Sunday, March 20, 2016

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are you Reading? for March 21

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Missed posting MM last week. Just too many things on my plate. Then I woke up this morning with pain in the back part of my left shoulder...same as 10 years ago when I tore a muscle, only not as painful this time. I'm hoping it's a very minute tear. Arm in sling. Typing with one hand. Not fun!

A few good books in my mailbox to brighten my week. These are all on tour with iRead Book Tours:

The Ethical Coach Leader by Dwight Johnson

Ethics are a growing concern in all sectors of American culture. From businesses to all levels of schooling, as well as nonprofit companies, the values that guide business and teaching criteria are under scrutiny. But, does it take a scholarly textbook to understand how to create an ethical culture? No, Dwight Johnson has delved into the problems and presents practical solutions in his easy to read book, The Ethical Coach Leader: Developing Honor and Integrity.

A fiction book that has universal application, Johnson creates an intriguing story about a college coach who finds out that his star athlete failed a steroid test, putting the coach in the cross hairs of an ethical dilemma. During a couple of restless nights of sleep, Coach is visited by five ghosts: the Ghost of Example, the Ghost of Education, the Ghost of Experience, the Ghost of E-information, and the Ghost of Environment. Each has different advice for Coach on how to resolve his ethical dilemma. With the dreams haunting his every waking moment, Coach also seeks advice from two of his former mentors. The lessons Coach learns can be applied to any industry, business, school or individual life.

The Ethical Coach Leader challenges cultural mindsets and introduces new ideas on how to apply desperately needed teachings in ethics, integrity, honor and good character. This is a must read book for anyone who has influence on others or is in a leadership role.

The War of Words by Amy Neftzger

Sometimes there's no better way to understand reality than through fantasy, and the best way to find truth may be in a book - if you can find the right one.

Battles against darkness, a quest for truth, and a search for the book that no one can read are all part of the fantasy adventure in The War of Words. As an evil sorcerer wages war by using mysterious shadows and seeks to gain control by confusing the residents as to what's real and what isn't, the fate of the kingdom rests in the hands of Kelsey and Nicholas.

As the youngest officer in the king's army, Kelsey fights the evil sorcerer s shadows on the battlefield as she explores the kingdom searching for the key to winning the war. Nicholas, a young sorcerer in training who is mastering his craft, discovers how the right words can change the course of the future.

Explore an enchanted maze, uncover the power of words, and learn about friendship in this whimsical tale.

The Five Truths about Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard

Work-life balance has nothing to do with work. Really. It also doesn't matter what words you use to describe it. The fact is, most people share a similar desire to create easy joy and meaningful engagement across the roles, relationships and responsibilities that make up life.

Our current habits and perceptions often get us stuck and prevent us from creating the life we desire. Get unstuck, learn the truths about work-life balance.

Reaching Angelica by Peter Riva

In a massive spaceship destined for Alpha Centauri B, with a genesis crew including Zip the telepathic dog, his old friendly nemesis Cramer, and a computer being named Ra (now inhabiting a human form and calling herself Aten), Simon Bank emerges from a hundred-year coma and is hailed as an awakened hero. Stuck with unwanted responsibility, he is forced to try to solve the entire enigma of the universe—a small undertaking—before the spaceship, his friends, and all life on Earth are swatted out of existence by super beings he has accidentally awakened.

Simon’s only hope is to plunge into other dimensions with his mind—into the secrets of the universe’s pan-dimensions—as only he knows how. The fate of all life hangs in the balance as he struggles to prove himself worthy of the Path and the absolute trust his friends place in him. Simon knows all too well that if he fails there is no hope—none at all—for anyone, and that includes his best friend, an artificial intelligence computer called Apollo, which he sadly left behind. Besides, Zip would not be pleased, either.

For fans of cyberpunk and classic science fiction, Reaching Angelica (Yucca Publishing; February 2, 2016; 978-1-63158-069-7) is the second book in Peter Riva’s Tag trilogy, the comic, thrilling, and continuing saga of Simon Bank—ex–master system computer wrangler and very unlikely galactic hero.

This was a free Kindle book:

The Tea Plantation by Nicola Italia

This novel has been selected as a Finalist in the Chatelaine Awards for Romantic Fiction 2015. 

In Victorian era London, educated beauty Alexandria Ellsworth hastily accepts a marriage proposal after a broken engagement leaves her reputation in question. She knows little of her intended husband Edmund Bainbridge but is assured that he will offer her a comfortable, secure life. 

When Edmund spots the green-eyed beauty at a posh London tea room he decides she and no other will be his wife and he whisks her away to his tea plantation in Ceylon. However once in Ceylon, Edmund loses interest in his new bride and becomes distant and cold neglecting her for long periods of time. 

Meanwhile Alex falls in love with the beauty of Ceylon and its people. One evening she stumbles into a stranger in the Ceylon forest and is shocked to discover that the handsome stranger who holds her in his arms is the overseer of the plantation, Julian Bainbridge; her husband’s half brother. 

She is drawn to the dark, attractive Julian as her husband continues to neglect her. As Julian and Alexandria fight their feelings for each other Edmund begins to spiral out of control hiding a dark, ugly secret that threatens to destroy everyone. 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your shoulder! Hope it's nothing serious. Looks like a nice mix of books- hope they're all good reads.

  2. The Ethical Coach Leader looks interesting - I saw it on another blog too today. The ghosts visiting intrigues me, and reminds me of A Christmas Carol.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  3. We do seem to be losing our values so The Ethical Coach Leader sounds like a winner to me.

  4. Hope your shoulder heals quickly! It is definitely hard to do things with one hand.

    Enjoy your books...and I'm curious about The Tea Plantation. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. I hope your shoulder gets better soon. Happy reading

  6. Yikes you did so well with one arm, hope it is nothing serious, go easy. Books look good - I am intrigued about the first - the ethics one, so needed indeed. Like the look of the romance one too!

  7. Oh my on your arm. I hope it isn't too serious. One-handed typing isn't fun. Get better.

    Love the looks of The Tea Plantation.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  8. I love your very brief but meaningful reviews - it was The War of Words that caught my eye.

  9. I hope your shoulder feels better soon, Laura. Have a good week.


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