Finley Collins

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jQuery: A Beginner's Guide
jQuery: A Beginner's Guide
jQuery: A Beginner's Guide by John Pollock. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MySQL / PHP Database Applications
MySQL / PHP Database Applications
MySQL / PHP Database Applications by Brad Bulger , Jay Greenspan , et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 38 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Blindsighted
Blindsighted
Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 1129 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter og Dødsregalierne: Harry Potter-serien 7
Harry Potter og Dødsregalierne: Harry Potter-serien 7
Harry Potter og Dødsregalierne: Harry Potter-serien 7 by J.K. Rowling, Jesper Christensen, et al.. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Fantastic Beasts: The Magizoologist's Discovery Case
Fantastic Beasts: The Magizoologist's Discovery Case
Fantastic Beasts: The Magizoologist's Discovery Case by Donald Lemke and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 180 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal
Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal
Harry Potter e a Pedra Filosofal by _. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 1198 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
O Casamento
O Casamento
O Casamento by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 30 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Nicholas Sparks 5-book Collection
Nicholas Sparks 5-book Collection
Nicholas Sparks 5-book Collection by Nicholas Sparks. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Night Music
Night Music
Night Music by Jojo Moyes, Clare Corbett, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 435 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe by Mary Simses. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 438 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Heart of the City
Heart of the City
Heart of the City by Robert Rotenberg. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 27 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Just After Sunset: Stories
Just After Sunset: Stories
Just After Sunset: Stories by Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 764 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Mr. Mercedes: En espanol (Spanish Edition)
Mr. Mercedes: En espanol (Spanish Edition)
Mr. Mercedes: En espanol (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 113 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Wind: Der dunkle Turm 8
Wind: Der dunkle Turm 8
Wind: Der dunkle Turm 8 by Stephen King, David Nathan, et al.. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 155 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Concurrent and Real-Time Programming in Java
Concurrent and Real-Time Programming in Java
Concurrent and Real-Time Programming in Java by Andrew Wellings. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Crash Course: Python Crash Course: introduction to Programming with Python Coding Language Ideal to Learn Faster Computer Programming: The Best ... practical exercises (Python Series Book 2)
Python Crash Course: Python Crash Course: introduction to Programming with Python Coding Language Ideal to Learn Faster Computer Programming: The Best ... practical exercises (Python Series Book 2)
Python Crash Course: Python Crash Course: introduction to Programming with Python Coding Language Ideal to Learn Faster Computer Programming: The Best ... practical exercises (Python Series Book 2) by Eric Marston. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Learning WordPress REST API
Learning WordPress REST API
Learning WordPress REST API by Sufyan bin Uzayr. Rated 1.8 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Learning Python Network Programming
Learning Python Network Programming
Learning Python Network Programming by Dr. M. O. Faruque Sarker and Sam Washington. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Introduction To Computing And Programming In Python
Introduction To Computing And Programming In Python
Introduction To Computing And Programming In Python by Mark J. Guzdial and Barbara Ericson. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP and PostgreSQL Advanced Web Programming
PHP and PostgreSQL Advanced Web Programming
PHP and PostgreSQL Advanced Web Programming by Ewald Geschwinde and Hans-Juergen Schoenig. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Mastering Sublime Text
Mastering Sublime Text
Mastering Sublime Text by Dan Peleg. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 12 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Program the Internet of Things with Swift for iOS
Program the Internet of Things with Swift for iOS
Program the Internet of Things with Swift for iOS by Ahmed Bakir , Manny de la Torriente, et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Swift programming category.
Software Requirements (Developer Best Practices)
Software Requirements (Developer Best Practices)
Software Requirements (Developer Best Practices) by Karl Wiegers and Joy Beatty. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 120 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Go programming category.
Scala Puzzlers
Scala Puzzlers
Scala Puzzlers by Andrew Phillips and Nermin Serifovic. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
The Da Vinci Coding: The Art of HTML
The Da Vinci Coding: The Art of HTML
The Da Vinci Coding: The Art of HTML by Graham Gnall, Devan Brancard, et al.. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett: Lessons from the World's Greatest Dealmaker
How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett: Lessons from the World's Greatest Dealmaker
This is a book about the art of closing a large deal. The author has experience in this area. Before the age of 40 he "had headed four corporations, each of which [he] took from annual revenues of less than $15 million to more than $100 million." This book is an instruction manual for the business person that wants to grow their business exponentially.

This is for sales people, for executives, for CEO's, for entrepreneurs, and for innovators; everyone that wants to make their mark in business. That was the best takeaway for me - there are so many pieces of this process that I'll be able to use individually, outside of a specific deal, and I will be a more effective businessman as a result.

There are 18 Chapters or Lessons, that the author learned from tracking Warren Buffet, and I split those up into the steps toward winning a large deal. Those steps were:
1) Choosing your target - don't swing at everything
2) Craft a compelling solution that address the major concerns of Time, Money & Risk.
3) Speak the language of a dealmaker - don't speak like a manager to a CEO.
4) How to get an executive at a target prospect to call you back.
5) Building a team to engage your prospect effectively by predicting and addressing their concerns.
6) How to deal with the problems and people that will stand in your way.
7) How to close the sale AND secure the deal.

I was so impressed by the content of this book that I bought it for all my top customers. The first step in growing your territory is partnering with your clients to grow their business, and I'm confident this will make them stronger.

I identified one of the key takeaways from each of the chapters of the book. In order to fully understand them, it is best to read them in the context of the chapter, but these valuable nuggets are part of the treasure you'll find:

Gold Nugget 1: "Make deals with the kind of people you would like to be in business with."
Gold Nugget 2: "Developing a solution and a message that have an impact on the entire company, not just one department."
Gold Nugget 3: "Never go after the company, Always go after the deal."
Gold Nugget 4: In order for large companies to trust you, they want "safety and credibility."
Gold Nugget 5: "Big people with big problems don't buy little solutions."
Gold Nugget 6: "The big dealmakers want to hear about money, time and risk. These words are part of the language of big deals."
Gold Nugget 7: "What prospects do make deals on is what they can sell [internally] and defend later."
Gold Nugget 8: "Prospects for your next big deal expect you to have a relevant and valuable understanding of their problems so that you can discuss their general context immediately."
Gold Nugget 9: "You eliminate the fear by including on your team the people from your company who are best equipped to give in-depth answers to all the questions that are being raised."
Gold Nugget 10: "If you show any incompetence in your normal day-to-day dealings with your prospects, they will note trust you to be competent in carrying out your solution."
Gold Nugget 11: "Identify your known vulnerabilities."
Gold Nugget 12: "You must think in terms of what your prospects will value, rather than in terms of your product or service."
Gold Nugget 13: "Enrich your deal-making practice sessions further by adding one or more broken plays to the meetings you're practicing."
Gold Nugget 14: "You want to ask questions, but just like a good attorney, you have to know the answers before you ask the questions."
Gold Nugget 15: "As you receive these questions, you want to be helpful, thorough, and responsive. You also want to use this as a reconnaissance period for your own gathering of information."
Gold Nugget 16: "Your ability to make your prospect feel comfortable and unafraid about buying from you is what lands you the deal."
Gold Nugget 17: "The thoroughness of your solution in terms of how they get from here to there will determine whether they are willing to actually take the necessary steps to buy your proposal and move forward now."
Gold Nugget 18: "You now spend at least one-quarter to one-third of your time in research."
How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook
How I Lost 170 Million Dollars: My Time as #30 at Facebook
Everyone in the UK has heard about Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. But how many have heard of Noah Kagan, one of the whizzkids who worked with Zuckerberg while the company was still trundling along the runway?

This is a fascinating insider account into Kagan's all-too-brief time at the company in its start-up days and is replete with insights into the student-vibe corporate culture of the web sensation that Facebook became.

It also confirms much of what many of us know or heard of Zuckerberg, the ostensible kid genius... Not everything about him is commendable; to me, Zuckerberg appears ruthless in his dealings with other human beings which, of all his manifold attributes, is a horrible ingredient in his success.

Kagan, for his part, is refreshingly self-deprecating (which is so un-American for an American). And very commendably, he refuses to mope or harbour spite over his dismissal from Facebook. If anything, the experience appears to have focussed his energies on becoming what he now is: one of the top two or three experts within a small pantheon of world-class online marketers.

In fact, it was through reading his blog that I discovered his web marketing genius - and generosity towards his readers; the book and his time with Zuckerberg were later discoveries.

In any case, I can only commend this book as a 5 star experience. I know giving it 4 might have added some balance to all the glowing reviews over on the US Amazon, but I can only be honest about this. 5 stars it is!
La tierra errante (Spanish Edition)
La tierra errante (Spanish Edition)
Ciencia ficción desde un punto de vista oriental, muy bien documentada científicamente y con una narración que te atrapa desde el primer momento!!!
Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights
Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights
Steve Portigal does an incredible job of balancing the specific and general to create one of the most useful books I have ever read. The real-world “war stories” help clarify the points made in the book, while the insights drawn from those stories are applicable to anyone doing this type of work.

A lot of things I’ve read will point to the importance of research and even give an overview of certain techniques, but they don’t go in-depth on how to really do it. I’ll often finish a book and be excited by the concepts, but leave without anything concrete that I can apply directly to my work. This book is the first I’ve found with a comprehensive approach that covers every detail of conducting an interview. I was able to take what I’d learned and use it in my next trip out into the field. Even though many of the concepts have started to become habit now, referring to my notes is now a standard part of my prep work for each new trip. It keeps everything fresh and also reminds me to try new things.

I can understand other reviewers’ desires for more detail on synthesizing the research data and making it valuable/valued within the organization. This is definitely the area where I need the most help at this point. However, I found the included information on this topic to be a helpful start, and I agree that this can (and should) be a book all on its own. I also appreciate the laser focus that Interviewing Users has on, well, interviewing users. Steve Portigal sticks to the point and is delightfully thorough without coming close to being long-winded.

I’ve encouraged everyone on my team to read this book. If you are trying to become more effective in doing field research, I highly recommend that you also read this book (and more than once). Even if you’ve been conducting interviews for a while, you’ll find a lot of value here.
Giants of American Industry - Henry Ford
Giants of American Industry - Henry Ford
Giants of American Industry - Henry Ford by Michael Pollard. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Impressionist and Modern Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture From the Estate of Henry Ford II, Including Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "La Tasse de Chocolat" From the Henry Ford II Family Collection [Sotheby's NY, 12 Nov. 1990]
Impressionist and Modern Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture From the Estate of Henry Ford II, Including Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "La Tasse de Chocolat" From the Henry Ford II Family Collection [Sotheby's NY, 12 Nov. 1990]
Impressionist and Modern Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture From the Estate of Henry Ford II, Including Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "La Tasse de Chocolat" From the Henry Ford II Family Collection [Sotheby's NY, 12 Nov. 1990] by Sotheby's and A. Alfred Taubman. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Rubie's Adult Character Costume Wig
Rubie's Adult Character Costume Wig
This was a pretty good find for our use. A few things to note:

- It does run small. I works well for my almost 9 year old son's St. Francis of Assisi costume.

- Out of the package, it sheds a lot of hair. I had to pick at it for a while to make sure all of the loose hairs were gone.
That being said, there is a LOT of hair so this shedding isn't necessarily a problem (except for having hair fall on your neck...). In fact, I cut a lot of the inner layers off to thin it out a bit.

- The hair is long, especially on the back and sides. It runs about 2" longer in back and 1" longer on the sides compared to the wig's netting. The extra hair on my son's neck bothered him a lot so I cut it off to be even with the netting of the wig. That being said, this may help if an adult wanted to wear this. As long as they could somehow keep it on, the long hair in back would cover where the small netting does not. I included a picture of the wig AFTER I trimmed quite a bit of hair on the sides and back (and a bit in front). For perspective, the wig is on a small children's ball, though it's not fully stretched out.

- The bald spot on top is much smaller than pictured. Again, fine for our purposes for fitting a child, but it may be a problem for an adult. You can see this in the picture as well.

In the end, you get what you pay for. Not a bad find for $8 and will work well for what we need it for.
From an Idea to Google: How Innovation at Google Changed the World
From an Idea to Google: How Innovation at Google Changed the World
This informative book shares the roots and history of one of the largest companies in the world and the largest search engine. The type format is (mostly) large font, easy to read and kid friendly. The recommended age range of 10-12 years is perfect as I feel this is more appropriate for middle school than elementary or high school. The book outlines the rise of Google from idea to today and shares many insightful aspects including Google's IPO. I believe we should begin teaching kids more business and practical knowledge so they have a better understanding of how things actually work and how companies are formed rather than the basic economics classes that are usually taught, if taught at all. Even as an adult, I found the book very insightful and a quick easy read into the history of Google. It even has a few samples of the notorious Google interview questions, thankfully with answers.
Mono Masters [3 LP]
Mono Masters [3 LP]
This review applies to Sept 9, 2104 vinyl mono releases only. I've waited 35 years or more for new issues of pure analog Beatles on vinyl. No digital manipulation, or any manipulation, just music from original analog tapes to LP's. After years and years of disappointing digital releases and digitally modified vinyl, I thought this day would never come. I actually gave up buying music for a 20 year span. Based on listening to these new all analog mono LP's, I have found these Lp's have very little noise, if any, sound fantastic, and the pure analog sound is as good or better sounding than original Capital/EMI/Apple releases, in my opinion. No harsh compressed sound, no 2 dimensional sound, no digitally remastered sound transferred to vinyl, and no more dashed hopes in DVD Audio and SACD. These 3 LP's sound fantastic.

Like many Beatles fans, I grew up listening to them in the 60's. They made a violent and polarizing time in America more bearable. In the 60's, I bought and played their LP's until they were damaged beyond repair. I bought into digital music in the 80's only to find that it paled in comparison to pure analog. I should have bought more pure analog LP's while I had the chance, but, thought the medium was gone, whether I liked it or not. Finally I found vintage equipment (Sansui 6700 Receiver, Marantz Model 6300 Turntable, and JBL S312BE Speakers) and set out to spend mega money on EBAY for sealed analog LP's from the 60's and 70's. Unfortunately, many albums made in the 70's were made of cheap thin vinyl and were often warped or had defects/noise when new and right out of the package, but, I persevered and have a good collection of Beatles and other pure Analog LP's and some 45's.

You don't have to spend Mega money, however, if "The Beatles Mono Masters" is any indication of the quality and sound of the other new mono releases. There is very little noise, often none between songs. The LP's are flat as they are 180 grams, and most importantly these 3 LP's sound warm and beautiful. I just sat back, closed my eyes and let the music and harmonizing soothe my soul. I did not buy the box set for $375. I bought each individually. This along with a $40 reduction for applying for a credit card brought the total to about $250, and if you get a defective album, you can send it back instead of the whole box.

Remember though, "Let it Be" and "Abbey Road" are not included in the box set as they were only made in stereo. Capital US releases like "The Beatles Again" and "Beatles 65" won't be there either, but, you will find those songs in these mono releases anyway.

Thank you Apple/EMI/Optimal Media (Germany) for giving audiophiles what they've wanted for so many years. You did good.
In the Mix
In the Mix
I love this movie. I love how race is no issue in the end. Love knows no boundaries and is color blind. It's good to see someone love another by looking at what's inside of them and not at their physical being. Oh, and did mention that I love Usher? Great singer and, surprise, a great actor as well. Why not more?
BARILLA Blue Box Elbows Pasta, 16 oz. Box (Pack of 16), 8 Servings per Box - Non-GMO Pasta Made with Durum Wheat Semolina - Italy's #1 Pasta Brand - Kosher Certified Pasta
BARILLA Blue Box Elbows Pasta, 16 oz. Box (Pack of 16), 8 Servings per Box - Non-GMO Pasta Made with Durum Wheat Semolina - Italy's #1 Pasta Brand - Kosher Certified Pasta
When we lived on the east coast it was Prince (remember the line… Tuesday is Prince spaghetti day) or Ronzoni but when we moved west in the late 90’s they weren’t available in many sizes & shapes so we tried many others and settled on Barilla. Since the taste is pretty uniform we buy it based on the shape and there’s plenty to choose from and the flavor seems to be always consistent. Local prices vary widely and the food stores are about 40-miles away so we only shop once a month but when I can find it for a buck a box, or less, getting it delivered is a much better alternative. We have at least one box a week and often two during the summers for cold salads mid-week. It’s a straight pasta on Monday with a red or white sauce (Angle Hair, Thin or Spaghetti), Linguine when we have Cincinnati Chile and a shape for the cold salads (Penne, Rotini, Shells or Elbows) and the occasional Bow-Tie for soups. Not that anyone should care much about what we eat we do so because we’ve never had a disappointment with it and we don’t have to rinse it if eating it hot… we just add some salt and olive oil to the water before adding the pasta and it has never had a starchy taste but it will stick if we don’t add some sauce to the pot or a little more olive oil. Using it for cold salads does require rinsing it. No complaints with this product in any size or shape and at about a buck forty in the stores buying by the case, getting a discount and free shipping is a no-brainer for us.
Sole Survivor: A Novel
Sole Survivor: A Novel
I've read many of Dean's books, over the years, and loved them - but this one isn't to his usual standard. Mostly it's WAY too long. I'm pretty verbose myself but Mr K takes the biscuit. This book could've been trimmed by about 40% and then may have been an ok read.

In the first 3 quarters of the book it's really, really slow going. For example (and this isn't a plot spoiler, so don't worry) when a man walks into a building of a newspaper to do something - you don't then expect to be distracted by several pages of back story about how the paper came to be in that building and so on. ANY suspense you might have felt at that point just evaporates. And so I was just constantly page flipping over information which padded the story out - but added zero to the plot.

It's not that I'm not patient enough - but I've been pretty spoilt by Lee Child's writing which, for me, epitomises how to write a few short lines about Jack Reacher doing something like walking into a diner - and it's sooooooooo well done that you can virtually see it in your imagination. When someone writes as DK has in this book - rooms and buildings that are entered are described virtually down to how many nails are in the door frame and my mind just switches off and I start flipping. I want to use my imagination - I don't want to read a shopping list of colours, textures and features and be told who put the wallpaper up. Too much information. No use to me.

I also really didn't like Joe, which is unfortunate as the book is being told from his perspective. Lots of people go through similar tragedies to his and they don't react with violence the way he does.

I was mildly interested in the plotline - but some of the sermonising around what was happening left me cold. And a certain character constantly saying "I'll tell you soon" over and over just started to tick me off. I got to the end - but I wouldn't recommend this particular book, I'm afraid.
Man Riding West - Grub Line Rider - Down the Pogonip Trail (Dramatized)
Man Riding West - Grub Line Rider - Down the Pogonip Trail (Dramatized)
Kim Sartain is one of my favorite L'amour characters, so I was eager to hear Grub Line Rider in audio. If the short story is good, the audio version is better! In the paperback, there were a few places where I was not quite sure what a character was thinking, which made the ending seem abrupt. With the dramatized edition on CD, there have been some additions to the text that fill in those moments where I don't understand why the father was so willing to agree to the loan, among others. The sound effects, as well, add life to the story. A jealous cowboy choking on his dinner sounds a might different in my imagination that it does on CD. hahaha The voice of John Millard has just the right amount steel and charm to do justice to Kim's witty lines. "And make that apple pie thick and juicy, the way I like it." ^__^ All in all, the dramatized version of Grub Line Rider takes the original up notch or two.

As for the other 2 titles in this collection, they too are well presented. The chill air of the Pogonip just goes right thru ya as you're listening. Brrr.....
Love music, love to dance
Love music, love to dance
When I was in middle school I picked this book up on a Friday and didn't put it down until I finished it Sunday morning. This has to be hands down her best book and the best book to read first. A couple years ago a dear friend of mine who knows I LOVE all her books, found the first edition SIGNED book by MHC. It was the most thoughtful gift I've received in a long time.
Marriage Without Love: Harlequin comics
Marriage Without Love: Harlequin comics
This particular download had 3 HCs in it. I will review individually.

Marriage Without Love (Ayako Shibata/Penny Jordan) (0 stars)
I did not like this particular story. If the male MC would have communicated with the woman, none of this would have happened. I did not like that he moved on temporarily with Louise (after the initial incident). Kieron flaunts it in her face letting this woman hang all over him while taking her out to the casino and other places. That is BS! Briony(she changed her original to Briony due to incident) has been raising their son after his betrayal. So, recap.....instead of going back to her immediately after his boss blew the story without Kieron explaining to Briony. He goes on another assignment, gets captured, and 6 months later, TA-DA, cluster f***. She has moved, he goes into depression, and immediately replaces her with some one else for sex. Yay!!!(Sarcasm) I would have told him to take an extremely long walk off a very short high pier. I hate this type of serious miscommunication and coercion/blackmail to get what he wants.. Wow! I did not like this one. I liked the next one better.

Northern Sunset (Rurika Fuyuki/Penny Jordan) (4 stars-⭐⭐⭐⭐)
Catriona meets Brett while traveling back home to help her brother, Magnus. He was involved in an accident and having a hard time, psychologically. She makes it back home with a preconceived idea about Brett due to encounter. She is the typical immature, jump-to-conclusions female they some times stick in these stories. It boils down to feelings of inadequacy and needing to be needed that she harbors toward herself. Basically, she wants to be the one to make her brother better because he raised her after their parents died. All misunderstandings workout without too much drama. Brother gets better. Brett and Catriona have HEA. NO coercion/blackmail, rape, or any other criminal type situations pushed on the female MCs like some stories......hint, hint the first one and last one(coercion and blackmail).

Darker Side of Desire (Akiko Hazuki/Penny Jordan) (0 stars)
So, I did not like this one either. Claire is visiting Susan who is like a mother to her. She accidently bumps into Raoul who is the nephew to the Sheikh....bad first impressions. She goes to restaurant and finds them there. Saud is an adorable baby who is the Sheikh's heir. Saud parents are dead. This whole scenario happens that Claire ends up back in their country with Raoul and Saud. With man-whore, A-hole Raoul's misunderstandings and Claire being stuck between a rock and a hard place (because she has been taking care of her little brother). She has been paying for his school and everything (parents died). They get their supposed HEA, but I would have told him to take a long walk off a short high pier. He just assumes all western women are gold digging *itches. They are good enough to f*** but not good enough to marry. This man was an awful piece of work. I did not like this as well.

It is definitely worth downloading for the second story Northern Sunset if you have KU(Kindle Unlimited). If you have to purchase it, I am not sure it is worth the price. Make your own judgement.
LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut: Buckbeak's Rescue 75947 Toy Hut Building Set from The Prisoner of Azkaban Features Buckbeak The Hippogriff Figure (496 Pieces)
LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid's Hut: Buckbeak's Rescue 75947 Toy Hut Building Set from The Prisoner of Azkaban Features Buckbeak The Hippogriff Figure (496 Pieces)
Lego nerd and college student here. I did not get paid to review this set. I am hesitant to recommend this set at full price because as stated in my title, you only get half a hut. I would recommend it at a discount though. Here are my pros and cons.

Pros:
This set features some very nice figures, and Buckbeak, which is outstanding. Buckbeak's head moves up and down, and the wings are attached as seen in my photos. He is an absolute must have, and I truly feel like he completes my collection. Hagrid is the same one that appeared in the Hogwarts great hall set. Seeing his inclusion in a cheaper set is nice, and his arms can be dispatched. His beard is a very cool part. Harry, Ron and Hermione are all new (though this version of Harry also appears on one other set released in this line. All of them feature Lego's new teenager legs and their detailing is fabulous. They have double sided heads. McNair and Fudge are cool figures as well, and McNair's face printing is very good (usually Lego has trouble printing flesh colored faces on black heads but not in this case). Fudge uses the same face as Ken Wheatley, which was a bit of a disappointment, but the face is also appropriate looking. The hut itself comes with a light brick that works very well, as well as a lot of nice parts. The side of it that is detailed and not cut in half looks really good and the build is sturdy.

Cons:
The main con about this set is that Hagrid's Hut is only half of a hut. What I mean by this is that there is no way to fully close the house without buying two of this set, which is a major disappointment for me, though people intending to display this set will not find this to be as much as a problem. While the photos on Amazon and Lego do show this, I still do not feel like the pictures that Amazon and Lego displayed fully portray how much of a gaping design flaw this part of the set is. Therefore, I cannot recommend this set at full price. I would get it at a discount though.

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Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter Park Honeydukes Emporium Exploding Bon Bons Orange & Pinapple Flavoured 3.25 Oz Candy
Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter Park Honeydukes Emporium Exploding Bon Bons Orange & Pinapple Flavoured 3.25 Oz Candy
This was exactly as I thought it would be like. PopRocks in white chocolate. There is a subtle fruity taste from the supposed pineapple and orange flavoring statements on the box, but not enough to pick them out unless I was looking specifically for them. The Poprocks were soggy but still managed to give a pop on the tongue. It was interesting to try once, but I won't be buying it again. I am chalking it up to Perseonal preference and am still glad to have had the experience, for that reason alone I would recommend it. Order in cooler months as the chocolates had started to melt and I think resolidified in their molds. At least partially....
The packaging is wonderful and truly makes you think of the movie.

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Beneath the Scars (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 13)
Beneath the Scars (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 13)
Sexy BDSM romance is what I love about Cherise Sinclair's books. Having to repeatedly switch my mind from the perspective of consenting adults to a child's perspective absolutely ruined this for me. I have an 11 year old son - he is the last thing on my mind when I'm trying to get my sexy on.

*spoilers* The side-stories played way too big a role and I found myself just being annoyed with these characters and unable to get into the book. Josie's child, and his issues with his dad and the middle school arson - a whole other different book. OMG, that scene where Z had everyone at the club switch "power" sides for a hour? I have never rolled my eyes at a book more in my whole life! All these strong characters from the past getting weepy and shaking and needing extra comfort from having to spend an hour outside their "normal"? Oh, give me a break!

Aside from that, I have other problems with this story that I cannot get past. I was so looking forward to Holt's story, but frankly I'm just bored with this. I don't feel passion or chemistry with these characters; so little depth, it was just reading words on a page. Too many times I found myself thinking "that would never happen". I don't like Holt's persistent "I know what's best for her even if she disagrees" attitude. He came across like a major jerk (like someone you would tell your friend to stay away from). And, I don't like Josie's wishy-washy back-and-forth attitude. Her bartender persona and indecisive-author persona did not jive. I found her rather obnoxious at times, especially when she spent so much time writing her young adult stories (again - I'm trying to read romance and sex here, not juvenile angst, ugh! Gross.)

I am a huge Cherise Sinclair fan and she remains on my one-click list. But, this book was a major let down. Not the quality or caliber of past Shadowlands Masters. =(
DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community
DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community
*I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

When I read that the entire DIY MFA method was being published in a book I knew I had to get it. As much of a resource as the site has been, the book, I knew, would be chock-full of wisdom. I pre-ordered the book even though I had access to the advanced reader’s copy. After reading the first few chapters I quickly figured out that this book was going to be a much-used and much-loved writing resource.

Gabriela lays out the foundation of writing in a methodical and easily-understood manner. The book is sectioned into the 3-part mission of DIY MFA: “write with focus, read with purpose, build your community.” From there the book is pared down into bite-sized chapters with clear actionable steps/homework. For example, in the Read with Purpose portion we learn to “Read Like a Writer,” and the four types of books a writer should utilize {also known as “the four C’s”}: “competitive titles, contextual books, contemporary books, and classics.”

Gabriela is a big fan of acronyms and tips which further helps to cement the tools learned. For example, the term ‘habits’ becomes:
H = Honor Your Reality
A = Add Constraints
B = Block Time and Batch Tasks
I = Iterate
T = Ten Percent Rule
S = Set the Mood
Gabriela is candid and practical throughout the book. There is no shortcut to becoming a good writer. Practicing is repeated over and over, or actually, what I came to term as Gabriela’s favorite word ~ “iterate, iterate, iterate.” That was my only issue with the book – why say iterate when practice works just as well?

If you have any desire to improve your writing, whether as a blogger or a long-time writer, pick up this book. It is sure to become your favorite writing resource – I know it is now mine!
Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed (Engineering and Performance)
Race Car Aerodynamics: Designing for Speed (Engineering and Performance)
This is my first book review since high school (52 years ago), so please keep that in mind.
My interest in racing is in making a 36 HP (modified) Volkswagen go as fast as it can in a straight line at Bonneville and other tracks, which is very much affected by the aerodynamics of the situation, so I was interested in finding out what this book has to say about it. Many race cars are also required to go around corners fast, which is what this book is mostly concerned with. Author Katz explains that the aerodynamic forces that push a car down onto the ground very greatly affect the cornering (and braking) ability of the car. The book is very much concerned with down force on the car resulting from the shape of the car. There are many pictures, explanations of how aerodynamic forces work, equations, and examples of the various aerodynamic effects caused by the shape of the car. The equations are simple enough that no one should be afraid of them.
The book contains many explanations of boundary layer, lift and drag coefficients, effects of air density and viscosity, Reynolds number, and other factors, all of which are explanations of how air flow over a car affects its movement at high speed.
My concern with the various devices to increase down force on the car is limited to what is required to keep aerodynamic lift from affecting the stability of the car at high speed (for me, 100 mph). Although I want to understand these down forces, I would have liked to learn more about what it takes to reduce drag at high speed. There is a list of references at the end of each chapter, some of them probably answering this question, so I will be interested in checking them to see what they say about drag.
As explained by the author, a stable situation at high speed results when the down force on the rear wheels increases more than the down force of the front wheels. How to do this is what I want to know, and the book explains how wings and underbody shape can do this. I am still considering how to do this with my VW.
I obtained the first edition from the library and bought the second edition. This book will be part of my library on old VWs, and I expect to be rereading it often. If the author or anyone else reads this review, I would like to receive any comments on it.
[4 Pack] UniqueMe Screen Protector compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7 inch) Tempered Glass, [Case Friendly] 9H Hardness [Alignment Frame Easy Installation] [U-Shaped Cutout] Bubble Free
[4 Pack] UniqueMe Screen Protector compatible with iPhone 12 Pro Max (6.7 inch) Tempered Glass, [Case Friendly] 9H Hardness [Alignment Frame Easy Installation] [U-Shaped Cutout] Bubble Free
The most easy to install screen protector there is bar None! I have went through five or more others with no luck..... this company shows you step by step in a video so there is now way to screw it up........ it comes with a little orange alignment frame that clips to the outside edge of the phone...... simple preparation and in five mins no bubbles! Just beautiful And it’s case friendly so any case you buy this screen protector will work! And you get four protectors amazing price and customer service they even give you a free gift 🎁 Buy this one! 10 stars ⭐️
Smartish iPhone 12 Pro Max Armor Case - Gripzilla [Rugged + Protective] Slim Tough Grip Cover - Black Tie Affair
Smartish iPhone 12 Pro Max Armor Case - Gripzilla [Rugged + Protective] Slim Tough Grip Cover - Black Tie Affair
Updated Review. Formerly 5 stars, now updated to 3 after phone delivery. There are two flaws in the design of this case: 1) Because the camera lenses are longer in this year's Pro Max, there is (at least for me) insufficient spacing between the case and the top of the lenses, and I've compared them to other manufacturer's cases on my iPhone 11 pro max. It is sufficient to prevent scratches when laying it down, but a little more clearance (either by a slightly thicker case or cut out would work - it could be tapered so that it would still be flat) and 2) The cutouts are way too big on the bottom, increasing stress points that are likely to lead to tears in the future (see photo). If properly positioned, the amfilm screen protector fits nicely (see photo). The grip is good, and the material suggests it could survive waist high drops with ease. However, before release design choices suggest an update is needed for durability and lens protection against non-level surface drops.
Bicycle 3-Track Color Coded Wooden Cribbage Game
Bicycle 3-Track Color Coded Wooden Cribbage Game
I was very surprised at what a nice board this is at this price! I paid $6.92 for it and expected a cheaply made board with a sloppy paint job and mis-aligned peg holes. To the contrary, it is well built of solid wood and painted very nicely, and the holes are perfectly straight and evenly drilled. The pegs are cheap plastic, but they fit the holes perfectly so that you do not have to push them in nor do they wiggle. The pegs are color coordinated with the red, white and blue tracks. The pegs store in a roomy compartment underneath the board, which has a plastic slider to hold them in. Other boards use a metal slider, but frankly I think plastic is better because it will not break the wood apart with repeated sliding in and out.

By comparison, I also bought the "Fat Cat Cribbage Board" here at Amazon for a few dollars more, but found that board to look cheap: had a sloppy paint job & much cheaper looking wood. The Fat Cat has a metal slider on the peg compartment, but the pegs barely fit and it takes 5 minutes of fiddling to get the slider to manage to close with the pegs inside. That metal slider will surely end up breaking the wood in time.

Highly recommended.

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