delivering Happiness

Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit

Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department

Focus on company culture as the #1 priority

Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business

Help employees grow-both personally and professionally

Seek to change the world

Oh, and make money too . . .

Sound crazy? It’s all standard operating procedure at Zappos, the online retailer that’s doing over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually. After debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer in Fortune magazine’s annual “Best Companies to Work For” list in 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at over $1.2 billion on the day of closing.

In Delivering Happiness, Zappos

27 01, 2010

Review: Blast Off!: The Surefire Success Plan to Launch Your Dreams into Reality by Allison Maslan

By | January 27th, 2010|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Health, Mind, & Body, Motivation & Self-Improvement, Nonfiction, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


blastoff6Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Allison Maslan, author of “Blast Off!”. All opinions are 100% mine.

In her new book Blast Off!: The Surefire Success Plan to Launch Your Dreams into Reality, Allison Maslan uses her years of experience as a life coach, entrepreneur and homeopathic physician to teach readers how to overcome self-created roadblocks and live a life they can enjoy and love. Blast Off! is separated into sections to tackle various aspects of your life, from career and financial wealth to relationships and physical appearance. Along the way,

9 01, 2010

Review: Live It Love It Earn It by Marianna Olszewski

By | January 9th, 2010|Categories: Authors, Business & Investing, Interviews, Motivation & Self-Improvement, Nonfiction, Personal Finance|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment


Live_It_Love_It_Earn_It_FRONTIt’s a new year, it’s a new decade. It’s time for you to stop thinking about what you want in your life and actually make it happen. As women and as moms, we are always busy, always tending to the needs of our kids, our husbands, our partners, our households, our families, our friends, our jobs. But what do you really want out of life and how can you be empowered to live the life of your dreams?

Please welcome Marianna Olszewski as she answers a few questions about her new book, Live It, Love It, Earn It. Marianna teaches women to be empowered – to live the life you want, to get control of your finances, to let go of stress, start your business, reach your goals and enjoy richer, happier lives.

Congrats on your

25 06, 2009

Review: The Education of an American Dreamer by Peter G. Peterson

By | June 25th, 2009|Categories: Biographies, Business & Investing, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

In my previous experiences with autobiographies, they either dragged on for more pages than necessary, or were too pompous to be interesting. That was definitely not the case with The Education of an American Dreamer. In fact, this was the first autobiography I found myself genuinely interested in, to the point where I was reading excerpts from the book to anyone who would listen.

The Education of an American Dreamer is not just an autobiography, but a keen look at American business and politics from an individual who’s succeeded on both fronts.

Born to Greek immigrants and raised in Kearney, Nebraska in the 1930’s, Peter Petersen learned the meaning of thrift and hard work from his father, who ran a 24-hour diner. From a young age, Peterson practiced his sales skills by selling meal cards