The following effort is a remarkably entertaining collection of insight on Caribbean life, from a handful of famous authors, musicians, gamblers, and adventurous fools. Along with the best quotes from my entire “The Road To Key West” series, this is really a banquet of memories, in which you will discover adventure and wisdom with short bursts of truth and humor. The 70s and 80s are very much alive in this book! It’s damned near as definitive a collection of clever thoughts as you find anywhere, as well as offering extraordinary island-hopping insights by the remarkable Rastaman, Rufus. So just lose yourself for a bit. Slip away from the present and slide into the past — nod your head and smile, and laugh for a while.
Cassandra Hudson has traveled across country to a small town in South Carolina to find a tall man with deep, blue eyes that she’s only met in her dreams. She “sees” that he’s in danger and wants to stop him from a possible death. But more than that, she’s desperate to solve a mystery that involves her husband who has been dead for over two years. Too bad for her, her dream man wants to solve the mysteries of her body more than help her find a solution to her problem.
When Dan Morgan stops to help a beautiful woman on the side of the road outside his hometown, he doesn’t realize that she will drag him into the world of the paranormal in an effort to find out what happened to her husband and the half million dollars he was accused of stealing. What he does realize is the strong attraction he feels for her, despite his distrust of anything mystical, and the undeniable power she holds over him using her sexy body as a lure.
Love—if they can capture it—will make it both easier and harder for them to find the answers they need.
What would you do with an extra hour in your workday? Read The Manager’s Dilemma and find out.
Managers tend to excel at problem-solving. Team members tend to bring problems to their managers, for a variety of reasons. What happens when you bring a problem to an excellent problem-solver?
The Manager’s Dilemma – How to Empower Your Team’s Problem-Solving examines the dynamics that arise from team members bringing their issues and problems to their manager and how this undermines the team’s performance.
The book also explores the valid reasons for escalation, the problem-solving steps, identifying at what step an individual team member might be getting stuck and how to develop and coach team members from different starting points.
You’ll also examine your own problem-solving mindset, as a manager, and how to introduce the new approach. Based on the SMART framework and Manager-as-Coach, you’ll have a lot of A-HA moments while being supported to apply the framework to your own team.
The corpse of a Miami hooker is discovered in the Everglades. As Detective Al Warner investigates, he learns other streetwalkers also have disappeared, and this homicide is now a case of human trafficking. Nicki, a female undercover cop, goes as a streetwalker, hoping to be taken so she can use a tracking device, but it’s stripped from her before she can activate it.
Meanwhile, Maggie is offered a lucrative deal as a birth surrogate for a secretive, wealthy couple. She’s living nine months in luxurious seclusion but begins to worry when another surrogate disappears a month before her term. Maggie discovers her fetus is a tool of extortion, and fears for her life. She attempts to flee the mansion, but her “hosts” refuse to let her go. Her life is trivial to them, but they need the child she carries.
Trapped at the bordello on a remote ’Glades island reached only by airboats, Nicki embarks on daring foray to find and activate the tracker. If she fails, she’ll become a sex slave like the other women imprisoned there, with little hope of rescue. Warner and his team eagerly await Nicki’s signal. Without that, there’s no clue to her location, and no idea of the deadly confrontation that awaits them. Warner is thrust into danger as he seeks to free the sex slaves and also rescue Maggie and a second infant before it’s too late. Lives are on the line, and only Al Warner can save them.
Can the Brits and Yanks team up to solve a murder?
What should have been an easy week for small town detective Mark Taber and his amateur sleuth and innkeeper wife, Donna Tolllhouse Taber goes awry when a local garden club member is shot. One of the inn guests, a Scotland Yard detective’s insistence on helping could actually make things worse. Can ruffled feathers be smoothed before the killer strikes again?
Find out in Two Many Sleuths.
Those who enjoyed The Godfather and Fifty Shades of Grey will love this story about Carla, who had no idea that her new career would involve pornography, Mafia, and murder.
In 1973, Carla, an interior decorator, found work with Roy, a wealthy movie theater. owner. He hired her to refurbish his theaters, and then their partnership led to marriage. Her work was admired by the boss of a major porno mafia, and then his wife hired Carla to refurbish their Hollywood mansion. There, she befriended other lonely women with husbands in that mafia.
When Roy joined them, he got caught up in murder, pornography, and then parental child abuse. He took Carla into that underworld with himself. However, while trying to escape Roy’s deception, Carla found love with another man… a cop who set his sights on her husband.
She later had a nervous breakdown and had to struggle for her sanity when Roy turned against her in another uproar. A secret admirer loved her from a distance, but his hands were tied. Could he stop Roy’s rampages? Perhaps a judge could put him in jail.
Or did Roy just dig her grave?
Tom dreamed of the spirit of a dragon who encouraged him to help bring the beast back to life on our world. He found the dragon’s seed hidden away in his uncle’s collection of archeological artifacts after the young man inherited the professor’s estate.
This began a strange journey for Tom, as the dragon spoke to him each night, bestowed psychic powers upon him, and groomed the man to become a Dragon Master. Tom relished this opportunity and willingly engaged in every task assigned to him by this mythological creature. That is until certain things went against his moral fiber…
Would you do what the beast in your dreams demanded if it gave you unlimited power? That was Tom’s dilemma and it could have one of two possible outcomes.
THIS BOOK IS TWO BOOKS IN ONE!
After the original ending, I step back six chapters and provide a totally different alternate ending. I hope you enjoy them both.
Starship pilot Terry Radnor is elated to be among those chosen to defend the secret colony Maclairn against enemies who pose a threat to the spread of paranormal human mind powers. He commits himself wholly to the goal of that world, not guessing how far his effort to safeguard it will take him from everything else he cares about–his promising career as a Fleet officer, contact with people who share his newly-discovered psi capability, his wife and unborn child. Torn away against his will after learning a secret too deep for its disclosure to be risked, he is forced into exile from all that matters to him, and must build a new life grounded far from Maclairn. There seems little hope that he can fulfill his pledge to protect the world whose safety is crucial–more crucial than anyone else knows–to the future of humankind. Yetan extraordinary destiny has been predicted for Terry, and fate puts him in place to confront the colony’s greatest peril.
Can the Ladies of the Wagering Whist Society help an impoverished modiste win the hand of a sought-after Duke?
Tina Rowan is beautiful, talented—and wants nothing more than to be free of her past. The illegitimate daughter of a baroness, she is being blackmailed by her own foster-father. She must rely on her flair for designing dresses to earn enough to pay him off. Starting a business dressing the ladies of Regency society isn’t easy for a nobody. But Tina has three aces up her sleeve—her own amazing talent, her well-connected biological mother, and the helpful (if meddlesome) support of the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society.
The handsome, arrogant Duke of Warwick has grown up schooled in the “proper” way for a nobleman to behave. Rule number one: do not fraternize with people of the lower classes. But when he has to introduce his beloved sister to society, he finds himself completely reliant on the beguiling woman he’s hired as his sister’s modiste. To his astonishment, he finds himself opening up to her and enjoying her company far, far too much.
When Tina discovers the true man behind the ducal title, her heart might very well be lost. But can the duke set aside his façade and allow himself to love the only woman who could possibly make him happy?
It will take the combined efforts of the Ladies’ Wagering Whist Society to see this difficult hand well played.
When all the men she knows are liars, maybe it’s time to become one too.
Ruth is young, excited about life and not looking for love. Yet love finds her, and Ruth is thrilled. But she is left devastated when she finds out that her the man she loves has deceived her. Still hopeful, she embarks on another relationship only to find herself in the same predicament.
Ruth becomes disenchanted with love and decides that if she can’t beat them, she may as well join them and begins a journey that will change her very being and endanger her life.
Can Ruth find herself before it’s too late? Or will she become what she has always despised-a loathsome liar?