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“A PR Practitioner’s Guide to Activist Groups: When and How to Respond” by Keva Silversmith Free on Amazon 4/23 and 4/24

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Activism has changed the face of mankind and it still benefits society nowadays in various ways. However, Keva Silversmith thinks that activist campaigns are often so far outside the normal course of business that it becomes a challenge for any executive to handle them. What seems to be even worse for corporations and organizations is that executives rarely try to discover efficient ways of dealing with this challenge. Drawing from his experience as a public relations professional, Keva Silversmith wrote “A PR Practitioner’s Guide to Activist Groups: When and How to Respond.”

In his book, Keva Silversmith refers to the lack of action from the executives’ part in terms of naivety, which – in his opinion – can be both individual and institutional. He claimed that activist groups often use well-planned strategies and tactics in order to exploit this naivety, and that some of these tactics have been valid for over fifty years.

Furthermore, K. Silversmith looks from a different point of view at a company’s response to activist demands: it is firstly a business decision, and only secondly a communication-related undertaking. It is at this point that the public relations department is overwhelmed by the demands for help of both clever activists and weary executives.

Keva Silversmith uses present-day examples in order to back-up his claims and to provide an efficient practical and philosophical approach to engaging with activist groups. Whether you are a business executive, an entrepreneur, a corporate leader, or a PR practitioner, “A PR Practitioner’s Guide to Activist Groups: When and How to Respond” is bound to help you better manage the challenge posed by activist campaigns.

You may find “A PR Practitioner’s Guide to Activist Groups” on Amazon, where it will be available for free on 4/23 and 4/24.

“Angry: Helping Children Cope with Anger” by Esther Adler

Being a parent is not easy, especially in the first few years, when you have to come up with different methods to explain your children how they should behave in certain circumstances, and why something is good or bad. Children tend to be very emotional, and they usually express their feelings in a loud and determined way. Oftentimes, they might not be sure why they feel the way they do, and don’t know how to react or let their parents know about their emotions. So, how do you help a child deal with anger, sadness, disappointment, or even happiness? Author and Mental Health Counselor Esther Adler brings to teachers and parents one of the best tools to use in these complex situations: the ColorFeelingTM series.

The first book in this brilliant series is “Angry: Helping Children Cope with Anger”. The title says it all: this adorable book with brightly colored illustrations will help children recognize and understand the feeling of anger. It will also help parents, teachers, and counselors better explain to the little ones how they should deal with anger in such a way that it doesn’t hurt them or the ones around them. It’s only natural for children to have problems with recognizing, processing, and expressing their feelings, and this can get even worse with strong, overwhelming feelings such as anger.

The author chose a very simple, yet effective method to make children understand what anger is: the feeling is associated with a color, red in this case, and an animal character. Thus, children will be able to associate the abstract emotion of anger with something they can understand and conceptualize. Then, anger is described in terms of the physical changes that it causes, and the book also gives examples of situations that might make a child feel angry. Finally, at the end of the book there are interactive exercises and worksheets that encourage children to express their feelings, describe them, and discuss them in order to find the best solutions to cope with them.

“Angry: Helping Children Cope with Anger” is perfect for children up to 7 years old, as the lovely illustrations will immediately get their attention, and the simple, yet engaging story will lead them to a deep message that will help them understand why they need to control their anger. The next books in the ColorFeelingTM series focus on other important feelings, and parents and teachers might want to have the entire collection for their children.

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“I, Human (Book II)” by Vito Veii

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Robotics is a field which has kept growing in popularity over the past years. A considerable amount of research related to artificial life has been done, specialists trying to build androids which act and think just like a human-being. But what if this actually became the norm among robots? What if they actually behaved and had feelings just like a real person?

This was the premise of Vito Veii’s novel “I, Human,” the first installment in the series which depicts the adventures of an android and his friends as narrated by captain Magnusson. The journey continues in “I, Human (Book II)” as The Padre, Vlen, Captain Magnusson, and other memorable characters explore the vastness of the universe.

Vito Veii’s novel is a thought-provoking piece of fiction which brings up important matters for the future of mankind and that of technological progress. “I, Human (Book II)” will surely appeal to all fans of the science-fiction genre, and those who have read and enjoyed the first installment in the series are bound to like the second one as well.

The author’s take on artificial life proves that he is a visionary. Both “I, Human” and “I, Human (Book II)” are entertaining, original novels, which go a step further than other works of the genre. The reader will often find himself or herself confronted with important questions regarding our conception of life, humanity, and artificial life.

If you want to know how the adventures of captain Magnusson and his crew continue, get your copy of “I, Human (Book II)” and start reading. Find it on Amazon.

“The Love Makers” by Y.L. Cantrell

Love is a tricky thing. Sometimes, you might fall in love with the wrong person, or with someone who doesn’t even acknowledge you. And, even though you know you should probably give up on the idea of a relationship, you still can’t suppress your feelings. So, what if there was a possibility to make two people fall in love completely without even realizing they were conditioned to do so? Would you become a client if there was a company that could provide such services?

“The Love Makers” is Y.L. Cantrell’s debut novel, and it is based on one of the most interesting and original premises. Vivionne Wayne is a psychologist who came up with the idea of creating a company that would specialize in the field of… romance. Thus, the Love Markers Agency, or LMA, was born. The organization operates on a theory that rarely fails: people tend to fall in love if they are forced to go through a traumatic ordeal together. This theory works because it is based on the psychological condition called the Stockholm Syndrome, which explains how two people can become very close if they have to face a life-threatening situation. The pressure and desire to survive makes them develop strong feelings for each other.

The LMA agents stage dangerous and exciting adventures for their clients, which immediately develop into sizzling hot romantic encounters. Sure, their methods are at least questionable, but no one complains as long as the clients are satisfied. However, things get complicated when Vivionne and her business partner, Boris, find themselves in a situation that is very similar to what they are used to creating for their clients. Despite always trying to be professional and ignoring their feelings for each other, not they have to face their attraction and hope for the best.

Y.L. Cantrell is a truly talented author whose writing easily brings the characters to life. Readers will root for Vivionne and Boris, and they will find themselves turning the pages as fast as possible to see what happens next. “The Love Makers” is one of those addictive books that you read in one sitting and then wish it would have never ended.

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“Blue Butterfly” by Marian L. Thomas Is Available on Amazon

Marian L. Thomas is the acclaimed writer of the bestsellers “My Father’s Colors” and “Strings of Color”, which have received important prizes and have been seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation, and A & E Network. Her newest novel, “Blue Butterfly”, has just been released, and fans of Clean Fiction and Christian Fiction will love it. The author is well-known for her refusal to introduce explicit erotic scenes or profanity in her novels, instead choosing to feature strong female characters readers can easily relate to.

“Blue Butterfly” is the story of a young, black ballerina who dreams of conquering the world of ballet with her passion and talent. At the beginning of the novel, Precious Blue Johnson is just a simple country girl who decides to leave Lutts County, Georgia for the intimidating city of New York in hopes of finding success and, maybe, her birth father. However, she didn’t expect it to be so difficult to convince people that she can dance just as graciously as any white girl. The art of ballet seems to be a privilege only white girls are allowed to have, but Precious Blue is ready to change this mentality and prove that her mocha skin and full lips have nothing to do with her skill, talent, and determination.

In her journey to self-discovery and success, Precious Blue will make a lot of enemies and friends. She will have the advice of the wise Ms. Ann, and she will find true love in the arms of Ray Silvers, a young, handsome man with a promising career in medicine. Ray will be the one who will support her the most, giving her strength when she needs it, but his dark past will challenge the future of their relationship. His drug-addicted mother may try to ruin their happiness, but their love and devotion will be strong enough to overcome anything.

In writing her novel, Marian L. Thomas was inspired by the real stories of five of the world’s greatest ballerinas: Raven Wilkinson, Lauren Anderson, Tai Jimenez, Misty Copeland, and Aesha Ash. Their courage of seeking a career on stage has inspired many black women to pursue their dreams and prove that what truly matters is hard work, talent, passion, and skill, and that these qualities have nothing to do with the color of their skin. Thus, Precious Blue can be easily considered a great role model, teaching young, black girls that if they persevere in what they want, they will achieve success.

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Read the first three chapters on TopBooksWorthReading.com.

“The Atheist” (“The Deiform Fellowship One”) by Sarah Ettritch

Different people will give different answers to the question “Does God keep track of what happens here, and does he intervene?”. Some would say that it’s up to us, humans, to fight evil when we see it, while others would say that God is always on our side and sends his angels to help us. In the first book of “The Deiform Fellowship” Series, Sarah Ettritch introduces readers to an interesting concept: what if God had a secret agency like the FBI or CIA to help him keep the world in balance? And what if one of the agents he wants to recruit for his Fellowship were an atheist?

Jillian Campbell is a Deiform, but she doesn’t know it yet. The fact that she doesn’t believe in God doesn’t help at all, not even when Jim Preston, the local pastor, tells her he is an agent of God and tries to explain how The Fellowship works. However, when the pastor is killed and Jillian is accused of his murder, she realizes that what she dismissed as pure nonsense might be true, and that her only chance of solving the case and clearing her name might be to start believing in the existence of God’s Deiforms.

Sarah Ettritch has managed to create an intriguing plot and a complex character that readers will easily relate to. Jillian is not one of those atheists who say they don’t believe in God but are unable to support their claim with solid arguments. She had a traumatic experience that left her scarred for life, and now she is afraid of letting her guard down. She’d rather avoid people and avoid going out and socializing if that means no one will have the chance to ever hurt her again. Accepting that she is a Deiform doesn’t come easy to her. In order to do her job properly and truly help mankind, she must work with herself and change her own perspective on life, the world, good and evil.

“The Atheist” is a brilliant book that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. It raises some thought-provoking questions about God and how much he intervenes in our lives to keep us out from harm’s way, and it incites the readers’ imagination by suggesting the possibility of God having his own agency that helps him protect the world he created.

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“Doubt” (“Among Us” Trilogy) by Anne-Rae Vasquez

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Gaming is one of the most popular ways to relax, have fun, and make friends, especially nowadays when online gaming communities keep growing with each day that passes. In “Doubt,” the first book in the “Among Us” trilogy, such games play a much more important role: they bring the characters together, providing them with a common goal and a common mission.

Harry Doubt is a skilled programmer and creator of the online game “Truth Seekers.” He and his friend, Claire, have always been considered geeky and weird by those around them, yet there’s more to them than meets the eye. When Harry’s mother goes missing while doing volunteer work on a peacekeeping mission in Palestine, he decides to do anything he can in order to find her. All his gaming friends join him, thinking that they will discover what has happened to their own missing relatives and friends. However, things get even more complicated during the mission after the “Truth Seekers” start to doubt that their lives are real. As they approach the end of their journey, paranormal forces interfere, setting into motion a chain of events which will change completely the characters’ lives and worldview.

“Doubt” combines several genres – paranormal, mystery, thriller, dystopian –, offering the readers an occasion to enter the world of the supernatural and to learn more about how it interferes with the apparently ordinary lives of young people. Anne-Rae Vasquez’s writing style is simply captivating: the narration flows easily and the story is so intriguing that the readers will find themselves simply engrossed in it.

The characters are well-built and unique, and as the story progresses, they grow and develop as well. The author keeps you guessing as to how the story will unfold and what are the characters’ true motivations, rendering the novel all the more engaging. Although “Doubt” has to do with the online gaming industry, the readers don’t have to know a lot about it in order to understand and to enjoy the novel.

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“Live Out Loud: 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose” by Melisa Alaba

In a world that moves at a crazy pace, we are often too caught up in our work and our daily routine to stop for a moment and ask ourselves if we are truly satisfied with what we have. We are busy providing for our family, but we never get the chance to spend quality time with our children and relatives. Then, what is the meaning of all this? What is the purpose of working and earning as much as possible if we cannot find the time to enjoy the results of our struggles? This is the life that the author of this book, Melisa Alaba, had before an accident caused her to take a step back and contemplate her present and future. As a Life Coach and Licensed Professional Counselor, she had long dedicated her life to helping people, but she overlooked the fact that she might be ignoring her own problems.

“Live Out Loud” is an inspiring, motivational book that will change the lives of many people. If you find yourself in a difficult situation when you’re not sure what to do in order to achieve happiness and a sense of achievement, then you absolutely need to read this book. Melisa Alaba talks from her own experiences, baking everything up with biblical principles that are bound to bring readers peace of mind, strength, and the blessing of positive thinking. At the beginning of the book she tells her own story, and many readers might realize they are in a similar situation as she was when her life began to change.

Like many people today, Melisa had a great career that took most of her time. She was so involved in what she was doing that she completely overlooked the fact that she wasn’t spending enough time with her children, and she wasn’t actually enjoying life. When a car accident caused her serious back problems, she found herself in the situation of giving up her job because she couldn’t go to the office anymore. Instead, she turned to prayer and meditation, being absolutely certain that God would help her heal. When that happened and she was completely recovered, she decided that her experience could help other people reawaken their spirit and live a life of purpose.

“Live Out Loud” is divided into 52 chapters that correlate to the 52 weeks of the year. There is a mindful idea for each week, and the chapters are full of exercises that can be done individually, with a partner, or in a group. They are short, but extremely powerful, which means that it won’t take readers too much time to do them, but they will offer quick results that will convince them to follow the entire program. The exercises are based on 11 principles that can help anyone learn how to live a fully aware life: abundance, acceptance, balance, commitment, connection, discovery, forgiveness, giving, gratitude, organization, and purpose. Once you embody these key concepts into your life, you will realize that you can finally live up to your fullest potential.

Find “Live Out Loud” on Amazon, and visit the author’s website for more information.

“What Matters Most (Hero’s Crossing)” by Reana Malori

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People crave the presence of others, they want to be loved and appreciated, but sometimes they may not be aware of this need. We may spend years focusing on a job or on creating a thriving business, and then, one day, we are hit by the realization that we need love more than anything else. This is the case of Evan Knight, one of the main characters in Reana Malori’s novel, “What Matters Most (Hero’s Crossing).”

This romance novel tells a twofold story: on one hand, that of a man who has dedicated his life to the Marine Corps, always putting his duties before his needs; and on the other hand, that of a single mother who wishes she could do and be more for herself and for her son. However, Major Evan Knight’s life changes completely after a little boy starts sending him letters. The boy is Sierra Walker’s nine year old son who has to do a school project, part of which is to communicate with Evan.

Not only does Evan Knight’s life change at 180 degrees, but also that of Sierra. After meeting Evan, the two of them slowly get to know each other, and they eventually realize that they have feelings for each other, and that they were meant to meet and to be together. The novel follows their relationship from its shy, gentle beginning up to the point where it gets passionate and full of eroticism.

“What Matter Most (Hero’s Crossing)” is a beautifully written romance novel, whose story is bound to warm your heart. The relationship between Evan and Sierra progresses at a slow pace, depicting an image of blooming love. For more information on Reana Malori and her other works, you may visit her site. Also, you can find “What Matters Most” on Amazon, on Barnes & Nobles, and on All Romance Books.

“I, Human” by Vito Veii

We live in an age of rapid technological progress, when anything seems to be possible thanks to the efforts of specialists from various fields. Physics, engineering, mathematics, and IT have all completely changed the way in which we perceive reality and, more importantly, humanity. Drawing from these themes of progress and artificial life, Vito Veii wrote an original, thought-provoking novel entitled “I, Human.”

This fantasy science-fiction novel is the first installment in a series of stories which follow the journey of an android, as narrated by Marcus Magnusson, the captain of the ship. “I, Human” is a pleasant, entertaining read for fans of the genre, but it also raises thought-provoking questions regarding our future as human beings. The author imagined how androids might function in the future, skillfully depicting robotic technologies and their potential development.

Vito Veii’s novel determines the reader to wonder what the world would be like if androids looked, behaved, and thought exactly like a human being. What if they had feelings: would we still consider them intricate machines or would we have to reconsider our beliefs? Given that technology has developed considerably in a relatively short period of time, it is easy to imagine a distant future where our lives rely heavily on technology and androids. Therefore, the questions upon which the author invites us to ponder become more than just science-fiction musings.

“I, Human” comprises a gallery of well-built, memorable characters, which render the novel all the more engaging and appealing. The creativity with which Vito Veii shaped the futuristic universe of the book as well as the characters is bound to arouse the reader’s admiration and to pique his or her interest from the very first pages. Luckily for the readers’ community, more books will follow in the series.

If you are a fan of the science-fiction genre with a taste for philosophical reasoning, then Vito Veii’s “I, Human” is the perfect book for you. Original, well-written, and visionary, the novel will make for an engaging read.

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