Book Review & Giveaway: Artt of the Black Card by Anthony Ryan Sadana

Artt of the Black Card: No Bullsh*t Guide to Business by Anthony Ryan Sadana

Publisher:  Artt Press (January,  2020)
Category: Self-help, Motivational, Entrepreneurship, LBGTQ, Business, Memoir, & Non-Fiction

ISBN: 978-1734311006
Available in Print and ebook, 140 pages

“The Artt of the Black Card” is a fresh, concise, irreverent instruction manual on how to succeed as an entrepreneur based on the author’s own original insights and his risk-taking record as a businessman and innovator. This is not a cookie-cutter business book filled with tired advice and worn-out clichés. “The Artt of the Black Card” is a contrarian guidebook for a new generation of business owners and leaders — anyone with the smarts, guts and passion for making money. You don’t need an MBA to get rich, and “The Artt of the Black Card” proves it.

Employing nine vital work/life lessons using the exclusive and legendary American Express Black Card, aka the Centurion Card as a framework, author and serial entrepreneur Anthony Ryan Sadana explains how to make money while the world around you is going to hell  and emerge stronger than ever. It’s the perfect antidote to today’s extraordinary challenges.

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Guest Review by Sage Nor

‘The Artt of the Black Card: No Bullsh*t Guide to Business’ by Anthony Ryan Sadana is a financial guidebook like no other. Sadana’s straightforward talk and decisive writing style taught me more about business in the span of a couple of chapters than similar books that I have read managed to do overall.

Sadana is an entrepreneur who talks about getting his start in the business world by selling microwave dinners to his friends in boarding school as a kid. With such business savvy at such a young age, it’s no wonder that Sadana would later go on to experience the success that he has in life.

One of my favorite messages in the book comes pretty early on, in the first chapter when he talks about never brushing off anyone that you meet. Never assuming that someone is worthless to you as a contact just because they don’t seem to be connected on their own. There is a lot of great advice in this book and I really appreciated how Sadana made it relevant to today’s market. He gives advice about using things like Craigslist and Facebook in a way that a lot of older financial advice books obviously don’t.

Of course, like anyone, Sadana has made his fair share of bad deals and he devotes time in this book to talking about them, and what he learned from them in a candid way. He claims that he has learned more from losing money than by making money, a feeling I’m sure most of us can identify with.

Overall, this book was informative, witty and easy to understand. I read through it quickly and was left with a sense that I had really learned something from it, which I can always appreciate from a self-help book. Definitely not one to miss! I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I received the e-book for my honest opinion.

Other Praise for the book

“Irreverent, honest, and right on the money. Powerful business insights from a man who’s seen itall. If you want to make a lot of money on your own terms, this is the book for you.”– Robert F. Burris, Film/TV Producer

“Incredible book; every person looking to be successful in business needs to read this book. The story is engaging and educational. Not a long read, perfect for reading on a plane or train ride. You will ask yourself why you have not followed this advice before. Cannot say enough about this book; read it as soon as you can.”– Julio Garcia, MD

“Anthony Ryan Sadana has no difficulty speaking his mind in The Art of the Black Card. And he has no filter on his voice or words, which perhaps describes “the no-BS guide to business” that serves as subtitle.
His message is positive. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and fail. It happens to the best of us. When hardships occur, as they inevitably will, be prepared to lift yourself off the ground and get back in the game. No excuses allowed. Learn from the experience and work harder (and smarter) next time.
Sadana’s experiences bring to mind a couple of lines from the Van Halen song, Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love – “I been to the edge, an’ there I stood an’ looked down, you know I lost a lot of friends there, baby, I got no time to mess around.”
The author’s answer to everything is to outwork the competition, to pivot when necessary to find new sources of income. There is a confidence to his voice that some may mistake for arrogance. Whatever you call it, he has discovered ways to channel that trait and his own savvy to become a successful entrepreneur who has overcome multiple setbacks, one of which left him flat broke and millions in debt. Several of his lessons, his roller-coaster life and his willingness to lay it all on the line make this a fascinating and worthwhile read.”-Brian Rouff, Imagine Communications and Author

“Authentic, to-the-point, easy to read because of its anecdotal style. Sometimes funny, sometimes controversial, sometimes preachy, sometimes arrogant. Not for the easily offended. Has some very honest truths and good points about how the business world really works.”-Christina, Amazon

About the Author

At the tender age of 23, Anthony Ryan Sadana received an exclusive invitation to apply for the fabled no-limit American Express Black Card, which represented, in his mind, “the pinnacle of my financial success and the ultimate recognition for measuring any sort of achievement against your peers.”

A scant two years later, he found himself flat broke and millions of dollars in debt. Today, this entrepreneur, innovator, author and influencer enjoys a multi-faceted, successful career on a global scale in a wide range of businesses. He’s run retail operations, consults for large and small companies, owns his own real estate investment organization, and is involved in a series of high-ly profitable online ventures.

Sadana’s hard-won knowledge and insights, applied properly and with the right amount of motivation, will help budding entrepreneurs and seasoned business veterans alike create their own success stories.

Sadana currently lives in Las Vegas with his faithful sheltie, Lucky.

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Book Review: Seducing Excel by Sofia Santiago, MBA

This book is a compilation of tricks and time-saving techniques that will impress even the most advanced users. Take your game to the next level by reading it cover to cover, or use it as a reference.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I got this book several years ago from the author and hadn’t realized that I never reviewed it! I use it as a reference often when I’m using Excel. It has a lot of “quickies” that making using it easier. There are a lot of tools in Excel that I don’t have time to look for and sometimes know I’ve used but don’t remember exactly how…that’s where Seducing Excel comes in handy.

The presentation of Seducing Excel is quirky and funny at times, I’m sure to make it more alluring for people to read. It’s so full of information, though, it isn’t really necessary. I’ve used Excel for years for my small business, and this book has saved me a lot of time with its shortcuts and different ways to do things. It’s a great reference!

I recommend reading the entire book once and then keeping it to use as a reference.

About the Author

My passion for spreadsheets dates from the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth (like in the 80s). That’s when I started teaching people cool time-saving techniques and jaw-dropping tricks. As of today, thousands of people have attended the seminars I’ve delivered to my own clients, and to the general public as a contractor for Skillpath Seminars and for Fred Pryor Seminars. I am a cybernetics engineer with an MBA in marketing, and I’m Microsoft Certified as an Excel 2010 Expert.

Book Review: Sleep Better by Greg Parry PhD

Better sleep equals better health, more energy, longer life and a major boost to your wellbeing! Wow! All that from just closing your eyes and sleeping? No. Not just any old sleep. We’re here to talk about great sleep and that’s something altogether different. One of the vital subjects that we just don’t discuss these days – it’s the importance of rest, sleep and recharging the batteries every single night.

Sleep – or the lack of sleep – affects everything we do.

So many of us just don’t get enough sleep. We wake up like zombies and struggle through the day, drinking coffee and energy drinks to pep ourselves up, sleep-walking through the day and dreaming of one day getting some decent rest. It isn’t our fault. We live in a high pressure world with constant stress and pressure. And nobody gives lessons on how to sleep well. We just assume that it’s something that either happens. Or it doesn’t. Maybe it’s luck.

Maybe it isn’t because we’re here to show you exactly how to master your sleep experience and make it a normal, regular and effective part of every single day. You’ll discover how to use your sleep to become…

…..Healthier,
…..More Successful,
…..More Creative,
…..More resistant to stress.

You’ll learn how to master the simple techniques and make them a regular part of your daily routines. You’ll soon find yourself on the pathway to better sleep and a whole new experience of being wide awake and alive during the day.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This book interested me because I’ve been an insomniac for many years, and I’ve tried just about everything, so why not see if there are new ideas here? While the ideas aren’t new, they’re presented in a different way.

It begins with the physiology of sleep and then describes the different categories people fall into. Then there are the techniques to help improve sleep. They include having a nighttime ritual, going to bed and getting up at the same time every night, making your sleeping environment more sleep friendly, and using relaxation techniques to help you drift off to sleep. He takes the relaxation techniques one stop further and teaches ways to remember the significance of your dreams, encourage your own creativity, and more.

I haven’t tried any of this yet, but it looks encouraging, and I will try once more to change my sleep habits.

About the Author

What makes a person successful? What lifts an ambitious individual from the tide of mediocrity to the heights of excellence? These were some of the questions that drew me to the field of Corporate Psychology and Management and a lifetime of study that would eventually lead to a PhD, twelve best-selling titles and a series of close encounters with a group of truly exceptional individuals. My mission is to help and inspire people to experience the bounty of real wealth and success, whatever their chosen profession.

Those meetings, partly arranged round my research, partly round my expanding business and writing interests, led to further introductions and an elite group of entrepreneurs who had created wealth that was worth more than a billion dollars. These were real-life, self-made success stories and I was extremely fortunate to work with these people and to receive the benefits of being mentored by them.

The lessons learned in their company were simply priceless. Their knowledge and experience, their values and integrity proved to be uniquely inspirational and enabled me to apply their principles as I eventually assumed the role of mentor to individuals and corporations on three continents. The fact is we never stop learning and as we share the benefits of these insights, methods and techniques, we reinforce and integrate the meaning of these powerful messages into our own lives every single day. Because the methods work so well.

Book Review: The English Grammar Workbook for Adults by Michael DiGiacomo

Mastering English grammar can be a real challenge. But, with a little practice and patience, you can discover how to communicate better through self-study in your spare time. The English Grammar Workbook for Adults is here to help improve your writing fluency so you can gain confidence while crafting emails, cover letters, conducting daily business, and personal correspondence.

No matter your current skill level, this English grammar workbook has everything you need to learn essential elements, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, tenses, and beyond. Then, you’ll apply what you’ve learned to everyday situations you could encounter at school, at work, social situations, creative writing, online, and more.

The English Grammar Workbook for Adults features:

  • Fun & functional―This clear, concise book is essential for ESL/EFL and other grammar students who want to work on writing English.
  • Situational success―Get expert tips on how grammar applies to real-world scenarios.
  • Easy to use―Find quick answers to your English grammar questions using text boxes and the expanded index in the back of the book.

Learning how to communicate more clearly is a snap with The English Grammar Workbook for Adults.

My Book Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The English Grammar Workbook for Adults is a workbook for adults who want to brush up on their grammar. It’s good for anyone who wants to be confident when writing whether it’s emails, business correspondence or projects, school work, or online. It’s also good for those learning English as a second language.

The book is set up so that it explains an element and then gives you a chance to practice what you’ve just learned. It’s also color-coded to make it easier to find the section you’re looking for. This is one of those books that you can read from front to back or pick out sections that you feel the need to brush up on.

About the Author

Michael is a native New Yorker who has been helping language students from all over the world learn English since the early 1990’s. He began his formal language-teaching career in Sendai, Japan in 1994. Since then, he has worked in the ESL field as an instructor, a teacher trainer, an academic director, and a language school director. In 2004, he earned an MBA in Global Management.

Michael is the founder of Happy English, an English tutoring company in New York City. He teaches private English lessons in New York and online. The Happy English mission is to connect the global community by helping people learn to speak English fluently and confidently. Michael believes that language study should be both enjoyable and practical, so he provide English instruction in a comfortable, professional atmosphere focused on each student’s individual needs.

Michael’s newest book for ESL teachers is ESL GAMES FOR THE CLASSROOM which contains 101 interactive activities to engage your students with minimal preparation time. This book makes it easy to motivate your students to learn English with quick set-up, interactive activities. Quick and easy to set-up, these interactive ESL activities are perfect to warm up a class, round out a lesson, or teach a particular grammar or vocabulary point. Clearly organized by skill and level, ESL Games for the Classroom is the go-to ESL teacher’s companion for adding educational games to the agenda.

EVERYTHING YOUR GRAMMAR BOOK DIDN’T TEACH YOU is a must have for intermediate to advanced English learners. This book is different from standard grammar books because it looks at grammar points that are easily and often confused either because of translation issues or simple misunderstandings. The points Michael included here come from over 25 years of experience helping people learn English and analyzing the most common errors that are made. If you are looking to end your confusion about tricky English grammar points, then this is the book for you.

Learn more about Michael at https://www.myhappyenglish.com/.

12 Free Tools to Boost Your Writing Skills

Whether you want to become a best selling author, eliminate typos from your business reports, or simply improve general skills, couponchief.com collected the best free tools and courses to help you level up your writing.

You can see the full guide here. They list 98 free online writing courses from different universities (even Yale!). I’m definitely going to check some of these out.

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Book Review: Visualization for Success by Barton Goldsmith

Visualize your goals and manifest success—a scientific approach

Visualization is a simple, clinically proven practice that involves actively imagining the desired outcome of a goal to keep you on the path to achieving it. Visualization for Success can help you make positive changes in your life by guiding you through 75 psychology-based visualization exercises that put achievement at the forefront of your mind.

When you maintain a clear image of what you want, your feelings and behavior follow suit, changing your mindset to a healthy and productive one. Make this a habit with energizing and clarifying activities for letting go of past troubles, healing heartache, getting organized, and improving your future.

Visualization for Success features:

  • The perfect starting point—These exercises are simple enough for anyone to do, and most only take about 15 minutes.
  • A two-pronged approach—Begin with the basics on how visualization works, then learn to apply it, with exercises for relationships, goals, and cultivating positivity.
  • The four stages of visualization—Learn to identify your objective, affirm your desire, picture your success, and release your fears and doubts.

Empower yourself by visualizing your goals and bringing them to life.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have successfully used visualization in the past so Visualization for Success intrigued me. It gives a step by step approach to visualization to help you get what you want out of life.

Most of the steps start with relaxation breathing which is easy to learn if you don’t have experience with it. A definition is given if needed. I’ve learned several techniques but all that is needed is taking a deep breath and holding it for a few seconds.

I like how Visualization for Success is broken down into three parts: positivity, relationships, and goals. Each section has several detailed exercises to assist you visualizing and achieving your goals. This is more of a reference that you’ll go back to over and over.

I definitely recommend Visualization for Success for anyone who is interested in improving themselves.

About the Author

Dr. Barton Goldsmith, an award-winning psychotherapist and writer has been a nationally syndicated columnist for over twenty years. His columns have been published in over 500 newspapers world-wide and he has written over 3,000 articles. He has been a working psychotherapist for over 30 years specializing in The Psychology of Life, Love and the pursuit of Happiness.

Since 2002, his weekly newspaper column, which is syndicated by Tribune News Service, has been featured in hundreds of publications including The Chicago Tribune, The Santa Barbara News-Press, The New York Daily News, and many others. He is also a top blogger for Psychology Today and his Emotional Fitness blog has had over 22 Million views.

Dr. G also produced, wrote and hosted a weekly radio show on the NPR affiliate KCLU…

He has appeared on many national talk and news shows, most recently on CBS Sunday Morning and others including CNN, Good Morning America, NBC News…

In addition, he has authored seven books including the best-selling Emotional Fitness for Couples – 10 Minutes a Day to a Better Relationship and the sequel, Emotional Fitness for Intimacy – Sweeten and Deepen Your Love in Just 10 Minutes a Day, both released by New Harbinger Publications…

Dr. Goldsmith connects with audiences worldwide with his energetic, uplifting and fun communication style. Not a button-down shrink, he has a unique ability to inspire and entertain which leaves his readers, viewers and listeners always wanting more. “Dr. G” began working in the field of psychology when his career in professional basketball was cut short because he only grew to five-foot six-inches tall.

Book Review: We’re Parenting a Toddler! by Adrian Kulp

The essential guide to parenting toddlers—strategies, humor, and support for new parents

Toddlers don’t come with a manual, but here’s the next best thing. We’re Parenting a Toddler! is a comprehensive guide to parenting toddlers, with tons of practical strategies and sympathy for first-time parents.

Get sound advice and funny stories from a four-time parent who’s been in the toddler trenches, covering key situations from eating, sleeping, and tantrums, to potty training, communication, and so much more.

This book about parenting toddlers includes:

  • Toddler psychology—Better understand your little one’s behavior with explanations from their perspective and developmental standpoint.
  • Taking time out—Explore valuable tips for calmly and effectively parenting toddlers, including how to regulate your own emotions.
  • Age-specific insights—Discover tips and insights for 1-2 year-olds as well as 2-3 year-olds for each issue, helping you confront challenges like discipline and respecting boundaries as your toddler grows.

Parenting toddlers isn’t for the weak, but you can get through the tantrums and tough times with this helpful guide.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I wish I’d had this book when I was a first-time parent. Luckily, I had the help of my mom and her mom and they gave me good advice. Now that I’m a first-time grandparent, I’m going to recommend this book on to my son in hopes that he’ll take the time to read it.

We’re Parenting a Toddler! has everything you can think of with a little humor added with the author’s personal stories. It’s based on the author’s experiences and not any scientific data, so that needs to be kept in the back of your mind. If it doesn’t work for you, that’s okay. Every child is unique.

The book is divided into three sections, the first of which is about communication, discipline, structure and boundaries, and consistency. All of these are important and if you read this before a baby becomes a toddler and decide how you want to deal with your toddler, more power to you!

The second section is all about the daily routine and the third section is about things that aren’t routine, such as going on a trip with a toddler. I like the tips and insights in these sections as well as regulating your own emotions and moods. Especially helpful are the parts that explain what’s inside your toddler’s mind.

Overall, We’re Parenting a Toddler! is a good resource for parents of toddlers to keep on hand. It says it’s for first-time parents, but it’s a good reminder for parents who have a second or third child, too.

About the Author

Adrian Kulp is the founder of ‘Dad or Alive: Confessions of an Unexpected Stay-at-home Dad’, a parenting/lifestyle blog that offers humorous outtakes from the fatherhood perspective and serves as a resource for parents with younger children.

He’s currently the Senior Executive Producer of ‘The Ty Bentli Show’, a morning radio show that is syndicated in over 48 U.S. markets, as well another 22 in the UK. He’s the author of three books, including ‘We’re Pregnant! The First-Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook’ which, since it’s release in April of 2018 has been an Amazon best-seller in multiple categories including Fatherhood, OB/GYN and Devotionals.

Kulp is also a former comic booker for CBS, as well as VP of TV development for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison and Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Productions.

He contributes to Parents Magazine, the Parents section of The Huffington Post, Kids in the House and also works on branded content and with the creative team for the largest online fatherhood community, ‘Life of Dad’ which boasts over 3 million followers.

Kulp recently penned the sequel to his best-seller, “We’re Parents! The New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year” which debuts on August 6, 2019 and is the go-to guide for the new father!

He currently resides in Nashville with his wife, four kids and a handful of pets.

Book Review & Giveaway: Teetering on Disaster by Michaela Renee

Teetering On Disaster by Michaela Renee

Teetering On Disaster by Michaela Renee

Publisher:  Bowker (January 11, 2019)
Category: Memoir/Self-Help/Non-Fiction
Tour dates: March/April, 2020
ISBN: 978-0578430805
Available in Print and ebook, 316 pages

Teetering On Disaster

Description

Michaela Renee Johnson was just 12 years old in 1992 when a financial slump forced her family to move from an upscale area in Sacramento to a 27-ft trailer in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, with no electricity or running water — so no Nintendo or MTV. It wasn’t exactly the life that every adolescent dreams of, but it was, in fact, their reality.

Michaela chronicles these formative years (and beyond) in her often humorous, constantly candid true story, Teetering on Disaster. As the young Michaela navigates her way through the inherently melodramatic teen years, she must come to terms with relieving herself in the woods, shaving with a 10-cent borrowed razor in an irrigation ditch and taking what she called “bird baths” with a jug of water.

Somehow, in the midst of disorienting change, she learned to focus on what she was gaining instead of what she had lost. And in the end, she gained profound wisdom about her family and the world around her, and uncovered the truth about her own ability to thrive in the face of life’s inconveniences.

But the effects of her unorthodox upbringing don’t end at adulthood, and Teetering takes readers along as a grown Michaela stumbles upon a few “Mr. Right Nows,” gets divorced in her twenties, and ends up right back where she started: a small mountain town in the middle of nowhere.

Teetering on Disaster is a heartfelt, coming-of-age story written to inspire others to live a courageous life of authenticity and to speak their truth with grace. Michaela’s book is an unapologetically honest, authentic tale that will make readers laugh out loud and cry — sometimes at the same time.

Guest Review by Linda Lu

A joyful, thought-provoking and uproariously funny good read. I love when I find a book that just makes me feel like I am having a great time reading. Michaela Renee Johnson wrote a memoir here that, in a different author’s hands, might have come across as kind of sad and maudlin but she made it fun and life-affirming. With the talent that she has for picking out the silver-lining in every situation, I can only imagine that she is really great to have around in real life.

Here’s what happened, Johnson’s family owned a small construction business that made them comfortably middle class in early 90’s southern California. Until the stock market collapsed on Black Monday. Suddenly Johnson’s parents were selling everything (including their house) in order to avoid filing for bankruptcy. One day, Johnson arrives home to find a “27-foot Terry trailer” waiting in the driveway. Her parents had bought it with the intention that their whole 5-person family would live inside it for the foreseeable future. Of course, Johnson is horrified by the idea of living full-time in what is, essentially an RV.

What follows are faithful re-tellings of her strange and unique childhood and how it affected her adult life in unexpected ways. There was no part of this memoir that I did not love but I especially loved Johnson’s absolutely crazy childhood stories. At one point, her family lived without water or electricity in the trailer which meant that she had to do things like going to the bathroom in the woods and learning to shave her legs in an irrigation ditch. I couldn’t believe how her family managed to survive during such hard times and not kill each other. I can’t even imagine going through something like that with my own family. Yikes! I highly recommend this book if you like a good, funny, crazy memoir! This is a 5 star read.

Acclaim/Awards Teetering On Disaster by Michaela Renee

Best Indie Non Fiction Novel, Shelf Media Group

Non Fiction Author’s Association, Silver Award

San Francisco Book Review, Prestigious 5 Star Award

San Diego Book Awards Best Un-Published Non Fiction

Praise

“Throughout Michaela’s autobiographical story, she sent me through a rollercoaster of emotions. Not being able to identify on a personal level with the extreme of both of her situations in each half of the book, I still felt that as a human being I could sympathize, and it helped me to have a greater appreciation for what I currently have. Michaela’s story had me happy at all of her highs, sad at the many losses, and emotionally confused concerning her relationships. What it all boils down to is that at times, being a grown-up, and a female, can be very difficult.”- Rachel Dehning, San Francisco Book Review

“I really did laugh, and cry, while reading this. I was able to relate to the experiences of the author, even though we are twenty years apart in age; the early years… amazing experience that family went through, creating a precious, ever-lasting bond between a young woman, her parents, and her two younger brothers.
Her humor and positive attitude, her extreme frankness and humility (touched with a bit of narcissism) draw one to her.
She, like the sweet doggies of the Great North, she is ever pleasing, forgiving, hard-working and never tiring. She relates to the dog world so much, calling herself Rio’s mom, that she probably won’t mind being compared to a canine. 🙂 Being a dog lover myself, I think of it as the highest compliment!
I wish I had her strength, her sense of humor and wit, her looks, her intelligence, her resilience and determination; I wish I had her ability to seems so Angie-Jolie-transcendent, and yet admit to being a little Grace-Adler-(Debra Messing)-ordinary … striking and competent, clumsy and insecure… God bless her!!
I wanna go through struggles and come out looking like Michaela Renee! One you just can’t help admiring.
Very inspiring. You just know she is going to be JUST FINE! She has spirit! She has spunk! And she IS LOVED… she will never be alone 😉 When she least expects it her true love will curl up next to her, and he won’t have four legs!”- Marcy Lundy, Goodreads

“Laugh out loud funny, interesting & touching. Teetering on Disaster is like a Modern day “Swiss Family Robinson meets Jerry Springer”! You could know the entirety of the story and Kayla’s writing style, quick wit, raw truth still entertains. If she wrote recipe’s we wouldn’t need the food channel. Buy it for every chick you know and earn major points, but make sure you keep one copy for yourself! Not just a “chick” book – man up and enjoy!”-Rick Harris, Amazon

About the Author

Michaela Renee Johnson is a licensed psychotherapist, Be You Find Happy podcast host and an award winning published author. She inspires happiness by encouraging people to speak their truth with grace, and live a courageous life of authenticity.

Her business Be You Find Happy holds workshops and conversations on happiness in spite of life’s setbacks and has landed her speaking opportunities across the nation.

She lives in Northern California with her husband and son. She enjoys traveling and has visited 19 countries; she loves the ocean and everything in it. She rarely finds herself without an activity whether it be hiking, yoga, tinkering the garden, golfing, reading or spending time outside.

In her most simplest she loves poetic quotes and all things metaphysical.

Website: http://www.michaelarenee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelareneej
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/michaelarenee

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Book Review: Millennial Samurai: Mindset for the 21st Century by George J. Chanos

Millennial Samurai: Mindset For The 21st Century by George J Chanos

Publisher:  Indie (August 25, 2019)
Category: Self-help, Motivational, Personal Transformation
Tour dates: January/February, 2020
ISBN: 9781688563339
Available in Print and ebook,  391 pages

“Regardless of what age you are, if you want to make the most of one and only life, read ‘Millennial Samurai.”

Moments change lives. It can happen as a result of something you see, something you hear, something you read, or something you experience.

It’s essentially an epiphany moment that touches you on a conscious or unconscious level. A discovery that makes you see things differently, inspires you to action, gives you hope, or offers a new or alternative perspective.

Many who read Millennial Samurai, will experience these epiphany  moments—and for some it will be life changing. Different chapters will speak to different readers. What touches or inspires you may be very different—yet only one chapter away—from what touches your daughter or your son. There are lessons here for everyone.

Over the next thirty years, technology will redefine life as we know it, in

A way that is beyond our ability to even comprehend.

To survive and thrive in the 21st Century, you will need to pivot and adapt to a rapidly and radically changing environment. You will need  to engage in a process of lifelong learning, unlearning and re-learning. And you will need to learn how to think critically and guard against misinformation, all while surfing a tsunami of technological change.

Those who are able to do this will be the Millennial Samurai – who will lead their generation and future generations through the 21st Century.

Millennial Samurai will teach you how to surf that tsunami and dance with machines. It will help you to; see yourself and the world more clearly, guide you in your search for the truth, help you to distinguish fact from fiction, improve your ability to communicate, enhance your relationships, assist you in identifying your passions and encourage you to lead a more successful and more meaningful life.

Action is magic. Take action now, by reading Millennial Samurai and begin to make the most out of your one and only life.

Amazon

Guest Review by Sol A.

‘Millennial Samurai,’ by George Chanos is a self-help book like no other. This book almost functions like a set of small, bite-size pieces of wisdom that you are able to read quickly and carry with you throughout your day. Many of the chapters get to the point quickly, which is a feature that I greatly appreciate, having read a lot of self-help books that devolved into self-aggrandizing rhetoric all too quickly. And they leave you with strong, impactful sentences that you can easily remember. Take the chapter on ‘Failure’ that gave me the gem, “Having a great character does not require that you never make mistakes.’ That’s a sentence that I know is going to stay with me for a while and help me when I feel that I have messed something up.

Chanos gives advice from everything to stress, courage, compassion and even things you normally would never see in a self-help book like sections on police corruption and student debt. The latter being my favorite section in the entire book. I don’t think I know a single millennial without student debt and, therefore, we can all use this book. This type of knowledge and wisdom can only come from someone who clearly has a lot of experience in the world and someone who enjoys sharing said experience.

Reading this book, I almost felt like I was getting a debt-free college course in life management. It was like Chanos knew exactly what I needed to hear about everything that is going on in my life. He really did tap into the millennial mindset with the political and internet sections of the book, which I greatly enjoyed. All in all, I would recommend this to any of my millennial friends who are looking for a little guidance in their lives and are unsure where to turn to get it. I give this book a highly recommend 5 out of 5.

Praise for Millennial Samurai

“Millennial Samurai is an everything book for everyone. The first half is a pleasant refresher of “the important stuff” with beautiful quotes from outstanding people and clear and concise text from Chanos to absorb and reflect on. The 2nd half will blow your mind, give you new tools/apps, and give you conversational fuel and advice to take action on to make life more fulfilling. This is the kind of book you wish every school had in the classroom for students to reflect on with each other and their teachers. I just became an Uncle recently and look forward to reading this to my nephew when he’s of age. With the internet being so massive it’s so nice to own something that has all the essentials of today all in one place.”-Phil A., Amazon

“This book is a life-changer! It is filled with truths that will last forever. Destined to be a classic and a must for every human being on earth to read, absorb and put into action. This is Napoleon Hill’s 17 Laws Of Success for millennials! An extraordinary piece of art. This is a masterpiece. Great work to you George!”- Extraordinarily You, Amazon

“I have finally found a book that the author is sympathetic with not only my age group but also that anyone who can relate to the way to success in the day and age of millenialism, and how to use what we know nowadays to be ahead and get far. I am astonished at the fast pages and quick read in each chapter since it made it easier for my attention to get a grip on it. “-Tina Chau, Amazon

About the Author

George J. Chanos, Esq. served as Nevada’s 31st Attorney General from 2005-07. In that role, he administered Nevada’s Department of Justice and acted as the state’s chief legal officer and advisor. He also successfully (9/0) argued ― Warton v. Bockting, 549 U.S. 406 (2007) ― before the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to serving as Nevada’s attorney general, Chanos had a distinguished legal career, representing individual and corporate clients on all matters relating to the growth and management of their businesses.

Mr. Chanos has a common sense approach to dealing with problems and a unique ability to understand and explain complex issues. He also has a clear vision and uncommon insights, concerning how anyone, regardless of circumstance, can design and lead a happy, successful and meaningful life. Mr. Chanos is a father and an uncle. His daughter, Alexandra, is a freshman at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his nephew, David, is a graduate of San Diego State University. They are both Millennials. They are the inspiration for his first book, Seize Your Destiny.

Website:  https://www.millennialsamurai.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georgejchanos/
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Book Review: Writing the Entertaining Story by Wendy S. Delmater

“Wendy S. Delmater has a lot of balls to title her book Writing the Entertaining Story. What in the world makes her think that she knows the secret? …Editing. That’s what Wendy brings to Writing the Entertaining Story. She has read and evaluated, compared and analyzed reams and reams of unpublished work in her efforts to pick winners from the slush pile. Her advice in this book is practical, immediately applicable, and comes from her hard-earned time in the editor’s seat.” – from the foreword by James Van Pelt

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I am not a writer even though I have a lot of stories in my head. Maybe, someday, I’ll attempt to put them on paper, which is why this book interested me. It’s full of information for a beginning writer. Wendy points out the do’s and don’t’s for telling a good story based on her years of experience as an editor and writer.

The second half of the book is for once you have the story written. She explains agents, the different types of publication, editing, advertising, and more. There’s so much more involved in writing a book than just getting the story on paper!

This is a great resource for anyone who wants to embark into the world of being an author.

About the Author

Wendy S. Delmater has been editor of the Hugo-nominated online magazine, Abyss & Apex, since 2006. She is also the editor of the three Best of Abyss & Apex anthologies and is the author of Confessions of a Female Safety Engineer, and the Better Dating Through Engineering series. Wendy’s recent publication credits include short stories and poetry in the Fantasy for the Throne anthology, Quantum Muse, Manawanker podcast, Little Blue Marble, Stranger Fictions, and Altered Reality. 

You can visit her Amazon Author page, or follow her on Facebook–or Twitter where she’s known as @safewrite.