Monday, May 3, 2010

Review and Tour of The Pitch by Linda J Lord

The Pitch by Linda J Lord

Paperback: 140 pages
Publisher: iUniverse (October 19, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1440174539
ISBN-13: 978-1440174537
Rating 4.5/5

When I was first approached to review The Pitch and discovered it dealt with business lessons I was a bit leery because my first thoughts were oh no this is going to be BORING! Then it also had soccer in it which I am also not a very sporty person so I just knew I was gonna hate it but I decided on a whim to take a chance on it figuring even I could make it thru a short 140 pages.

I was so wrong because from the first page I could not put it down and read it in one sitting! Linda has done a remarkable job of giving some sound business advice and weaving it into a fun work of fiction!

The story is about a tired soccer mom whose event planning business is going down the drain and she is having a hard time making ends meet. She realizes she doesn't even like the business she is in but needs to get it productive in order to sell it for a nice profit so she begins picking up tips from her sons soccer coach and applying them to her business.
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Interview Q & A

The title of your book is The Pitch was does the title mean?

The pitch is where the game of soccer is played; the pitch is the field. What Liz learns
from there, she is able to apply on her playing field − her business. Also, in business,
the ‘pitch’ is what gets people to buy, so it is a play on words in a couple of ways.

The Pitch draws on my experience as a soccer mom. Strategies used to be successful
in soccer and very similar to strategies used to be successful in business. Such
strategies include: getting in touch with who and what matters to you most, because
until you do that, you are just going through the motions, and maybe building the wrong
empire; having a plan that provides a structure to follow during strong economies and
soft ones; taking to time to evaluate the choices you make and whether or not they are
based on sound business information or just expediency.

At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us
your call story?

I have always been writing something. Most of the time I write for stage. I wrote a selfhelp
book titled, 31 Days Toward Maximum Living, back in 2001, but I never really
promoted it.

Tell us about where “The Pitch” is available.

In The Pitch, a business fable written by author and performer Linda J. Lord, we follow
the powerful story of Liz, a struggling single mother whose business is in steady decline.
To turn her business around, Liz relates the concepts learned at her son’s soccer
practices, but how will she balance her effort to save her business with trying to save
her relationship with her son?

Linda captures our imagination with the fictional story of Liz and Justin and then adds
the power of direction and possibility by coupling fiction with sound business coaching.
She paints a picture of possibility for other struggling business owners. Linda creates a
place for business owners to consider their strategies and reflect on ways to improve
their companies. There is no better time for this book than now, when so many business
owners are struggling find meaning and direction. This fable fuses a compelling story
with realistic struggles and a series of instructions for improvement. The Pitch is
available on Linda’s website, Amazon and on the iuniverse website.

So let’s help some struggling women business owners get started here. What is
the first thing you need to do to grow your business?

Make sure that you want to own a business and that it’s not simply a career option;
then ensure that you will be working with your strengths (talents, and gifts) most of the
time. You can create the business to serve you and the needs of your life; you don’t
serve the business. Being strategic from the beginning enables you to make a living and
still have the time and energy to have a life.

Describe your writing in three words.

Practical, entertaining and applicable.

Why did you write this book?

I wrote the Pitch because stories help us to understand our experiences and to imagine
how we might handle the presented situation. Liz’s story is not uncommon. Many
business owners start businesses without a plan and without much preparation; then hit
a wall in terms of growth or even struggle to survive. I wanted to present the material in
a non-threatening way so business owners would be receptive to it. I had people
comment that they had started to implement the same things Liz did as they were
reading the book. That may have never happened if I had simply written a ‘how to’ book
because there wouldn’t have been the connection between Liz and the reader.

Who is your intended audience?

My first audience is the female business owner who is juggling work life and home life.
My second audience is the male business owner who is juggling work life and home life.
Both genders can relate to the challenges of making a living and having a life.

How does this book benefit the reader?

The book provides a succinct blueprint for struggling business owners that saves them
research time, makes reliable recommendations on what to do, and serves to
encourage and motivate.

Review Copy Provided by Publisher/Author


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Review: No Hope For Gomez by Graham Parker

No Hope For Gomez by Graham Parker
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (January 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1432752480
ISBN-13: 978-1432752484
Rating 5/5

This was a hilarious story about poor Gomez Porter. Nothing ever seemed to work out how Gomez wanted it. Even his name was chosen on a whim when his parents simply could not agree on any one certain name.

Gomez becomes a test subject in a drug trial and falls in love with the assistant who also in turn falls in love with him but then one of the test subjects turn up dead and another missing and Gomez afraid he may be next hides out and tries to piece together just what is going on.

A quick and totally laugh out loud book!
Review Copy Provided by Author

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Review: Rock Stars by David Grant

Rock Stars by David Grant
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: (November 14, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0557182409
ISBN-13: 978-0557182404
Rating: 5/5

Oh my Gosh if you were a fan of 80's rock and metal bands then this is a must have book for you! It took me back in time to days gone by of all my favorite rocker bands, David Lee Roth and Jon Bon Jovi and wow many many more. It highlights each band separately and gives insight into their past and present. An awesome memerabilia piece to have!
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Review: Black Smoke by Robin Leigh Miller

Black Smoke by Robin Leigh Miller
Paperback: 292 pages
Publisher: Cerridwen Press (January 22, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419960237
ISBN-13: 978-1419960239
Rating: 4.5/5

Samantha Wells has lived through more hell in her short life than most. At the age of eight her serene life was turned upside down. Her parents were brutally murdered and Sam barely escaped with her life. But she didn't do it alone - a soft calm voice led her to safety, the voice of her spirit guide. Disguised by a black mask and the handle Black Smoke, with the help of her spirit guide Sam rescues those unfortunate people who find themselves in the hands of humanity's worst. Life is good until Sam is called on to assist a small covert military team in recovering a kidnapped scientist in Afghanistan. Lt. Mark Lowe (Kong) is less than thrilled to be placing his team's lives in the hands of a woman, much less one as beautiful and sexy as Sam. He quickly learns there is more to this woman than meets the eye. She not only infiltrates enemy bases - she's infiltrated his heart. Kong retreats to safer ground, leaving Sam heartbroken. Distant and unwilling to listen to anyone, Sam delves headfirst into a hell that only Kong can pull her from.

My Review: With a sprinkling of the paranormal and a strong kick ass heroine Black Smoke was an explosive read! Not an easy book to put down it never wavered on plot and had an incredible set of characters. Leaves you yearning for more!
Review Copy received from Author

Monday, April 19, 2010

Review: Small Change by Sheila Roberts

Small Change by Sheila Roberts
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (March 30, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031259447X
ISBN-13: 978-0312594473
Rating 5/5

I absolutely loved this book and am anxious to read more of Sheila's books now! I think this one will hit alot of folks close to home with the economy being so bad right now and everybody struggling to just get by.

It's the story of 3 neighbors each with a slightly different finacial situation who join together to form The Small Change Club. "Still recovering from a miscarriage, Tiffany Turner is a shopaholic who becomes frantic when her out-of-control credit card spending prompts her husband, Brian, to leave her. Rachel Green is a struggling divorcée with two children who's just lost her teaching job and professes to not need a man until she meets Chad Alvarez. And stay at-home wife and former musician Jess, when informed by her banker husband that he might lose his job, wonders if she can be a rocker chick again."

Review Copy Provided by Author