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English and Spanish Versions! Book Spotlight and Interview: Inside a Gambler’s Mind: Train your Brain to win at sports betting by Dionel Vecchini @aciertosdep @ingdeportiva

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English Version

Inside a Gamblers Mind

Discover how your mind can guide you to win at sports betting. Learn to develop strategies that allow you to improve your percentage of successes in sports, as well as understand and develop a betting methodology that fits your personality. See the game from a balanced and winning perspective.

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Spanish Version

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Descubra como su mente puede guiarlo a ganar en las apuestas deportivas. Aprenda a desarrollar estrategias que le permitan mejorar su porcentaje de aciertos en los deportes, así como a entender y desarrollar un metodología de juego que mejor se adapate a su personalidad. Vea el juego desde una perspectiva equilibrada y ganadora.

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The human mind is one of the most complex machines in the world, each of us acts differently even in exact same situations, that is why, the fact that these methods have worked once, is not a guarantee that they will be effective again. Your brain is unique, extraordinary and special, and that is why only you will know how to get the most out of it, only you will be able to understand which method is better for you to play and which makes you the happiest, in both areas to win in bets and to enjoy the sport, remember your mind is the one, who desires the most to help you to be happy, it is the one who will give you the endorphins when you are watching that Super Bowl final, or when you are expecting in the half-turn to score a triple basket with 0.00 seconds on the clock. That is why you have to understand, it is your mind the one can help you to select the winning teams, because you will know how to identify everything that is related to you, what empathizes with your way of seeing life, the one which will help you enjoy the sport. It is the same that will help you learn from your defeats and enjoy them, laugh at them. If your mind will give you all these benefits, why not training it and listen to it?
In this book, I want to share the method that has allowed me to consistently win since 2014, with good and bad times, but most importantly, the one that has allowed me to do what I like the most, which is: enjoy sports passionately. I will tell some stories of my winning streaks and some that illustrate how the most painful defeats made me learn and improve. I’m still learning, I’ve discovered that what I’m most passionate about is not making money, or becoming a millionaire with sports, but what can I learn from it, I can live every game and this makes it the best hobby for me. It is not the same to watch a game when that passion does not exist. I bet for passion to the sport, not to gambling
With this book I do not pretend you will stop believing in some of the methods that you have read on Internet, or make you follow my particular method of betting; the motivation of my book is to teach you that, only you know what works for you, and that, it is possible to bet in a healthy way. You can bet and enjoy sports in a higher level, I want to teach you that, most of the time, it is the instinct that will tell you the winner and that, if you follow human and sports psychology, you will be closer to defeating the statistics.
If at the end of this book you can improve your sports betting profits, balance your mind to play, and enjoy the sport in both victories and defeats, then I will have fulfilled my goal. Welcome to my world, welcome inside a gambler´s mind.

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Author Interview:

How many books do you currently have published?

This is my first book, english and spanish version. But I’ll probably keep writing more in the upcoming future

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?

This is my first book, so I’m excited to see what’s the feedback from my readers.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release?

I’m currently working on an NBA version of A gambler’s mind. Not sure if it will be the next one. That will depend on the feedback from my readers

What do you enjoy most about writing?

Being myself and share the world my experiences and feelings

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

I just start writing random things until I get back to the mood.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers?

Just keep writing, it doesn’t matter how bad you think you are, it will be always possible to tell a story.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why?

I only have 1

Do you have any extras you’d like to share, like a teaser about an upcoming new release,  a summary of a deleted scene, or a teaser about a surprising plot twist or character?

NBA and MLB version coming.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite television shows? Movies?

True story and Animated films

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why?

Rich Dad Poor Dad. It’s just life changing

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions?

I don’t think I am at that level. If I can do that someday, I will be the happiest man on earth =)

Business Book Spotlight: Market Mojo: A Beginner’s Guide to the Stock Market by Kathy G. Mills @WallStreetWaits

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The Ultimate Stock Market Primer!

Like millions of Americans, you probably never had finance courses in school. So despite the fact that you are a bright, capable person, you find yourself at a loss when it comes to the stock market.

There seems to be no shortage of books that offer investing advice, but what about an investing education? Shouldn’t that come first?

Market Mojo is here to assist! This quick and quirky guide offers a big-picture introduction to the stock market. You’ll learn about key elements of the system, such as why companies issue stock, the significance of an IPO, and how stock splits work. You’ll figure out the difference between the NYSE and NASDAQ stock exchanges, and learn how companies can get listed on them. And you will finally (!) understand what news reports about the Dow and the S&P 500 really mean.

For your personal investing, you’ll learn how to select an online broker and use stock picking to create a custom portfolio. You’ll also master the concept of active and passive investing so you can add elements like mutual funds, index funds, and ETFs to your collection.

Entertaining bite-sized lessons are followed by a vocabulary list to make sure you remember important terms, while periodic quizzes test your knowledge and ensure that you are on track to getting your Market Mojo up and running. If you are looking for a fast and fun way to learn about the stock market, this book will not disappoint!

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I’m sure you’ve heard the term mutual funds before. If you don’t entirely understand how mutual funds work, you’re not alone. I took an informal poll among my friends at a recent get-together, asking them how they were saving for retirement. While nearly everyone answered, “We have mutual funds,” I couldn’t get anyone to explain to me exactly what mutual funds are or how they work. Maybe they really had no idea. Maybe they were afraid of being wrong and sounding stupid. Or maybe they didn’t want to discuss finances at a party and figured if they shrugged and smiled I would stop questioning them. That’s unfortunate, because mutual funds really are easy to understand, and you should know how they fit into an overall investing picture.

Say you’ve saved up $1,000 and you’re ready to invest it. You understand your risk tolerance and risk capacity, and you know that you need to have some diversification in your holdings. The problem is, you’re not too keen on doing the research and figuring out which stocks to invest in. You wish that someone would just put a mix of promising and high-earning stocks into a shopping cart for you and say, “Here—these are the ones you want.”

You could certainly do that, but then you would have another problem on your hands. One share each of all the stocks in the cart comes to $5,862. You only have $1,000, remember? It appears impossible to buy the entire contents of the cart today. You’ll just have to save your money and be patient…or will you?

Maybe not. Did you know that there’s a sneaky little shortcut you can use to buy everything in your cart with your $1,000? All it takes is a little stock market magic.

Like most magic tricks, this one seems impossible until someone explains it to you—then it makes perfect sense. A mutual fund is a collective fund that is managed by a financial professional called a fund manager. A mutual fund manager is responsible for finding other people just like you—folks who want to invest, but are working with a limited amount of money. By pooling everyone’s money together, the manager has a significant amount of capital that can be used to purchase a diversified selection of stocks—a selection that normally would be out of the price range of an average investor.

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About the Author:

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Kathy G. Mills has a battle cry: Demystify! Her mission is to take complicated financial topics, boil them down to the essentials, and then present the information in bite-sized lessons that make learning effortless and fun. Degrees in literature and accounting, along with a master’s degree in education, make her uniquely qualified to serve as your personal instructor, providing the financial education that you never got in school.

Kathy is a proud West Virginian (Go Mountaineers!) who has lived in England, India, and Germany and now resides in beautiful Zambia. She is the author of the website You can also find her on Twitter @WallStreetWaits.

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Nonfiction Book Spotlight: From Zero to $avvy: A Quick Guide to Investing by Jennifer Jank

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Nonfiction – Investing

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From Zero to $avvy: A Quick Guide to Investing provides the basics for those in their twenties (and others) to get started with investing, without being overly complicated or technical. The Great Eight rules are the underlying concepts for investors to understand, to avoid financial scams and to reach their goals. From stocks and bonds to retirement accounts and financial advisors, this book provides the fundamentals that investors need to know.

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When you’re thinking about something as far away as retirement, it can be so overwhelming that you don’t start at all. If you’re finally living on your own, there’s all that fun stuff to buy and you don’t want to save, which, let’s face it, is pretty boring. Or maybe you look at the investment choices in your company retirement plan and there are too many, which leads to leaving your money in the default option. That’s fine if the default is a target date fund that aims to have your money ready when you turn 65 (target date funds are covered in more detail in the “Mutual Funds” chapter), but terrible if the default is money market, which means the funds that you don’t need for another 20-30 years are sitting in cash and earning nothing for you, losing ground to inflation every year.

Not investing is just about the only wrong way to invest. If you can invest only a little, then invest only a little, but don’t invest zero. Bear in mind that leaving money in cash is not investing. It’s just saving, and is a very bad idea in your retirement account (more on this in the “Retirement Accounts” chapter). If you leave your account in cash at low interest rates, there’s not much difference compared to stuffing it in your mattress. Investing allows money to grow over time, with the magic of compounding working for you1. For those who have a company retirement plan, deduct contributions automatically from your paycheck and deposit into the plan. If you don’t see the money, you can’t spend it. Anyone without a retirement plan at work can can set up your own personal Individual Retirement Arrangement (AKA IRA), available at most financial companies, and have money from your bank account automatically contributed to the IRA. Once you’ve maxed out your retirement account, or if you have a shorter-term goal, you can open up a regular account and invest there2. Using automatic deductions helps with this as well.

If the investment choices you’re faced with are overwhelming, educate yourself a little bit (by reading this book, maybe!) and pick something, but don’t spend so much time learning that you put off making the decision. Analysis paralysis is bad for your portfolio. You’re often better off with a somewhat suboptimal choice than you are making no choice at all, leaving your money sitting in cash. Begin with an investment first.

1 Compounding allows your money to grow on itself. 10% of $1000 is $100, so if you earn 10% interest annually the first year you’d have $1,100. But the next year you would earn 10% on $1,110, or $111, which would give you $1,221. Over time this adds up.

2 All retirement accounts have limits as to how much you can contribute.

About the Author:

jennifer jank

JJ has worked in financial services since 1998. She focuses on women and their financial needs, and her goal is to empower women through financial education. She was past President of the Loudoun County chapter of NAPW, the National Association of Professional Women. JJ lives in the Coachella Valley of California with her rescue cats, Veronica and Tyler. She enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society and the symphony.

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For Men Only: Learn How To Get Your EX Girlfriend or EX Wife Back With This List Of Books

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For Men Only

Guys, have you recently had a break up or separation and you want to fix it?

Have you been trying to get your ex girlfriend or ex wife back and nothing seems to be working?

See the reading list below!

These books have been written specifically for men only to help them win back an ex. No women allowed! By reading these books, you will see tips, hints, and guides on how to reconcile with the one you love, starting with what to do immediately after the break up happens. All of these are available on Amazon and Amazon UK!

About Kindle Unlimited

You’ll see that several of these books are available to Kindle Unlimited members (on the Amazon product page). If you haven’t tried Kindle Unlimited, you can get a free 30 day trial to this subscription service. If you decide to continue beyond the 30 days, it’s less than $10 a month. Otherwise, you can cancel anytime. As a KU member, you can read as many KU books as you want in that 30 day period at no extra charge. Not all books are enrolled in this but thousands (if not millions) are. If you’d like to check it out, you can sign up here if you’re in the USA or here if you’re in the United Kingdom. Then come back and select the books you want to read from the reading list below.

Part II is a straight to the point self help book on Dating, Relationships, and How to Get her Back. This book is full of useful and practical knowledge that is guaranteed to help you with women. Women often say they wish all men possessed this knowledge. Make the decision now to take control of your life and live the life you desire. This is the key to unlock your full potential.

My primary goal in creating this training manual was to shed light on exactly what it is that attracts a woman’s mind, body, and soul. Throughout the following pages you’ll learn incredibly valuable insights that let you tap into the female psyche. From detailed lists on how to dramatically increase your worth in her eyes to proven strategies on how to transition from the dating phase to a relationship and how to create a happy fulfilling relationship.
As you read through my teachings you’ll learn how to become a successful man, naturally attract and keep beautiful women, and if you so desire, get your ex back into your life.

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Do you feel miserable and like your situation is helpless?
Do you feel like your ex girlfriend has moved on and wants nothing to do with you?

Now imagine what it would be like to get your ex girlfriend back in your life.

If you’re looking to get your ex girlfriend back, my first question for you is this:

Does any of the following sound familiar?

– “I’ve tried calling her dozens of times, but she won’t pick up”
– “I called her friends so that they can intervene on my behalf”
– “I sent her texts and messages on Facebook telling her I love her and miss her”

Let Me Ask You This:

– Don’t you want to get your ex girlfriend back as fast as possible without having to spend another sleepless night?
– Don’t you want to get her back now before she meets someone else and it’s too late?

I’ve got great news. The only guide you’ll ever need is right here, and I promise it will help you understand everything you need to know to get your ex girlfriend back.

You see, calling your ex girlfriend back many times a day or sending her emails telling her you love her is the EXACT opposite of what you should be doing. The key to getting your ex girlfriend back is to back off, I repeat, the key is to BACK OFF.

This complete step by step, easy-to-read guide will outline every step you need take to get your ex girlfriend back. It will also show you all the things you might be doing that could hurt your chances of getting her back in the long run.

I should warn you though, do not buy this eBook if you’re looking for a quick fix without having to do any work. The strategies in this book require a time investment on your part, but I can guarantee you one thing, they work.

DISCLAIMER: This eBook is not for women trying to get their ex boyfriends back. This eBook is strictly for men.

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Win Her Back in 30 Days or Less: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Your Ex-Girlfriend Back

Do You want Your Girlfriend back?

This book is written for men trying to win back the affections of their ex-girlfriend. Seeking to make easy what others make complicated, this book breaks down relationship maintenance and recovery in just a few easily manageable steps! So never mind all those self-help gimmicks and late night hotlines, we have a proven methodology and formula delivered right here in the pages of this book. Giving you the most important advice you could ever hear when it comes to dating, marriage and beyond.

In just a few chapters we cover some of the most intricate aspects of relationships, from finding the right person to keeping the right person, find all that you need right here within the pages of this book!

You’ll Learn

How to get your Ex back
Emotional Intelligence
How to gain confidence
Dating Tips and Tricks
Simple steps to get her back
Steps to keep your girlfriend for good
Before you start on this journey, here are three critical questions that you must ask yourself.

Do you still love your ex?

Are you willing to keep an open mind about what you must and must not do or say to get your ex back?

Do you believe in yourself –and in your ability to get your ex back?

If you answer yes to all of the questions above then you’re in the best position to get your ex back

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Why Buy This Set
Because you are at your wit’s end trying to get your girlfriend back from The Land of the Lost and you are desperate for practical, easy-to-follow advice from relationships to getting an amazing body to help you get your girl back. This set is the ultimate in getting your groove back!

What’s Inside?

Book 1: How to Get Your Ex-Girlfriend Back in A Week
Day 1 – A Moment of Reflection
Day 2 – The Meltdown
Day 3 – Self-Love and Self-Praise
Day 4 – Testing the Waters
Day 5 – The Post Break Up Meet Up
Day 6 – The Reunion Date
Day 7 – Rekindling the Spark

Book 2: Amazing Abs Diet Cookbook
Chapter 1 – Kick-Starting Your Amazing Abs Lifestyle
Chapter 2 – Stop (Fat Gain), Drop (the Pounds), Roll (withAmazing Abs)
Chapter 3 – Nix the Fat
Chapter 4 – Breakfasts: Great Ways to Start Your Mornings
Chapter 5 – Amazing Abs Lunches
Chapter 6 – The Perfect Dinner to Top Your Day
Chapter 7 – Healthy Bites Here and There
Chapter 8 – Feel-Good Healthy Smoothies
Chapter 9 – Burning Fat Finishers

Book 3: Amazing Abs Workout Plan
Chapter 1 – First Things First
Chapter 2 – Eat Your Fat Away
Chapter 3 – Getting Off On the Right Foot
Chapter 4 – Paving Your Way to A Six-Pack
Chapter 5 – Cheating Your Fat Pie
Chapter 6 – No Pain, No Gain
Chapter 7 – Melting Your Middle
Chapter 8 – Get That Abdominal V
Chapter 9 – Breaking the Fat Barrier

Book 4: Amazing Abs Diet Plan
Chapter 1 – Doing Your Best with What You’ve Got
Chapter 2 – Getting Real ABS and Not A Big Stomach
Chapter 3 – Going Beyond Borders
Chapter 4 – You Are What You Eat, Literally!
Chapter 5 – Burning Fat Day In and Day Out
Chapter 6 – Getting Fired Up
Chapter 7 – The Dream Killers
Chapter 8 – Diet Solutions
Chapter 9 – Turbo-charging Your Abs Formation
Chapter 10 – From Flabs to Abs

Why Buy Now?
Face it; your girl will not wait around for you to get your act together. Unless you’re fine with parting ways forever, you’d better get crackin’ and get this set to steer your girlfriend back to you!

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Has your relationship gone sour? Or do you have an irreconcilable difference with your partner, you have been trying so hard to get that special woman in your life back but you still can’t figure out the right way to go about it. You have been dying in silence because the love of your life is sleeping away from you, with each passing moment you regret your past actions. You are now asking yourself why in this world did you let her go, why did? Don’t worry too much because the solution is here, get your ex back with the following key points listed bellow
•You will find practical keys to win her back.
•These keys have worked for so many couple
• There have been so many testimonies by couples who have read this book.
•Bring back your relationship to life, get back the Love of your life with this book
• Learn to be a better man and lover.
They say “life is a pursuit of happiness” don’t allow your happiness sleep away because of resolvable differences you had with your partner, ignite back the love you have for your lady and make her love you even more back again. Get a copy now so you can get your ex back

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Dear Friend:

This book teaches you the hidden secrets to completely understand women. How you can meet and date the type of women you’ve always wanted and have effortless relationships! How to get a girlfriend. How to date multiple women. How to get your wife or girlfriend back. Turn your girl “friend” into your girlfriend. Live the life of your dreams & accomplish your goals. How to get women to pursue you and approach you first, etc.

My book covers both the dating world and long term relationships. You will learn how to meet and date the type of women you’ve always dreamed of. The best part is you can do this while remaining who you truly are inside. The book teaches you how to create sexual attraction in women & get women to chase & pursue you! It takes you step by step with easy to follow instructions. You will be able to meet women anytime, anyplace, & anywhere… this will give you choice with women. Whether you are single & searching, or already with your dream lady, my book has the secrets most men will never know about women… and… that women don’t know about themselves.

Why should you buy my book? Because it is the lowest cost and highest perceived value of any other eBook on the subject of pickup skills, dating and relationships. It offers more tips, strategies and techniques than any other book you will find. Unlike most other eBooks that only give you attraction and pick up techniques, my book will teach you how to successfully pickup up women anytime, anyplace and anywhere. Then it will teach you how to transition into dating, getting her to ask YOU to be HER boyfriend, and how to maintain a long term healthy and drama-free relationship free from nagging and arguments. I guarantee it will teach you more than any other book on the subject. PERIOD!

What makes me qualified to help you? When I was younger and unsuccessful with women, I had a lot of life success (great career, very successful business, cars, toys, etc.), but when I went out on dates with women I really liked, I would get 2-3 dates max and then the women would never want to see me again, or they wanted to “just be friends.” I was a total loser with women. I hated how that made me feel! Everyday I saw guys who were total losers and who had these hot women all over them. I thought… “These guys are no better than me.”

So I got serious about figuring this stuff out once and for all. I spent five years relentlessly learning, reading, researching, practicing, interviewing and hanging out with men who were really successful with women. Men who were naturally successful with women. The crazy thing was that many of these “naturals” with women were totally broke as a joke, and yet their women totally adored and worshiped them! As the light bulbs went off and I became better not only at modeling their success, but understanding the psychology of why they were successful, my own success really skyrocketed!

I got good enough to meet and date a playboy model, a Miss Florida, a Miss America contestant and many other very high quality, gorgeous and successful women. Women who were previously “out of my league.” If a regular guy like myself can do it, so can you! The good news is, once you understand the psychology of how a woman thinks, what she emotionally responds to, and what women really want in a man… any guy can duplicate my success. Even if you are not tall, rich or handsome! The “naturals” proved that to me over and over. After you finish reading my eBook, please go to my website and email me with your questions or sign up for my FREE newsletter :) Apply what I teach. It will work for you.

From my heart to yours,

Corey Wayne

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This book is a collection of the most impactful articles written by relationship coach Steve Horsmon. They have been divided into specific themes where Steve shares powerful stories and concepts with readers about love, life, being a good guy, and getting rid of misconceptions about marriage.

Some of these may challenge your current thinking. At times, you may feel both scared and inspired. Eventually, a surge of self-confidence and self-respect will emerge. From there you may feel the rush of overwhelming opportunity with a twinge of anxiety about how to take your next steps. You will wonder why nobody told you these things when you were 18 years old. And you may have a few epiphanies that make you shake your head just like Steve did when he began this work.

In this book you will learn how to:
*Boldly declare your masculine values and boundaries for your life and relationship
*Confidently stand up for what you want without looking like a big, fat jerk
*Understand the deeper meaning behind your woman’s coldness, disrespect, and rejection
*Handle conflict and tension without getting rattled and increasing her attraction and desire at the same time
*Decide whether or not your relationship is salvageable or even worth saving
*Flip the switch from seeking validation from women to standing strong in a new, self-reliant, masculine frame

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Blogger Note: If you’re using the law of attraction to help restore your broken relationship, you already know that self love is key! This book is an excellent resource for men for self love, encouragement, and affirmations!

Three Great Books in One Volume!

Loose That Man and Let Him Go!
Get ready to ignite your fire of manhood. T.D. Jakes provides a powerful work of healing and restoration of your God-given masculinity, and with the turn of every page, you’ll feel freedom from your prison of unfulfilled desires and frustrated dreams.

So You Call Yourself a Man?
We have all doubted God–and we have doubted our worth in His eyes. Here, Jakes depicts the inspirational stories of five men from the Bible and provides proof that God created you to be free, powerful, and filled with purpose. This is a devotional reading for ordinary men–with extraordinary potential.

T.D. Jakes Speaks to Men
More than 150 powerful, motivating messages challenge you to rely on God’s strength to achieve your highest goals.

A dynamic speaker and highly respected pastor, T.D. Jakes delivers powerful messages of hope and healing to men. Learn how to strengthen your faith in God’s love and rediscover yourself as He sees you–filled with His never-ending wisdom and compassion.

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Self-help and success literature junkie James Weaver puts the law of attraction to the test in a 30 day law of attraction experiment. The author discusses why he chose this experiment, what the experiment entailed, what he attracted, and what he learned during these 30 days. The results are honest and inspiring. This work will be appreciated by those with little to no knowledge of the law of attraction and those well acquainted with this universal law.

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Hi, I’m multi-time #1 Amazon best-selling author and relationship coach Jordan Gray…

And in this book I want to help you discover…

* how to be the most attractive man possible for your partner (from an internal standpoint)
* the four crucial keys to long term passion in your intimate relationship
* how to turn your woman on with your words
* what your woman NEEDS from you in order to open up sexually
* how to get your partner to love you like when she first started dating you
* how to navigate arguments with your partner like a man (and stop arguments from even coming up)
* the 5 things she says when she really means something completely different (and how to handle it effortlessly)
* the three types of vaginal orgasms (at least one of which she probably doesn’t even know about)
* how to create deep trust in your relationship
* the three things you can start doing today that will have her initiating sex more often

And much more.

In this densely packed book you will learn how to become the kind of man that creates a truly thriving relationship.

You have several other areas of your life handled… so isn’t it about time you put some effort into making your romantic relationship amazing?

Let today be the day that you create the kind of enviable relationship that you and your partner truly deserve.

Pick up your copy of “Keep Her Captivated” today!

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Winning your wife back from emotional or physical separation is more than doing the same things with more intensity. It involves developing a whole new strategy to overcome what seem to be overwhelming odds to attain a come-from-behind victory. In Winning Your Wife Back Before It’s Too late, Gary Smalley utilizes the following game plan to significantly increase your chances for a “miracle comeback”:

Understand “penalty flags”
Open a closed spirit
Honor your wife and children
Develop sacrificial love
Initiate change in yourself
Be accountable by joining a support group
Through true stories of previously separated couples, you’ll see how the principles illustrated in this plan have been fleshed out in the lives of real people and can lead to a successful reconciliation. Although there is no guarantee that you will win your wife back, you can still experience personal triumph and gain significant yardage in becoming the godly man you were intended to be.

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Having a pulse is all it really takes to fall in love. Staying in love is another matter; staying in love requires a plan and some learned skills.

“My primary audience for this book is guys (sorry, sneaky ladies),” says author Doug Fields. “I am writing in a way that most men seem to talk and learn.”

In 7 Ways to Be Her Hero Fields gives, quite candidly, seven very doable actions to transform any marital relationship, guaranteed. It also includes a bonus chapter for guys to read with their wives. So if you want to understand some simple ways to invest in your marriage and be your wife’s hero (again), this is the plan!

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You Can Win Her Back

Few challenges in life are as difficult as regaining a wife’s trust—and few are as ultimately worthwhile. Trust can be rebuilt in your marriage! With patient, loving, self-sacrificing effort, it’s possible that one day your wife will risk her heart with you again. And she may even have more respect and love for you than before.

In Worthy of Her Trust, Jason Martinkus relates how he repaired his own marriage after revelations of sexual addiction. Along with Stephen Arterburn, Jason offers exercises and tools rooted in counseling principles to help your marriage begin again. This comprehensive guide discusses:

· How to be truly and effectively transparent
· Combating the “he must not love me” myth and other untruths
· What to do about the Internet, office temptations, and travel
· Encouragement for wives who wonder if trust can ever be restored
· The “five-minute phone call” and other daily trust-building strategies
· What meaningful forgiveness and restitution look like
· The Amends Matrix—a concrete exercise to admit past wrongs and cast a vision for a faithful future

Including insights from Jason’s wife, Shelley, Worthy of Her Trust guides you through the process of rebuilding your relationship so it is stronger than ever.

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Marriage and relationships are in crisis. The breakup and divorce rate remain incredibly high, despite all the couples therapy, afternoon talk shows, and other books in the marketplace, many of which describe men as abusive commitment phobic creeps who’d better change fast or else. But this new book is totally different, a whole different way of looking at how to build a successful long-lasting relationship from a man’s point of view, men who are happy in their partnerships, who have figured out what works for them in accomplishing the goal of a loving, intimate, lifetime commitment. Dr. Scott Haltzman, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, and founder of, has devised a proven method for improving relationships, based on a man’s special and unique skills, strengths, powers—as a responsible and motivated worker, manager, leader, problem-solver, partner, husband, and father. Men are different, Dr. Haltzman says. They don’t approach relationships with the same skills and techniques that women do—and viva la difference. Dr.Haltzman therefore lays out eight ways, tasks, proven techniques which men have revealed in confidential correspondence to his highly successful website, including The First Way: Make Your Marriage Your Job, The Second Way: Know Your Wife, The Third Way: Be Home Now, The Fourth Way: Expect Conflict and Deal With It, The Fifth Way: Learn to Listen, The Sixth Way: Aim to Please, The Seventh Way: Understand the Truth About Sex, The Eighth Way: Introduce Yourself, and finally, Celebrate Your Love. Within each of these steps, he provides both specific analysis, guidelines and techniques based on male biology, neuro-science, brain differences, unique developmental stages from youth to seniority. To illustrate these ideas in action, he’s included wonderful true stories, anecdotes, and confessions from the website. The result is a practical, very entertaining, totally original way to build successful relationships for men and their partners, girlfriends, and wives. For a lasting commitment, a continuing guide to solving inevitable problems and bumps in the road, for more fun, better sex, genuine intimacy, and a life-long partnership—this dynamic new author shows…

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Books To Read Now: Celebrity Tell Alls – A List For Readers Who Love Celebrity Dirt

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So you love celebrity dirt, tell alls, memoirs, autobiographies, and secrets.

So do we!

Especially when it comes straight from the source. After all, who knows a person’s life better than the one living it?

Below you will find some of our favorite celebrity written books! These are going to be really hard to put down, as they are filled with all the juicy celebrity secrets we all want to know about.

Let us know your favorites in the comments below.

23215469A former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner describes how her years inside the Playboy Mansion went from a fairytale of A-list celebrity parties to an oppressive regime of strict rules, scheduled sex, and a total loss of identity, so much so that she even contemplated suicide.




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17570753An uncensored Hollywood tell-all filled with explicit tales of love, sex, and revenge from the video vixen made famous by Warrant’s rock anthem “Cherry Pie.”

Who could forget the sexy “Cherry Pie” girl from hair metal band Warrant’s infamous music video? Bobbie Brown became a bona fide vixen for her playful role as the object of lead singer Jani Lane’s desires. But the wide-eyed Louisiana beauty queen’s own dreams of making it big in Los Angeles were about to be derailed by her rock-and-roll lifestyle. After her tumultuous marriage to Jani imploded, and her engagement to fast-living Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee ended in a drug haze—followed by his marriage later to Pamela Anderson—Bobbie decided it was time Hollywood’s hottest bachelors got a taste of their own medicine. Step one: get high. Step two: get even.

In a captivating, completely uncensored confessional, Bobbie explicitly recounts a life among some of the most famous men in Hollywood: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Costner, Mark McGrath, Dave Navarro, Sebastian Bach, Ashley Hamilton, Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Orgy’s Jay Gordon, and many more. No man was off limits as the fun-loving bombshell spiraled into excess, anger, and addiction.

Bobbie survived the party—barely—and her riveting, cautionary comeback tale is filled with the wildest stories of sex, drugs, and rock and roll ever told.

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114726The moving, gripping, and tell–all autobiography of Traci Elizabeth Lords, a former child porn queen, electronica maven, and cult movie and TV star.

At 14, Nora Kuzma ran away from home and ended up on the dirty streets of Hollywood. She fell in with a fast crowd, and her dreams of modelling soon landed her a spectacular centrefold in Penthouse Magazine, where at 15 she became internationally known as TRACI LORDS. From there she appeared in numerous adult films and magazines, denying her past and battling a deep addiction to cocaine and men. Three years later she got out. This is her memoir–a tale of loss, redemption, and ultimate survival as Traci Elizabeth Lords takes you into her secretive past, faces her demons, and shares her extraordinary journey of personal growth.

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218215Loretta Lynn’s classic memoir tells the story of her early life in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, and her amazing rise to the top of the music industry.

Born into deep poverty, married at thirteen, mother of six, and a grandmother by the time she was twenty-nine, Loretta Lynn went on to become one of the most prolific and influential songwriters and singers in modern country music. Here we see the determination and talent that led to her trailblazing career and made her the first woman to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association and the first woman to receive a gold record in country music.

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11429349Kendra Wilkinson has revealed herself before–in the pages of Playboy and on her reality show, Kendra. Now she reveals her private side, sharing the ups and downs, the joys and challenges of motherhood, marriage, and life in the spotlight.

In this intimate follow-up to her New York Times bestseller, Sliding into Home, Kendra confides her most candid thoughts and feelings on her experiences as a new mom, and she divulges her secrets on how to do it all and make it look easy, sexy, and fun–even when it’s not.

Now with a husband and baby in her life, a booming brand to manage, and her own needs to think about too, Kendra is learning the art of balance, sometimes the hard way. Not wanting to pawn her child off to nannies like so many other stars, Kendra relishes the role of supermom–kissing boo-boos, making lunches, scheduling playdates–all while juggling appearances, workout videos, and even training for the ultra-competitive hit show Dancing with the Stars.

While Being Kendra is full of humor and true stories that women can relate to, it’s also a heartrending look at Kendra’s very personal journey through some dark places, including a private struggle with postpartum depression and a very public tussle with post-baby weight loss. Kendra, who has always been known for her athletic (and enhanced) figure, opens up about her efforts to get her bikini body back and the difficulty of not looking sexy, which she believed was her most valuable quality. Her fight to lose weight at any cost, chronicled on the covers of countless magazines, has become yet another triumph for Kendra as she continues to succeed in the face of adversity.

From dental assistant, to Playboy girlfriend and face of a franchise, to wife and new mother, Kendra has embraced what life has thrown at her with determination, fortitude, and a ready laugh. This daring and honest memoir captures Kendra and her family in their best and worst moments as she lives, loves, rebounds, and, ultimately, finds her place in her new world.

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7096013Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling.

It’s not every Hollywood starlet whose name greets you on a Virgin Airways flight into la-la land. But Tori Spelling has come to accept that her life is a spectacle. Her name is her brand, and business is booming. Too bad when your job is to be yourself, you can’t exactly take a break.

Tori finally has everything she thought she wanted—a loving family and a successful career—but trying to live a normal life in Hollywood is a little weird. With the irresistible wit, attitude, and humor that fans have come to love, the New York Times bestselling author of sTORI telling and Mommywood is back with more hilarious, heartwarming, and candid stories of juggling work, marriage, motherhood, and reality television cameras.

Tori comes clean about doing her time on jury duty, stalking herself on Twitter, discovering her former 90210 castmates’ “I Hate Tori” club, contracting swine flu, and contacting Farrah Fawcett from the dead. Like many mothers, she struggles to find balance (Stars, they’re just like us!)—only most women don’t have to battle it out with paparazzi at the grocery store. She talks openly about the darker side of life in the spotlight: media scrutiny over her weight and her marriage to Dean McDermott, her controversial relationship with Dean’s ex-wife, and her unfolding reconciliation with her mother.

Having it all isn’t always easy—especially when you’re a perfectionist—but with the help of her unconventional family and friends, an underwear-clad spiritual cleansing or two, and faith in herself, she’s learning to find her happy ending. Because when you’re Tori Spelling, every day brings uncharted terriTORI.

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At a certain time in life, we all come to realize what is truly important to us and what just doesn’t matter. For Shirley MacLaine, that time is now. In this wise, witty, and fearless collection of small observations and big-picture questions, she shares with readers all those things that she is over dealing with in life, in love, at home, and in the larger world . . . as well as the things she will never get over, no matter how long she lives.

Among the things that Shirley is over: people who repeat themselves (“when you didn’t care what they said the first time”); conservatives and liberals; ill-mannered young people; the poison of celebrity (“Why do so many people want to be famous when they see how it can destroy your life?”); being polite to boring people (“If they won’t stop talking, I go into a trance and meditate”); getting older in Hollywood (“How peaceful it is not to have to look particularly pretty anymore or to wear a size 6”).

In the opposite camp, there are some things Shirley will never get over: good lighting (“Marlene Dietrich taught me how to light myself”); gorgeous costars (“The vanity of male actors is an impossible wall to scale”); performing live (“Yes, it is better than sex”); and above all, brave people with curious minds (“Fear is the most powerful weapon of mass destruction”).

Along the way, she recalls stories of some of the true greats she has known—Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, the two Jacks (Lemmon and Nicholson)—and ruminates on the state of Hollywood past and present. She recollects her relationships and romances with politicians (including two prime ministers), scientists, journalists, and costars.

An unabashed seeker of truth and unrepentant free spirit, Shirley looks squarely at a world that can irritate, confuse, and provoke her, but that can also delight her with its beauty, humor, and future promise. Reading I’m Over All That will make you feel you have been reunited with an old friend who tells it like it is but never takes herself too seriously.

Shirley MacLaine may be over all that, but this irresistible book ensures that we will never get over her.

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21412240Following her extraordinary (Vanity Fair); evocative (The New York Times); magically beautiful (The Boston Globe); gorgeously written; (O, The Oprah Magazine) coming-of-age memoir, Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston writes about her relationship with Jack Nicholson, her rise to stardom, her work with the greatest directors in Hollywood, her love affair with her husband, and much more.

Anjelica Huston was twenty-nine years old and trying to create a place for herself as an actress in Hollywood when the director Tony Richardson said to her: Poor little you. So much talent and so little to show for it. You’re never going to do anything with your life.Tony had a singsong voice, like one of his own parrots, but there was no mistaking the edge. Perhaps you’re right, I answered. Inside I was thinking, Watch me.

In A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston described her enchanted childhood in Ireland and her glamorous but troubled late teens in London. That memoir of her early years ended when Anjelica stepped into Hollywood. In Watch Me, Huston tells the story of falling in love with Jack Nicholson and her adventurous, turbulent, high-profile, spirited seventeen-year relationship with him and his intoxicating circle of friends. She writes about learning the art and craft of acting, about her Academy Award-winning portrayal of Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi&#8217;s Honor, about her roles as Morticia Addams in the Addams Family films, Etheline Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums and Lilly Dillon in The Grifters, and about her collaborations with many great directors, including Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Bob Rafelson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Stephen Frears. She movingly and beautifully writes about the death of her father, the legendary director John Huston, and her marriage to sculptor Robert Graham. She is candid, mischievous, warm, passionate, funny, and a superb storyteller.

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22522170Actress and author of the New York Times bestseller Down Came the Rain, Brooke Shields, explores her relationship with her unforgettable mother, Teri, in her new memoir.

Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke’s iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only eleven months old, and Teri’s skills as both Brooke’s mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

As Brooke became an adult the pair made choices and sacrifices that would affect their relationship forever. And when Brooke’s own daughters were born she found that her experience as a mother was shaped in every way by the woman who raised her. But despite the many ups and downs, Brooke was by Teri’s side when she died in 2012, a loving daughter until the end.

Only Brooke knows the truth of the remarkable, difficult, complicated woman who was her mother. And now, in an honest, open memoir about her life growing up, Brooke will reveal stories and feelings that are relatable to anyone who has been a mother or daughter.

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6169414So where do we start? I remember when we did The Dirt, the Mötley Crüe book, I was interviewed at The Grand Havana Room in Beverly Hills. A lot of people think I didn’t get to say much in The Dirt. It’s probably true. I didn’t read it. I’m not that big a talker. Some people can f*ckin’ talk … eat up all the oxygen in a room in no time flat. I don’t tend to run my mouth. It’s b*llshit. All those years in rehab and counseling–the talking cure? I can’t say I really got that much out of it. All that cure and I should be cured by now, don’t you think? All this talking…

So forgive me if it’s a bit hard for me to slice open a vein and let my blood run red all over this page for you. I’ll fight you or I’ll f*ck you but chances are I’ll be hard pressed to sit there and talk to you. War stories. War wounds. I know, I know. Old rock stars fall hard. I’m forty-nine years old. I’m five-foot-nine, 170. The spandex is over. I’ve had three plastic surgeries. Still, who do you think gets laid more, me or you? But time does change a man. I ain’t twenty-one anymore.

It’s a miracle we survived at all. A bottle of Jack Daniel’s and uncooked hot dogs do not make for a particularly well-balanced diet. We are all very lucky we didn’t kill ourselves. It might look like we were trying to do that but speaking for myself, death was never my intent. I just wanted to feel good, you know? I was just looking for that kick, that high…

These days I’ve got businesses to run. I like the action. Something to get your heart pumping. Healthier than a syringe full of cocaine powder like I was doing back in ’81 with my girlfriend Lovey, that’s for sure…

But you got to admit…those days are a lot more fun to talk about…

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186086“I Walked the Line” is a chronicle of first love, long-kept secrets, betrayal, forgiveness, and the truth–told at last by Johnny Cash’s first wife, the mother of his four daughters. It is a book that had the full support of Johnny Cash, who insisted it was time for their story to be told, despite any painful revelations that might come to light as a result.Many myths and contradictions regarding the life of Johnny and his family have been perpetuated for decades in film and literature. Vivian exposes previously untold stories involving Johnny’s drug addiction, his fraught family life, and their divorce in 1968, as well as the truth behind the writing of two of Johnny’s most famous songs, “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire.”

Supplemented by a never-before-published archive of love letters and family photos, “I Walked the Line” offers a deeper look at one of the most sig- nificant artists in music history. Here, fans and readers can experience the extraordinary account of love and heartbreak between Johnny and Vivian, and come to understand Vivian’s dignified silence over the years. Through this elegant, revealing, and powerful memoir, Vivian Cash’s voice is finally heard.

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6408579A fascinating, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting tale of self-discovery from the beloved actress who earned a permanent place in the hears of millions for her role in Little House on the Prarie when she was just a child.

To fans of the hugely successful television series Little House on the Prairie, Melissa Gilbert grew up in a fantasy world with a larger-than-life father, friends and family she could count on, and plenty of animals to play with. Children across the country dreamed of the Ingalls’ idyllic life—and so did Melissa.

With candor and humor, the cherished actress traces her complicated journey from buck-toothed Laura “Halfpint” Ingalls to Hollywood starlet, wife, and mother. She partied with the Brat Pack, dated heartthrobs like Rob Lowe and bad boys like Billy Idol, and began a self-destructive pattern of addiction and codependence. She eventually realized that her career on television had earned her popularity, admiration, and love from everyone but herself.

Through hard work, tenacity, sobriety, and the blessings of a solid marriage, Melissa has accepted her many different identities and learned to laugh, cry, and forgive in new ways. Women everywhere may have idolized her charming life on Little House on the Prairie, but Melissa’s own unexpectedly honest, imperfect, and down-to-earth story is an inspiration.

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7284508Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is Alison Arngrim’s comic memoir of growing up as one of television’s most memorable characters—the devious Nellie Oleson on the hit television show Little House on the Prairie. With behind-the-scenes stories from the set, as well as tales from her bohemian upbringing in West Hollywood and her headline-making advocacy work on behalf of HIV awareness and abused children, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch is a must for fans of everything Little House: the classic television series and its many stars like Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert; Gilbert’s bestselling memoir Prairie Tale… and, of course, the beloved series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that started it all.

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6681627In a career spanning more than thirty years, Patrick Swayze has made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he’s become one of our most beloved actors.

But in February 2008, Patrick announced he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Always a fighter, he refused to let the disease bring him to his knees, and his bravery has inspired both his legion of fans and cancer patients everywhere. Yet this memoir, written with wisdom and heart, recounts much more than his bout with cancer. In vivid detail, Patrick describes his Texas upbringing, his personal struggles, his rise to fame with North and South, his commercial breakthroughs in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, and the soul mate who’s stood by his side through it all: his wife, writer and director Lisa Niemi.

A behind-the-scenes look at a Hollywood life and a remarkable love, this memoir is both entertainment and inspiration. Patrick and Lisa’s marriage is a journey of two lives intertwined and lived as one–throughout their years in Hollywood and at home on their working ranch outside Los Angeles, and culminating in the hope and wisdom they’ve imparted to all who know them. This book will open the door for families, individuals, and husbands and wives to grow, bond and discover entirely new levels of love and sharing, proving that life shouldn’t be lived as a series of endings, but rather as the beginning of greater strength and love.

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From Patrick Swayze’s widow—the moving, New York Times bestselling account of grief, loss, caregiving, and moving on, with touching stories from their final months together.

When Lisa Niemi first exchanged vows with Patrick Swayze, she promised to be with her husband “till death do us part.” But how many couples stop and think about what that truly means?

Worth Fighting For is both a candid tribute to a marriage and a celebration of the healing power that each day holds, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Lisa shares the details of Patrick’s twenty-one-month battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and she describes his last days, when she simply tried to keep him comfortable. She writes with heartbreaking honesty about her grief in the aftermath of his death and openly discusses the challenges that the years without him have posed. Her story is an emotionally honest and unflinching depiction of loss, but it is also a hopeful and life-affirming exploration of the power of the human spirit. “I tell you, I am a different person now,” she writes, “one who has been thrown into the fire and forged.”

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If it can happen in show business, it’s happened to Jon Cryer. Now he’s opening up for the first time and sharing his behind-the-scenes stories in a warmly endearing, sharply observed, and frankly funny look at life in Hollywood.

In 1986, Jon Cryer won over America as Molly Ringwald’s loyal and lovable best friend, Duckie, in the cult classic Pretty in Pink in a role that set the tone for his three-decade-long career in Hollywood. He went on to establish himself as one of the most talented comedic actors in the business, ultimately culminating in his current turn as Alan Harper on the massively popular sitcom Two and a Half Men.

With the instincts of a natural storyteller, Cryer charts his extraordinary journey in show business, illuminating his many triumphs and some missteps along the way. Filled with exclusive behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Cryer offers his own endearing perspective on Hollywood, the business at large, and the art of acting.

Cryer has worked with some of the biggest and most provocative names in the business, and here, for the first time, he details his experiences with Charlie Sheen, John Hughes, Robert Altman, Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Christopher Reeve, among many others. He shares the intimate details of his friendships and relationships, pays tribute to his mentors, and explores the peculiar combination of heart, talent, and wisdom it takes to survive not just the bad times in a notoriously fickle industry but even the good times.

In this revealing, humorous, and introspective memoir, Cryer offers readers a front-row seat as he reminisces about his life and experiences in showbiz over the past thirty years.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson breaks her silence, sharing the extraordinary story of her life, career, and epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner

For the last forty years, award-winning songwriter Linda Thompson has quietly led one of the most remarkable lives in show business. The longtime live-in love of Elvis Presley, Linda first emerged into the limelight during the 1970s when the former beauty pageant queen caught the eye of the King. Their chance late-night encounter at a movie theater was the stuff of legend, and it marked the beginning of a whirlwind that would stretch across decades, leading to a marriage with Bruce Jenner, motherhood, and more drama than she ever could have imagined.

Now, for the first time, Linda opens up about it all, telling the full story of her life, loves, and everything in between. From her humble beginnings in Memphis to her nearly five-year relationship with Elvis, she offers an intimate window into their life together, describing how their Southern roots fueled and sustained Graceland’s greatest romance. Going inside their wild stories and tender moments, she paints a portrait of life with the King, as raucous as it is refreshing. But despite the joy they shared, life with Elvis also had darkness, and her account also presents an unsparing look at Elvis’s twin demons—drug abuse and infidelity—forces he battled throughout their time together that would eventually end their relationship just eight months before his untimely death.

It was in the difficult aftermath of Elvis’s death that Linda found what she believed was her true home: the arms of Olympic gold medal—winner Bruce Jenner. Detailing her marriage to Bruce, Linda reveals the seemingly perfect life that they built with their two young sons—Brandon and Brody—before Bruce changed everything with a secret he’d been carrying his entire life, a secret that Linda herself kept for nearly thirty years, a secret that Bruce’s transition to Caitlyn Jenner has finally laid bare for the world. Providing a candid look inside one of the most challenging moments of her life, Linda uncovers the struggles she went through as a woman and a mother, coming to terms with the reality of Bruce’s identity and resolving to embrace him completely no matter what, even as it meant they could no longer be together.

And yet, despite her marriage unraveling, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster—a relationship that lasted for nineteen tumultuous years, resulting in a bond that spurred her songwriting career to new heights but also tested her like never before. Filled with compelling and poignant stories and sixteen pages of photographs, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey through the years, bringing unparalleled insight into three legendary figures.

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On the heels of his New York Times bestselling Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe is back with an entertaining collection that “invites readers into his world with easy charm and disarming frankness” (Kirkus Reviews).

After the incredible response to his acclaimed bestseller, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe was convinced to mine his experiences for even more stories. The result is Love Life, a memoir about men and women, actors and producers, art and commerce, fathers and sons, movies and TV, addiction and recovery, sex and love. Among the adventures he describes in these pages are:

· His visit, as a young man, to Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion, where the naïve actor made a surprising discovery in the hot tub.
· The time, as a boy growing up in Malibu, he discovered a vibrator belonging to his best friend’s mother.
· What it’s like to be the star and producer of a flop TV show.
· How an actor prepares, for Californification, Parks and Recreation, and numerous other roles.
· His hilarious account of coaching a kid’s basketball team dominated by helicopter parents.
· How his great, great, great, great, great grandfather may have inspired everything from his love of The West Wing to his taste in classic American architecture.
· His first visit to college, with his son, who is going to receive the education his father never got.
· The time a major movie star stole his girlfriend.

Linked by common themes and his philosophical perspective on love—and life—Lowe’s writing “is loaded with showbiz anecdotes, self-deprecating tales, and has a general sweetness” (New York Post).

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Military Nonfiction Book Spotlight: Narcissus Called My Name: Heroes and the cost of specialness by John J. Whelan, PhD @JohnWhelan3

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Military personnel and first responders are more susceptible to mental disorders than your average office worker. Studies confirm that the rate of PTSD is fifteen times higher among soldiers than among civilians. It does not help that military mental-health diagnostic systems are not the most thorough. Mental illness in veterans, soldiers, and first responders is often chalked up to traumatic events during combat. That might not be the whole story, though. In fact, in most cases, combative events are the trigger for something that runs much deeper. Through stories told by veterans themselves and his own experiences while serving in the Canadian Navy, Dr. John Whelan paints a compelling case for an alternate route to assessing mental illness in veterans and first responders.

Whelan explores the correlation between military and paramilitary conditioning and the rewiring of the brain in a way that prevents soldiers, veterans, and first responders from engaging with and responding to acute emotional situations. As a psychologist who deals with military PTSD issues every day, he helps connect the dots between military culture and men and women who might be predisposed to mental disorders.

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“Another insufferably hot day on foot patrol. It was Dave’s turn to take point, leading the six-man section through a crowded market square. Christ, it seemed like every Hodgie was out this morning, he thought. Slow and alert, his comms chirping in his ear in the background—the sounds were irritating and comforting at the same time. “Gun!” Dave had caught sight of a handgun through the maze of people. It was held by a boy probably no more than seven or eight years old. Weapon up. He had already taken the slack out of the trigger, but he hesitated.

Dave blinked and looked back knowing he would have to take the shot to protect the guys. This time, no weapon.

“Sitrep! Sitrep!” The calls were insistent in his ear. “All clear. Proceed.”

Dave could not understand what had just happened. Did he endanger everybody by hesitating, or had he just imagined this and nearly killed a child? Chances were that the boy had been set up by someone in the crowd to create a big incident to turn people against the Canadians. It was messing with his head; it was all fucked up. This whole place is fucked up, he thought.

“How could you be that stupid? I can’t see how you are my son.” Two nights after the market patrol, Dave bolted up from his cot, remembering a long-ago comment from his father. Putting up with his father’s anger over minor things had been nothing new for the fifteen-year-old. But that time was different. That time his father had embarrassed him in front of his friends for not closing the cabin door on the family boat. Explanations or excuses of any kind were always ignored, so he simply stopped talking to his father. He hated him and could not wait to get out of there.

On his next birthday, despite his old man’s comments about the military, Dave was in the cadets. A year after that he was a reserve force infanteer, and his request for transfer to the regular force was quickly accepted. He was surprised at how easy military life seemed; it was as if he had been made to be a soldier. He loved the challenges and the adrenaline rush, the weapons, and he excelled in the field. Recognition from his NCOs and respect from younger guys gave him a type of confidence that he had never known. He was a soldier, a man, and he needed nothing from anybody.

But this would all come crashing down here in Afghanistan. After that day, it took everything he had to keep his anger in check. He was losing his mental grip and finally went to see the medical people. He was given one day off, but it only got worse. He was packed up and sent home to Canada. It was over; just like that he was a failure once again.”

About the Author:

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Award-winning author John Whelan, PhD lives and practices in Nova Scotia, Canada as a clinical psychologist. A married father of three grown children, he served for nearly nine years in the Canadian Navy before heading off to university. He has worked with serving and retired military, police, and other first responders who have been traumatized on the job for the past 25 years.

‘Going Crazy in the Green Machine’ (2014) and ‘Ghost in the Ranks’ (2016) are based on his clinical and research efforts to understand military trauma and develop more effective ways of offering help. His newest book – Narcissus Called My Name (due for release September 2017) – centers on core aspects of military conditioning as the foundation for narcissistic wounding (loss of specialness) and lingering mental struggles among veterans and other first responders.

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