Imagine What You Will Know Tomorrow!


“Five hundred years ago people knew the world was flat. Fifteen minutes ago you knew humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow!”

I just love the above quote by Kay from the sci-fi film Men In Black. If you keep learning – imagine what you’ll know tomorrow!

As long as you are alive, there will always be opportunities for you to acquire new skills and adopt new techniques. Here are four compelling reasons why you should maintain life-long learning:

1. Stay Ahead of the Pack

Learning helps you stay ahead of the pack. If you do not actively engage in acquiring new skills, or learning new things and putting acquired knowledge to use you are not doing yourself any favours. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re running with the pack because the painful truth is that you are falling behind.

Your learning can be in any area of your life. It can involve learning how to play an instrument, taking up a new sport, academic, professional or just disciplining yourself to keep up with what is going on the world.

2. Improve Your Performance

Learning is the first step to becoming a high performer. There is a strong correlation between learning and performance. The more you learn the better you will be at doing your work and will become invaluable to your organisation. Infact, this can be applied in just about any area of your life. You will become more confident in discussing thoughts and ideas as you will be able to back up your views with information from what you have learnt. Everyone loves a high-performer who delivers results.

3. Be Adaptable

People who embark on any journey that involves learning tend to adapt to new situations very quickly. People who can adapt quickly win. They don’t mourn past losses but are quick to recognise new opportunities and get on with life. They don’t stay down because there is always something ahead for them to pursue.

4. Stay Sharp

There is evidence that keeping your mind active helps fight dementia and brain ageing. Other studies that have been conducted also suggest that the act of acquiring new knowledge produces a rush of dopamine – a feel-good hormone.

Everyday millions people go through the same routine, while life passes them by. Don’t be like them. See every interaction as a chance to learn something new. Apparently in Europe only 10% of adults engage in life-long learning. Nowadays with access to the internet learning does not have to be restricted to the classroom. You can learn wherever you are – in your home, car, or at work.

Finally, stop making excuses and learn something new. As someone once said, “If you wait until all conditions are perfect before you act, you’ll never act.”

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Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams


Some people give up on their dreams before they materialise because making them a reality is challenging on many different levels. The hardest part is getting started.

Start Where You Are

Newton’s First Law of Motion states that, “An object either remains at rest or continues to move in the same direction unless acted upon by an external force.” That object is you. So, if you want to change the course of your life and fulfill your dreams, you need an outside force to set you in motion.

Get Constructive Feedback

One of the most effective forces to get you going is feedback. Feedback is useful for increasing your self-awareness. It can also help you reconcile what you already know about yourself with what those around you know about you.

However, feedback can be discouraging and soul-destroying, especially the insensitive, unsolicited type. A sad fact of life is that people around you are more prone to talk about you behind your back or give you endless suggestions on what you could do better in every area of your life. This can leave you feeling worthless rather than empowered. It is the quickest way to bring you to a grinding halt and can stop you sharing your dreams with other people. What you need is constructive feedback from two or three individuals who you trust and admire. They resemble the stranger who politely points out that you’ve got food stuck between your teeth. Embarrassing as this may be, you find yourself feeling grateful for their honesty in telling you before anyone else saw it.

Stay Focused

You will encounter a lot of problems and obstacles on your way to achieving your dreams but stay focused. Obstacles are inevitable but don’t use them as an excuse. Chris Burke, an MLB player known for his versatility, once said, “I have a motto on my bedroom wall: ‘Obstacles are what you see when you take your eye off the goal.”

So, don’t give up on your dreams because they matter.

They define who you are and enable you to use your strengths, gifts, abilities.
They are the reason you were created so that you can contribute positively to humanity.
They will help you live a “purpose-full” life. Everything that exists was created for a purpose, including you.
Don’t Fear Failure

Instead of fearing failure, think of it this way; each failure leads you one step closer to success. Seth Godin said, “It takes about six years of hard work to become an overnight success.”

Here’s a scary thought, if you don’t work on your dreams, someone will use you to make theirs a reality!

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7 Secrets of Successful People


What differentiates those who are successful from those who are not? There are many answers to this question. Some of the most striking ones are also quite obvious and they boil down to – winning characteristics developed through repeatedly practising good habits.

In business and in life, if you truly want to succeed, there are some habits that work and there are other habits that never should be repeated.

If you’re not as successful as you want to be and you know you can do better, copy good habits from successful people.

Just as important, eliminate any of your own habits that are holding you back. Here are seven top secrets of successful people:

1. Clear Vision

Successful people have a clear vision for their lives. They understand that life is not about pleasing people but living on purpose. A well-known author once said, “It’s not only possible, it is necessary to live your dream.” If you don’t have a vision your life your dreams will remain just that – dreams.

There will always be negative people who may try to talk you out of your dreams and the vision you have for your life. Successful people overcome this obstacle because they recognise that it is impossible to please everyone and therefore they do not to even bother trying. Instead, they focus on their vision and map out strategies to make it a reality.

It is clear that the better you can envision where you are going, the more you can focus on specific actions that will make that vision a reality.

2. Use Mistakes as Learning Experiences

Whether it’s in business, a job, or a relationship, successful people learn from their mistakes and those of others. If something didn’t work the first time, they don’t try it again expecting a different result. Successful people know that mistakes are for learning, not for repeating.

3. Delayed Gratification

Successful people understand the value of delayed gratification. They know that things take time, and it’s the daily grind that in the end will get them to their dreams. It’s the small painful steps you go through day by day that will benefit you in the future. If you can make it through the pain you will get to the gain.

4. Integrity

Truly successful people hold themselves to high standards and never try to adjust themselves to fit in with the crowd. They know and understand who they are so they don’t try to change themselves for others. Successful people don’t do things to please people, they do things to fulfil their purpose. They do not allow the negative opinions of other people to become their reality.

5. Don’t Take Everything at Face Value

 No matter how great something looks on the surface, successful people do their due diligence and make sure that what they are looking at has actual value and is worthy of their time. They know that when something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

6. Focus

“It takes about six years of hard work to become an overnight success.” ~ Seth Godin

One trait virtually all successful people share is focus. They never take their eyes off their visions, dreams and goals; they do what they need to do and they do it with meticulous determination. People who are successful know where they are going, and because they do, they succeed. Someone once said, “If you’re casual about life, you’ll end up a casualty.”

7. Have a Strong Identity

Who you are on the inside should be what is reflected on the outside. The moment the two are disconnected, there is inner conflict. Success requires that you bring all parts of who you are–inside and out–and that you keep everything in sync. It isn’t easy, but the people who are most successful never fragment themselves to be successful.

The time to begin your own journey to success is now. Most people fail in life, not because they aim too high but because they aim too low. Take time to examine your habits and commit yourself to making your vision a reality. Remember, if you know your “why” you can endure any “how.”

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Reviewers’ Series Choice 2015

2015 brought us so many fabulous books, both stand alone reads and part of wonderful series, here are the reviewers top three favorite series….. 

Top 3 Book Reviewers SERIES Choice for 2015


Wild Boys After Dark Series by Melissa Foster

Hotter, spicier and naughtier than Melissa Foster’s previous romances and all reviewers loved them!!  Prepare to be more than just warmed up 😉

Reviewers’ Choice 2015

2015 brought us so many fabulous books to read, review and tour with.  
How could we possibly narrow it down? That was the task!
It was difficult for all of us, after much deliberation, the six top books all share top spot, here they are…..  

Top 6 Book Reviewers Choice for 2015

in author alphabetical order

Cape Cod Kisses by Bella Andre & Melissa Foster
(Love on Rockwell Island Book 1)

Country Courtship by Kathy Carmichael

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The Texas Two-Step romantic comedy series is a reader favorite. All of the stories in the series are sweet, charming and emotional contemporary romance. Each story in the series stands alone, but all Texas Two-Step novels and novellas feature love stories about members of the Nelson, Murphy or Palmer families — and sometimes, more than one!

When Kelli Palmer meets Bobby Gray Nelson at a family get-together, their attraction is immediate. But Kelli’s kid sister already has dibs on Bobby Gray.

Bobby Gray Nelson never takes no for an answer, a resolve that made him a rodeo champion.

But Kelli is standing her ground.

Now Bobby Gray must do something he’s never done: woo the woman who’s already claimed his heart, and earn permission to place his brand on hers.

Country Courtship is the third sweet romance in the Texas Two-Step contemporary romance series from USA Today bestselling author Kathy Carmichael.

Previously titled: Kissing Kelli

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“I have always had a hard time leisurely reading any of Kathy Carmichael’s books and this one was no exception. This delightful story is sure to please her many and varied fans!”
~ Kathy Boswell, Fresh Fiction

Another beautifully sweet romance from Kathy Carmichael. I simply adore this series. Country Courtship is sweet, funny, and incredibly romantic. I highly recommend it.
~ Reviewer on Amazon

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I enjoyed every minute of reading this beautifully romantic story.

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Chasing Charlie, Texas Two-Step Series Book 1 FREE EBOOK
Raised in a family of rodeo champions on a South Texas cattle ranch, Charlie wants only one thing: to avoid thrill-seeking cowboys.

Davis Murphy, cowboy wannabe and one of Dallas’s most eligible bachelors, needs a pretty and witty faux fiancée so his widowed mother will marry her longtime gentleman friend.

Charlie, his local librarian, seems the prefect choice.

Charlie’s first reaction is to run, but she’s promised herself to step out of her plain-jane routine.

When Charlie accepts, Davis’s plan is set. But now Charlie’s sweet ways are challenging his bachelor heart.

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The Lassoed Bride (a novella), Texas Two-Step Series Book 2NEW RELEASE
A Novella. Six years ago, Barbara Palmer fell head-over-heels for cocky cowboy Ben O’Shea. He was devastatingly appealing, and he knew it. He had her heart—until the day he stood her up and disappeared. Now he’s back, determined to take up again where they left off—even though she’s about to marry another man.

Despite all the growing up Ben has done in the past six years, including the highly successful dude ranch he’s built that’s made him a millionaire—he’s never forgotten Barb and he wants her back.

But her wedding grows closer every day. He has to win back her love and her trust, before she’s lost to him forever.

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THE TEXAS TWO-STEP, in series order

Western Pleasure (A Novella) (Book 0)
Chasing Charlie (Book 1)
The Lassoed Bride (A Novella) (Book 2)
Country Courtship (Book 3)
Courting Trouble (Book 4)
My Southern Bride (Book 5)

About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Kathy Carmichael resides on the west coast of Florida with her Scottish husband, two not-so-wee sons, three cats, a part-time dog, and a huge collection of dust bunnies.

Kathy writes award-winning romantic comedies and humorous mysteries. Her Texas Two-Step romance series is a reader favorite.

Kathy’s romantic comedy, Hot Flash, was named by the American Library Association’s BOOKLIST magazine as one of the Top 10 Romance Fiction titles for 2009.

In addition to her novels, she’s sold short stories and wrote a bi-monthly column on the business of writing for a national writing trade magazine. Kathy is also a contest judge for Writers Digest.

She’s a member of the International Thriller Writers, an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-in-Crime, Novelists Inc., the Florida chapter of MWA, is the published author liaison of the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and is an active member and past national board member of the Romance Writers of America.

Kathy loves hearing from readers.

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Read an excerpt from Country Courtship HERE

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The Girl In Red Pajamas – Chris Birdy

The Girl in Red Pajamas begins when two lesbians have a smack down in a Boston restaurant. After one is found dead stuffed in the back of the other’s SUV, their families line up and point fingers. Tensions mount as relatives question religious beliefs, and the police gather evidence to build a case against the survivor. Bogie McGruder becomes deeply involved in the investigation because one woman is his sister and the other, his old girlfriend.

This third book in the Pajamas Trilogy brings the series to a glorious end.

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“The Girl in Red Pajamas is exciting, suspenseful, and just an excellent mystery.” – Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

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The Girl in White Pajamas
When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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The Girl in Black Pajamas
R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business.

Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself.

Bogie McGruder returns to Boston with his four- year-old daughter Isabella. He joins up with Rose Jones’ uncle Walter who is fresh for Lompoc Prison. Bogie and Walter strengthen their firewalls while they try to determine who is behind the invasion. As the R&B team hones in on the culprit, they uncover several murders and discover a plot to wipe out the financial institutions in Boston.

While Bogie is in Boston, his extended family in Palm Beach becomes enmeshed in a sex scandal that threatens to ruin lives and careers in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Feeling like a wishbone about to snap, Bogie tries to handle problems in both cities while Isabella continues her quest for someone to teach her the Five-Point-Palm-Exploding-Heart technique as seen in Kill Bill Volume 2.

This tale of murder, revenge and greed takes the reader on a whirlwind trip from Boston to Palm Beach and back. Buckle your seatbelt!

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About the Author
The Girl in Red Pajamas, the final book in the award-winning mystery trilogy has just been released. This book deals with the question: HOW MANY LIVES CAN THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS DESTROY?

Background: For almost twenty-five years, I did investigative work for small law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods. I met with clients in every jail in the area even the now defunct Charles Street Jail and Deer Island House of Corrections. On good days, I got to take the .25 caliber handgun out of my pocket and the 9mm out of my purse and go to court. Then the real show began!

Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, I watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop’s every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept.

Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, “Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie..” I wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he’d be just as good a liar as they were.

The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas (the first book in the series) were planted in that courtroom.

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