Monday, December 27, 2010

New from Tom Clancy - "Dead or Alive"

Tom Clancy fans are very excited about the release of his latest book - Dead or Alive.  The novel soared to the top of the New York Times best sellers list last week.  Clancy has had phenomenal success with the Jack Ryan novels.  Several of his books were turned into movies - Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, and The Sum of All Fears, just to name a few.  His latest book promises to keep readers wanting more.

The publisher summarizes his latest novel this way: "For years, Jack Ryan, Jr., and his colleagues at the Campus have waged an unofficial and highly effective campaign against the terrorists who threaten Western civilization. The most dangerous of these is the Emir. This killer has masterminded the most vicious attacks on the West and has eluded capture. Now the Campus is on his trail. Joined by their latest recruits, John Clark and Ding Chavez, Jack Ryan, Jr., and his cousins Dominick and Brian Caruso, are determined to catch the Emir and bring him in--dead or alive."

Book trailers are becoming a popular way to whet the appetite of readers.  Putnam Books, the publisher of Clancy's Dead or Alive, released this trailer:


Dead or Alive is available in print and audio with FREE shipping at

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Book Review - The Sherman Turner Story Part I - Minorities Deceived, Part II - Kenya: Rehabilitation by Sherman L. Turner

Resilience is defined as “the ability to recover from illness or adversity.”  We all face various degrees of adversity in our life.  Therefore, resilience is an extremely important quality to cultivate.  Sherman Turner is an outstanding example of resilience.  He has chosen to share his remarkable story in two books – Minorities Deceived and Kenya: Rehabilitation.  His story inspires hope and helps readers to develop determination to overcome all obstacles.

Turner grew up in a poor family in Buffalo, New York.  Schools in his area were substandard.  It was very difficult for him to get a good education.  Despite his humble beginnings, he worked very hard to become a plumber.  Because of racism, he encountered many obstacles.  Even though Turner’s grades were the highest in his apprenticeship class, it was difficult for him to secure employment to receive the field-training that he needed.  He chose to take the Master Plumber test and start his own business.   At that time, the city of Buffalo had never had a black master plumber.  He received death threats for taking the Master Plumber test.  That fact did not stop Turner.  He was determined and it paid off.  He became Buffalo’s first black master plumber.  He paved the way for other minorities to reach their potential. 

He worked as a contractor for the Small Business Administration (SBA).  Turner was accepted into the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program.  This program was designed to assist small businesses that are owned and operated by individuals who are at a social and economic disadvantage.  Turner intended to hire minority workers on his jobs.  However, the “Wall Street Money” contractors did not want black workers on government jobs.  Turner struggled for many years to fight for minority rights.

Partially due to the stress at his job, Turner suffered a massive stroke.  The stroke left him in a coma for several weeks.  When he woke from the coma, he realized that he was paralyzed.  In his second book, he tells the story of his recovery.  It was a tough road for him.  Again, he was determined to overcome all obstacles.  He worked hard to learn how to walk and talk again.  As a result of the stroke, he lost much of his memory.  His doctors encouraged him to learn a new language to help with his memory loss.

Turner enrolled in a local college and began learning Swahili.  He could have easily remained in that school close to home.  Instead, he chose to travel to Kenya to attend the School of Languages and Rehabilitations.  It was no easy task to travel such a long distance.  He did not let his disabilities stop him from making the trip.  In fact, he made several trips to Kenya.  He regained his memory and graduated from the language class.

The Sherman Turner story led me to question my own resilience.  I wondered how I would fare if I had to face all the hardships he endured.  This story truly touched me.  Turner’s life shows the strength of the human spirit.  Anyone who reads this heartwarming memoir will be strengthened and encouraged.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

For Colored Girls

The latest Tyler Perry movie, For Colored Girls, opened November 5 and has grossed over $37 million at the box office.  The movie is based on a book by Ntozake Shange.  The book is a collection of twenty poems that reveal different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Here are the comments from the publisher about this book: "From its inception in 1974 to its critical success on Broadway, this work has excited and inspired audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it means to be of color and female in the 20th century. Here is the complete text, with stage directions, of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world."

For Colored Ntozake Shange is available for purchase at 

Oprah's Latest Book Club Pick

Last week Oprah announced the latest selection for her popular book club.  She has chosen a combination of two classics by Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.  Dickens was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era.  Even though he died in 1870, his work lives on.

A Tale of Two Cities was set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution.  Well over 200 million copies of this book have been sold.  It is one of the most famous works of fiction.  I remember reading this book in high school.  "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."  In fact, I still have the same copy I read in school.  I have often thought of picking it up to read again.

Great Expectations is the story of an orphan by the name of Pip who writes about his life.  The story takes place between 1812-1840.  I personally have yet to read this book.  When announcing the choice for her book club, Oprah admitted that she hadn't read either of these novels.  Based on their popularity, these novels were a great choice for the book club.  With over 800 pages, this Dickens combination will make a great escape for the winter.

To purchase your copy of the latest book club pick, visit

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Book Review - "Emancipating Your Spirit A Conscious Guidebook: Affirmations, Meditation, Liberty & Other Soulful Reflections" by Akosua Ali-Sabree

Everyone wants to have the best life possible.  We all seek happiness, good health and success in life.  However, many of us forget the most important key in our lives – ourselves.  We must take care of ourselves before we can take care of anyone or anything else in life.  Emancipating Your Spirit is a guidebook that is designed to help individuals take care of themselves and to live the life they seek.

Dr. Ali-Sabree has been a wholistic health and wellness educator for over 42 years.  She has had many roles and responsibilities during her career including professional registered nurse, wellness coach and stress management trainer.  She produces and co-hosts the “Health is A Family Affair” talk show on the Harambee network and she is a regular columnist for the Black ST*R magazine.  Her extensive education and years of experience have given her the knowledge and wisdom to write this helpful guidebook.  She gives honor to those that taught her by passing on information and teaching others.

Emancipating Your Spirit is a guidebook that can be used by anybody.  However, it is targeted toward women in various roles such as homemakers, professionals, young women and adolescent girls.  It can be used privately or in a group.  It is designed to aid personal growth and liberation.  It stimulates the reader’s appetite, encourages thinking, arouses passion and promotes self-study.  It can be easy for us to see the good in others, but we may fail to see the good and inner beauty in ourselves.  This book helps readers to identify good qualities in themselves.  We must love ourselves and be our own best friend.  Women tend to spend a lot of time outside of themselves.  We can get so busy at work, in the community, with friends and family, etc.  Dr. Ali-Sabree encourages us to stop giving only lip service to our own well-being.  We need to take time for ourselves.

Dr. Ali-Sabree devotes a significant portion of this book to discuss the importance of taking care of physical health.  She challenges the reader with the question, “are you really healthy?”  She defines what good health really is.  She explores the topics of fasting, herbal remedies and exercise.  The most commonly asked questions about herbs, live foods, what to eat and how to stay healthy are answered.  A prime way to free yourself is to avoid being “drugged up and dumbed down.”  If we are over-medicated or eating toxic foods, our ability to succeed will be greatly impaired.  The importance of overall good health is stressed throughout this book.

I sincerely appreciated the positive message this book contains.  Happiness is a choice.  We have to believe that we deserve to be happy and healthy.  What we say about ourselves and our life has a great impact on who we are and how well we are.  On a daily basis, we need to affirm positive thoughts.  We cannot allow people, the media, or anything else to have a negative influence in our life.  We must take charge of our own happiness. 

As a nurse, the author witnessed many examples of dedicated women being proficient in performing their professional jobs but failing miserably in their number one job – taking care of self.  This valuable guidebook can help anyone to emancipate their spirit and live the best possible life.  I thank Dr. Ali-Sabree for sharing her wisdom in this book.  She is truly doing her part to make the world a better place.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New from Patricia Cornwell - "Port Mortuary"

Patricia Cornwell has been named the world's #1 bestselling crime writer. Cornwell was raised in North Carolina and began working as an investigative reporter at the Charlotte Observer shortly after college. Later she worked as a technical writer for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. In her first crime novel, Postmortem, she introduced Dr. Kay Scarpetta as a Chief Medical Examiner. Cornwell has written a series of bestsellers featuring Kay Scarpetta. Her novels have won worldwide acclaim and numerous awards. In April 2009, Fox acquired the film rights to the Scarpetta novels, featuring Angelina Jolie as Dr.Kay Scarpetta.

Cornwell is a founder of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine. She often says, "It is important to me to live in the world I write about. If I want a character to do or know something, I want to do or know the same thing." That's what I call dedication. It certainly seems that Cornwell enjoys the subjects that she writes about. Her writing shows that she is fully engrossed in the characters and stories.

Today, Cornwell released her 18th novel, Port Mortuary. It is a fast-paced story that is told from Kay Scarpetta's point of view. The story takes place on the Dover Air Force Base where Scarpetta is working to master the art of CT-assisted virtual autopsy. A murder case emerges that could shut down Scarpetta's work and ruin her career. She works hard to find out the perpetrator before more people die. This novel brings Scarpetta, the main character, together with characters from previous novels. I saw her interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America this morning. It sounds like a great book to read this winter.

Port Mortuary is available in print and audio at Buy your copy today!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cookbooks, Cookbooks, Cookbooks!

At this time of year, many people are cooking more than usual.  I love to cook.  I cook and bake more often when the weather is cooler.  I spent most of the day in the kitchen yesterday.  I enjoy trying new recipes and different cookbooks.  There are some great cookbooks that were recently released and have already hit the best sellers list.  Here are the cookbooks that I currently have in stock at along with the publisher's synopsis of each book.

After more than a decade spent tracking down some of the world's most flavorful recipes, Florence brings it all back home to celebrate the pleasures of cooking with wholesome, local ingredients.

The bestselling cookbook author and star of "Barefoot Contessa" on Food Network, is back with her easiest recipes ever, proving that it doesn't take complicated techniques, special equipment, or stops at more than one grocery store to make wonderful dishes for family and friends.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Do You Have "Bieber Fever"?

The teenage heartthrob, Justin Bieber, has released a new book.  He has become an international sensation.  His book discusses his climb to superstardom.  Bieber was discovered from a video on YouTube.  After meeting with R&B star, Usher, Bieber signed a recording contract.  His debut single, "One Time," was released worldwide in 2009 and it topped the charts in over ten countries.  Since then, he has had one hit after another.

Bieber was born in 1994 in London, Ontario and was raised in Strattford, Ontario.  His mother was raising him on her own.  She uploaded the videos of Justin singing to YouTube.  The rest is history.

First Step 2 Forever: My Story is available with FREE shipping within the US at

"Unbearable Lightness" by Portia De Rossi

The new memoir from Portia De Rossi is about the actress' struggle with anorexia and bulimia.  De Rossi is known for her role in the hit television show, Ally McBeal.  She is also known as the wife of comedian Ellen DeGeneres.  De Rossi recently appeared on the Oprah show to discuss her new book.  She has written a very candid account about how she secretly suffered with eating disorders.  She discusses how her experiences in Hollywood shaped her body image. 

De Rossi is originally from Melbourne, Australia.  She began modeling at 12 and by age 15 she began her struggle with anorexia and bulimia.  Even though she went through some really rough times, she was able to find her way.  Her honest story will help any woman that has ever dealt with a negative body image.  It's amazing to me how such a beautiful woman could ever feel ugly.  It goes to show how important self-esteem is.  We must love ourselves for who we are.  We all have to be the best we individually can be.

Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain is a best seller at The Quality Corner.  Visit to purchase your copy of this stirring memoir.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New from John Grisham - "The Confession"

John Grisham's latest novel was just released last week.  I am so excited.  Grisham is my favorite author.  I love the twists that he puts into every book.  I can't wait to read it.  The publisher describes the book this way: "Grisham delivers his most extraordinary legal thriller yet. Filled with his trademark intriguing twists and turns, this newest novel proves that no one keeps readers in suspense like America's favorite storyteller."

Here is a brief synopsis of the book: "Travis Boyette happily sat back and watched as Donté Drumm, a local East Texas high school football star, was arrested and convicted of a brutal murder perpetrated by Boyette. Now nine years have passed and Donté is four days away from his execution. Suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, Travis decides to do the right thing — but how can he convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they're about to execute an innocent man?"

It sounds like a real page-turner.  I'm sure it won't be long before it's on the top of the best sellers list.  The Confession is available with FREE shipping in print and audio at 

Waiting for Superman

No doubt you have heard of the film Waiting for Superman. Oprah had two shows discussing the film and the issues it raises.  Davis Guggenheim, director of the Academy Award-winning, An Inconvenient Truth, takes a deeply personal exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S. and how it is affecting our children.  Guggenheim probes into the lives of five unforgettable kids from various backgrounds.  This film has sparked a national conversation.  After seeing this powerful film, many have chosen to take action to better the education of our young people.  The film is currently showing in select theaters.  The companion book is on The New York Times Best Sellers list and is available at

Click here to purchase a copy of the book Waiting for Superman.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Review - "Raising Him Alone" by David Miller and Matthew P. Stevens

Millions of black women find themselves in the very challenging position of raising a son on their own.  Raising Him Alone is a valuable resource designed to help single mothers to successfully face the challenge.  It is written by two men that are passionate about empowering youths today and dedicated to helping young people succeed.  David Miller is Co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of the Urban Leadership Institute, an enterprise that focuses on creating positive youth development strategies.  Miller has a background in education and has authored several books.  Matthew Stevens is the Founder of Empower Today’s Youth, which provides youth with tools to make healthy life decisions.  Stevens is also a presenter, youth counselor and freshman college advisor.  Miller and Stevens have brought their experience together to create Raising Him Alone.

Absent fathers has become an epidemic in the black community.  It can be very difficult for black single mothers to raise a boy to be a man.  Statistics reflect how young black males have been affected by the absence of a father in the home.  For example, a recent report on graduation rates indicates that in some US cities, the drop out rates among black males exceed 65 percent.  That is a staggering statistic.  Young men in the black community need help.  The help that these boys need must start at home.  The purpose of Raising Him Alone is to provide the support and guidance that single mothers need to help their sons flourish.

This guide provides so much practical wisdom.  Issues such as literacy, sex education and law enforcement are discussed.  The importance of knowing your son is stressed.  A mother needs to know what her son’s interests are, who his friends are and what’s in his room.  I appreciate the candid approach of this book.  Often, self-help books will dance around sensitive issues.  However, the writers of Raising Him Alone are very honest about their own experiences with raising children and they get to the heart of issues that matter the most.  Black women face very unique challenges when raising sons.  This book is based on interviews with women that have faced these challenges successfully.  They share their success and failures so others can learn from them.  

While the book is directed to mothers, the role of the father is acknowledged.  It is critical that boys have a relationship with their father.  Mothers are helped to determine how to deal with the connection between their son and his father.  The assistance of mentors and other role models is encouraged.  There is even a section that addresses grandparents that are raising grandsons.

I applaud the effort of Miller and Stevens to help mothers raise their sons alone.  The strategies found in this book will benefit any mother that wants to raise a boy to be a strong asset in the community.  In addition to this book, there is a website dedicated to this cause.  For more information, visit

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Best Sellers - Hardcover Fiction - Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks does it again!  He is back on the top of the best sellers list with his latest book, Safe Haven.   On the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list in the hardcover fiction category this week are:

Hardcover Fiction

Top 5 at a Glance
1. SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks
2. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen
3. WICKED APPETITE, by Janet Evanovich
5. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

According to the publisher's synopsis, Safe Haven contains this delightful story: "During an idyllic summer abroad, Renee falls in love with a handsome Italian, but the affair comes to an end when she returns to North Carolina and marries her college boyfriend. Two decades later, Renee drops everything to be with her dying best friend, Audrey, unaware that she still has a few surprises up her sleeve."  Safe Haven is available at in print and audio.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Oprah's Latest Book Club Pick

As a part of the last season premier week of the Oprah show, she announced her latest book club selection.  She has chosen Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.  Already on the New York Times Best Sellers list, it is sure to delight readers.

The publisher's synopsis contains this overview -  "From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections comes a darkly comedic novel about family. Franzen's intensely realized characters struggle to learn how to live in an ever-confusing world--one with the temptations and burdens of liberty, the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, and the heavy weight of empire."

Shortly after announcing the book, Oprah squashed a nasty rumor.  She will not end her book club.  Even though this is the last season of her talk show, the book club will continue.  Have no fear, readers!  Oprah will not leave us to fend for ourselves.  We can still count on her to recommend great books for our enjoyment.  I am looking forward to this one. 

Click here to purchase Freedom by Jonathan Franzen at The Quality Corner. 

Book Review - "The Little Black Book of Success" by Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood, and Rhonda Joy McLean

Success is something that we all want in life.  However, it’s not always easy to attain the success that we strive for.  The Little Black Book of Success is designed to help Black women to achieve success in their careers.  This book is written by three successful Black female executives.  Elaine Meryl Brown is vice president, special markets and Cinemax Group, at HBO.  Marsha Haygood is the president and founder of SepWise Associates, a career and personal development consultancy.  Rhonda Joy McLean is deputy general counsel of Time Inc.  They were each chosen as one of The Network Journal’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business.”  These women are highly educated and have reached the top of their fields.  They have chosen to use their knowledge and experience to help Black women to become leaders. 

The Little Black Book of Success contains a very positive message – you can be successful.  Some people are born leaders, others are created.  You can learn to be a leader.  This book provides the laws of leadership.  The reader is told what she should do and the things she should avoid.  For example, refuse to give in to negative thinking.   The most critical aspect of being a leader is self-esteem.  Know your worth.  Be positive about yourself and others.  It is important to understand that no one owes us anything.  The value of hard work is stressed.  We have to look beyond our skin color.  Don’t assume that people are out to get us because we are Black or a woman.  If we work hard and smart, we can achieve our goals. 

Each chapter contains a section called “Cultural Code.”  This section addresses issues that are specific to Black women.  It discusses things that we do to sabotage ourselves and how to combat those issues.  Another feature of each chapter is the “MAMAisms” section.  MAMAisms are phrases that our mothers told us as we were growing up that still ring true today.  Everyone that reads this book will be able to relate to this section.  Black women have such a rich heritage.  We can and should use our heritage to achieve success in our careers.  The MAMAisms in this book will help us to recall the wisdom that our mothers, grandmothers and aunts taught us.

The advice in this book does not stop when you reach the top.  The last few chapters address what to do once you become a leader.  One of the best lessons to learn is how to give back to others.  The last chapter of the book provides this wisdom, “Occasionally we hear of a sister or brother who says, ‘No one helped me, so why should I help anybody else?’  Even if we couldn’t see the helpers, we must always remember that many people sacrificed a great deal so that we could have the opportunities we have now.  So, we owe it to ourselves and one another to help others whenever possible.” (pgs. 134-135)

Certainly, the authors of The Little Black Book of Success have taken their own advice.  They have used their knowledge to guide others so that we can all reach our leadership potential.  This book is full of helpful advice for Black women.  It is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to succeed in her career.  I learned many lessons that I plan to implement in my career.  I am very thankful for the wisdom found in this book.  I highly recommend this book to all women who strive to be the best they can be.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hardcover Fiction - Best Sellers

The top best sellers in the hardcover fiction category of the New York Times Best Sellers list this week are:

2. THE POSTCARD KILLERS, by James Patterson and Liza Marklund
3. SPIDER BONES, by Kathy Reichs
4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett

"Spider Bones" by Kathy Reichs is new to the top of the list.  Reichs is the author of the best seller, "206 Bones."  Her series is the inspiration for the TV show, Bones. 

A review from Publisher's Weekly states: "A perplexing death in Quebec occupies Dr. Temperance Brennan in Reichs's fine 13th novel featuring the forensic anthropologist (after 206 Bones). The fingerprints of a man who died during autoerotic asphyxiation indicate that the deceased is John Charles Lowery of North Carolina, but Lowery supposedly died in Vietnam in 1968. Unsurprisingly, Lowery's father is reluctant to allow Brennan to reopen old family wounds, but she's determined to find out who's buried in Lowery's grave if Lowery died in Quebec. Brennan heads to Hawaii to seek the help of an old friend at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), whose mission is to find the remains of American war dead and bring them home. But instead of clarifying matters, Brennan's investigation only raises more questions, including parallel inquiries into a series of shark attacks and escalating island gang violence. Reichs, who once again uses her own scientific knowledge to enhance a complex plot and continually developing characters, delivers a whopper of a final twist."  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

All hardcover fiction books are on sale this week for 5% off with FREE shipping within the US at

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I am pleased to announce that I have launched a new website! is a service designed to review books by African American authors and books that appeal to the African American community.  I love to read and I have enjoyed writing book reviews for years.  Now I have decided to advertise my service through this new website.

The primary goal of my book review service is to help authors succeed.  New books are released daily.  It's not easy to be a new author.  This service is an avenue for authors, publishers, publicists, or agents to market books to their fullest potential.  Books written by African Americans generate more revenue than any other minority group.

I began writing book reviews as a way to market my bookstore.  Then, I was contacted by several authors who read my reviews and they wanted me to write a review for their new book.  That experience made me aware of a need for book reviewers, especially in the area of African American books.

Clients will receive a review that is always original, honest and professional.  The review may also be sent as a press release, for an additional fee.  We partner with a very extensive press release service to all the African American media.

I look forward to working with new authors to promote great books.  For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

eBay Mobile Apps

Shopping eBay is even easier with eBay applications.  eBay has applications for the iPhone and iPad as well as Android and BlackBerry smartphones.  Buyers can search, buy, pay, and check account status from anywhere.  The apps are extremely easy to use and convenient.  I have the eBay app for iPhone and I absolutely love it.  It took me less than five minutes to find what I was looking for and make the purchase.  The app is equipped with push notifications, so you will be notified if you are outbid or the item is about to end.

eBay has several apps available for the iPhone.  They include Selling, Fashion, Deals, StubHub and  As an eBay seller, I especially appreciate the Selling app.  This app allows you to list items directly from your phone and use pictures stored on the phone.  The Selling app also allows sellers to check the status of their items and communicate with buyers.  The convenience just can't be beat.  If you buy or sell on eBay, I highly recommend using these apps.  More information on eBay apps can be found at

Visit my eBay store at

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Back to School - Bestselling Children's Books

As I jogged around my neighborhood this morning, I noticed kids waiting for the school bus.  I shouted to one of my neighbors, "First day of school?"  "Second," she says.  Wow, school started yesterday!  I just don't know where summer went.  For the kids in my neighborhood, it is officially over.

The New York Times Best Seller list features a "Children's Books" category.  The top books in that category this week are -

Top 5 at a Glance
1. LEGO STAR WARS, by Simon Beecroft
2. OOH LA LA! IT’S BEAUTY DAY, by Jane O’Connor
3. STAR WARS, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder
4. HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ, written and illustrated by Tad Hills
5. LADYBUG GIRL AT THE BEACH, by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Rufus Butler Seder has consistently been on the best sellers list.  This author and illustrator has become famous for the "scanimation" technique.  The characters in Seder's books appear to be moving across the pages, delighting children all over the world.

The Quality Corner is having a back to school sale until September 2 - FREE shipping on all children's books.  These best sellers and others can be found at

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is now a major motion picture to hit theaters on Friday, August 13.  The book is number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list this week.

This book is a true story about how the author overcame a midlife crisis at the age of 30.  The publisher's synopsis reads, "A celebrated writer pens an irresistible, candid, and eloquent account of her pursuit of worldly pleasure, spiritual devotion, and what she really wanted out of life."

Julia Roberts stars in the movie.  I recently watched an interview of Roberts on "Good Morning America."  The movie sounds like it will be a heartwarming story that many people will be able to relate to.

The book is on sale this week for 10% off at

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book Review - “Come to Win” by Venus Williams

"Venus Williams” has become a household name. Venus is synonymous with success. At the young age of 30, she has become a huge success in a number of ways. Most people are familiar with her career in tennis. She is a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and she has won numerous Wimbledon titles. In addition to her success as an athlete, Venus is a founding ambassador for the WTA-UNESCO Gender Equality Program, which addresses worldwide gender issues and she launched a successful clothing line in 2007. Now she has added “Author” to her many professional titles. In July, Venus released her new book, Come to Win.

This book shows how to turn a competitive spirit and an athletic background into success in other areas of life. Venus explores how her drive for tennis will continue to help off the court in her post-tennis career. She draws on experiences of others who got their start in sports and who are now on top of their profession. She discusses with them what principles they gained from playing competitive sports and how that has helped them in the business world.

Venus features nearly fifty business leaders, politicians, doctors, and artists. Some of the forerunners featured in this book are: Ken Chenault, Meg Whitman, Phil Knight, Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice, Bill Bradley, Marcus Samuelsson, Magic Johnson, Robin Roberts, Bill Clinton and Vera Wang. Here is an excerpt from the portion of the book that features Vera Wang -

“Vera Wang is a fashion designer. She launched her eponymous label in 1990. She served as design director of women’s accessories for Ralph Lauren, and spent sixteen years at Vogue, where she became the magazine’s youngest editor. She was born in New York City and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in art history. She says: ‘I fell at Nationals in 1968. . . . It is a lot of pressure when thirty or forty thousand people are going “Oooh” together and you’re sitting on the ice. It’s the same with fashion. I’ve had a show that I thought represented a great effort, and a certain reviewer killed it. . . . It’s not unlike sports where one is subjectively judged! . . . It’s the ups and downs of it. You have to be passionate to stay in it. If you don’t love it, why put yourself through it?’”

The advice in Come to Win is knowledge every aspiring professional and entrepreneur will want to read. It's also a very useful tool for parents and coaches looking to build confidence and discipline in their children. All who read this book will greatly benefit from the experience of Venus and other professionals.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

NYT Best Sellers At a Glance - Paperback Mass-Market Fiction

Even though e-books are increasing in popularity, many people still prefer a printed book.  Paperback sales seem to be holding pretty steady, while hardcover sales have slowed in general.  The top paperback books on the NYT Best Sellers list this week are:

2. NINE DRAGONS, by Michael Connelly
4. CHARLIE ST. CLOUD, by Ben Sherwood
5. SMASH CUT, by Sandra Brown

New to the top of the list this week is Smash Cut by Sandra Brown.  Here is the publisher's synopsis -  This thrilling new novel is full of jarring, cinematic twists and breathless suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. When millionaire Paul Wheeler is murdered, his family retains renowned lawyer Derek Mitchell to defend the victim's nephew Creighton-- although the police have not charged the young man with the crime. Wheeler's mistress, Julie Rutledge, who is also a suspect, believes that Creighton is the killer, despite his rock-solid alibi, and she'll do almost anything in her quest to prove his guilt--even ruin Derek's career. But the more Derek learns of Creighton's darker side, especially his bizarre fascination with movie murders, the more he comes to believe Julie is right. The clock ticks down to a shocking ending as Derek and Julie join forces to find the truth. Has Creighton begun reenacting cinema's goriest scenes? And who will be his unwilling costars? They won't know until the final "SMASH CUT." 

It certainly sounds like a good book.  Years ago I read The Switch by Sandra Brown.  That book was such a suspenseful page-turner, I still remember the story to this day.  Sandra Brown is an excellent writer and it is nice to see her back on the top of the best sellers list.  Smash Cut is on sale at The Quality Corner for $8.99.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The NYT Best Sellers List - At a Glance

This week in the Hardcover Advice category of the New York Times Best Sellers List, we find these familiar titles:

1. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD, by Geneen Roth
3. THE LAST LECTURE, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow
4. THE SECRET, by Rhonda Byrne
5. THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss

None of these titles are new to the Best Sellers list.  "Women Food and God" has been on the list for 18 weeks.  The success of this book certainly is not surprising.  The author, Geneen Roth, has been on the Oprah show twice so far.  Oprah is a big fan of this book and she has continually promoted it.  This book helps over-eaters find the underlying reasons for using food as an emotional buffer. Roth also provides seven basic guidelines for eating and other therapeutic self-help tools.

All of these titles can be found in print and in audio at  These audiobooks are on sale this week.  At The Quality Corner, audiobooks are always shipped for FREE.  Visit the Audiobooks Advice category for big savings!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Summer Reading List

It's hard to believe that the summer will be over in a few short weeks!  Where did the time go?  So far, it has been a good summer for me.  I love to read all year, but I especially enjoy reading during the summer.  I find more time to read - in the hammock, at the beach or park, and on vacation.  I always have a book in my hand during the summer months.

Every summer I make a list of the books I want to read.  Here is my personal summer reading list:

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Innocent by Scott Turow
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
I've already read the first one and I am currently reading the second book on my list.  I plan to write reviews for all of them, so stay tuned.  All of these books can be found in my store -

What books are you reading this summer?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

eBay On Location

I had the privilege of attending the eBay On Location conference at the Hilton in Chicago on July 9-10.  It was a great conference!  I learned so many tips that I have already started implementing in order to grow my business.

I was very impressed by the way eBay had everything laid out.  The look of the conference was very modern.  The main ballroom where attendees gathered was all decked out in the signature eBay colors.  There were several "lounges" set up throughout the facility with white leather chairs where sellers could network comfortably.  Food and drinks were provided so that the entire atmosphere was comfortable and all felt welcome.

The event started on Friday evening with a welcome reception.  On Saturday, eBay offered concurrent sessions on various topics to help sellers grow their business.  Some of the topics included:
  • Strategies to Grow Your Business
  • The Power of Productivity
  • Know Your Numbers
I especially appreciated the opportunity to network with others that have eBay businesses.  I have found that I learn the most from other sellers.  I made some valuable connections during this conference.

As a result of what I learned at the conference, there is FREE SHIPPING on ALL hardcover books, audiobooks, and children's books at  Visit the store to see the latest and greatest improvements to The Quality Corner.

For more information on eBay On Location events visit

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I, We, Us - A Journey of Personal Growth & Development

Richard Cox is a graduate of Campbell University and he is a freelance writer. He lives in Maryland with his wife and son who inspired his new book, “I, We, Us.” This book is designed to help the reader to grow by exploring the different roles each individual has. No matter who we are, we all have three dimensions – I, We, and Us. I thought the title of this book was rather unique. I had never thought of myself that way. However, as I read the book I saw the importance of separating the dimensions and looking at each one carefully.

Cox starts by exploring the “I” dimension. If we are going to grow, we have to take an honest look at ourselves. I appreciated his positive viewpoint. He encourages readers, “Do not feel depressed if you are not where you think you should be. This is an opportunity to move forward toward a better you.” (pg. 21) He proceeds by asking the reader a series of thought-provoking questions. By answering these questions, readers are helped to discover who they really are and how they can make positive changes in their lives. Understandably, Cox dedicates most of the book to the “I” dimension. He makes the point that you may not be able to change others, but you can bring about a wonderful change in yourself. So, we have to start with ourselves before we can hope to improve our relationships with others.

Next, Cox considers the “We” dimension. This concept deals with your identity as a spouse or significant other. Cox acknowledges how difficult it can be to blend two people with different backgrounds. Even though it can be difficult, it can be done successfully and in a way that is fulfilling for both parties. Each person in the relationship must fulfill his/her role. This book helps the reader define those roles. Cox asks the reader to describe their relationship and what their vision is for the future. If they are not on the right track to realize their vision, the couple can decide what changes need to be made. It’s a nice way for the couple to celebrate their achievements while finding ways to improve.

Finally, the “Us” dimension is discussed. Stage three considers the identity dimension of a parent. The focus is the common interest and concerns of everyone in the family. The family should be a place where everyone can find security and a sense of belonging. Cox asks various questions to help the reader determine if he/she is fulfilling their role in the family and helping the family to achieve their goals. The reader is encouraged to list the challenges and pitfalls that the family faces and how they can overcome those potential roadblocks.

I enjoyed reading this book. It made me think. Cox concludes the book with the three keys to maintaining personal growth. Throughout this book the reader is challenged to ask himself important questions and write down the answers in the book. It is a tool that is very valuable for personal growth. My favorite thing about this book is that Cox does not claim to be the ultimate authority on this subject. He directs the reader’s attention to the supreme authority – Almighty God. Cox quotes Scriptures to support the advice he gives. Everyone that reads this book will become a better person by applying the counsel within its pages.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Little Bee" by Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave is a Novelist and a Journalist. He lives in London with his wife and three kids. His second novel, “Little Bee,” is a New York Times #1 Bestseller. After reading this book, I can truly understand why it is a bestseller.

I had never heard of Chris Cleave. When I saw the title on the Bestsellers List, I really had no interest in reading it. However, I heard so many good things about it so I decided to give it a try. I am so glad that I did. This novel blew me away.

Little Bee is a teenage girl from Nigeria who finds herself in an immigration detention center in London. She has experienced so much pain and suffering during her short life. The atrocities that Little Bee and her family have had to endure are almost unimaginable. Cleave paints this picture very well. He is masterful at keeping the reader on the edge of his seat. During the entire first half of this novel I understood that something terrible had happened in Little Bee’s life – but what was it? I eagerly turned every page to find out what happened.

On the other hand, Little Bee is connected to the O’Rourke family in London. They met on a beach in Nigeria. The O’Rourkes were on vacation, but it was no vacation for Little Bee and her sister. The events that occurred during that meeting at the beach changed their lives forever. Again, Cleave builds suspense and keeps the reader wondering about what those events were.

This novel is more than just suspense, though. This story stirred emotions in me. It caused me to ask myself, “What would I have done?” It made me question how far I would be willing to go to save the life of a fellow human being. How do you really know what you’ll do until you are in that situation?

Cleave helps readers explore how we are all connected as human beings. No matter where we live in the world, we are all connected. We belong to the human family and we can help each other. What a heartwarming thought! “Little Bee” is an entertaining, thought-provoking story that anyone would enjoy.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Exciting New Opportunity!

I have some exciting news to share.  Recently I was contacted by the Editor-in-Chief of the Cincinnati Defender, an online newspaper.  The Editor had read one of my book reviews.  She invited me to contribute book reviews to her publication.  The site receives over 80,000 unique visits a month.  So, this is a great opportunity to spread the word about my bookstore.  I accepted the invitation and now I am the Book Reviews Editor for the Cincinnati Defender.  You can read my bi-weekly book reviews column at     

Monday, May 10, 2010

“Now What Do I Do. An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Getting to the Next Step with Social Media” by Tiffany Odutoye

Tiffany Odutoye is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Virtual Partner, LLC and the Founder of Talk Social Networking.  She does strategy, research, and analysis with a niche in Social Brand Equity via social media.  She has shared her expertise in her book, “Now What Do I Do. An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Getting to the Next Step with Social Media.”

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. The list goes on. We’ve all heard the buzz about “social media.” All the talk leads many to wonder, “How can I benefit from social media?” As an entrepreneur, I wondered the same. I was especially interested in how social media could help me grow my business. Odutoye does a great job explaining how to do just that.

In order to really benefit from social media, you have to do more than just sign up for an account. This is a fact that most people realize. But what do you do next? Odutoye outlines the crucial next steps. First, this book helps entrepreneurs to set goals they would like to achieve through social media. Next, it’s time to choose which social networking site would work best for them so that they can maximize their time. It also helps business owners to connect with their target audience.

I found this book to be extremely helpful. It is concise, easy to read, and very informative. I especially appreciated the FAQs and the Appendix. Odutoye discusses some very common questions about social media such as, “What is social media?” This section provides a review of the topics discussed in the book. The Appendix contains very valuable tools that can be used for social media marketing.

I would recommend that every business owner read this book. After I read it, I realized how important social media marketing is in business. Everyone should be using social media effectively and this book will certainly help to accomplish that goal. More information on this book can be found at

Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Be U" by Mary Mary

Mary Mary is an R&B, urban gospel group that is known for inspirational music. The two fleshly sisters, Erica and Tina Campbell, grew up in Inglewood, California. They began singing in a local church choir. That was only the beginning. Their talent led them to become three-time Grammy award winners. Several of their hits can be heard on the radio across the country. Some of their popular hits are “Get Up” and “God in Me.” In addition to singing, Mary Mary has launched a new phase of their career – writing. This talented duo has carried on their inspirational message in a new book – “Be U.”

The new book, just released in April 2010, conveys this inspirational message:
Be Honest.
Be Beautiful.
Be Intentional.
Be Strong. Be You!

The goal of this book is to motivate young women to be the “U” that God created you to be. What a powerful, inspirational message! In a world where people are constantly trying to be someone they aren’t, this message is right on time. Women especially need to be proud of who they are. It’s okay to be you. You are wonderful.

This book helps women to see themselves as God sees them – beautiful. Everyone is beautiful in God’s eyes. True beauty lies within. True beauty comes from our heart; not what we look like on the outside. Each individual is unique. Natural beauty and uniqueness are emphasized throughout this book. Mary Mary encourages their readers to celebrate the joy of being a woman.

I really appreciate the message that Mary Mary is spreading. I think that everyone who reads this book will walk away feeling inspired and uplifted.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The 2010 Komen Columbus Race for the Cure

Springtime is such a busy, exciting time for me.  Spring cleaning, yardwork, and of course - The Race for the Cure.  I look forward to all of these things with eager expectation.  I love this time of year.  Everything comes alive and so do I!

The Race for the Cure is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 at 8:00 am.  Are you ready?  I began my training about two weeks ago and I am working hard to improve my time this year.  My goal is to run a 9-minute mile.  Yes, I said it.  I have told the world my goal and now I am committed!

The race is approaching fast.  Now is the time to get ready.  For training tips, you can visit  I highly recommend this site.  I have used it for years as a guide for my training program. 

Team registration will close on Friday, April 23.  To register for the race, go to  My team's name is Team Nia.  Everyone is invited to join my team.  Not only is this a chance to contribute to a worthy cause, you can also work on your personal fitness goals.  Register today!