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bookBUZZ - Beyond Talent

Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results by John Maxwell is an inspiring self help book meant to coach those with talent into becoming a "talent plus" person. Maxwell guides readers on a road to implementing the steps to take their talent and maximize it.

Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results contains plenty of great examples of people who have used initiative, belief, preparation, practice, character and focus to turn their talent into something big, something great, something that fulfills them and helps them to achieve their purpose in life.

Maxwell's writing style is positive and encouraging and Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results is filled with great advice on how to get moving, make your talent work for you, and score in the game of life.

If you're looking for a good book to coach you on how to achieve more with the talent you have, you'll want to read John Maxwell's Beyond Talent: Become Someone Who Gets Extraordinary Results .

bookBUZZ - Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations

The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations by Harold Davis and Phyllis Davis from Focal Press is an excellent resource book for photographers and designers. The book itself is a work of Photoshop art! Vivid images put together in Photoshop are displayed to perfection inside the book and on the covers, making the book a joy to read. The how-to techniques are easy to understand and helpful in inspiring new ideas for those who design in Photoshop.

The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations is written so that both newbies and experts are sure to find something of interest between the covers and the writing style is perfect for a book of this nature. The author duo includes both a photographer and a designer, and the book shines from the experience of both.

I have to admit, I loved this book. The combination of visually stunning images and excellent tutorials is a winner. I'd highly recommend this book to readers who love Photoshop!

bookBUZZ- Destiny's Promise by Janeau L'voe

Destiny's Promise by Janeau L'voe offered by Writer's Exchange publishing is an anthology with a collection of four novellas. All novellas contained in this anthology have a paranormal bent to them. One thing I really liked about this anthology was the fact that it was very clean (as in sans erotic detail). All of the stories are a quick read, too, which makes them great to take along if you are traveling or on your daily commute.

Destiny's Promise is only available as an ebook, but it is available in a stunning selection of formats!

A summation of the novellas, from the publisher's site:

The Imminent Future: Meet Sylver Dreeming, the foremost geo-thermal expert for CosmoTeck. Follow her efforts to find a solution to the problem of Earth's overpopulation in the year 2193.

Daughter's Destiny: Is a daughter's healing strength enough to save her mother from the evil that has stalked her across an entire mountain? Can love change the nature of the beast that only wishes to do harm?

Maxwell's Promise: Los Lunas, New Mexico - City of the Moon. Is the curse of the werewolf greater than the power of love?

Midnight Mist: Every night at midnight, a magical mist creeps into the corner of Selene's parlor: but this time it has brought with it a man, an immortal creature who rides the mists of time as easily as a hawk rides the wind.

bookBUZZ - Living on the Edge by Shannon K. Butcher

I just finished reading LIVING ON THE EDGE by Shannon K. Butcher from Penguin Group's Signet line. This is the first in her new THE EDGE suspense series. After reading all of the books currently available from her paranormal series, SENTINEL WARS, I have to admit I was expecting a little more suspense from her new suspense series. LIVING ON THE EDGE was well-written, had great characters, an interesting back story, and quite a few plot twists and turns, but the suspense tended to ebb and flow. I found myself feeling bored in a few chapters and actually flipping ahead in the book to find some more action!

Despite that one minor flaw, I have to say that Shannon K. Butcher still produced a great read. All of the elements of a good novel were present, and Butcher definitely had character development down to an art form. Her characters practically jump right off the page with realism. Once again, though, in true Butcher style, she does leave the reader hanging at the end of the book - wanting more, but being forced to wait until the next book in the series comes out in November 2011.
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