What’s on my iPod: “Payphone” by Maroon 5
What I’m reading: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The last person I followed on Twitter: ThoughtPartner
The Grossman Group released a study on the state of e-mail in the modern work place today. Throughout their research they discovered that an average company with 200 middle managers making $75,000 per year spend approximately $1,040,000 annually on irrelevant e-mails. The study also touches on topics such as relevancy of e-mails, how to defrost the frozen middle in your company and what companies need to do to melt the frozen iceberg.
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The Grossman Group specializes in strategic leadership and internal communication. Our inside-out philosophy is about ensuring leadership is aligned, and internal audiences are on board and engaged before telling your story externally. The goal is to influence action, driving better business results and performance by assessing what people need to know to engage with and contribute to an organization.
Congratulations to David Klein for his launch of Clean Break this week!
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Can you make a clean break from a troubled past and start a new life?
Four lives intersect when Celeste Vanek leaves her husband, Adam. His compulsive gambling and physical threats have poisoned their marriage and emotionally damaged their young son. Celeste moves to a small rental across town, works to gain financial security, and helps her son navigate his fantasy life. But she quickly finds that starting over is not easy. Adam demands his family back, and things get out of control. Jake, who witnesses a violent struggle between Celeste and her husband, becomes Celeste’s ally and friend, while struggling with his own emotional and ethical issues. Jake carries a history of failed relationships—one of them with Sara, a married and childless police detective who has a private agenda to pursue when a crime is committed that links these four characters together and changes their lives forever.
This week Dawn Tripp’s, Game of Secrets, is now available in paperback.
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Game of Secrets weaves between multiple points of view, as a dark family mystery comes unraveled. In 1957, eleven-year-old Jane Weld’s father disappeared. No one in her small New England town knew for sure what happened until, four years later, his skull rolled out of a gravel bank by the river, an unmistakable bullet hole in its temple. Rumor had it he was murdered by the husband of his mistress, Ada Varick.
Now, half a century later, Jane is still searching for the truth of her father’s death, a mystery made more urgent by the unlikely romance that her daughter has struck up with one of Ada’s sons. Jane and Ada come together for casual Friday board games that soon transform into acat-and-mouse game of words long left unspoken. As the two women play out,across the board, the stories that bind their lives together, it becomes clear that more than a reckoning with the past—it is the future of both families that is ultimately at stake.
Finding Emma by Steena Holmes received an award at the National Indie Excellence Book Awards- Winner, Fiction. Congratulations, Steena!
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A child torn from the arms of loving parents, a relationship torn apart from loss…
Megan sees her daughter Emma everywhere. She’s the little girl standing in the supermarket, the child waiting for the swings at the playground, the girl with ice cream dripping down her face. But it’s never Emma.
Because Emma’s been missing for two years.
Unable to handle the constant heartache of all the false sightings, Megan’s husband threatens to walk away unless Megan can agree to accept Emma is gone. Megan’s life and marriage is crumbling all around her and she realizes she may have to do the thing she dreads most: move on.
When Megan takes a photo of a little girl with an elderly couple at the town fair, she believes it to be her missing daughter. Unable to let go, she sets in motion a sequence of events that could destroy both families lives.
Kathleen Shoop’s After the Fog was recently featured on Holly Would if She Could. ”It is full of moody secrets and twisted family dynamics and I just love stuff like that! It’s a book you can sit down with and get caught up in. The characters are complex, and I actually learned a lot while staying entertained.”
Holly is doing a summer reading book giveaway! The giveaway includes a copy of After the Fog as well as a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Enter to win until June 8 at midnight. For more information on the contest visit Holly’s blog.
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For every woman who thinks she left her past behind… In the steel mill town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous 1948 “killing smog,” headstrong nurse Rose Pavlesic tends to her family and neighbors. Controlling and demanding, she’s created a life that reflects everything she missed growing up as an orphan. She’s managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her loving husband, dutiful children, and their extended, complicated family.
When astagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she nevercould have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life,making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As the pressure mounts, Rose finds she’s not the only one harboring lies. When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family—and the whole town—splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family’s healing begin?
Jennifer Gooch Hummer attended the Next Generation Indie Book Awards on Monday at the Plaza Hotel in New York. She accepted the award for Girl Unmoored- Winner, YA Fiction. Congratulations, Jennifer!